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Afternoon Saguaro

Afternoon Saguaro
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Copyright: Paige Livingston (HarpyLover) (24)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-07
Categories: Desert
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-04-11 20:26
Viewed: 3478
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I thought that late afternoon lighting might be good for taking photos of a Saguaro. I spent about 45 minutes out in the desert and have a wide range of lighting on many different cacti. I tried to lighten/contrast with PS, but it just didn't look right to me. I could have reduced the amount of red, but, again, this was due to the lighting, isn't it supposed to look this way? LOL Newbie on board! Thanks all for your advice.

On a side note, all of the cacti that I chose to photograph are enormous, I had to back up quite a distance if I wanted the entire plant in.

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To BobH: SaguaroHarpyLover 2 04-12 22:03
To tuslaw: saguaroHarpyLover 1 04-12 18:55
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Hi Paige
Welcom to TN
Nice model , Good job

hi Paige

sweet afternoon colours. (oh boy, how I miss the desert landscape...)

Cheers, Petru


As you asked, here are my comments on this post. You certainly have gotten the light I was mentioning, though the sunset filtered red light and the green of the cactus is not the greatest color combination. Best with red rock, where the natural color is enhanced by the filtered incident light; not so good with greens because they conflict with the red.

The focus looks soft like your previous post and I've tinkered with this one also (results in WS)- significant difference because of sharpening.

Some things for you to consider- since you have no camera info, I'm not sure of any details, but I suspect you are not shooting from a tripod. This makes a huge difference in sharpness, especially with a long lens and waning light (what ISO/shutter/aperture/focal length did you shoot?). Also, I suspect you have not used image stabilization (IS)- if you have it, you should use it when appropriate. Both of these will help, but the tripod will let you shoot a combination of ISO/shutter/aperture/focal length that is otherwise impossible and will give you much better results before any post-processing.

You should enter camera info in your profile so people will know what you are working with. Likewise, choose the display option for exif data when you post an image. You can make these changes retroactively by editing a post anytime after the initial upload. This info is very helpful for people who see a problem and want to help you fix it.

Best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
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Hello Paige,
Beautiful image of these very mature Saguaro Cactus. I like the way you chose to post this particular image just the way you saw it. Too often we try to change an image in PP just to suit our own ideas as to how it should look. I also love the way in which you composed this fine shot!!
I've been in the desert just a few times as the sun was going down and this is exactly the colors and lighting that I remember seeing. TFS.

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