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Rocky Path

By Philo  
I stopped off at Ilkley on my way back from Skipton to check the place out before taking the kids there. It seemed rude not to take a few pics whilst I was there.
I have used the rock on the left to hide a car park but I do wonder if it is too dominant or does it balance the hill on the right?
All thoughts and mods welcome.
Phil

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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NEWMANP 12 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2011 10:04PM
hi,
its one of those shots, hard to critisise because fundamentaly there is little wrong with it, a perfectly good representation of what you found there, the weathers fine, and its exposed well and its sharp. in fact the foreground sharpness is excellent.

further more there is an easy route for the eye right through the picture, -- so why is it not exciting me ?

it happens to us all and to me too but i think its a combination of a few other things that turn a good picture into a great one.

firstly landscape is all about the quality of light, magic for about 10 mins each end of the day and a struggle for the rest.

secondly, and this is just my view, a landscape with rocks and stuff is about the nature of the landscape but this includes roads creeping into view and has a very dominant building in the distance, ironically the lead-in you have worked hard for, takes my eye straight to this building with a green car parked outside.

so i recon that there is not much i can add to improve what you did, but to ask you to ask yourself the purpose for which took the image and how you wanted it to look, and did you take it at the best time to produce a winning image.

if it was for an interesting record of a day out, great --- if it was for a landscape competition im not so sure.

hope this debate i had with myself helps Wink

best regards
Phil

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Philo 10 99 83 England
13 Mar 2011 10:38PM
Many thanks for the detailed critique Phil and I hope you enjoyed your own debate. Unfortunately I rarely get the opportunity to shoot when the light is best so I have to make the most of what I have. The idea behind this was to work on composition, exposure etc. in the hope that I could learn something from it.
I will be returning so I will bear your comments in mind when I shoot again.
Cheers,
Phil
Philo 10 99 83 England
14 Mar 2011 9:27PM
Thanks as always Frank. More opportunities to be had here I feel.
Steve-T Plus
13 56 66 England
14 Mar 2011 11:21PM
I see good compositional skills in this image. The horizon is on the third and the hotel/house on the thirds intersection. Whilst it is not a fixed rule it does help composition. However, for the two thirds rule to work well it needs a clear subject. I think the subject is ambigious - starting from the title. The rocky path is not quite distinct enough to take the eye through the image - it sort of stops a third of the way in. If the hotel was the subject I could sort of buy if there was a strong lead in. If the rock was the subject - well it would be in the wrong place. OK so how to improve - I agree will Phil about the colourful car. This can be removed by desaturating cyan totally and masking the rest of the image or by cloning etc. To enhance the sense of the path I think you need to crop away at the rock on the left. You can also use another little trick - stretch the path. This involves increasing the canvas size, selecting about third of the image (from the bottom) and using free transform to elongated the third. It has the effect of looking from a slightly higher aspect. Most basic software would allow this type of tranformation. I will demo the outcome in a mod which I hope will strenghten the composition - here goes - Steve.

NB - when doing the mod I realised that the path starts from the centre of the image in the orignial - and IMO it works alot better if it starts on a third - see mod.
Philo 10 99 83 England
15 Mar 2011 2:57PM
Nice mod Steve and a good critique. The title, as usual, is crap so that possibly doesn't help matters. Does anyone do a book of photo titles?Wink
Nice tip about the stretching of the path. What I need to do is achieve that in camera so I hope I do better on my return.
Thanks,

Phil

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