- Date taken:
- 1/60s f/3.2 ISO 400 9.6mm
- Shot this in our home in New Hampshire just before our move to Hawaii. However, it had only mediocre responses so the other day I decided to do some more post-processing using some to the techniques I have gained since 2010. This is the result but it is still getting only so-so responses. As usual when this happens, I turn to my friends on Focussion for input. What does it need? Suggested changes?
H Joe,19 March 2015
It's been a while since I've had time to come to focussion but it's nice to see how you've improved immensely in post processing over the last little while. I really like this image. It's a visual feast of colour and texture.
I do have to echo John's point on a lack of visual stopping point though. When I view this image I don't want it to end, I want to see what's below that pig. I want to see what's off to the right of the frame, to the bottom left too.
It certainly is a dilemma but I'm sure you'll play with it some more some day and it'll be even better yet again.
Thanks to both Reagan and John for their inputs. Their inputs are very helpful and have resulted in a major revision of this shot. Appreciate the help.7 March 2015
Thank you, John. That's exactly the kind of input I needed. Hope others that use this site see how important it is to provide feedback as well as get it.
I had a vignette on this shot earlier but it looks like I lost it during subsequent processing. I had a new layer on top of the vignette layer.
Anyway, here is a rework using your idea. I also darkened the garlic string which may have been too close to the copper pot.
Have I overdone it?
Hi Joe (@jvittek)..!7 March 2015
Personally - I rather like the post processing, and I know that is a subjective opinion - but, well - I do.. I think though - the difficulty folks have with it is that it's visually "busy" - and for me - I don't have a visual "landing space". Rather - I keep looking at the image, looking for that landing space and focal point - my brain goes a bit into overload (albeit - I have a small brain, but)..
For example - the larger copper pot is clearly the central point of interest (? - or is it?) - until I'm drawn away from it to the other copper pots - and when my eyes go down into that direction - wham - there is a pig... ? As soon as they are there, looking at the pig, they travel up and away along the line of hanging herbs/garlic (sorry - don't know what they are - but, I don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen - my wife kicks me out ;) )
I know you've stared at this image for a long time - so, I'm giving you my impression from my first view from a "first look"...
Question - and I know you have played with this endlessly - have you tried a slight visual vignette - to try to minimize the eyes wandering corner to corner? Or - as well - or additionally - slightly de-focus the borders. I'm trying to come up with a way to have one object (or several in the same space) to focus on without inhibiting the outstanding PP you've done on this..
Anyway - my $0.00002 and I'll be interested to hear what others say, too..!
Best to you!