Forest Floor

Ferns protected by the firs and pines still flourish in late summer in the Sierras.  Processed in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels, running through Topaz Simplify and burning.  I adjusted the outside lines in Topaz Simplify to inverse and then reduced the opacity of that layer to produce this result.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/5, 1/160 sec., ISO 250, focal length 84 mm.  No flash.


Mini Assignment #1

I try to consciously use the rule of thirds when taking photos and especially when cropping photos.  It doesn’t always turn out that way!  On our trip up to the Sierras yesterday I tried two different ways to take a photo of the sunlight on the mossy fir trees.

In photo # 1 I placed the tree trunk in the middle of the frame.  Though it is not my favorite, I thought that the black branches on the left and the light branches on the right helped the composition and allowed the centered tree trunk.  What do you think?  I liked the change from dark to light going horizontally through the photo.  I adjusted levels and applied Topaz Simplify buz sim as it softened the moss and brightens colors in my view.

Photo #1

Photo #2 follows the rule much better and is probably better composed.  I do think that #1 gives a little more mood however.  Anyway, #2 was also levels adjusted and had Topaz Simplify buz sim applied to it.  Overall, photo #1 is more of a portrait and photo #2 is more of a landscape.  We’ll go with that :).   Let me know what you all think.