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By th3mi55ingl1nk    
Entrance gate set @16:9 to remove unintentional detail

Tags: Black and white

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ErictheViking 3 124 102 Scotland
3 Jan 2013 7:12AM
Hi Carl, I have to admit I am offering critique on this image from my own opinion. I am having difficulty what your trying to tell me in this shot and my first piece of advice would be to think what am I trying to say and will people understand as what seems obvious to you may not be obvious to others.

Personally I think the angled shot in this case, looks like you didn't quite get it right so I would suggest squaring up the shot to keep the symmetry.

I am assuming you want me to focus on the bars as they are the only infocus area but I find the image varies little in contrast meaning the background and foreground are similar in contrast and tone. I would suggest increasing the midtone contrast to help darken the background and make the bars of the foreground really stand out.

I have uploaded a mod with my suggestions added. let me know what you think, did I miss something you intended the viewer to see?

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paulbroad 8 114 1034 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 10:07AM
The question is, what are you trying to show here. I see no subject other than a frame full of steel security bars. Such a shot might sell in a library to someone writing an article on security, but there is little general appeal. I would have shot it for library submission.

Paul
pablophotographer 5 631 254
3 Jan 2013 5:13PM
I get the point. I also understand that you tried your best on the theme. High ISO, the widest aperture of your lens (!?) and flash also. Although the background is lit and i can see a staircase I think that the space between the bars and the staircase is too big and too dark (too far for your flash to shed light) -although lighting changes as I tilt my screen- or too plain to help others understand what you are trying to capture. I could be a part of a jail but it may be shot in a railway station. An inclusion of a "no entry" sign could assist others understand it more clearly and then a straightened shot would confirm the "air" of authority. It looks like a deserted place now but the spider webs are too few to stress it. If you think it gets lit more during the day at a different time, you could have another go on it...

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