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Bench - Abstract

By alistairfarrugia    
An abstract of a bench in Msida, Malta. The challenge for the day was to take an abstract and a "normal" image of something or someone. Actually it was my wife's challenge for a photography course she's doing and I applied it to myself.

This is one result - a bench shot in such a way to focus on textures, shapes and composition "rules". The "normal" shot is V2. What do you think? Comments, Crit and Mods welcome.


Tags: Challenge Landscape Bench Abstract Texture Wood Malta Landscape and travel

Voters: NDODS, TanyaH, RysiekJan and 8 more



12 5.9k 130 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 11:02AM
Great imagery Alistair, very well seen and captured. Image one for me please.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
TanyaH Plus
20 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 11:20AM
Love the V1 abstract - beautiful colours, and nicely minimalistic. Is it my eyes, or are the horizontals very slightly off? (And I do mean very ... it's hardly noticeable, but with that many of them, my first thought was that it was fractionally higher on the left side than the right ...)
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2591 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 12:31PM
V1 - coolly off-centre, it suggests rather than shouting. Square could be interesting...
alistairfarrugia 10 164 88 Malta
1 May 2014 1:32PM
TanyaH, there is indeed a slight tilt, the top part shows it the most, but even after straightening along that top line it transpires that the wood is a bit curved towards the middle part. Straightening it on any of the vertical lines would induce a tilt somewhere else given that this is a bit imperfect in its construction. However, I did have a go at it again and came up with three more variants Wink One is a recreation of V1, edited slightly for a bit more balanced presentation. The others are square crops, one in colour, one in b/w.

alistairfarrugia 10 164 88 Malta
1 May 2014 1:35PM
OK - uploaded as three modifications.
TanyaH Plus
20 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 1:55PM
Yup, V1 is definitely more balanced now - slightly toned down in colour as well, which I think works better. I'm loving V2 as the colour square crop - adds a whole new feeling, and it's very satisfying. The black and white V3 is very good in terms of shape and tones/textures, but I think now that V2 is my favourite Smile
alistairfarrugia 10 164 88 Malta
1 May 2014 2:29PM
Thanks Tanya for the refreshed feedback. Appreciated!
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2591 United Kingdom
1 May 2014 3:05PM
Your second Mod is what I had in mind, I hadn't noticed that Mods were enabled or I would have been onto the job!

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