While searching for this week’s WC candidate, I spied my pussywillow bush, still dripping from last night’s rain. One of the first signs of Spring here in CT, signaling a “new beginning”, and it has been showy for two weeks now, maintained by coolish temperatures.
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Is this a composite: No
Sony RX10M4, ISO 125, f/4, 1/250 handheld, 509 mm (35mm equiv.). Adjusted midtones and contrast in post processing. Background was a problem here, and it took several tries and different compositions before I was happy with it, and still had to do some clone repairs to remove distracting bright spots…lots of small and larger branches in the background.
I like this, too. Simple and well-executed. The raindrops are perfect. Maybe smooth out some of the cloning tracks on the left? Otherwise, nicely done. I’ve never photographed these before, but I always mean to.
I love the distinct water drops on the pussywillows and the subtle colors. Did you consider brightening just the background? Because this is about “life springing forth” I think a less somber background would help convey that idea better.
Jim, this is a fine pussywillow branch. The mix of raindrops on the catkins and nice warm browns of the bud sheaths looks great. Background in a shot like this is always hard. I think you’ve handled it well. Some dodging of the two darkest areas would lighten the mood a bit more.
Simply drop-dead gorgeous! If it were mine (and I wish it was!) I’d consider some low-opacity cloning to further smooth some of the BG branch detail. It would be possible to do a lot of that without having to protect the subject in minute detail.