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The Door

By Paintman
I would like know how to improve this to the point that it would blow your socks offSmile It is probably not a very popular subject, but there must be a way to elevate it a higher level.

I used a texture layer to break parts of the image, especially the shadows. I've also used a blue tint for the shadows and a yellow-orange tint for the highlights. Both these techniques have been used quite subtly, imo at least.

What I'm after from this critique is to find out better or different techniques, opinions, good or bad to improve this.

The composition will be improved once I can use a longer lens and take the shot from across the road. Currently there has been a car parked in front of the building for about two weeks.

Thanks for any help.

Tags: Mono Light Shadows Plants Architecture Toned Door Black and white Digitally manipulated Steps Bay trees

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25 Apr 2010 9:38PM
I like this clear composition!

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davetac Plus
9 43 2 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2010 11:08PM
Certainly getting there. Nice image well spotted. The tints work for me too. Could you lose the window on the right though? The pots are suffering a little distortion as a result of the wide angel so I do think you need a longer lens and to "elevate the shot" try shooting from a lower prospective. That will make the door more dominant and the scuffy earth inside the pots will be less noticeable.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
26 Apr 2010 7:38AM
like the idea of concentrating on a single subject and re-taking it until you're satisfied with the outcome.

I played around with the image in Picasa (that's all I have) and apart from cropping out the window, and bringing the front in a little the basic comp looks sound. What I did find, and don't know whether you will agree, is that when you zoom in, the number on the door looks a little soft? I think the focal point is the right hand side of the leaves on the tree to the left of the door...or maybe it's my eyesight! Smile

hope that helps
CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 3:55PM
I like the high contrast but it is challenging exposure-wise. Some of the shadows are blocked which I do not think matters too much. But some of your whites are overexposed and I do think it matters, particularly round the doorway. Should be easy to rectify with the raw file.

Nice idea.

Best wishes

paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 7:27PM
Well, I rather like this - symettry and all. Some slight burning out of highlights and a lot of work. I have to say I find the work that you have done re-tints very subtle indeed - to the point where I am struggling to see them on the internet image.

Unit8 8 2 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 7:37PM

Firstly I like your image and as this is my first ever critique of anothers work please forgive any mistakes I make. I think it is a little too light and I cropped the window out. I opened the image in Lightroom and ran a preset (Raw bw 2) which inreased the blacks. When I cropped the window the shadow from the sill is still there and should be removed but I have to go to work and that would take me ages sorry. Hope this was ok?

Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 8:13PM
Thanks everyone for your comments, they've given me something to work on. Ta 'specially to Paul for the mod.

I'm not sure why the lights are looking blown out as I'm very careful not to clip them or the shadows. I use the levels control to make sure the highlights and shadows aren't clipped and I do this by placing the cursor on the triangle under the histogram and press Alt and left click. The screen goes white ( or black depending which triangle you click on ) and shows which colours are over or under exposed.

I'll have a look at the sharpening too. I use the High Pass filter to sharpen the entire photo, so why it skipped the door furniture I don't know. I used f11 with the Sigma 10-20mm on auto focus so that's another puzzle. The DOF should easily be deep enough.

Regards, Alan.
davetac Plus
9 43 2 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2010 12:27AM
I don't see any problem with focus at all.I wouldn't mess too much with the sharpening either. As I said earlier you might just try a slightely lower angle next time with a longer focal length since very wide angle lenses tend to distort a little.

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