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By williamsloan
I found this old pipe on monday ,I set it on an old piece of tree could i have improved it in any way

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2012 2:55PM
When you say you set it on an old piece of tree, Billy, I thought you had PLACED it on a piece of tree at the time of shooting, but when I found signs of a selection around the edges, I realised that you had placed it on the tree in editing.
The rust colours, texture and shape make the old bit of pipe quite interesting, and it looks a lot like an ancient artefact which has been dug up somewhere. Also, the way you have presented it, in particular with the bold frame, makes it look like a museum exhibit. There's nothing wrong with that, and it may have been your intention to present it in this way, but a simple change of background would make it feel less confined. For instance, a landscape background might suggest that it has been discovered in a field, or a seashore with some sea might suggest that it has been found with a metal detector on the beach. Blur the background, have the rusty pipe nice and sharp, enhance its colours and contrast before inserting it into your background, and I think you have "something out of nothing", an image to taunt the imagination.
I have done a simple modification where I added a blurred sunset sky, and placed your subject to the right side. I thought the wood might suggest the pipe was standing on a bench or table, so just added the sky to the top. It gives you an idea anyway. I chose a sky that echoed the colours within your subject, blurred it, and adjusted levels on the pipe before adding the sky. With a bit more time and patience, I might have also lengthened the shadow at the bottom.

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paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2012 9:16PM
A perfectly good record image. I would tend not to use the very heavy borders though - terribly insistent.


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