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By RosinaMay
Welcome to my first picture and thank you for taking some time to stop and have a look. I was out walking with my friend and camera and this farmer presented an opportunity to take a picture. I'd be interested in your comments thanks.

Tags: General Farmer Hampshire Rape seed fields

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pablophotographer 6 772 292
14 Apr 2014 9:57PM
Welcome on board Rosina.

I like the fact that you present this picture in black and white. Good tones of shadow are recorded. Bravo.
My only suggestion would be to crop a bit from the space above the farmer.
Consider for a moment the current setting of the elements in the picture.
It shows land and the farmer in the bottom half and an almost empty sky on the other half.
Does this sound doing justice to the importance of the farmer in your frame?
Especially in square frames unless you shoot geometrical patterns avoid splitting your image in two parts
split it in 3 horizontal or vertical parts and place your main subject to any two superficial stripes of your frame
avoiding the very middle one.


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14 Apr 2014 10:03PM
Thank you very much for your constructive comments and understand perfectly. I think the reason I left so much sky in was that in the colour version the clouds are so much more obvious.

Thank you again for your comments.

dudler Plus
13 547 1105 England
15 Apr 2014 7:06AM
I love the zappy composition, with the farmer a third of the way across the frame, using the "thirds" that Pablo mentions. As he suggests, using them vertically as wel las horizontally would have made the composition sing!

A really great first post here at EPZ, and so let me add my welcome to the site.

My main desire is to take the picture from higher up! A stepladder isn't in most camera bags, though - but cameras with live view and tilting screens can be held overhead for a raised viewpint. Doing this would have allowed you to keep the chap's head below the horizon - where lines intersect, as his head does where it touches the horizon, you either have a point of interest or a distraction: this intersection looks to me like a clash, and the composition would have looked easierwith the head lower in the frame.

Doing that would also have allowed you to reduce the amount of sky in the picture, following Pablo's suggestion.

It can be disaapointing when you do a mono conversion and the tones are not as you hoped: you could, perhaps, try changing the saturation of the colours using levels before converting to monochrome (in Photoshop Elements - I'm not sure what you'd use in other packages) to change the emphasis on the white clouds in a blue sky. You can also try burning in the darker tones in the sky and dodging the highlights to increase the emphasis.

I hope that one or two of the more expert digital processors on the Critique Team may pick this up and give really detailed advice on how to process to emphasise the clouds more - as a darkroom printer, my advice would be to use a red filter in taking and burn in, but that's precious little help in digital!

Keep on posting, and enjoy the site!
banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3682 Canada
15 Apr 2014 1:43PM
If you upload the colour version into the Critique Gallery, we can look at different ways to convert to mono that may work better.

If you simply used greyscale, to convert this one, you are missing out on some other methods that work better, channel mixer being one, and it can emulate that red filter John mentions.

The Critique Gallery allows us to upload modifications to show what can be done.

What editing programme do you use?



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