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This was a grab shot taken with my compact camera at Armeni Monastery in Crete. I've cropped the image to show what I think is a better composition - there was loads more space at the bottom of the picture along with a straggling holiday-maker. There are a few people in the arches of the building, but I don't know enough about photo-editing to clone them out at the moment (another learning curve). I wondered what you all thought. Do you think this image has any atmosphere?

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm Finepix F50fd
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Sep 2011 - 8:35 AM
Focal Length:8mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/6.4
Shutter Speed:1/600sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
Title:Going to Prayers
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:4 Dec 2011 - 6:57 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2945 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2011 - 7:43 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Elaine.

You used a compact for this, so a wide angle gave you some converging verticals, - more about that in a minute.


The shot itself has the man going to prayer a little low in the frame, - so the addition frame would have placed him higher, but from what you say, it had to go.

In that case, - hes better placed on a third, - and its not very difficult to select him with a lasso tool, copy, and then paste him where you need to have him appear, - which Ive done in the mod.

The people in the windows are quite easy to remove, - just use a black brush and paint over them!

The pink building on the right seems out of character to me, and thats where we can solve the apparent leaning (converging) wall on the right just by cropping it out.


Ive loaded a mod with this done. You are on the right track, - a solitary person going to prayer is a good subject.



Hope this helps.



Regards



Willie

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
4 Dec 2011 - 8:23 PM

Thanks a lot for giving my image your time Willie. Now that you mention it, I can see clearly how the pink building and converging vertical line doesn't fit in with the image. I hadn't even noticed these two elements - but I'll watch out for this in the future, cheers.

I've got a lot to learn about photo-editing but thanks for the tips re: the lasso tool and black brush.

I like your mod and wondered it you think the image would also have worked if the monk was placed one third in from the right hand side of the frame?

Thanks again you've helped a lot.

Cheers

Elaine

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2945 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2011 - 8:34 PM

Yes, - third in would also work, loaded another mod, - might even work better as he moving into open space.

I wonder does he know hes been moved all over the place?

W

Last Modified By banehawi at 4 Dec 2011 - 8:39 PM

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
4 Dec 2011 - 9:11 PM

Hi Wille,

I've uploaded another crop - it's displayed under the modifications tab, along with my reply.

Thanks

Elaine

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Jestertheclown

My turn!

Mine's a bit of a halfway house.

I've modded your mod to remove some of the bottom, placing the path on the corner and I've trimmed and cloned the RHS just to tidy it up a little.

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2346 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
4 Dec 2011 - 10:09 PM

Thanks Brendan, I like it. I'm learning that an eye for detail is very important.

Cheers
Elaine

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CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Dec 2011 - 7:21 AM

I recognised this straight away from the thumb-nail, as I live in Crete Smile A difficult subject to capture, so many different angles and variations, a good try, though. There are some excellent mods here, too. Carol

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