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Sorry but, for me, neither works compositionally.
A pleasant enough beach shot, that to me, cries out for something. Not sure what, but a figure, a bright sailing boat, just...something.
Hi Antony. I can see why you took this, and maybe what you were aiming for, unfortunately it's ended up a bit of a "nothing" picture.
So close to being a top notch image!
Back to your usual OTT processing...!
I think it could do with some more selective work. The grasses are fine with the movement included, but I find them more of a barrier because they are so dark, they don't want me to pass. The mid ground, with the building is also a little dark, and the sky is not dramatic enough. Not much you could do, as it is the weather at the time that determines what you have to work with, but it fades lighter to the top, whereas fading darker would contain the image a little more.
You've had a decent stab, and caught the car well, with just a good amount of blur.
Willie's pretty much covered everything, I just have issue with one item...
It's actually quite hard to see much on my iPad screen. It looks like it's pretty much backlit, so I couldn't see what was green at first, as it's almost silhouetted.
You have almost got the positioning right, but not quite. There is indeed a slight rotation needed, and a simple crop to equalise the space either side of the ceiling ( a tiny bit off the left side).
Tastefully done, my only criticism is I'd like to see Freya have more prominence and be in focus. After all, it's about her, not mum, though mum seems to be the subject as she is sharpest and best lit. Perhaps if Freya was closer to the nearer shoulder she would be in the same plane as mum and dad, and would be as sharp.
It looks like a bit of a mug shot. There were thousands like this chuntering out of the processor's machines up and down the country.
As Moira says, an exercise in composition. Some of your work is interesting, some less so, but I don't know what you actually want from the critique? You are uploading every image into the critique gallery, but as they all seem to be semi-abstract or architectural details, there seems very little you can, or do, take anything from?
There are two main issues for me.
I'm quite surprised that with the flash firing, nothing is sharp. Normally you would expect one sharp frame among a blur of background. It looks too blurred overall, and the only thing linking it to NY is the yellow taxi. In the same way everyone shoots London buses, I find it a bit hackneyed, I'm afraid.
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