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My goal is to show the ricefields as a scene. The weather is overcast after rain the night, the sun not very bright. and the ricefields in the foreground under the shadow, that's why i change it to black and white.

I expose to the sky to prevent overexpose on the sky, then raise the exposure on postprocessing and applied thin graduated filter on the sky to darken the sky.

My question is the composition work even without something interest in the foreground? because my goal is to show the ricefileds as a scene and other element like mountain and tress just to add interest.

thank you in advance.

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S2950HD
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:9 May 2013 - 6:37 AM
Focal Length:5mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/6.4
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Ricefields
Username:arhab arhab
Uploaded:12 May 2013 - 3:31 AM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel, Ricefields
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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States6 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 4:57 AM

I think the composition is beautiful. What you have done is create three zones of visual interest--foreground close up of the rise, a middle range and the mountains. I think this image really works.

Peter

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Coast
Coast Critique Team 61337 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom292 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 9:01 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

As the subject is the rice field then the composition is good with it dominating the foreground and sweeping round from left to right across the frame. Nicely balanced with the landscape and sky in the distance.

With the rice field being your subject however I feel it needs more emphasis in tone and contrast to make it sparkle and stand out. As it is, it is a little flat in your mono conversion. Try playing with the levels slider to see if you can lift the foreground.

It would be nice to see the colour version too and if you can upload as a version it may help to pass some further views as to how you could have processed the scene to make your Rice field subject stand out.

Last Modified By Coast at 12 May 2013 - 9:02 AM

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 12:29 PM

Works for me , very beautiful but maybe brighten the foreground a wee bit .

Rod

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7454 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1031 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2013 - 5:25 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's an attractive image, but a bit 'Fifty shades of grey'. Unlike colour, b&w images really need touches of true white and true black to bring them to life. I want to see the light shining on those curved leaves, and a bit more sense of depth, distance - I understand your treatment of the sky, but if it was paler it would recede into the distance better for me. I'm not getting a sense of here and there, I think some work on contrast, and some dodging and burning on the foreground, might give that. I like Coast's Mod, will try one of my own. As he says it would be useful to see the colour original. I don't think you are in e2, so you cannot upload a version, but you could upload it as a Mod here - click on the Modifications button, and then Upload a modification.
Moira

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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2013 - 5:09 AM

Thank you Paul and Moira for the mod, I am sorry i can not load the color because i am not in my computer. But i understood what do you mean. Smile and thank you also for Peter and Rod for your comment.

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