August 27, 2018 at 6:38 pm #33155
This spider web filled the window in a covered bridge that we stopped at recently. I only had my 18-55mm lens on me, and focused manually. It was a challenge to edit though! What do you think of how I edited it, or how would you edit it better?
Nikon D3100 | Focal length: 55mm | ISO: 100 | Aperture: f/5.6 | Shutterspeed: 1/100August 28, 2018 at 9:47 pm #33168Theodore LonnemanParticipant
Personally, I think the frame of the bridge window on the left side would accent the image if it was on the right also and framed the image on two sides, but being only on one side it seems to distract from the web. I tried cropping your photo and placing the center of the web using the ‘rule of thirds’, which removes the framework on the left side but in my mind brings more attention to the river, which could be a subject on its own.
Overall, I think the image captures the web very well,even though the composition isn’t exactly perfect or obeying all the rules of composition. Sometimes opportunity presents itself but we’re limited in how we can take advantage of it by the gear (or lack thereof) that we have on hand.August 29, 2018 at 8:37 pm #33187
I agree with what you said about framing… I did try to include more of the window frame when I was taking the picture, but it was so large, you couldn’t see the spider web anymore. I also tried going vertical to frame it that way, but it just didn’t look good. I do think I like it better with the crop though. Thanks!September 6, 2018 at 9:18 pm #33341
Spider webs are NOT easy to photograph! Glad you got most of it with a dark-ish background behind. Maybe I can show in the webinar on Tuesday how I would add contrast in post-processing to make it stand out better without it looking fake. What is the editing program that you have again? Maybe I’ll edit it in YOUR program this time instead of Lightroom! https://www.lenspiration.com/photo-critique-with-lenspiration-sep-11/ I think I’d crop off the bottom a bit. It’s white-ish down there, causing the web to sorta disappear, but more importantly, because the web appears to be leaning to the left a little bit, the center of it might look better a little lower in the frame than where it currently is on the vertical center.September 7, 2018 at 12:02 pm #33353
Right now, I’m using RawTherapee, which I don’t really like. I got a new computer and the “Photos” program that came on the computer just doesn’t work well for editing, as can be expected. Although, I’ll admit: I do use Photos sometimes (shh! don’t tell anyone!) for quick edits or clarity, and sometimes I do a combo of both programs. I got RawTherapee (since it’s free) as an interim-program to use until I get Lightroom. I’ve used Lightroom on my brother’s computer a few times, and watched you use it on webinars of course, and I do hope to get it at some point.September 11, 2018 at 2:14 pm #33447
Hmm. I have no clue how to use RawTherapee, so maybe I’ll try my hand at Photos and compare it with LR!September 12, 2018 at 12:23 pm #33493
It worked really well, @bennett-family, to fiddle around in a different program to edit pictures! I enjoyed that. The editing of this photo here of the spider web begins at minute 35:35 and my experiements with Windows Photo begins at 41:50 at https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar091118/
September 13, 2018 at 3:36 pm #33540
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It was fun to watch you edit it! I’ll have to take some time to try to edit it some more myself and see if I can get it to really pop.
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