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nsutcliffe 12 90 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 11:00AM
Love the feel of this image. Great shot.

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paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 3:51PM
Just too over exposed for me, and the depth of field is so tiny everything looks soft. It will be a Marmite shot, some will, some wont. Too bright for me.

Obviously not an adult shot.

fazzer 9 54 7 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 4:08PM
nicely taken , love itSmile
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
5 Aug 2013 4:44PM
Welcome to EPZ Jay, enjoy the site.

Technically the image appears overexposed, especially in the sky. However, looking at it from the viewpoint of artistic impression, I like it. It has a very nice colour palette, and the golden glow overall is attractive. I think the effect of softness in the left foreground would not have been achieved with less exposure.

However, as Paul says, some will like it, some wont, and perhaps its worthwhile looking at some modifications and/or crops that may work to its advantage.

Ive uploaded a few, - scroll up this page, click the modifications tab, and you can view each one large. I have cloned out that intruding piece of foliage on the right in each one.


mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2013 6:10PM
Technically overexposed but I like this a lot. It has a muted, understated look. The reds aren't over-saturated which is a regular problem with poppy field images. And the background is superb, bokeh enhancing the filigree textures of the foliage and branches.
The thing that really spoils it for me is that single head of yellow rape flowers, it spoils the simplicity of the palette. I might try to get rid of it. Moving a couple of steps to one side or the other would have avoided it and still kept that background.
I think my approach would be to reduce brightness a bit, and to use the burn tool on the foreground to make those flowers a bit more tactile, substantial. I want to feel that I could reach out and touch them but they're just a bit thin here.
I'd also get rid of that bit of tree peeping in on the right. Detached foliage always looks untidy.
My Mod will appear alongside Willie's in due course.
Welcome to the site, I hope you enjoy it here, it's a good place to share and to learn.
When uploading you've clicked the Adult button, by the way. I'll contact the site and see if I can get that warning removed, it means that some people won't be able to view this.
Mike43 7 18 21 England
5 Aug 2013 6:48PM
I do like this shot a lot, and yes in the classic sense there is a lot wrong with it, but for me that is the fun of photography getting something outside the norm.
Well done.
dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 540 England
5 Aug 2013 8:17PM
I don't consider this 'overexposed, it's just bright. The small depth of field does work in this shot - if it were sharp all over it wouldn't have the same atmosphere. The only thing to be concerned with is the yellow flower as Moira has pointed out.
I'm sure you wouldn't have got this much feedback had you posted this normally.
So, a few things to sort but they are niggles. The important thing is 'Does this image convey the mood'?
The title says it all and this does communicate the mood, so job done, it does transport the viewer to a summer evening.

thank you guys for the feedback!! like it says in the description just a quick snap on the way home from work lol!! so it took all of about two minutes to compose and snap!! it was a very hazy back drop and wanted to keep it on the light side to emphasise this!! using f1.8 was perfect at the time I felt going to f8 or above it would not have got the same romance!!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2013 4:34PM
Just as a postscript:

Quote:using f1.8 was perfect at the time I felt going to f8 or above it would not have got the same romance!!

Agreed, anything smaller than f8 would become prosaic not poetic. But there's a lot of scope for manoeuvre between f1.8 and f8. Don't assume that just because your lens gives you f1.8 it will give the best dreamy bokeh at that aperture. Image quality really picks up from f2.8 or f3.5 upwards...

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