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On The Edge

By Philo  
One from Stanage Edge taken during that mini heat wave we had a week or so ago. I appreciate he is manly in shadow but I would appreciate any feedback.

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John_Frid 13 514 57 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2011 8:54AM
Putting aside the fact that the figure is in shadow there is much to like about this image. However, as it is submitted for critique I will pick up on a few areas where there may have been room for improvement.

The placement of the head is uncomfortable in so much as it just brushes the sky. Ideally I would have like the head to be comfortably below the skyline, which would have required you to shoot from a slightly higher position. This may or may not have been possible, but I feel it would have strengthened the image.

I think I would also have liked to see the anchor point on the right, although this may have unbalanced the shot a bit pushing the figure a bit too central. Perhaps that could have also been counteracted by going a little wider on the left. You were operating at full zoom so I feel you could have backed off slightly to get the wider shot.

Using flash may have helped overcome the shadow situation, and would also have helped you control the background exposure a bit better as the far hills and sky are a little more washed out than I would like. Of course I think it would be prudent to ask your subject if you could use flash as he looks to be in a precarious position and I wouldn't want him startled by an unexpected bright light Smile

However, despite the above points, I like this shot a lot and feel you have done a commendable job.

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Philo 9 99 83 England
11 Oct 2011 12:24PM
Many thanks John for the great critique, much appreciated.

Good point about the head position and I will bear that in mind though I couldn't get any higher. I know from the image that it looks like I chopped off the anchor point but the rope was secured to a rock about 5 metres behind him. Flash would have been a definite improvement but I didn't think it was appropriate given his position and I only have built in unit t present. Maybe I should have asked to take his shot and warned him about flash.

Philo 9 99 83 England
11 Oct 2011 12:27PM

Quote:Where the hell were you syanding when you took this Phil? You are a brave man Gunga Din.

Frank, I was hanging off the cliff edge with my right hand and shooting left handed. that's why I was struggling with flashWink

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
11 Oct 2011 2:29PM
A brave shot, hanging off a rock with one hand. Taking your photography to new heights. Tried a quick mod.

Philo 9 99 83 England
11 Oct 2011 4:29PM
Like the mod Willie, I think that's what John was getting at.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1286 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2011 7:41AM
The original is a good record, but the mod is a significant improvement in tone and composition. I realise the difficulties, but the viewer is not to know of those. The other possibility, of course, is a lower viewpoint.

Philo 9 99 83 England
12 Oct 2011 10:55AM
Thanks Paul, I will keep tryingSmile

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