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By jdnoyola
Taken in Sun Valley Idaho

Tags: Nature General Still Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature Sun valley

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17 Jul 2010 6:18PM
Love the Framing

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devlin 8 653 39 India
17 Jul 2010 8:52PM
Hi jdnoyola,

I see you have marked this for critique so i will attempt one to the best of my ability Smile. Firstly iam assuming the central point of the shot was the vegetation which comes up as the dominant part of the image, from a technical standpoint it looks a bit burnt out causing it to loose detail and appears more like streaks of light across the shot, IMHO i believe the scenery in the background would make for some interesting shots, again there is no description in your comments of what your central idea was hence its a bit hard to comment on this Smile the other idea could have been to step back a bit and then attempted the shot with a different perspective.

Cheers and hope this helps
Graham-Mead 8 12 9 England
17 Jul 2010 10:08PM
I am not quite sure what you are trying to achieve here, at the moment the stalks take pride of place in the shot. I would be very tempted to cut the stalks in half and use them as an anchor point for the rest of the shot. Lighten the mid tones especially in the dark part across the middle of the shot. After that try and increase the saturation a little, if you don't like it you can always go back.
I hope this helps you.
Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
18 Jul 2010 4:02AM
Hi and welcome to ePHOTOzine and the Critique area.

I see that Devlin and Graham have already given you some excellent critique but as they have already stated, it is much more helpful if you provide a lot more detail in the description such as your intentions, what you tried to do and camera settings.

I looked at your image and concluded that because the background is underexposed and the reeds over exposed that the flash probably fired on your camera. I don't know your level of expertise but if you have automatic flash switched on then it might be better to switch that option off. I maybe wrong but again more details would have helped.

Whilst it is essential to have some foreground interest, i think here you've gotten too much and created a visual barrier to the background. This is exaggerated by the fact that the reeds are bright and the background dark.

If this was my shot I would revisit the scene and take this with the reeds in the bottom left corner so we can see the entire scene probably by moving back a little. Ensure that the flash is switched off and then let the camera sort out the exposure. try to take the shot early morning or late afternoon when the light is less harsh.

Of course there's nothing wrong with using the reeds to frame the image but in that case you would need to lose the reeds in the middle or shoot through one of the gaps.

Hope this helps

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2010 8:57AM
You will find that we are always wanting a main subject, a focal point and foreground interest. Well, you have tried to do that here, but there is too much of it - rather over exposed and a not too interesting shape.

If you were trying to frame, it needs to have a clear view of the scene, as foreground interest it needs more form and shape.


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