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An old house slowly being reclaimed by nature.Not sure I got the best out of this shot.I tried to bring out the background more and added a slight sepia tone to the image to give an old feel.
I did not realise when I bought my pc that the screen has a slight blue tint and because of this I find it makes it quite difficult to do black and white images.Any suggestions or tips welcome or does look ok?
Thanks
Paul

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Recording media:TIFF (digital)
Title:Wasting Away
Username:Paul1972 Paul1972
Uploaded:28 May 2009 - 7:32 PM
Tags:Black & white, Landscape / travel
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hyp0r
hyp0r  5 United States1 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2009 - 7:43 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice picture. I'm not sure whats to the left but I'd like to see more space on the left side of the picture, maybe so I can see that tree. It seems busy on the left side. The brightness seems a bit dark to me, and the clouds are a little washed out.

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rhys47 e2 Member 5rhys47 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2009 - 7:57 PM

a nice image with lots of potential, i agree the sky is a little washed out but nothing that can't be fixed with something like photo shop. a good effort perhaps you could try a different angle or a different time of day like dawn or sunset. well done

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
29 May 2009 - 2:01 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hello, Paul. There is something appealing about an old house that has fallen into neglect. Your detail is fine and I think there's just enough tone in the sky to make it work, especially in black-and-white. For me, a slight sepia tone doesn't work as well as a stronger one would. You have good contrasts for the conversion. The house needs brightening, but you don't want to brighten the sky, so you can either edit the areas selectively or use the burn tool. I just feel the little house is quite tight in the frame and also too central, and that a bit of background would be nice. The other thing is that I'd like to have seen an angle on the house, even if slight, instead of a straight-on shot. The alternative would be to get in even closer for some detail of the deterioration. In my modification, I added canvas to the right and bottom, giving the cottage room to breathe. I brightened the image, increased highlights, and then darkened the sky using the burn tool, finishing with a bit of contrast and sharpening. My second mod has the burn tool run over the sky again. My third mod has sepia toning.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 29 May 2009 - 2:05 AM

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Paul1972
Paul1972  646 forum posts
30 May 2009 - 7:36 PM

Hypor Rhys 47 and Pamela Jean
You comments and modifications are appreciated as always.Photography for me is a learning curve and getting comments and feed back is helpful for me as photographer.
Thankyou
Paul

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