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I'm doing a short digital Photography course in the town, i was given the subject of Light and Dark, i took it this afternoon on the way back from it. I would like a pre- submission critque just to see if i'm in with a shout please? Metadata:-manual exp f4, @12mm, iso100.
I've done 3 variations of it as i was'nt sure about the horizontals and verticals going on in the image. Any help will be most appreciated.. Thanks

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:12-24mm Tokina
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Tea or Tennis
Username:Duncan1960 Duncan1960
Uploaded:24 Jun 2010 - 12:32 AM
Tags:Black & white, Building, Cottage, Digitally manipulated, Highlands, Ruins, Scottish
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TonyWatson
24 Jun 2010 - 1:14 AM

Hi Duncan, I like it just as it is, it seems to have far more character than if the horizontals or verticals were corrected. As a suggestion perhaps just crop the top and right hand side a small amount as that amount of black distracts my eye from the window frame and objects.
Nice Image.
Good luck with the course.
Doc

Last Modified By TonyWatson at 24 Jun 2010 - 1:16 AM

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Duncan1960
24 Jun 2010 - 2:10 AM

Hi Tony, Yes i do agree with ya on that, i've done just that on 1 of the others and looking at em side by side this 1 does work better.. Thanx for your time Tony, much appreciated.. Heading out for the sun up now, last time i'll pick light n dark as a topic.. thanx again Tony..
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Toonman
Toonman  71420 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2010 - 6:46 AM

Hi Duncan.

I agree with Tony. I might also lighten the shadows ever so slightly in PS to show a tadge more detail.

Adam

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2010 - 2:28 PM

The idea is a good one Duncan and you have definitely got the dark aspect going. Not so sure though about the light, other than the light sky in the top part of the picture. As your title is Tea or Tennis it might be appropriate to throw a little more light on the kettle and the shoes which are both very dark.

I have uploaded a mod where I have dodged the midtones on both at about 50% than gone over a second time with the highlights at about 7%. You may get a better result by playing around with the exposures on the raw file and then doiing a bit of dodging.

I am not sure you could get the effect in camera without lighting of some sort. If you have a long enought exposure you could have tried using a torch to play light on these objects.

I think the wonky window looks fine and fits in well with the subject.

Good luck with the course

Catherine

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Duncan1960
2 Jul 2010 - 8:42 PM

Hi guys,
Thanks very much for the comments and Critique, all taken onboard and shall put it to good use!
Thanks again D;

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2013 - 11:03 AM

One of those images you could play around with for hours. A little lighter without losing the contrast might be nice.

Dougie

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