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Flames in the Dark.

By KatrineJ
My first project in Adobe Lightroom. Cherry Festival in Kerteminde, Denmark.

Tags: General Harbour Night Denmark Torch Flames


ddolfelin Plus
10 103 3 Wales
16 Aug 2017 3:09PM
Quite dramatic - a good picture!
Jestertheclown 13 8.5k 253 England
16 Aug 2017 7:07PM
I rather like this and I'm finding it hard to suggest ways in which to improve it.
It's crooked by a fair degree and straightening it also removes some of the top of the blown area at the top of the flames.
Doing so does leave it looking as if I've chopped off too much though. Given time, I might modify the remainder of the flame to a believable "tip".
I've also cropped it to 9x16 which also removes some of the (fairly) negative space at the bottom, focusing attention on the burning torches.
Other than that . . . !
Hope this helps.
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
16 Aug 2017 8:17PM
Welcome to EPZ Katrine. Youve posted this for critique, and the General gallery is where you can get votes and Awards.

It is very difficult to take an image of flames like this one; what can happen, as you can see, is much of the flame will be overexposed, or "blown" with no detail that can be recovered.

In this you made a choice to do that and to include some of the environment with the background, so its a good compromise. The alternative would be to take two shots on a tripod, one with a faster shutter and lower ISO for the torches, and another just like this and try to combine them.

But this does suggest a festive occasion, bot with the torches, and those light in the background.

I read Brens feedback about containing the flame tip, and tried to do that; it looks mostly fake in my mod (btw click the blue modifications button under your image to see modifications), but hopefully it gives you the idea.

A tilted image can often work, it all depends on the scene; I think in this one, level works best.

Enjoy the site


pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2239 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2017 8:55PM
Hello, Katrine, and welcome to EPZ and its Critique Gallery.

Whilst I've been fiddling with doing a modification (click on the "Modifications" option beneath your image), others have commented along the same lines that I was going to.

The detail in the torches is very sharp and nicely dramatic being set against the dark background.

Firstly, in my modification, I straightened the image using the horizontal black line in the background.
I then cropped the right side, bringing the torches in the centre. We often advocate using negative space, as you have here, but I think this works best when there is equal space either side of the flames.
I then added canvas to the top and attempted to add in the tip of the flame. Cutting off that flame has left you with an unsatisfactory image.

I think the flames were bright enough for you to get away with using a much lower ISO setting. Not only has this caused burn-out, but there is also quite a bit of grain/noise in your background.

I hope that's helpful. Please comment here, and ask questions, if you like.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 787 England
17 Aug 2017 7:53PM
Welcome from me too.

There are some good pointers above to improve on this but having said that I do rather like this with the off centre positioning of the torch and having the background lights visible.

You can always shoot a little wider and crop a little later.

You took this at an attractive time, the Blue Hour, between sunset and nightfall when there's still some attractive colour in the sky so well done for that.
18 Aug 2017 6:33PM
Thank you very much! I really appreciate all of the critique, so i can improve my photography, and i think this is a perfect website for me!
I am very unhappy about the missing top and the crooked horizontal line! I will try to shoot wider next time, and maybe bring a tripod as well.

- Katrine

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