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E1 Weather

These days I use only my PEN or E-1.

My nice old E1 might be getting a complex, it only gets used on rainy or dull days. I think there is something special about the E1 colour palette that suits soft lighting.

Anyway, we are supposed to be Looking for Perfection here: What do you make of these three very similar images I found today under somber skies:



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and



These were all 54mm, ISO200 and E-1.
They have had my usual magic dust: A very light application of Highlights and Shadows in CS3 and my own patent sharpening filter for reduction to 800x600

Were they worth taking? Are they perfect?
I think each one is flawed...


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Re: E1 Weather

Right, as this is in "looking for perfection", here's a quick go.

Firstly, the colours are good on all 3.

Secondly, on the first shot, there's not enough contrast between the subject and the background. In the other 2 photos, the problem to me is compositional. The in-focus areas are too close to the edge of the photo, so the oof areas distract too much.

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Re: E1 Weather

The flat lighting suits this type of image as you have less contrast and more even illumination. I would suggest getting in even closer. The first and third would benefit the use of the diagonal to give added interest.
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Re: E1 Weather

I'd suggest blurring the backgrounds even further and lighten the dark area at the top of No1.
I agree with Dave - diagonals would be better; I read that diagonals create a dynamic while horizontals create calm - especially when the frame is balanced about the middle as in No 1.
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Re: E1 Weather

Yes I do agree with those points: I think the oof backgrounds are too fussy in all three shots. I stopped down a bit to make sure the log was properly in focus, but this removed the vital blur from the rest of the image.

I was trying for a diagonal in shot number 2 but the nettles underfoot (I didn't mention those) kinda interfered with my available options

I do like those E1 colours thoug ..

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