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Not so 'disturbing' and more self explanatory.
Fantastic detail in this image - I like it a lot!
If you don't like it, then feel free to say why.
Some nice textures and colours in this shot, Keith.
Like the good details and textures in this Keith.
Well set up.
There is a dark spot in the background hessian about a half inch down from the top around the third that once seen seem to draw the eye might be worth a clone.
Can almost feel the textures in this Keith!
There, that's 4 comments for you, and one of them was constructive too
Quote: If you don't like it, then feel free to say why.
Seeing you asked nicely
I will start with what I do like. Its a super composition so well thought out, the attention to detail in the three subjects is superb....but..
To me its the background, the texture is too similar to that of the hat, and with similar lighting. The "blur" (Gaussian or otherwise) just jars slighly and creates a clash with the hat.
I think darkening the background would help as it would stop the hat fighting with it. The image should be about the superb elements, not the background - thats the supporting act.
The trouble with darkening the background (which I've already told you in the PM is not artificially blurred ) is that it takes some of the commerciality out of it. It would make it more EPZ-able but out in the real world not so much.
I know that if I'd added several layers of grunge to it, the votes would double but I need to sell these things and personally I find the sacking a complimentary backdrop to the elements.
I didn't mention "grunged layers" I dont think it needs it, and im not talking of making it very dark, just enough to give seperation.
No, the grunge comment was a general comment. In print there'll be plenty of separation. Color alone will bring it forward.
I think there are four elements not three...as the hessian for me is the carrier for the fish to be transported from the river bank....the fly on the silk line is a link...brill comp and where on earth did you find that reel and fly line ? The good 'ole days of salmon fishing ....not that I remember mind
So speaks an old fly fisherman....LOL
Second hand bargain, Chris. two reels, two dozen flies and a few other goodies for the price of a big bag of chips.
I've had me moments
Coming down your way .....just bought some fly fishing gear .....only got one arm left and will have to hop to the lake
You can borrow me 'at and sack if you want.
Be good to nab some salmon on the Avon before they net them!
Mind you, disabled access is a bit limited
Agree with Nick. The hat and hessian are too similar in colour and texture for me. Love the reel, line and flies but for me the hat has to go. Maybe nice with a couple of trout or salmon in its place and then something with some height behind them. Maybe the cork rod butts or something. Same colour but different texture.
I used hessian with grain, hops and beer years and years ago for a cibachrome in my city and guilds and that seemed to work well. At least I passed anyway!
No idea about the commerciality of those comments, I bow to your greater knowledge in that area but thought you may appreciate the comment on the composition.
Mmmm i have shots without the hat and to me they are crying out for the hat as the title says. Fair enough the rod but the cost outweighs the commercial return or at least hacks in.
As an ex food photographer o know that unless the fish is straight from the river it looks wrong.
Lure a Trout anytime Pete !!
Bow to all the above on technicality and commercial and as the title says it's all about the hat. I merely think that with the age of the reel and the suggestion of past times the hat is too new...so how about
The Gillie's Sunday Hat?
And as a sheer matter of interest I used to tread flook in the Kent estuary where my great uncle had the salmon rights. Does that count as fishing expertise?
The hat, weirdly, was made around the same time as the reel....it had an easier life I guess. I have never flooked a salmon but I have been flooked by an old trout.
Wot yer tryin to say Henson!!!!!!
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