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22/05/2009 - 2:49 PM

Saint Mary Lake

Saint Mary LakeAndy,

You really needed a filter to hold back that sky, or take some bracketed exposures to blend later. It's far too blown out.
Unfortunately the composition doesn't work either. The stone beach in the bottom of the shot is not interesting at all, and the tree branch in the water is not particularly nice either. They're both distracting from the rest of the image.
What you really needed to do is move to your right and make full use of that pier. Using the pier to lead into the image would have
been far nicer than the uninteresting beach area.
Don't forget that you can always manipulate the scene slightly too. You could have dragged that branch out of the water yourself and thrown it aside. If you had done that, and cut out the beach and got more of the pier in, it would have been a much nicer shot. I am sure if you searched ePz for good shots including a pier (and there are many !), you will soon get an idea of what works.

Hope that helps,

18/05/2009 - 9:15 PM

Derilict Church.

Derilict Church.Hi Michael,

Excuse me for the crit, I know I am no expert, but the thing that stands out about why this photo doesn't work, is that it is just not an interesting shot. It's in broad daylight (bright sunlight), the sky is bland (no clouds), and there is no interest in the foreground grass or in the background either. What you really need to do is to move your positioning and look for something in the foreground, or background, or anything of interest that adds to the photo to give it that little bit extra. If there is nothing around, you're far better off going right up close to the church and looking for some interesting details in the broken down nature of the building.
Look at shots of old buildings in other peoples portfolios, or elsewhere on the net, and start to really see what's there. You wil often see an interesting background or something in the foreground, to the side, and taken in good light with a nice sky.

Hope that helps.