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Taken early morning. Do you think the composition is good? i had other version with more sky and less ricefield. But i prefer this one because not much anything in the sky. Thank you,

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S2950HD
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Dec 2012 - 5:48 AM
Focal Length:33mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/5.3
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Starting The Day
Username:arhab arhab
Uploaded:30 Mar 2013 - 3:18 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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manicam
manicam  10 Canada
30 Mar 2013 - 3:40 AM

Beautiful, nice job.

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Newdawei
Newdawei  3 China
30 Mar 2013 - 5:13 AM

Very nice comp, well captured !
Chen

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Mike43
Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 8:18 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Have uploaded a mod where I have cropped a small area of the foreground which I feel gives it a better balance, also added a little warmth to the scene. Apart from that you have a great composition with the Paddy Fields and the sun, but the actual quality of the photograph lets it down which is a shame because the idea, composition, and the overall contend of the shot is good.
Mike.

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chase Critique Team 81116 forum postschase vcard England235 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 8:34 AM

A nice mod from Mike,the warmer colours are much more appealing.
I think you could go even further with a crop taking much more from the bottom to give this a panoramic feel/letterbox composition....it would get rid of that red blotch too.
I love the way you have captured the people walking into the frame.The bg actually appeals ,a pretty misty feel to that which is what makes the image for me.

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Mike43
Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 10:31 AM


Quote: A nice mod from Mike,the warmer colours are much more appealing.
I think you could go even further with a crop taking much more from the bottom to give this a panoramic feel/letterbox composition....it would get rid of that red blotch too.
I love the way you have captured the people walking into the frame.The bg actually appeals ,a pretty misty feel to that which is what makes the image for me.

Its funny I never noticed the red spot till you said must be going blind, but you are right it needs to be taken out.
Mike.

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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 11:05 AM

the red spot is reflection from the sun. actually i was thinking to remove it but then i decided to leave it. thank you all for the comment and for the mod too. it is nice to read other opinion, that' s why i love this crit gallery.

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 12:33 PM

Well done I think your composition is fantastic and the misty atmosphere is lovely Smile

Rod

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 12:38 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Full marks for spotting the potential in this subject, and timing it very nicely to have the figures walking along that ridge below the sun. And by the way I spotted the sun's reflection in the wet field and knew immediately what it was.
The light is subtle, subdued, but a bit flat. Mike's Mod gives a better sense of clarity without losing the delicacy and mystery.
This scene really is nearly a blank canvas, for you to create your own composition from. For my eye there's too much on the right side of the frame, too little on the left to balance it. I would probably go for portrait, to create a direct visual link from the foreground rice plants up to the workmen and then up into the sky. Will have a go at a Mod.
Michael Freeman's wonderful book The Photographer's Eye includes a double page spread devoted to a very similar scene, a rice farmer in a vast paddy field, and he demonstrates how it can be used to create no fewer than nine different compositions, using different placement, format, proportions. And he doesn't even mention square images, which would be high on my list!
Moira

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7395 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 12:58 PM

OK Six Mods uploaded, which is a record for me but they are simply variations on a theme.
I adjusted in Levels, and added a bit of brightness and contrast, I hope I didn't overdo it. Then I tried out three different crops, one portrait and two square, and I've also shown the effect of flipping each one horizontally so that the figures are walking towards the right, which is how a lot of people want to see movement heading.
We read progress, narrative, from left to right, at least we do here in the west. The right is where we are heading, the next stop on the line, the future.
Your figures are walking to the left, so towards the past, memories. I much prefer that, and it gives the right atmosphere here, rather tired, the end of a long day.
The flipped Mods are simply to show how the mood changes with the direction of movement.
Moira

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widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 2:56 PM

Very interesting Moira thanks for another lesson Smile

Rod

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Niknut e2 Member 4525 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 5:17 PM

Fine shot !!.....lovely composition, which works well for me, with nice warm colours !!!!!

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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2013 - 6:04 PM

wow.... a lot of mod, it's nice to see you all offering the mod. that's really open my mind to see with different perspective. i really like the square format from Moira... i think i must try too. thank you all.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom843 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2013 - 4:54 PM

Very nice indeed. I would crop the foreground to a nearer letterbox and leave it at that. It's a touch distracting as is, but a fine well exposed image.

Paul

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