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Title • leaf and shadow

I very nearly didn’t use this image as when I first looked at it I thought that it lacked detail and wasn’t worth doing any work on. As I shoot most of my images in RAW format there isn’t a quick way of previewing them – I use Canon’s File Viewer Utility, which is a) slow, and b) generates rather small thumbnails. To view a larger preview takes around 30 seconds on my machine, and it takes a bit longer to convert and transfer the image to Photoshop, so, on first glance I wasn’s sure that it was worth bothering with.

The main issue was an apparent lack of clarity, but as I’ve almost run out of images to use this week I thought I’d have another look at it.

And while it isn’t quite what I was after (I initially wanted more detail in the shaded areas of the image) I do think it’s turned out ok – mostly as a consequence of using a slightly stronger unsharp mask than I might have used normally.

capture date
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
focal length
image quality
white balance
optical filter
Canon G5
11.06am on 8/2/04
aperture priority
B+W UV 010
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