Tubular #2

Lower Contrast:

Higher Contrast:

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The photographer is looking for generalized feedback about the aesthetic and technical qualities of their image.


Another ICM from my morning walk along the River Trail. This one is based on the remnants of Indian Soap plant. The dried stalks are very thin and have lots of small twigs. Against a shadowy background, a gentle motion made them “tubular”.

Specific Feedback

Any comments welcome. I tried various crops and contrast versions and settled on one with more “pop” and one lighter version. I can’t decide at this point, so have at it.

Technical Details

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Here’s the flower of the soap plant, from Diane Miller:

Very cool, Bonnie. My preference is for the lower contrast image. The dark background seems to anchor the image more in the high contrast image and I like the ghostly look of the other more.

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Good work, Bonnie. Now I understand how you get those tubes! Don’t stop being inventive. :slight_smile:

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Bonnie, each version provides its own emotion and feeling. The lower contrast image is calm and relaxed. I get the sensation of fog. The other with the stronger contrast gives me this feeling of being underwater.

I too cannot decide which version I prefer. I do like how the tubes seem more defined in the higher contrast version but the dark blues sort of steal my attention and focus. Perhaps an alternate consideration would be to slightly desaturate the blue background but keeping the higher contrast.

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Thanks, @Dennis_Plank, @Don_Peters, and @Alfredo_Mora.

I think I’m leaning towards the lower contrast version. Thanks for your input.


Awesome! Yet another fantastic abstract! Love the “tubular” nature of this. And wow, how you’re able to bring out that “glow” in the tubes is amazing.

I too prefer the lower contrast version as it actually works better showing off that glow - actually reminds of the “glow tubes” that are popular around Halloween and other occasions.

Very minor and hardly worth mentioning, but you might consider a slight crop off the left to remove the slightly darker blue area - OR paint/adj that area as it’s not consistent with the rest of the color/contrast. Again, pretty minor and nitpicky…

Love this!


Thanks, @Lon_Overacker.

Yes, once I posted this, that caught my eye. I’ve gone back and fixed it, but won’t repost.

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