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My first attempt at a still life. Not to sure about the result. Comments are more than welcome, thanks.
Craig

Camera:Nikon D70 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 70-300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Autumn
Username:copper1658 copper1658
Uploaded:26 Oct 2008 - 12:20 PM
Tags:Apple, Autum, Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
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Craggwildlife
Craggwildlife e2 Member 673 forum postsCraggwildlife vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2008 - 1:20 PM

good first attempt..and presentation..well done.
David

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2008 - 1:42 PM

I think you have done a very good job of it, love the colours and details.
Welcome to EPZ.
John

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DOGSBODY  61432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2008 - 1:53 PM

Well arranged and natural looking autumn still life. Andy

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conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2008 - 3:28 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: Not to sure about the result.

I know how that feels! Wink

Anyway, about the picture. I think you did quite well with the exposure and the colours. I'm not sure about the composition. I think I would either have liked to have seen a composition that could have happened naturally, or a more organised composition with less to look at. It's a bit busy now. I think there are just too many leaves. Why not try to find a quiet background, put just a few leaves in, and organise the apple and the berries in such a way that they look like they belong there. (More easily said than done, I know...) The subjects deserve it, the colours look so good together.

Hope this helps.

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2008 - 4:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This sort of shot does personify autumn with those lovely russet colours. And you have avoided the temptation to saturate the colours so they all look very natural.

I might have been tempted to do a bit more stage management such as turning the leaves over. Many are showing their undersides which are not so colourful and some are a bit crinkly.

But certainly a good idea.

Catherine

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copper1658
26 Oct 2008 - 5:04 PM

Thanks for your comments and advice. Virtually brand new to digital photography, or indeed any photography apart from holiday snaps, so your feedback is appreciated.

Craig

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pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1615 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2008 - 1:05 AM

Hello, Craig, and welcome to EPZ. I like the natural feel of this image. I can imagine the apple having fallen from a tree into the autumnal debris on the ground. You have some strong warm colours, especially the reds, and some nice detail throughout. I feel it would be more natural with the yellow cast removed and some adjustments made, so I have done a modification. I cropped a bit from the right because there wasn't much of interest in that area, but I would have preferred to keep the apple less central, as in your original composition. I lightened the image, adjusted highlights and shadows and cloned some berries into the top left corner where there was a dark space. With a curves adjustment, I felt a more natural look was achieved, and I finished by sharpening it a little and adding a lighter frame. Hope you approve.
Pamela.
PS: Added another mod, just a touch warmer.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 27 Oct 2008 - 1:10 AM

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katie9
katie9 Junior Member 5 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2009 - 10:46 AM

Great colours.
Katie.

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