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Roue de charette

By jacomes
An old cart in the garden of a B&B we stayed at. I've manipulated the colours to try to show the age and colouration in the wood.

Tags: General Wheel Transport Wood Cart Wagon Wagon wheel

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
29 May 2015 11:32AM
I lke the angle and the textures here. The light is good and the image look clear to my eye.
A good composition in my view! Grin
jacomes Plus
5 26 32 Portugal
29 May 2015 5:18PM
Thanks Chinga!
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
29 May 2015 7:46PM
Not enough there for me. Nothing technically terribly amiss, but a mixture of shapes with no reall composition. I know I get into trouble for my next comment, but I tend to look at images and think what they mught be used for.

Book cover, on the wall, technical record, memory jogger, illustration for a story and so on.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2188 United Kingdom
29 May 2015 9:16PM
I like this, James, and the way you have gone in close for detail and shapes, rather than shooting the whole cart.
You have also captured a lot of good texture in the wood and wheel rim.
There is strong light coming in from the left, which has nicely highlighted the left sides of the uprights.

I think you probably turned the background sepia so that the foliage there didn't hide the outlines of the cart's structure. This has been very neatly done. My only niggle is that there are some strong highlights in the foliage that tend to draw the eye, and I have removed them in my modification.

When composing an image like this, it's more satisfying to the eye if you can have parts of the structure falling into the corners, as demonstrated in my mod. I cropped the left and bottom to achieve the composition that I liked. I think this crop contains the main strong shapes.
I also brightened the image and sharpened.

I don't think EPZ's grey background is doing your image any favours, James. Maybe just white would do?

jacomes Plus
5 26 32 Portugal
29 May 2015 10:54PM
Thank you both for commenting.
Pamela, yes I completely desaturated the green colour channel with tint and luminance zeroed as well (using Aperture 3), so as to tone the background with the colours of the cart. I spent some time cloning out background highlights did leave a few in! I agree with your mod, and have changed the background.

Paul, no offence taken, life would be boring if we all liked the same stuff!

MGJ 12 372 6
30 May 2015 12:38AM
It difficult, because its well exposed and there is fine detail, but I'd prefer to see a bit more contrast in the light arriving on this face. The front face is really quite flat, so there is not much to find in the textures. The biggest problem though is that there is nothing to hold the eye strongly in the picture, to balance those very strong diagonals and the curve. Naturally one will read this left to right, and the cross lines are so strong that I have by passed that intersection of the spoke and rim, and kept going out of the frame bottom right.

For this kind of thing one might have tried to set up a spiral, or triangle of points of interest (light/dark and or shapes) to try and keep the eye in the pic, or give it some depth. These spirals don't have to be all in focus or continuous, but they are very effective at retaining interest in design.

Does this say what it is that interested you - the photographer?
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
30 May 2015 2:23PM
For me, this is all about the geometry, and the detail.

It's a pity the camera flash fired - this has given very frontal lighting, which isn't usually a good thing for any subject.

I've done a mod converting to black-and-white, and dodging the highlights and burning in the shadows in the wheel, to emphasise the grain.

Does it work?
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
30 May 2015 2:25PM
I would neer intend offence. As you say, personal opinion varies a lot. I use this section for a consensus of opinion. If everyone is truthful, which is, unfirtunately, not always so, then you can gauge the likelyhood of the image being a general success.

If everyone likes it, great. If few do, another point made. If the quality is awful, then it should be said, and why. Many just say things like great image. Usekess comment.

There is always something to say.

Yours here, as I thought, has no quality issues bu, as you have fully appreciated, the content is not going to hold my attention.


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