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I really like this photograph because I just love wild grass in all forms and took this last year lying down on the ground in a field nearby (to the curiosity of passing walkers and especially their dogs!!)

There was very little I did to this shot, except tweek to slightly brighten and added a touch of contrast.Of course as this was taken last year I wasn't then yet into RAW so went back 3 days ago to try and repeat in raw to find the tractors had just been to cut the whole lot. Sad

So there's not much of a story to this but it will be good to hear your crits on this.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 29.1 - 88.8 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 Jun 2011 - 8:38 AM
Focal Length:49mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Summer Grass in the Field
Username:Disee Disee
Uploaded:28 Jun 2012 - 3:59 PM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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arhab
arhab  243 forum posts Indonesia2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2012 - 4:13 PM

i think it will be better if there are something else maybe sky as a background and not fill the frame with all the grass. i like grass, but grass alone can not be a strong focal point.

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 9706 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2667 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2012 - 5:23 PM

Muhammad makes a good point. Shots of simple grasses can be very nice, however shooting them against the sky, or especially a sunset from lower down is where these shots really pop.

Try to isolate a long piece with an interesting shape and seed head can also work wonders.

In this shot, the eye wanders looking for a focal point where there isnt one, so limit the number of grass stalks and use the background as suggested for some magic shots.


regards


Willie

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AndyD999
AndyD999  243 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2012 - 6:16 PM

Have a think about all angles that the grass can be shot. Maybe try lying down and shooting upwards to the sky for a better back drop. Maybe zoom in close onto one stem against the back drop of the sky. Maybe silhouette the grass against a striking sky/cloud formation. But the grass alone just does not work for me. I love the detail of the grass and maybe this is something that could be explored too.

Andy

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pamelajean Critique Team 8683 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1529 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2012 - 8:42 PM

I am in agreement with what has already been said, Dinah, and I hope you gain something from it.
With your love of wild grass, you could set yourself a challenge and photograph it against different backgrounds, possibly also finding something to include with the grass. One of my favourite photos, which I took a long time ago, has golden coloured grass around a gate post, simple and yet effective. Also, grasses with one or two flowers can be very attractive. Get your creative juices flowing.
You have good light here and good detail, which is just what you need, but you have included too much grass in your frame. You can either isolate some attractive bits, or get closer. Instead of lying down, you could pick some grasses and position them somewhere higher, against the sky. You could even take some home and place them in a suitable container, and provide your own background. The options are endless.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 28 Jun 2012 - 8:44 PM

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Disee
Disee  4 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2012 - 3:54 PM

Thank you all for your helpful comments and must admit now that I have to agree. I re-looked at my collection and found some with backgrounds you all suggested and might choose one giving careful thought to what you have all said to upload. Your comments, as usual remain invaluable. Thank you.Grin

Last Modified By Disee at 29 Jun 2012 - 4:00 PM

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