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Rock Steady

By Lulukirk
Taken in Malcesine - Lake Garda. slighty altered brightness to make rocks stound out against the blue sky, have i missed anything???

regards Lulu x

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Comments


Sooty_1 6 1.5k 220 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 10:05AM
Yup. You missed that the picture is a long way off being level. Incidentally, all the boats facing downhill makes it funny...looks like they're sliding!

I would advise several things.
The horizon is one thing that is a certain point of reference. It should be level, or the rest of the pic looks wrong, and it's surprising how even a tiny inaccuracy shows up. This should be one of the main self-checks before posting a pic, because it will always draw a comment.
Don't have the main subject dead centre....I'm happy for people to break conventions if it works, but generally stuff works better if it's off-centre (cue Rule of Thirds police), particularly with landscapes/seascapes.
It's better not to have things interfering with the edge of the frame, like here, you have a lot of half-boats. I'd try to frame so that they were either completely in or out of the picture. If not, some simple cloning would help.
You've used a middling aperture...I'm not sure you can override the camera you used, but the distant cliffs aren't too sharp, so you either needed a larger aperture to render them out of focus to isolate the subject, or a smaller one to ensure front-to-back sharpness.
This pic is very stark, and very cold. This is more a matter of taste, but the time of day (around midday) won't help. the light might be better at the beginning or end of the day, by adding character to the light and enabling you to get better texture from the rocks.

I might add a mod if I get time.

Nick

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1 Jan 2013 12:28PM
Thanks Nick, The modification looks alot better. Reading your comments above then looking at the picture i can see what you mean! i've got alot to learn! i will remember this before i post any more and look foward to your future critiques.

Kind regards
Lulu x Smile
Sooty_1 6 1.5k 220 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 4:22PM
No problems. I didn't mean it to sound all negative, there is a pretty good shot in there, just small tweaks needed to help bring it out.

Cheers,

Nick
paulbroad 9 116 1057 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 6:57PM
I would square things up and then get in much tighter, filling the frame. Not sure the rock pile is that photogenic in this type of standard lighting. I don't mind the central composition, but it lacks that bit of impact that makes you look.

Paul
Davesumner 9 28 300 Australia
2 Jan 2013 3:45AM
Hi Lulu,

just thought I'd have a go at quick mod myself, pretty much the same crop as Nick but i've adjusted the white balance and tweaked the colours a little. I also didn't crop out as many boats.

I know it isn't always possible and sometimes you have only a few seconds to grab a shot but try to take images like this in less harsh sunlight, you've got some harsh shadows going on in this shot. Also just be a bit mindful about where you place your foreground interest in your images, this one is too central.

Hope this helps

DaVeS

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