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Entrance gate set @16:9 to remove unintentional detail

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Dec 2012 - 2:49 PM
Focal Length:44mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.3
Aperture:f/5.3
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Not Defined
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired, Return detected
White Balance:Auto
Title:No Entry
Username:th3mi55ingl1nk th3mi55ingl1nk
Uploaded:2 Jan 2013 - 8:19 PM
Tags:Black & white
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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 1124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 7:12 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Carl, I have to admit I am offering critique on this image from my own opinion. I am having difficulty what your trying to tell me in this shot and my first piece of advice would be to think what am I trying to say and will people understand as what seems obvious to you may not be obvious to others.

Personally I think the angled shot in this case, looks like you didn't quite get it right so I would suggest squaring up the shot to keep the symmetry.

I am assuming you want me to focus on the bars as they are the only infocus area but I find the image varies little in contrast meaning the background and foreground are similar in contrast and tone. I would suggest increasing the midtone contrast to help darken the background and make the bars of the foreground really stand out.

I have uploaded a mod with my suggestions added. let me know what you think, did I miss something you intended the viewer to see?

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2013 - 10:07 AM

The question is, what are you trying to show here. I see no subject other than a frame full of steel security bars. Such a shot might sell in a library to someone writing an article on security, but there is little general appeal. I would have shot it for library submission.

Paul

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pablophotographer
3 Jan 2013 - 5:13 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I get the point. I also understand that you tried your best on the theme. High ISO, the widest aperture of your lens (!?) and flash also. Although the background is lit and i can see a staircase I think that the space between the bars and the staircase is too big and too dark (too far for your flash to shed light) -although lighting changes as I tilt my screen- or too plain to help others understand what you are trying to capture. I could be a part of a jail but it may be shot in a railway station. An inclusion of a "no entry" sign could assist others understand it more clearly and then a straightened shot would confirm the "air" of authority. It looks like a deserted place now but the spider webs are too few to stress it. If you think it gets lit more during the day at a different time, you could have another go on it...

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