Gary Zerbst

  • As I have learned more about composition and light, I’ve been sharing my learnings with my wife. She has become an increasingly astute critic. Here’s my chance to turn the tables on her. She took this sneak photo on her old apple cellphone while I was otherwise occupied.

    Does it work as a photo? How could it be improved?

  • subject defined??

     

    My goal for this photo was an exercise in using composition to define a center of interest in an otherwise jumbled scene. I know the photo is not an aesthetic triumph but it could be a learning opportunity. What might I have done differently or additionally to more clearly define the hero of the Photo?

  • Ldenny,  It bothered me that the chair backs in the rear were so much darker than the front column of chairbacks.  I took the liberty of selectively lightening the rear bank of chair backs to more closely match the luminosity of the  front chairs.  Also,I added  a touch more contrast on the rear chair backs.  Gary's post processing of Lenny's photo.

  • Ldenny,  It bothered me that the chair backs in the rear were so much darker than the front column of chairbacks.  I took the liberty of selectively lightening the rear bank of chair backs to more closely match the luminosity of the  front chairs.  Also,I added  a touch more contrast on the rear chair backs.  Gary's post processing of Lenny's photo.

  • Gary's revisions to post processing of  Caniel's photoWhat was your vision for the photo? Was it to show the entirety of hte sene or was it to emphasize the two hay cylinders in he centerbotttom. I c hav a hard time forcing my eye beyond the two hay cylinders. If , as I suspect< the intent was to show a bucolic rural agrarian landscape, rather than the two hay cylinders, then I don’t know what could…[Read more]

  • Is there some way to selectively expand the width of the top parts without effecting the bottom parts?

  • Gary Zerbst replied to the topic Storm clouds in the forum Landscape Photography 4mo, 4wk ago

    Tersha, If your title is true , then the clouds should be the hero of the photo.In my opinion, cropping up frpn the bottom to just below the flowers. Using a graduated filter, I have enhanced the sky just a bit. It seems me that the horizon being low in the photo makes he sky more the subject.

  • Gary Zerbst replied to the topic Storm clouds in the forum Landscape Photography 4mo, 4wk ago

  • Gary Zerbst replied to the topic Castle Hill in the forum The Shark Tank Feedback Forum 7mo ago

    Renee,    I liked your yacht regatta photo a lot.  But I nevertheless l played with it a bit in my mind then , believing it to be a viable candidate for my perverse sense of composition, I did a little cropping. as follows:   The horizon in the middle of the frame , while not distracting in this particular photo still makes the scene a little sta…[Read more]

  • Graham:

    The choice of lens was based partly on laziness and lethargy (That lens was already on the camera that I keep on my tripod in readiness for the wild critters that share their space with us humans.  The other considerations were:

    Lens sharpness and closest focusing distance.

    Limited but controlled (F/10) Depth of field     My out of fo…[Read more]

  • Graham,  There were several factors that influenced my choice of aperture:

    1.  I had the camera on a solid tripod so shutter speed became irrelevant.
    2. Even at 210 mm focal length setting on the zoom lens the depth of field was a concern.  I wanted the farthest  fork tine to be sharp as well as the shell texture on the nearest part the lens.  At…

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  • True confession !  I have always had a paradigm that photography must be done just as the scene was found.      I.E. To  move an offending blade of grass from in front of the posey would be photographic heresy.  Contrast that with the concept of fully working the scene to assure that whatever attracted you to the scene in the first place  is f…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the responses.  I respect the opinions expressed and the expertise behind rthe comments.  I tried to “make a silk purse put of a sow’s ear” but  that degree of alchemy was beyond my reach.    The geometry of the scene does not allow for a critter level shot.  The viewing angle is fixed and the sunken garden with raised flower bed in wh…[Read more]

  • Hummingbird bath?

    When I first downloaded this photo it was not clear what the intended subject was.  In post, I selectively sharpened the hummer and added contrast to the bird as well, all  in an attempt to draw the viewer’s eye to the bird,  It now seems to me that when my eye enters the frame it searches for somewhere to light on, then the sharpening and en…[Read more]

  • Beautiful shot. IT conveys a feeling of peace and contentment that everything is as it should be in God’s world. Commdnrts about lightening/ darkening the overall photo reflects individual personal preferences. The correct tonality is what YOU want it to be. IMHO the person makes the photo. When I try to imagine the photo without the person…[Read more]

  • I was revisting  some old photos when I   “stubbed my toes”   on this anomaly.  In addition to the normal shark Tank critique of composition  and  technical aspects, I desire  understanding of what it is in my photo that seems to be growing out of a leaf at right angles to the leaf surface. It’s just to the left of the blossom and a little bit hi…[Read more]

  • I don’t understand the request to limit comments to technical issues to the exclusion of artistic values.  The technical  choices that the photographer makes are dependent on the artistic values that the photographer wishes to convey.  Thus any discussion  of technical issues is meaningless unless it is made with knowledge of  of the phot…[Read more]

  • Sorry!   after I edited the photo and uploaded, I could no longer add any words.

    Your Profile says it’s OK to download  and edit so I did.    I cannot figure out the lighting. overhead overcast?  If the legs and bottom of  the foot are in shadow, why does the body not cast a shadow?  Was this a composite image?

    In Apples very basic editin…[Read more]

  • I rarely see a  photo that I cannot think of some way that I  would do  something different  But  I cannot think of anything that I would do differently with this one.  Print it large  and hang it prominently, I deserves to be seen .

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