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Wisteria cottage

By bigbob2
taken in a small Devon villege called Coffinswell

Tags: General Flowers houses

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Davesumner 13 28 300 Australia
25 May 2010 5:17AM

I feel a bit anxious critiqueing an image belonging to Bigbob but here goes. This is a lovely scene with well handled exposure and DoF as well as being sharp throughout.

The problem for me is what are you trying to say with the image, I'm not sure why you've taken the corner of the house from a low perspective and your description doesn't give us a clue as to why.

Don't get me wrong, this is a great image but I just need to see more of the building or a reason why we're looking at the corner of the house.

Sorry to be a bit negative, it is a well taken image all the same.


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rubyblue 10 35 United Kingdom
25 May 2010 1:25PM
hi big bob,
i suppose its composed with the corner foremost because thats where all the wisteria is.
very well executed but the angle was a little too distracting for me,
i'v adjusted the angle and levels and added warming filter 12% as per mod.
ps:sorry about the crop i dont have fascility to ad canvas.
'little' john Smile
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
25 May 2010 4:51PM
Hello, Bob. When I first looked at this, I thought the angle was unusual, and that it made the cottage look crooked. Then I saw that you had the chimney nice and straight, so thought perhaps it was my eyes. I used to take a lot of pictures of thatched cottages in the New Forest, and was always conscious of the owner wondering why I was taking a picture, so I wondered if you found this the best vantage point to avoid being caught in the act, so to speak. Anyway, I quite like the angle personally, so tried the perspective tool in my modification and it began to look better in my eyes. I also cropped, removed the wire in the sky, adjusted levels, darkened the gate, sharpened, and selectively enhanced the colour of the wisteria, which is, after all, the attractive element of the shot.
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
25 May 2010 5:10PM
i normally don't mind converging vericals, but here, things look a little weird. i think it is because they are not symetrical - straight on the left and big lean on the left. Did you correct one side and not the other?

Needs to be either, fully corrected or, both sides leaning in. Not both.

bigbob2 11 1 United Kingdom
25 May 2010 7:38PM
Thanks for all your comments Don't worry too much about the bigbob handle it's a name given to me by a guy called jon boy yes we all had nick names long before the Internet now to the picture. I tried to get one of the front but too many cars in the way so had to get it from this aspect, from the bottom of their very steep drive in fact it is so steep that the building is only single story at the rear, as for straight walls there arent any so it is not only in a picture that this house looks unusual. the walls are built of cobb and over about the last 600 years have been worn or weathered away,about 100 years ago it was decided to render them for protection but no one bothered to repair them first so they were left with walls that lean in every direction

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