Sneaton Forest

Project Description

What are you most proud of? The two images I like best here are: The ferns by the bridge - I think I got the composition about right here. Meadow sweet with the bullrushes behind - the depth of field has made the bullrushes look really abstract. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Listen to the lesson and keep an open mind, but mainly enjoy yourself!

What you will need

  • Nikon D300s with 18-200 mm VR lens

Q&A with Steve Estill

nikita622 asked:
Looks like a beautiful spot - I agree with your two images, but also like the foxglove and the view of the sycamore branches.
Steve Estill answered:
Thanks Nikita
Rob Sheppard asked:
A great location and a nice working of the place. I quite like the foxglove. I think it is the strongest of the group because it is clean and easy to understand as well as showing off a beautiful plant with no distractions. A challenge you are facing is one that all of us face: we see the world differently than the camera does. We see subjects. The camera could care less about subjects. It only cares about light and shade and will often overemphasize them. The ferns in front of the bridge have potential, for example, but you are remembering the subject and not fully seeing the photo. The viewer only sees what is in the photo. Because of the bright light in the background, the foreground ferns are very confused in the composition. The bright spots of light in the background dominate the image. The meadow sweet and bullrushes are also a bit confusing -- you are seeing the subject. The camera is emphasizing the contrast in the bullrushes which is now fighting for our attention. That is a fight, because the meadowsweet are the sharp part of the photo.
Steve Estill answered:
Thanks Rob

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