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A test shot for my new Canon outfit, not intended to have any artistic merit, but on playing with it in CS5, came up with this Orton look with muted colours which I felt was quite attractive. Maybe should have a lone figure on the bench or is that too cheesy?

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Jan 2012 - 11:53 AM
Focal Length:46mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.2
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:winter woods
Username:thatmanbrian thatmanbrian
Uploaded:28 Jan 2012 - 10:02 AM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Landscape / travel
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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 1:32 PM

I dont feel in this instance you need a person to compliment this picture, good use of shadow and light, not sure about the Orton effect but admit to being old fashionedSmile

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2795 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 5:34 PM

Congrats on the new gear Brian, - you will love the 7D.


I like the shot, - but would prefer a crop that loses that very heavy, dominant tree from the left, - which will also, when cropped, place that seat on a third.

Your settings, - you should use Aperture priority (Av), and f/5.6 is sharpest for your lens, - but use what you need for your depth of field. Very good ISO performance.



Regards


Willie

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SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2012 - 8:50 PM

Like the shot and effect but my hand also sprang up to crop part of the image on the screen. Would have probably cropped the right, but Willie is probably right about that tree being too strong. The rule of thirds isn't really a rule, but this bench would definitely look better on or near the third.

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salopian
salopian e2 Member 2salopian vcard United Kingdom18 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2012 - 10:32 AM

A very interesting shot. With so many vertical elements I wondered how a portrait crop would look, using the dominant trees as a frame at the sides? I've done a mod to this effect.

Geoff

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thatmanbrian
29 Jan 2012 - 10:57 AM

Thanks for the comments. I'm torn between crops! I love my original wide landscape format but the vertical crop also works well with the tall trees. And the bench being near a third is also good.Maybe I could clone the bench to the left in my landscape version? (Ducks!)

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