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Saw this in a field near my house. Thought it looked like it was standing guard over its work!

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 May 2013 - 10:22 AM
Focal Length:55mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:100, 100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Blue Machine
Username:billmyl billmyl
Uploaded:14 May 2013 - 11:27 PM
Tags:General, Humour / fun
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IanLuckock
15 May 2013 - 12:07 AM

Like this shot.... I admire anyone who dares try the square format which slated by fools and admired by the knowledged.
I als o like the way the furrows flow nicely int the background.
I would suggest that you revisit this scene in different light conditions and shoot it without the machinery as the background and furrows work well alone.
Well done.
Ian

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pablophotographer

Hi. I realise that we look at a modern agricultural machinery and some landscape. As a documentary or educational picture we need to see all the elements of the agricultural equipment and the picture serves the purpose well as we also see the effect of the work on the ground. Lighting is even and colours are reproduced rightly. The format of the picture as is works for this purpose.

But,

the bottom half of the picture contains a stronger graphical design there, and the true story of the events taht took place. Crop the picture (even a bit lower then the middle) and you have an oblong horizontal frame that contains the furrows and the two ploughs. Simple, graphic, narrative, self-explaining. That looks more like art from your part. The top half is wheels thrown on a green background. Stay with what is essential, filter what it matters. That is my humble opinion.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10876 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2876 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 5:40 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Its a little bit like a two eyed robot guarding the field.


I like the two wheels, it makes it more surreal.


Ive loaded a mod with the white balance a little warmer, and the image sharpened, as its slightly soft.


Pablos crop idea can work also, and Ive also uploaded a mod with it done.


Regards



Willie

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paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom855 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 7:28 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Goo idea and well seen. Not sure you needed the negative compensation as it is a touch under exposed. You didn't need f11. It hasresulted in a very slow shutter speed and that is why the image is slightly soft I would think. F8 or even 7.1 would do and ISO200 to give a rather faster shutter speed.

Paul

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billmyl
billmyl e2 Member 183 forum postsbillmyl vcard Scotland
15 May 2013 - 8:09 AM

Willie as always your advice and mods are excellent. Pablo thanks for your very worthy artistic ideas. I have been trying to think when I take shots what is essential and cut out everything else. Paul your advice on camera settings is tremendous as I am still a beginner at getting the balance of exposure and lighting appropriate for the shot. Ian I will revisit late in the evening and try a shot of the scene.
Once again thanks to all for the encouraging advice.

Bill

Last Modified By billmyl at 15 May 2013 - 8:12 AM

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7440 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1028 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2013 - 4:11 PM


Quote: Its a little bit like a two eyed robot guarding the field.

My reaction too when I opened this. I also thought at first it was a manipulation (alsoppdigitalart has uploaded manipulations of old railway details that give a remarkably similar effect, see here for example...). I was so pleased to find that it's for real, that's always more satisfying, and I'm sure you saw the humour in it immediately.
I like Ian's suggestion, if circumstances co-operate - try to get this in the middle ground, wide angle again, with the furrows flowing towards it. When a subject provides such a strong outline, and is so obviously humorous, it doesn't have to sit centre-stage. It can be presented more subtly, as a part of a bigger picture.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 15 May 2013 - 4:14 PM

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