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    My E-M5 had just a little bit of trouble on my trip to the Amazon. One night, there was a very heavy rain, and I discovered after-the-fact that the roof of my hut had several leaks, including one directly above the shelf on which my camera was sitting. All seemed well for a while, but during a walk in the forest the next day, there seemed to be some fog inside. The camera still worked fine, but some of my photos were affected.

    This is one of those; it ended up with low contrast, and, well, a foggy look. I did the best I could to salvage it. Have I succeeded? Do you like the composition? Is it a winner or an also-ran?



    - Hal -
    A Still Mind - Photography, Music, Meditation, Ministry - www.astillmind.net
    Olympus E-M5; Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 25mm; Zuiko 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD; Sigma 105 Macro; Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm fisheye; Olympus 8/1.8 PRO fisheye; FL-50R; Giottos MT-8361 tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR ballhead.

  • #2
    Re: Rainforest Critique

    In my view that is one of the best jungle images from your trip, good composition and exposure. Winner in my book.
    "Stef" E-620 and stuff...

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    • #3
      Re: Rainforest Critique

      Works for me also.
      It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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      • #4
        Re: Rainforest Critique

        It works OK but there is so much detail in a scene like this that can't be seen on a small screen. Would look brilliant on a big print though.

        Having spent a couple of years trekking and climbing in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea my most abiding memory is the pungent smell of all the aromatic vegetation and the noise of the insects, frogs and birds, something that can't as yet be reproduced on a computer screen. For that reason photographs of rainforest never really take me back to those years.

        David
        E-M1, Tamron 14-150mm, ED 75-300mm, ED 60mm, FL50R,
        Canon 7DII, Canon 400mm f5.6L, Sigma 150-600mm Sport, EF 55-250mm, EF 18-55mm, National Geographic Expedition Carbon.

        "It is better to light a single candle than curse the darkness" - Confucius (551479 BC)

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        • #5
          Re: Rainforest Critique

          Thank you for the feedback. This was one of my favorite compositions as well, so I was disappointed about the fogginess I ended up with. I'm thinking about having a 16x20" print made to enter this in a local photo contest. That should be big enough to bring out the detail. As for the feel of the moisture, smell of the clean air, sounds of the rustling leaves and birds . . . I'll have to work on that.

          - Hal -
          A Still Mind - Photography, Music, Meditation, Ministry - www.astillmind.net
          Olympus E-M5; Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 25mm; Zuiko 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD; Sigma 105 Macro; Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm fisheye; Olympus 8/1.8 PRO fisheye; FL-50R; Giottos MT-8361 tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR ballhead.

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          • #6
            Re: Rainforest Critique

            I think that it works very well in describing the type of vegitation encountered in the forest, particularly at ground level. It also provides a great sense of "being there" for the viewer and the slight diffusion, caused no doubt by the condensation on the sensor, adds to the atmosphere by suggesting an environment dominated by dampness.
            View my ebook, The Light Fantastic, at: http://store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/3026...ight-fantastic

            John

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            • #7
              Re: Rainforest Critique

              I think it needs something as a focal point, it just seems busy all over the place. But certainly not a bad photo.
              "My opinion is greater than my ability"
              E5 | E620 | Zuiko 7-14 | Zuiko 14-54 | Zuiko 35-100 | Zuiko 70-300 |

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              • #8
                Re: Rainforest Critique

                I entered a 16x20" print of the photo above, and one other, in the photo contest. This one was accepted into the gallery show, but the other was not. I was confused because I thought that the other photo was a stronger image:

                Joshua Tree Sunset, taken at the Mojave National Preserve


                The Amazon photo didn't win any prizes. What really baffled me is which other photos were accepted into the show, and which won prizes. Many of the compositions were dull or just plain bad. Some had technical problems, like poor exposure or focusing. The judge seemed to prefer images with people in them; beyond that, I can't understand what he was seeing. Just goes to show how subjective the art of photography can be. And how wrong judges can be.

                - Hal -
                A Still Mind - Photography, Music, Meditation, Ministry - www.astillmind.net
                Olympus E-M5; Panasonic-Leica DG Summilux 25mm; Zuiko 12-60 SWD, 50-200 SWD; Sigma 105 Macro; Rokinon (Samyang) 7.5mm fisheye; Olympus 8/1.8 PRO fisheye; FL-50R; Giottos MT-8361 tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR ballhead.

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                • #9
                  Re: Rainforest Critique

                  Originally posted by hschnee View Post
                  ..... This one was accepted into the gallery show, but the other was not. I was confused because I thought that the other photo was a stronger image:

                  Joshua Tree Sunset, taken at the Mojave National Preserve



                  - Hal -
                  Hi Hal -

                  I don't do critique and although I like the other one, this one works well with the various elements.

                  Regards. Barr1e

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