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  1. Jerry Friedland
    June 12, 2018 @ 3:23 pm

    I like your composition. Contributing factors include the position of the tree in the frame; the angular twig elements on the right that holds the eye in the frame. And in addition to the position you chose well with a large aperture that blurred the foreground so that it adds color and texture to the image.

    Final processing could be tweaked with some saturation and sharpening.

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    • Epes
      June 13, 2018 @ 11:37 am


      Final processing could be more saturated and sharpened, but then it wouldn’t look like one of my images. Here’s the image straight out of camera. How would you have processed it?

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  2. Carol Pesek
    June 12, 2018 @ 4:42 pm

    I was inspired by the story behind your second Tuscany photo, having been drawn to the composition immediately. I am struggling to find inspiration having relocated back to the US after having lived in China and India for 10 years. There I thrived on the excitement of street photography and cultural details surrounding me. Now I live in the Black Hills of S Dakota, but photographing the vistas or wildlife is not my thing. What landed for me was your approach, on you walk through the forest in Tuscany, “as an artist” to create something unique to you. I can wrap my head around that. Thanks.

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    • Epes
      June 13, 2018 @ 11:39 am

      It gladdens me to know that my words have shifted your thinking about the available possibilities. That label of Nature photographer I found very limiting. Just being yourself is enough! Happy hunting!

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  3. David Brown
    June 13, 2018 @ 6:24 am

    Personally I don’t like the photogtaph because my eye wants to look at the tree but is distracted by the forground and the big white cloud in the background. However that is just my opion and I am sure plenty of other people will like it. I did enjoy the story of how you got the shot, it made interesting reading.

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    • Epes
      June 13, 2018 @ 11:25 am


      I shot this one also and thought it was a little plain. Do you prefer this one without the foreground elements?

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  4. Yves Gagné
    June 15, 2018 @ 1:05 am

    Your’e right about one thing I think. When we work at an image we tend to forget one thing and that is; do we really like what we created? We know how hard it was to position ourselves, low on the ground in the mud or damp, but is it really good, was it worth the trouble or does it stink that it’s not better than that?

    Have a nice week.

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    • Epes
      June 15, 2018 @ 1:11 pm

      If you don’t get down in that mud then you will never know! There are occasions where when I press the shutter I KNOW I got a great shot. But mostly it is making the effort and deciding later if it was worth it. Some shooting conditions are easy; great light, great subject, good energy. Others take all you have to give and still you will doubt your success until later. Sometimes much later. And sometimes we fail…but at least we tried.

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