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here i tried some smoke photography, its my first time trying this , I enjoyed it so much, I processed a bit with photoshop to get a bit of a shape, hope you like the outcome.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 1100D
Lens:EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Jan 2014 - 7:43 PM
Focal Length:46mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.2
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:fish in the smoke
Username:Sgtborg Sgtborg
Uploaded:19 Jan 2014 - 12:38 PM
Tags:Colours, Fish, Smoke, Specialist / abstract
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peekay2001
19 Jan 2014 - 1:06 PM

charming..

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2014 - 4:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the mixture of colours that you have used, Mario.
I love to find images inside smoke pictures, but this fish is very obvious, so clear and well defined, so well done. It's one of the best that I have seen.

As pretty as your border is, it is tending to distract the eye from your image. Just a plain one would do, if any.

What is lacking here is brightness and saturation, to bring out the shapes and colours better. Working on smoke pictures in post processing is very easy, like fireworks against a dark sky, they always respond well to tweaking.

In my modification I have rotated and mirrored the image in order to get the fish on a diagonal, diving down towards the bottom right corner.
I adjusted brightness and contrast until the outlines stood out well against the black background.

Obviously, you don't always have to include the complete line of smoke, especially if you find a "picture" inside it and want to accentate that. Then you can remove any parts that detract from or don't correspond to the picture you see. This isn't cheating, it's making the most of what you have captured.

Also, as you can see from my modification, you can use whatever orientation that you feel suits it best. The smoke has created the illusion, you simply need to enhance that illusion and make it easier for the viewer to "see" and understand.

Pamela.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2014 - 4:45 PM

Not my kind of thing, I fear. Subjective, of course, but rather dark and heavy for me. I find myself wondering what I would then do with it?

Paul

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