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Catoctin Trio

Catoctin Trio
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Copyright: Brian Snyder (PlayPhotography) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-29
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon Powershot SD450
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-11 16:23
Viewed: 11167
Points: 2
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On my hike through the Catoctin Mountains, I spotted this beautiful little scene... moss growing beautifully around the base of one side of a tree, and a beautiful fern growing on the other side of the tree. I originally took the picture with a very low POV, but I thought that the higher POV show the scene off much better. I also actually like the shadow of the tree, even though it's very dark. I think it adds to the dimension and depth of the picture. I added some contrast and yellow and green colors, then I decreased the brightness a tad, and decreased the red and blue colors.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-14 23:50]
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Hi Brian
This is a very interesting shot and rather aptly titled. I think you were right in saying that the higher POV probably look better. As I did not see the other version I can only imagine how it looked though. Looking down the tree trunk and seeing the splash of green on either side gives this photo a sense of balance. I tried to see what your f/stop and shutter speed were, but you seem to load only partial exif data, so it is rather difficult to give much further advice. However, the brightly lit area at the bottom right is a little bit distracting. Maybe you could have done something about that with your PP (post processing). Something else might be the fact that the DOF seemed to run short of the moss on the ground level. Since the tree trunk is nicely in focus most of the way up you maybe could have shifted the actual point of focus a little lower then the moss would have come out much more in focus.
None the less it is a good shot and TFS.

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