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As tavm says http://www.ephotozine.com/user/tavm-54868 everyone loves a log

This is the view from a pond near Bratley View, New Forest National Park

I am working a lot trying to get foreground interest and really want to achieve shots with a bit of the wow factor. I'm not entirely convinced by this image myself, I like the shadowy moody feel of it, and the detail has come out nicely in the log and the hillside.

I would be interested to see what you think, and versions that others could provide as feedback is really the only way to learn!

Rob

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:17.0-50.0 mm f/2.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:3 Apr 2013 - 3:57 PM
Focal Length:19mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/20.0
Shutter Speed:1/6sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:A log based landscape
Username:RobertFranklinPhotography RobertFranklinPhotography
Uploaded:11 Apr 2013 - 9:52 AM
Tags:Black & white, Bratley view, Landscape, Log, New forest, Plain, Tree
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iancrowson
iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 11:31 AM

This is an interesting shot, I get the idea of what your are aiming for.
I've looked at your PF and website and you do have images with a WOW factor but I'm sorry this one does not do it for me.
Looking at the image my eye first goes to the end of the log. the detail is not very good, needs sharp focusing and maybe some cross lighting, say a flash to one side or a different time of day.
Following the line of the log and into the distance there is a lot of detail, but it's indistinct again due to lighting. I know it's a hill but for me would look better level, or sloping more which I tried in my mod but lost the tree.
I think that given suitable lighting to show detail of the log there is a picture here.
I've done a couple of mods, neither do that much for the picture but are aimed at bringing out a bit of drama.
These are my views, hope you get some more advice and comments,
regards
Ian

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pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1598 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2013 - 6:47 PM

I've had a look at your portfolio and website, Robert, and am now sitting here reminiscing about my 20 years living and working in the New Forest. Wonderful memories, so thankyou for that.
Interestingly, you have a picture of a fallen tree (it may be the same one) on your website which has the type of composition that I would have been advising for the one you show here.
If you had moved more to the right, and shown more of the length of the fallen branch, it would act as a strong lead-in. I also feel that a lower viewpoint would give more impact and perhaps place the contours of the branch against the sky.
The bare circular part where the branch has broken off, bottom left of your image, could be higher and larger, but would also have to be sharply in focus. This way, you would be emphasizing the patterns and shapes of the branch. You could then exclude the part tree top left, which for me gives the image a heavy feel.
Since there is little else of interest in the frame, the lead-in leads nowhere in particular, and the image gets to be all about the branch. Since you are "trying to get foreground interest", this image can therefore perhaps be seen as an exercise for your endeavours, but it needs something else to give it the WOW factor that you are looking for.
The mono helps to bring out the texture of the wood, but without a dramatic sky, or a herd of horses or cattle on the right, it lacks impact. With a sunrise, sunset or good cloud formation, it could work well, but would need to be in colour. If it's fairly close to where you live, you just need to choose the right time of day.
I'm trying not to be too negative because I think you are on the right track, choosing an interesting subject like this. However, all interest is weighted on the left side of the frame. As the image stands, I therefore think it could benefit from a crop to the right, using a square format.
Pamela.

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RobertFranklinPhotography

Hi Ian and Pamela

Thanks for the comments, very much appreciated and helping in the learning curve.

Regards

Rob

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom853 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2013 - 10:15 PM

No wow factor on this one. You need instant impact to get any wow and your foreground is much too heavy for that. I think the content is not really going to give you that impact whatever you do with it. You need some dramatic lighting and a more interesting viewpoint.

Paul

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