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This was a photo taken in Kenai, Alaska.

Title:Skin Of The Fallen
Username:RavenTepes RavenTepes
Uploaded:20 Jul 2009 - 10:04 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Wildlife / nature
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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2009 - 11:15 AM

There look like some wonderful textures here in what I take is a fallen tree, Raven. The middle area almost looks almost like a crocodile but I guess you don't have too many of those in Alaska!

I wonder how you could have improved the composition? At the moment for me there are three distinct "bands". The area at the front which is in focus, an intermediate area also of a fallen tree, which is more out of focus and a very blurred background. I wonder if it might have been better to organise your shot so the main tree is going at a diagonal across the frame, possibly using a landscape mode. Using portrait mode you do not have a lot of room across the frame. A landscape mode may have enabled us to see a bit more of the fallen tree in its surroundings. It's just a thought.

Best wishes

Catherine

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2009 - 2:27 PM

Hello, Raven. Coincidentally, I have just been editing some of my tree abstracts. The only part of this image that works for me is the bottom. The beauty within the structure and patterns of the fallen tree is lovely. So I would suggest you go in close, take different angles, include as many patterns and as much texture as you can find within your frame. Get a good sharp abstract-style image and, if necessary, give it a bit of toning in editing. Alternatively, show your fallen tree in more context, have it as your foreground element to a view of the scene. Get down low and close and have the detail of the tree sharp, the background out of focus, or alternatively the whole thing in focus by using a smaller aperture. I feel that your image here is inbetween my two suggestions.
Pamela.

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2009 - 10:24 PM

hi Raven,
im confused by this one, several of your images draw on conventional compositional and exposure techniques so i know you can handle the camera but this image is very confusing to the viewer.
its dark and gloomy as an upload, and im not sure what you want us to concentrate on. the foreground sharp area looks like bark or dried leaves but its not defined enough to be either an abstract pattern or a detailed study and the large area of out of focus foliage at the top (or in the distance) is uninteresting and adds nothing to the arrangement.

i would suggest looking for a more distinguishing feature or pattern and concentrate on that so its easily understood.

im sorry but this one just looks like bands of texture and says nothing specific about any of the elements within.

sorry i cannot be more constructive
Best regards,
Phil

Last Modified By NEWMANP at 20 Jul 2009 - 10:25 PM

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RavenTepes
21 Jul 2009 - 9:59 AM

Thank you. I was trying something a bit different than what I normally shoot. I still don't have the hang of it just yet, but I'm working on getting closer compositions looking decent.

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