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By JuanCarlos
Festival de Barriletes gigantes en Sumpango, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. Miden alrededor de diez metros (aproximadamente 35 pies), algunos que son más pequeños pueden volar.

Tags: Tradition Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2013 3:40PM
A Giant Kite Festival, some measure about 10 metres, some that are smaller can fly. So the large ones are art works for display, not practical use...
You've caught the feel of the occasion, the crowd. It would have been good to step back a few paces here, not just to get the top of the kite but a bit more context too, a few more people. The image is a bit overexposed, a bit flat, and lacks punch - what you can do with it depends on what editing software you have available, but whatever you have it's worth exploring the area that lets you enhance light. That's the most important part.
I'll see what I can produce by way of a Mod, to put a bit more life into this.

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2013 7:42PM
This sounds like an exciting and colourful festival, Juan. The work involved in the one kite that I can see looks incredibly detailed.
I'd like to have either seen the whole of that enormous kite inside your frame, or perhaps about half of it.
I agree with Moira, it would be good to see more of what is going on, more kites, more people, etc.
Your image is overexposed because you were shooting into the light. The tempation to capture the beauty and size of the kite overwhelmed you, and you didn't consider the light at the time. The image is too bright and lacks detail. If there were no other option or viewpoint, then you needed to underexpose the shot.
The light is directly behind the kite, and this kind of backlighting can prove to be very effective in some images, but instead of enhancing the detail of the kite, it has degraded it.
Most photographers remember being told to take shots with the sun behind them, unless wanting to use backlighting to affect their image. But it's so easy to let too much light into your sensor and overexpose the image. Without the proper technique, your photos will be out of focus and/or badly exposed, and you will experience a loss of contrast or a somewhat “washed-out” look.
It would have been a good idea to use Partial or Spot Metering, and a smaller aperture would let less light into your camera and help you to get it more in focus. By first asking yourself if you need more or less light for this shot, you will have found the answer. Once you’ve determined that answer, you know that by narrowing the aperture and/or increasing the shutter speed, you can reduce the light entering your camera.

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