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I thought this scene would make a nice plain and simple image.

I've warmed up the shot a bit and straightened the verticals.

Is there anything I could have done to improve this.

I'd be grateful for any advice and opinions.

Thanks Guys

Elaine

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18.0-55.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Sep 2012 - 12:19 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/25sec
Exposure Comp:+1
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Plain & Simple
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:7 Nov 2012 - 7:56 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel
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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 - 7:58 PM

Great composition and nice contrast between the blue and white
Jim

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7 Nov 2012 - 8:01 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I did one very similar to this a few years ago. It was the cottage at Nash Point lighthouse. The doors and windows were green not blue, but the composition and stark nature were the same. Yours is better than mine, though and I think that the inclusion of the brush is what makes the difference. Looking back mine was a bit too dehumanised, but the brush gets rid of that feeling altogether. Well done. I learned something here ! Grin...Peter

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
7 Nov 2012 - 8:03 PM

Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment Jim.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
7 Nov 2012 - 8:09 PM

Hi Peter,

Thanks very much for your critique.

This was a monastery we happened upon by chance one day. It was all locked up and the little brush was lying on the floor by some tables and chairs on the other side of the courtyard. I'm glad you think including it in the shot was a good move.

Thanks again.

Elaine

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Eviscera e2 Member 81104 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 8:43 PM

I like images like these !

Good symmetry , the brush of brown in the colour scheme is perfect.

Heres a link

Maybe just tidy up the image and punch a little contrast.

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watsonle
watsonle  6 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2012 - 8:49 PM

I love the simplicity of colour and composition - a really effective shot.

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
7 Nov 2012 - 9:02 PM

Thanks for the mod Eviscera........I think the extra blue band of color bottom left makes the shot look more balanced - I like it Grin

The link to the Anatomy of Colors article is very interesting......I'm not clued up on this sort of thing so gonna read it now.

I'm glad you like the shot - cheers for taking the time to help.

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
7 Nov 2012 - 9:08 PM

Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment Louise. Glad you like it.

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Eviscera e2 Member 81104 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 9:21 PM

You welcome Elaine Smile

Its not meant to be a technical link , just a way of thinking about how colours work in composition.

Really admire your eclectic work and the fact that you are not a click hoe and open to ideas ..

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iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 9:44 PM

Excellent image of Greece. Super composition. The brush is spot on unless you could have got a cat to sit there.
Ian

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pablophotographer

hello Elaine,

nice shot, the broom is an awesome feature especially as it comes with matching blue stripes if I see correctly. Cleanness is still highly regarded and practiced as I see, it's part of the elegance and the culture.

My only suggestion would be to crop the bottom on the sunshine area despite the fact that your picture contains sunshine parts on the upper steps and the right they are not as striking. So cropping is a totally personal decision.

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nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 10:27 PM

You were right to think that it "would make a nice plain and simple image", and you made it very nice.

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fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2012 - 10:28 PM

A well seen and most effective shot - nice blues!

Lavina

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teepee  11659 forum posts England
7 Nov 2012 - 11:17 PM

simple does it................tp

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banehawi Critique Team 10866 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2862 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2012 - 2:48 AM

Its a very nice vibrant shot. Love the colours and the light. Also loaded a mod, white balance a tad warmer, and theres a small amount of barrel distortion (look at the bottom of the image, you can see slight curve) Ive removed, and applied a little sharpening.

For PABLO, - the brush has 3 stripes, the centre one is blue, the outer wo are red.



regards


Willie

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iancrowson e2 Member 4211 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom129 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2012 - 8:35 AM

I thought Eviscera's link useful to photographers aiming at creating art. Remember the scope of photography is wide, crime scene, super macro of insects, traffic cameras, and right though to art.

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Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2012 - 9:05 AM

This picture is excellent regarding composition and content but I am left wondering about the white, it may be my eyesight but it does appear to be a little bluish!

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
8 Nov 2012 - 6:11 PM

Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for all of your helpful comments.

Just in from work, and rushing back out again to my yoga class.

I'll reply to you all when I get back in tonight.

Laters

Elaine

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8 Nov 2012 - 9:06 PM

Hi Eviscera,

The link was great. I've learned stuff about colors that I never even considered before when taking a shot...............thanks for that Smile I think it's helpful for photographers to know about color combinations and such.

Thanks for looking at my PF - I'm dead chuffed that you like my work. I feel that some of my shots aren't much cop , but once in a while I seem to produce the odd one with some merit. I'm very grateful for all of the help I receive on here.

Cheers

Elaine

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2339 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
8 Nov 2012 - 9:12 PM

Hi Ian,

Thanks for your nice comment.


Quote: The brush is spot on unless you could have got a cat to sit there

.

I couldn't find a cat for this shot but.........................................hope you look at my next upload!

Cheers

Elaine

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8 Nov 2012 - 9:15 PM

Hi Pablo,

Thanks for your helpful critique.

I think you do have a good point about the crop, and I'll give it a try.

I hope you're keeping well.

Great to hear from you.

Cheers

Elaine

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8 Nov 2012 - 9:18 PM

Hi Nezih,


Quote: and you made it very nice.

It's very nice to receive positive comments like yours.

Thanks for the encouragement.

Cheers

Elaine

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8 Nov 2012 - 9:20 PM

Hi Lavina,

Thanks for taking the time to look and leave your nice comments.

Cheers

Elaine

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8 Nov 2012 - 9:22 PM

Hi Tony,


Quote: simple does it................tp

Agreed GrinGrinGrinGrin

Thanks

Elaine

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8 Nov 2012 - 9:25 PM

Hi Willie,

Thanks for the mod............yes my shot does need warming up a little more.

Ta for the tip on the barrel distortion, and showing me that it can be corrected.

Cheers Willie

Elaine

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8 Nov 2012 - 9:27 PM

Hi Frank,

Thanks for your positive critique. I agree that the shot needs warming up a little bit more. I didn't notice it until I saw Willie's mod.

Cheers

Elaine

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