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Sooty_1's Gallery Comments
Just a few comments on some of the above.
I'm guessing this was taken on a mobile phone. Moira's comments and mod are all valid, but there is a lot more you could do with this if only you had the resolution. As is, there is little you can do.
Whilst I can see what you're trying to do, and I often like dark conversions, I think it's fallen between several stools.
As above, re the bottom edge. I'd like to see the main pillars vertical, the rest can lean if you can't straighten them. Black and white is the natural choice here, the graphic nature of the shot lends itself to it, and looks pretty good with the points above addressed.
When I first saw this, I thought "HDR".....
Judging by the state of the fire extinguisher, it doesn't look like it's been checked for a while. I would say the plastic bottle is not the largest of your worries.
I'm not sure about the girl in the background. I did a mod to isolate the front girl, lightening slightly to make her eyes more arresting. For me, the other girl is unnecessary, and I would prefer her to be either sharp, or more blurred - here she is a bit in between, but I think the front girl is the picture.
As Willie says really. A little underexposed, and the crop could be improved. The main problem is the wire fence in the background. Moving slightly to get rid of it, or photoshopping it out (even though you have tried to blur it, it hasn't really worked) and you will have a much more natural image.
That and the fact that the shadows are incomplete, making it look wrong.
This would make a perfect brochure picture, as long as he is conforming to H&S regulations etc.
Right place, right time, slice of luck and competent camerawork. All the ingredients for an arresting image, and this is one, capturing nature in extremis.
Not sure exactly what you're asking, but here goes....
Nice simple image, but I find my eyes drawn to the grass as its the only colour. This might be better as a straight b&w as its pretty graphic in nature. I would have also liked it shot fractionally earlier, so the figures weren't cutting the road/bushes line, but its somewhat saved by the rim lighting around their hair.
You could really do with the colour original to adjust the relative tonal values. As you know, midday with a dull sky are not the best conditions for texture in stonework. I'm sure there is much more in the original to bring out though.
Apart from the above comments, please don't feel that changing to black and white because the colours aren't good is a good thing. Black and white images should work on their own merit, not because the picture isn't very good.
Just not sure why you didn't stand in the middle of the road? Having gone to the trouble of getting it "almost there", the slight off-centeredness of it jars with me. It isn't far enough off to look deliberate, so I can only guess it was inattention to detail.
Good effort. I wouldn't change the blemishes, they are testament to a life lived. It might be worth lightening the left side slightly, and I think a black and white version with a little blue filtration will really give this punch.
The colouring looks like the old days of cross-processing film. I don't think it was ever flattering for most portraiture, nor is it here. Looks like the skin's been 'Portrait Professionalled' as its so smooth and glowing.
As above - its too untidy for a magazine shot (unless the article is about transport cafe food)!
Yep, nice and stark, not really much to crit. If I were being picky, I'd prefer the gravestone to the left of the grey one not to be overlapped, and it's a little too biased to the right. It looks like a front rank, a second rank and the multitude behind them, and I'd prefer to see all the second rank clearly.
Well, this obviously falls between the 'milky' and 'sharp' camps.
Looks like the sun is just out of frame to the right, which has caused the flare spots across the image.
In my opinion, a much better image than the previous. It could bear a little work on the contrast - ie dodging the face and eyes to increase their impact and bringing back some detail in the highlights.