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Merlin_k's Gallery Comments
The more I look at it then the more I feel it is unbalanced. All the focus is too near the bottom. A simple crop taking out the mid bowl and above, but making sure to leave all the bottom bowl in the picture so that you can see that it IS a bowl of oranges, is probably better.
This seems to be one of those photos that's "almost there". It caught my eye enough in the thumbnails view for me to want to look at it as an individual photo. But then I was oddly disappointed. The easiest thing to spot is that the horizon doesn't appear level, all the water is going to run out of the left side of the picture! I then find that the bottom half of the picture doesn't add anything, and in fact the tiny bit of bank on the righ bottom corner distracts the eye. This could be improved by going for a letterbox format, crop away the dead space. The photograph is called "Sunrise" but the sunrise itself is overexposed so that all the colours and glory of the sun in the right upper quadrant are lost - either a grey grad to tone down the sky or simply underexpose to rectify this (if it was shot in RAW then you might still be able to recover some of it).
Firstly, I prefer the colour version at the moment but I believe that the mono should be better. What holds me back on the mono is that there is some clear marking around the top and bottom of the frame whcih shows that the brush hasn't been applied to the whole of the tryptic. The light grey at the top and bottom is distracting. In addition I find the entire contrast in the mono is overdone.
I agree about the stamens, that was why I had already decided that I wasn't going to get it enlarged and framed. This is where I put my hands up and say it had been a really long day and I was shattered so I didn't get the tripod set up and this was shot from hand. Lesson learnt though because looking at it I really wish I had nailed the focus properly.
I'm not sure. The colours are strong, and it could be bold. But I am uncomfortable with the "junction". I suspect it would work well for me if the lines of lavender were unborken. Instead the two tress seem to be the point that draws my eyes, but they are strong enough to carry it off.
A slightly frustrating shot. I can see what you were trying to achieve but I don't think it's quite there. For a start there is too much blank wall, it squashes everything else down. The top half really neds to be cropped away.
Thank you. I have a similar crop as well where I have taken away the bottom rail and the green nut, I was torn between the two for posting. Thinking about it I suppose I could have put them on as versions couldn't I! However your crop is even more radical taking away the window. Interesting.
I always find clock faces hard. The main problem is the edge of the clock, do you show some of the wall behind or crop down to only show the clock. I find that this picture has the same problem.
The blurred section is the barrier stopping me go into the demolition site. Didn't have a lot of options. But while not entirely happy with it, I do feel cropping/photoshopping it out then leaves the foreground too empty and the "cross" coming out of nowhere. Ideal world would have been more rubble in the foreground. Probably should have asked them if I could actually go in.
Hi Adderwatcher. Of course I don't mind you playing with it (although I may not agree with your choices!). I specifically put pictures on for critique and mods rather than for votes becasue I am more interested in seeing how people would do things differently and thus learning.
FOr me I'm afraid this doesn't really work. The branches cutting across the head and body are too distracting. I think I can see what you why trying to achieve, framing the head but overall it becomes too cluttered. It is neither a picture of the bird (crested grebe?) or of the branches. either could make an interesting picture but my eye doesn't know what it is supposed to be looking at.