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I found this old pipe on monday ,I set it on an old piece of tree could i have improved it in any way

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Jun 2012 - 12:28 PM
Focal Length:85mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/750sec
Exposure Comp:0.000000
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:rusty
Username:williamsloan williamsloan
Uploaded:8 Jun 2012 - 11:22 AM
Tags:General
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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1612 Constructive Critique Points
8 Jun 2012 - 2:55 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

When you say you set it on an old piece of tree, Billy, I thought you had PLACED it on a piece of tree at the time of shooting, but when I found signs of a selection around the edges, I realised that you had placed it on the tree in editing.
The rust colours, texture and shape make the old bit of pipe quite interesting, and it looks a lot like an ancient artefact which has been dug up somewhere. Also, the way you have presented it, in particular with the bold frame, makes it look like a museum exhibit. There's nothing wrong with that, and it may have been your intention to present it in this way, but a simple change of background would make it feel less confined. For instance, a landscape background might suggest that it has been discovered in a field, or a seashore with some sea might suggest that it has been found with a metal detector on the beach. Blur the background, have the rusty pipe nice and sharp, enhance its colours and contrast before inserting it into your background, and I think you have "something out of nothing", an image to taunt the imagination.
I have done a simple modification where I added a blurred sunset sky, and placed your subject to the right side. I thought the wood might suggest the pipe was standing on a bench or table, so just added the sky to the top. It gives you an idea anyway. I chose a sky that echoed the colours within your subject, blurred it, and adjusted levels on the pipe before adding the sky. With a bit more time and patience, I might have also lengthened the shadow at the bottom.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 8 Jun 2012 - 2:59 PM

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom859 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jun 2012 - 9:16 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A perfectly good record image. I would tend not to use the very heavy borders though - terribly insistent.

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