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i wanted to create a slight retro 80's feel and mood to this shot. I noticed the hat hung up on the other side of the room and tried it in a number of positions on the pegs and used a large aperture to focus attention on the hat.I also wanted to make use of the soft light so i added a soft focus. I like the muted soft colours in the shot.I don't know if something colud be added to enhance it such as a texture?

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Lens:OLYMPUS 50mm Lens
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Mar 2012 - 3:33 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.000000
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Creative (Slow speed)
Metering Mode:ESP
Flash:On, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Straw hat
Username:Flymoman Flymoman
Uploaded:4 Apr 2013 - 8:38 AM
Tags:General, Haze
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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2013 - 8:59 AM

like the effect.. have uploaded a mod...- just a slightly different view Smile

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Flymoman
Flymoman  1 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 - 9:02 AM

thanks for that

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2013 - 9:06 AM

Good effort on this, but the mod is good as the hat stands out more.

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digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2013 - 9:56 AM

I think the mod is different but not better. I like the pastel dreaminess of the original.

Ian

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2013 - 2:28 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like this a lot. Clever use of f2.8, the focus is spot on, the overall effect is gentle and nostalgic. I particularly like the use of (very neat) verticals - the window on the right, the mirror with a hint of window reflection on the left. And I like the way you use natural light.
The one thing that doesn't quite satisfy me is the placement of the hat in the frame, I would have wanted to get down a bit lower and move left a bit, place the hat nearer to the upper left corner area of the frame. Not right in the corner, just nearer. Getting the camera a bit lower would also avoid having the corner of the bit of hat reflected in the mirror - just that tip of the brim is a slight distraction. But that's just how I see it. Can't change that in a Mod without losing some important elements here though.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 4 Apr 2013 - 2:33 PM

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2013 - 5:40 PM

Gorgeous. I agree with Moira re framing, and Ive modified this in the mods. Mod2 has some diffuse glow applied, and mod3 is a different perspective you could consider, - not as an alternate shot, but as a new shot, - both work.

I would slightly sharpen the hat itself, and in the mods softened the reflection in the mirror.

You already have a great background, so you would need to experiment with textures if you feel it would add something.

I will try to find a texture and do a mod just to see what happens.



regards



Willie

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10868 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2869 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2013 - 5:50 PM

Loaded a texture mod. The texture is by Skeletalmess on Flickr.


Heres where you can obtain many textures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skeletalmess/sets/72157611177099692/


W

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Flymoman
Flymoman  1 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 - 6:02 PM

Thanks Willie, love the textured mod.Adds that something extra.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2013 - 8:06 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is quite lovely,gorgeous colour palette & such a pretty hat.
Great dof to put the focus on the hat.
You could have afforded a bit of a crop from the top & LHS imho just to put the hat in a better position in the frame.
I really don't think you need textures here ( I am somewhat of a texture freak too,so that's saying something for me Wink ) I did however do you a mod & included a couple,just to see what you think.
A little bit of a lighter vignette,a drop more focus on the hat were my finishing touches.
Try to remember to convert your image to the sRGB colour profile before uploading,that way you retain a much better rendition of your original colour & contrast for viewing on the web.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
4 Apr 2013 - 9:23 PM

Not my kind of thing. Well done and interestingly different but shows how subjectivity matters finally. If I were walking round an exhibition then this image would not pull my attention because the subject matter has no appeal - to me.

Paul

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