Through The Lens, Trinidad & Tobago

Bamboo on the River

March 14, 2004

Bamboo on the River

I appreciate this photo not so much for its artistic qualities, but because it was a challenging photo for me. I don't think it was a very good day for experimenting with new techniques, specifically moving to the much smaller apertures that give landscape photos their sharpness and large DOF, but I was determined to give it a go.

We got rain almost all day, severely limiting the time I could spend shooting. Even when the rain stopped in the evening, the skies remained an uninspiringly dismal shade of grey. The light wasn't optimal either, dim and filtering through the overhead trees. I shot aperture priority at f/22, underexposed by two stops to bring out the foliage greens.

In Photoshop I used a contrast masking technique similar to the one described on Luminous Landscape to resurrect the murky, shadow details and also slightly boosted saturation and contrast to more accurately recreate the scene as I saw it.

I think this is one of the more complex photos I've made, from getting the original exposure to processing it into a pleasing (to me) scene. I'm definitely interested in comments on this one. (From any of my huge audience of two people.)

Posted by phototakeouter at 12:26 AM | Comments (5)

for your project

November 21, 2005 09:43 AM, zara o'brien

I love the picture. I grew up with scenes like that, and I felt happy but a bit home sick. Thank you for the good work.

November 16, 2005 04:32 PM, michele santoo

Don't know much about apertures and DOF's but your work is surely impressive!!! Ever considered a showing???

October 11, 2005 11:06 AM, Tala

Since you only received one comment so far, I'll give you a second. I love greenery, especially reflected off water.

I know nothing about photography, but this photo jumped out at me with all it clarity of lushness.

May 24, 2005 02:29 PM, Ana

I am an amature photographer (mainly digital) who recently moved to London . Your photos were quite impressive and made me a bit home sick . Great work

March 28, 2004 06:08 AM, Paula

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