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Sooty_1's Gallery Comments
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.
I think half way between the OP and Paul's mod. I like the brightness, and the spontaneity of the moment. Adjusting to a slower shutter speed may not have allowed you to catch the moment so well, and at 26mm on a full frame camera, there won't be much advantage in a smaller aperture.
A good effort with the colour one. It does need processing, but not much, and a crop like v2 gets rid of a lot of unnecessary space. I think it can be cropped slightly more...just to the right of the bright light at the bottom. For me, this makes the bridge more off centre and reading the picture, it leads to the horizon via the line of street lights. It just looks more balanced that way.
I'm ok with the composition. A slight rotation is needed, but the crop is fine. In fact, it might be good if you had another version with your much father further away and smaller in the frame. Funnily enough, it can make more impact rather than less.
I can see you've tried to improve it, but to me, the problem lies at the taking stage and any processing is playing catch up.
Hi, and welcome.
You really need to see an original Fuji Velvia 50 slide, with a polariser, underexposed by 1/3 stop and processed well. This would look faded in comparison, and is the reason most top landscapers used it, and rioted when it was discontinued.
I think the key to this lies in the abstract aspect. As a photo, I'm not sure it works, but there is no reason at all a photo can't be abstract, and from a pure abstract point of view, I find it interesting.
A pleasant natural portrait. I don't know how you feel about "honesty", but I'd be inclined to clone out the few skin blemishes and just brighten it a little, especially in the eye sockets (also to lessen the shadows around the orbital cavity). I don't think the composition is that bad, and a close crop excludes any distractions. It looks a little cold, but you may like that, as you don't want to make her look flushed.
I must admit, I'm not keen on the top set of branches. To me, they hide the falls, which are the main point of the image. I think the image without the twigs would be good, if you included the left edge of the falls.
Apart from the comments and mods above, the main problem is that the flash has eradicated most of the lines and texture of the skin. In an attempt to bring some texture out, the sharpening has exaggerated the lack of detail, so that it actually looks like a lo-res picture in some places.
A hood won't help here, as the sun's in the shot...it's most likely a dirty lens and/or internal reflections. I'm guessing it's the former, as not all the flare is aperture-shaped, and some is refracted. Even a tiny bit of fingerprint or greasy spot will degrade a contre-jour image like this. With the sun there, the only thing to do is to exclude it, by zooming in or moving the camera. In fact, you could have zoomed more than Mike's mod and still kept the structure of the image.
I would like to have seen the end of the pier exactly level with the horizon, or lower with more separation from it. As is, I like he feeling of serenity at the bottom, juxtaposed with the activity in the sky, but as Pamela says, the interest is at the top, so really it should have more space in the fame.