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DOES THIS GRAB YOUR ATTENTION[ which or why 11]

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trying to get some feeling of impact into these images which one would you feel to be strongest 1st image shows bells bridge with armadillo in background image 2 tourist centre at stirling castle 3 Glasgow alleyway just of queen st

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Date Taken:27 Aug 2008 - 11:19 AM
Title:DOES THIS GRAB YOUR ATTENTION[ which or why 11]
Username:youmightlikethis youmightlikethis
Uploaded:21 Sep 2013 - 3:13 PM
Tags:General, Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract
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DonSchaeffer
21 Sep 2013 - 3:20 PM

The HDR is great here. I think there is a little tilt to the horizon which I found distracting.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8526 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1090 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2013 - 3:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

They are all about people striding out and they work differently.
V1 - A sturdy, purposeful stride and the pulled down hood gives the story. I like the balance, the timing, but there's something about this that doesn't 'sit' well with the eye. It's down to that central support column being way off vertical, is that deliberate I wonder, to suggest the strength of the wind about to topple the shelter over? My eye wants to do a fair bit of rotating and skewing here.
V2 works best for me by far. The stride is really dynamic and I love the distorted angles in the building and, less obviously, in the wall to the right. It gives a slightly fairy-tale feel, it reminds me of illustrations in books I had as a child.
It's the ticket office at Stirling Castle isn't it? I'm annoyed with myself that I haven't tried for this...
The foreground cobbles are attractive, I think I might try the burn tool on them, to make a more substantial base for the portrait format to rise from. Alternatively there's a damn good square crop to be had from the top, which would give greater prominence to the distorted 'verticals'.
The processing is very 'you', and works here - it conveys the weather that we have enjoyed on every visit to date to Stirling. Gritty.
V3 - The least effective figure, she's really not doing very much, no great sense of purpose as in the other two. What makes it work is that foreground puddle with its reflections. But the least engaging of the three, for me.
Might try a couple of Mods...
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 21 Sep 2013 - 3:31 PM

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banehawi Critique Team 10986 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2982 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2013 - 3:54 PM

V3 for me.

Im simply reacting to the immediate gut feel I get with the three, not analysing. Analysis does bring quite a different conclusion as Moira has pointed out.

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youmightlikethis e2 Member 121312 forum postsyoumightlikethis vcard Scotland
21 Sep 2013 - 4:36 PM

thanks for mods crits and comments

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andyf3050
andyf3050  1 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 - 9:14 PM

All good images but V3 stands out most for me. The lady using her phone is perfectly framed and the lead in through the tunnel works a treat. Being a sucker for mono this one is deep and moody without being overpowering. Well captured.

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chedd
chedd  3 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 - 10:27 PM

V3 Smile

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paulbroad
paulbroad  789 forum posts United Kingdom880 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2013 - 8:03 AM

No, for me V3 is the weak one. Figure not ideal. I like all of hese Ian. I think you have worked on your tecnique. The problem before was that the effect was often very patchy, particularly where sky came into it. Here, all three are technically very strong and in each case I get my figure to act as focal point.

I actually like all three, just V3 less so.

Paul

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stevenb
stevenb e2 Member 11260 forum postsstevenb vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2013 - 8:21 PM

V2 for me

Bill

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