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We visited Sunderbans in West Bengal, the biggest tiger reserve in the world. Unfortunately we didn't spot a Royal Bengal Tiger but my eye was drawn to this activity in the trees!!

I like the way the boys create a diagonal line in the composition.

I'd appreciate any constructive critique.

Thanks for looking.

Elaine Grin

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70.0-300.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:14 Feb 2013 - 12:05 PM
Focal Length:92mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Tree Fellas
Username:WeeGeordieLass WeeGeordieLass
Uploaded:2 Jun 2013 - 9:43 PM
Tags:General, Humour / fun, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103956 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2013 - 10:21 PM

very casual SmileSmile

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
2 Jun 2013 - 10:29 PM

Hi Jeff,

They certainly didn't seem to be worried about the possibility of a tiger attack.

Mayhap they knew something we didn't............for 2 days we scoured the mangrove forest - not a tiger in sight!! Sad

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2013 - 8:37 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Good one and well spotted composition. I like this.
I've done a mod (which is my view view and not necessarily better) this crops out the boy on the ground. Why I prefer it is, firstly it concentrates the eye on your main diagonal composition, is a standard 5x7 format rather than nearly square, also removes the boy on the ground whose feet are missing.
See what other think, some people will want three figures in the image for better balance and it could be argued that the third boy is part of the diagonal.
regards
Ian

Last Modified By iancrowson at 3 Jun 2013 - 8:39 AM

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
3 Jun 2013 - 10:39 AM

Hi Ian,

Hmmmmmm.....you've got me thinking!

I read your comments before looking at your mod and my first thought was "why clone out the boy on the ground"?

But looking at your mod I get what you're saying.

I'm in a quandry now as to which is the best comp (I could correct the boy's missing feet with a slightly larger crop at the bottom and a narrower border).

Thanks for your mod......It would be interesting to see what others think.

Cheers

Elaine Grin

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iancrowson e2 Member 4204 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2013 - 5:39 PM

If you have his feet in the full original then my mod is less valid.
However I tend to favour crops to standard photo formats mainly for printing and framing reasons as odd crops can be difficult. In my view most images look better in standard formats which are used for good aesthetic reasons.
Good image as you presented it,
Ian

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pamelajean Critique Team 8685 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1530 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2013 - 6:30 PM

I like Ian's mod, Elaine. The other two boys are interacting with the tree, the boy on the ground is the odd one out, he's not doing anything except looking at you. With the tree as your feature, and two boys playing on it, it really works well, is tidier and concentrates the action. Well done, Ian.
Pamela.

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WeeGeordieLass e2 Member 2338 forum postsWeeGeordieLass vcard England
3 Jun 2013 - 8:52 PM

Hi Ian and Pamela,

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction with the comp on this one Smile

I've looked long and hard at both versions and I agree that Ian's crop gives the scene more impact.

Cheers both for all of your time and great advice.

Elaine Grin

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