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This is the landscape around Gigrin farm in Wales (famous for the red kites). I wanted some feedback as this has just failed quality control with Alamy picture library and for some reason they didn't say why on this occasion. Any critisism welcome, as I tend to only get 1/3 of my images accepted by Alamy.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:SIGMA EX 17-70mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Storm over Gigrin farm
Username:danielwaters danielwaters
Uploaded:10 Jan 2010 - 5:08 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9716 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2673 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2010 - 7:16 PM

I dont know exactly what they were looking for, but heres my two cents.

Its not a very interesting shot; though the sky is dramatic, the largest area of the shot is taken up with generally messy scattered bits of stones, - nothing of particular interest. The foreground, and the fence do lead the eye to a distant point which looks interesting, but its small, and insignificant in this shot, - its hard to see.

Ive tried a mod, but dont know if it makes a lot of difference, - cropped a lot from the bottom, desaturated a bit (it seems a little too saturated?) and sharpened.


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Willie

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clicknimagine
10 Jan 2010 - 7:33 PM

if any photograph is not accepted by any third party agency, the better thing is to check it in the 100% view, i am sure the sharpness may be one of the reasons, the saturation is also hight, ensure the white balance, again as willie said to sell an image you have to enter into a competition amongst the other photographers, so your image should contain something very special to compete, many times only for this quality many images are rejected by those agencies as lack of aesthetic quality,


wish you best of luck for your future works...

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom826 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2010 - 2:49 PM

I have a lot of work on Alamy and have been involved with stock for 30 years. This is not really very stock oriented - before sending images - ask yourself who might be interested in your image content.

There is, though, a major quality issue - the joint between the sky and land is a bright and rather artificial band. You have either added a different sky or darkened the one you had and the blending of layers has not been very succesful resulting in a rather un-natural look.

Most stock libraries do not give much in the line of reasons for rejection - that's your job.

Paul

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danielwaters
11 Jan 2010 - 3:16 PM

Hi,
Thanks for the feedback. The shot is an HDR one (to control the contrast between the sky and land) which is why the join between the sky and land has an issue. It had the usual red band along the join. It was worse before I tried to address it.

I've had my screen calibrated since taking this photo so I shouldn't be over saturating things quite so much now. That said, many landscapes are over saturated in magazines these days.

The sharpening was at a setting recommended by Digital photo magazine, but HDR tends to have a sharpening effect too so the combination probably sent it over the top.

I realise it's not a good stock shot, but I'm testing the Alamy waters to see what they do and don't accept. I've had magazines approach me and use worse photos so I just need to get a feel for what's passable.

I think HDR seems to cause too much fringing and artefacts to make it useable with someone like Alamy.

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