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Knots

It has been a while since I posted anything from my Japan trip, but between being sick and not having a whole lot of time to take photos I thought I'd dip into the dusty reserves for a little variety.

I tried a new (to me) way of vignetting for this shot. The vignette here is a brightness/contrast layer with a layer mask. I darkened the outsides of the shot and took out a lot of contrast. I think this is gentler and less noticeable than the other way's I have tried, but it still focuses the shot. What do you think? Do you know a better way of doing this?

Knots

It has been a while since I posted anything from my Japan trip, but between being sick and not having a whole lot of time to take photos I thought I'd dip into the dusty reserves for a little variety.

I tried a new (to me) way of vignetting for this shot. The vignette here is a brightness/contrast layer with a layer mask. I darkened the outsides of the shot and took out a lot of contrast. I think this is gentler and less noticeable than the other way's I have tried, but it still focuses the shot. What do you think? Do you know a better way of doing this?

comments (24)

The tight focus you have achieved is wonderful. I also like the simple, muted colors in the image.
Personnaly, vignette doesn't anny me. Great DOF and very graphic.
men, you do these things too well.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Oct 2007, 04:11
This is a very fine image, Martin.
For me it evokes contradictory feelings:
* on the one hand it is a lovely, generally soft, pattern of hand-tied grass ropes, enhanced by the hints of earthy tones, but
* on the other hand there's this hardness of heavy bars lashed together to create a prison for...I don't know what, but feel it could be...me!

I dunno about the vignetting thing...isn't that something to do with either wine-making or salad-dressing.
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
  • 19 Oct 2007, 04:24
Cracking image, realy like this one, well captured.
And cannot comment on the processes you discuss, don't mess about with photos to such levels myself.
this is so awesome!
j'adore ces détails. cela apporte beaucoup à une photo
Delicious DoF and texture. Yum i love it! I think your vignette is very nice an subtle. I too have a hard time trying to decided how to do my vignettes.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 19 Oct 2007, 06:47
Really nice Martin ! Perfect DOF and very nice light !
I think this is beautifully worked. So effective to only end up with the one knot in sharp detail. Like ray, I find I`m ever so slightly disturbed by the image. (:o)
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 19 Oct 2007, 07:25
You're way over my head on this one, Martin, so I can't answer your question. All I know is that it's very pleasing to the eye, what you've done.

Knots and lashings of any kind have always intrigued me. In this case, if it WERE a prison of sorts, one would be quite thrilled to deconstruct it quickly.
This is a great shot Martin. I like the sharp focus and the gradual softening as your eye moves to the left. But the thing that makes it for me is that it is the second knot that is sharp, not the first one.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Oct 2007, 09:42
Works for me Martin - never thought of using contrast as a variable tool across an image. I usually use a gradient fill layer of the appropriate scale and shape. This equates well with "burning in" in the darkroom and hence I started using it and haven't changed since! Your approach probably has the subtlety that a colour image needs, whereas mine works a treat for B&W.
The great DOF makes the repetion pleasant. I like the lighting
Lovely crop Martin. This is a great image.
Interesting image with all sorts of connotations - is it a cage of some sort or a fence? I too like the emphasis on the second knot. As far as the vignetting goes, I might try this as I haven't really experimented much with it - Mike's method works well for him - he has tried to explain it to me, but it's in one ear and out the other!
Ingrid
  • Mal
  • 19 Oct 2007, 14:16
very cool compo sir, I like the shot.

fast vignette - select a box inside the image - invert the selection - feather the selection by 200 say - new layer curves and pull the rgb line in the middle to suit your eye. mal
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Oct 2007, 14:40
Excellent - you are on a roll with these blogs.
A nice idea to look in your dusty reserves smile Hope you've some more like this one !!!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Oct 2007, 20:14
So great Martin, I hope you put some more of Japan on SC, I love it.
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 19 Oct 2007, 22:04
Youve got a great eye Martin. I like the depth of field and simplt beautiful pattern here.
  • elaine
  • France
  • 21 Oct 2007, 19:38
beautiful compo with a great clever DOF
This is really a rich pic, with the detail and texture and pattern and focus. I guess you realise I likeyed itsmile
Ha, I don't understand all the details of what you have done, but I like it anyway!

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