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A walk in the park

By crawford1206

Tags: Landscape and travel

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.

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James_C 7 36 56 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 6:36AM
Nice one.

James

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Canonshots 5 129 13 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 4:28PM
You've requested a critique, but how can one be constructive when there is so little room for improvement? It is a really lovely image as it stands. Maybe a duck on the water would have helped, but why bother to falsify a scene so beautiful. I love it.
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
3 Apr 2011 8:04PM
Hi Sue, welcome to Epz and the critique gallery in particular.
You'll get plenty of honest, worthwhile advice and appraisal here so if there's anything you'd like to know, feel free to ask.
This is a pretty good first upload but there are one or two things I'd like to change.
I've uploaded some mods. in which I've firstly made an adjustment to the original using levels and curves to remove the slight green caste and to brighten it a little. I also increased the exposure a tad (0.5%) to lift it further still. I didn't touch the contrast. Finally I sharpened it.
You've chosen a somewhat unusual composition here and I immediately thought of cutting it in two to form two landscapes.
So I did!
Hope this helps.

Cheers!

Bren.
Wow Bren

Thanks so much for that advice. The first photo is so different and the other two photos came from my first upload?? I have so much to learn.

Sue
gmansfield 8 1 1 England
3 Apr 2011 9:23PM
Really nice image. I particularly like you lead in lines which leads your eye through the image. I also like the way the two main focus point are on the thirds. I feel that the image is a little flat though. I have uploaded a mod. I ran my process action on it which extends the dynamic range, cleans the colour, adds some contrast and sharpens the image. Quite different to the other mods and its just my interpretation.
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
3 Apr 2011 11:17PM
You're a keen one aren't you ? !

That's better, at least, I think it is!

Seriously, well done Sue.

The original's not at all bad and we've all got our own ideas of just how a shot should look. You'll soon find yourself loking at other peoples' images and seeing things that you'll want to incorporate into your work or things that you'd rather avoid. Some people, for example will tell you that an image is over saturated, that's one of my pet hates. Others will tell you I'm wrong to think that. I don't know how much you know about photography but you've certainly come to the right place to learn and you're obviously keen to do just that.
There are tutorials on here that will tell you how to do just about anything and don't be put off if the tutorial's intended for an editor other than the one you're using. The tools might have different names or be in different places but the theory will always be the same.
Try to remember a few basics. Do you know about "the rule of thirds?" Or that it's considered a hanging offence in some quarters if you don't get the horizon straight? These are all small things that will soon be second nature to you. Look them up and you'll see what I mean.
Ask lots of questions. We're a friendly bunch in here (usually!) and whatever it is, someone will know the answer. And however daft or silly the question may seem tyo you, ask it anyway. The chances are that it wasn't long ago that we were asking the same one!
Most of all, enjoy your photography. Getting better shots is a bonus.

I shall look forward to seeing more of your work.

Good luck!

Bren.
Hi Bren, although I have owned a DSLR (dare i say that when its a panasonic hybrid) for 15 months I am finding it quite difficult to take it all in.

The hurdles to overcome are huge and tightly stacked!!

I do understand the principles of composition but don't always apply. Not because I am a rule breaker but sometimes I forget!! I am interested to hear why you thought my composition was unusual.

I like what you did on the modification and I hope I can learn from you guys to move me along this journey. I am keen and throw myself into projects. But like every one time is so precious and hence the delay from ownership of the camera to my current progress.

I have joined a photo club, a nice bunch of people, and at the moment I am absorbing that information but not contributing to the competitions. I hope to change that over the next two months.

I think I will upgrade my membership so i can upload some more photos to the critique gallery. I'm afraid to say I think A Walk in the Park is my best photo so please be gentle with me if you see more entries.

Regards

Sue
Jestertheclown 7 7.3k 249 England
4 Apr 2011 3:00PM

Quote:I do understand the principles of composition but don't always apply. Not because I am a rule breaker but sometimes I forget!! I am interested to hear why you thought my composition was unusual.

Glad to hear that you don't hold the rules in too high esteem! Sounds like you'll fit right in then!
Your composition struck me as unusual, at first glance anyway, because it's technically a landscape in a portrait format (breaking rules again - I like it!) and because there's a patch of water in the centre, I immediately saw it as two shots.
There's nothing at all wrong with portrait landscapes (does that make sense?) and in this case, I think it's worked but that's not always the case. Even disregarding the rules, landscapes are that shape for a reason.
I don't know anything about camera clubs, having never been a part of one but I'd imagine that they'd be a good source of info.
Again, I can't comment on entering their competitions for the same reason.
As for joining Epz. properly so that you can make more use of the critique gallery, I think that's a great idea. I migrated to there about six months or so ago, having got seriously fed up with a number of issues relating to the main gallery and haven't looked back. It's one of the main reasons that I renewed my membership. (I won the pervious one in the Epz. Christmas draw). If the critique gallery didn't exist, or wasn't as good as it is, I certainly wouldn't be a member.
Don't worry about the standard of your uploads either. The whole point of posting them here is that you'll receive feedback and advice. You're responding to it already so you're obviously keen for more.
There's something good to be said about (nearly) all images and even if you think they're naff, it doesn't follow that we all will. Having others point out what's wrong with them or how you might do something differently is what this gallery's all about.

Cheers,

Bren.
gmansfield 8 1 1 England
4 Apr 2011 3:17PM

Quote:

I have joined a photo club, a nice bunch of people, and at the moment I am absorbing that information but not contributing to the competitions. I hope to change that over the next two months.


Sue,

I would really encourage you to enter into your club competitions especially if you go in at club class. I was VERY hesitant to enter but it was the best thing that I have ever done. Sometimes it's very infuriating when a judge marks an image lower than you expect but again as Bren says everyone see's things differently. Have a go, I know you will get a real buzz from entering especially the 1st time you get a "10"!!!

Regards

Graham

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