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I tried to repoduce the warm stillness of this sunny corner in my friends garden.
It must have worked for me as I fell asleep in my deckchair afterwards!!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Powershot SX110
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Jun 2012 - 1:20 PM
Focal Length:25.2mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:A quiet corner
Username:salopian salopian
Uploaded:16 Jul 2012 - 10:53 AM
Tags:Garden, General, Warm
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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 11:03 AM

Good spot.
Matt

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41202 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 1:27 PM

Shame about the black object bottom left as it robs the picture of its timeless quality. Also, the camera has chosen a largish aperture resulting in shallower depth of field than you needed. It would have been better to use f/11 or so rather than f/4.5, as the statue and wall are not as sharp as the flower pots. I'm sure in the original you can see the plane of sharpest focus on the gravel.
A small blip of flash would lifted the shadow on the statue's face too.

Small nitpicks, but also small things to think about and easy to overcome.

Nick

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Davesumner
17 Jul 2012 - 3:48 PM

Hi Geoff,

I must apologise to Nick as I don't agree with his comments about the depth of field, I think it needs to have a shallower DOF to try and reduce some of that background sharpness and put more emphasis on the statue which I believe is the main subject of the image. I quite like the scene but the black object is a distraction, I find myself trying to work out what it is rather than look at the mother and baby statue. The gravel on the ground is a little overexposed and I feel that the nearest pot chops off the bottom of the statue leaving me wondering whether she has feet or not. If you had the chance to do this shot again, try taking it in a little less harsh light, make sure there is nothing in the shot that shouldn't be there (black object) and reposition or rearrange the scene to lose the nearest pot. Focus on the statue and with a shallow DOF, blur out the trees in the background and I think you'll have a better shot.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41202 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 9:02 PM

Dave,
No need to apologise, it's all opinions!
I forgot to say some of what you said...namely that the focus should be on the main subject - in this case, the statue. Unfortunately, the depth of field of compacts, even wide open will not give a selective focus effect unless you are very close. Blurring the trees would indeed bring the statue more prominence.

Nick Grin

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salopian
salopian e2 Member 2salopian vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2012 - 9:03 PM

Thanks for the comments and advice - much appreciated.

Geoff

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