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This is v2 of an image I shot for the Macro Challenge. I like the colours of the shell but thought that the original image was boring (I've uploaded it as a Mod).

I thought I'd try adding a couple of grunge layers to add a bit of interest.

Please would you let me know if you think this works or not.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Feb 2012 - 2:32 PM
Focal Length:250mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.1
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
Title:Grungy Shell
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:28 Feb 2012 - 10:46 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro
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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
29 Feb 2012 - 8:30 PM

I normally don't like fancy surrounds, but this suites very well along with the colour. I would have put the shell bang in the middle though - this looks unbalanced.

paul

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WeeGeordieLass
WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
29 Feb 2012 - 8:57 PM

Thanks Paul - I'm glad for the tip on the composition as that was the one thing about the image I didn't feel comfortable about.

Now that you mention it - yes it does look unbalanced doesn't it.

Thanks for this

Elaine

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2012 - 1:33 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Namaste, Elaine.
I love my shells and enjoy photographing them. I take them down to the sea for an appropriate backgroundSmile.
Your background is like a frame, and I'm not sure if a textured background without the framing might look better, even with a bit of vignetting. I also think a little bit of shadow beneath the shell would bring it to life.
You have chosen a colour for the background that echoes the colour of the shell, and the whole image is therefore of the same tone, and the shell doesn't stand out. I have done a few mods with the background colour changed, using quite a low opacity. In those I sharpened the shell and added a drop shadow.
But in my first mod, I adjusted levels in order to bring out the beautiful colours of the shell, and then, instead of moving it more to the left in the frame, I gave it a small friendGrin in my second mod.
Pamela.

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
3 Mar 2012 - 12:02 PM

Namaste Pamela,

What a great idea - putting the shell in it's naural environment with the sea shore in the background. I love your shell images in your pf....my favourite is the "Bullmouth Helmet".

Thanks for all the time you have taken to show me how to improve the shot. I particularly like the last one in the series. I can see how using a different colour for the background is better for helping the shell to stand out.

I also like the "Mummy and Baby" version. It balances the shot nicely......and it's cute!

Thanks for sharing your ideas with me Pamela, and giving your time and advice so freely.

Loads of oms

Elaine

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JackAllTog
JackAllTog e2 Member 53584 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2012 - 9:17 PM

Yess i like it loads - very nicely done.

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
12 Mar 2012 - 9:47 PM

Thanks Stuart, the encouragement is much appreciated,

Cheers

Elaine

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