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some old swan pics up for crit
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Lovely pictures, especially the large photo. Great idea.
Nice set of shots and very well presented
especially like v5.lesley
Of these, #5 is very much my favourite. Not very constructive, I'm afraid, but the processing you've given it somehow really suits the subject.
#2 and #4 seem rather harsh and over-contrasty, to me. They don't really capture the beauty of the swans and #2 makes them look even a little frightening and frenzied, to me. Maybe that was the intent. #3 seems rather empty to me — not much going on in the majority of the frame.
thanks for crits and comments
I like them a lot. I enjoy your style.
V5 is best, but you have those funny dark lines in your processing again where a tonal change is sudden rather than smooth. Cannot understand that. The people who threw all that bread onto the surface of a pond/lake should be shot. It sinks, sours, kills fish - not good.
The other images are a bit ordinary and the composite doesn't work this time because the individual images are not good enough.
You really gave yourself a difficult task with this. The idea is good and each image has it's merits, but for them to work in harmony they need to be edited as one, not put together after with different white balance and varying degrees of sharpening and saturation.
Also the composition isn't balanced, large over small doesn't work unless you are trying to give a feeling of danger. Sorry to give you such a bashing:-(
And then the black background. Think about what you are trying to convey in the image... the delicate beauty of the swan, or it's fearsome strength, the fragility of nature, or our pollution and manipulation of it.
The idea is good, and worth trying again by arranging the original images and then editing them all together and pasting them on to a softer background to finish.
Hope that helps, Patricia.
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