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Redcar Seafront

By Emmamariephotography  
I spend 98% of my time photographing people, but when it comes to anything else i can never quite get it right or something that really stands out. ANy ideas on what im doing wrong. this is an example of something quite simple, and my last image before - how do you make them interesting and stand out?
Should they be the main focus? Too much background.. any advice please?..Emma

Tags: Landscape and travel



cats_123 Plus
19 5.2k 31 Northern Ireland
6 Jul 2010 10:13AM
to my `simple' eye...there is a little vignetting bottom left, find y eye drawn top left and the bars a little distracting.....other than that I like the `style' of the image, but how to make it stand out? I haven't got the software but perhaps a little D to the figure (feels a mite flat?).

have had a go at a mod Smile
RysiekJan 17 842 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2010 2:23PM
I've uploaded a mod for you, don't know if it's better than the original (it's all in the eye of the beholder) but its an option easily done.


pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2289 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2010 4:43PM
Hello, Emma. It's interesting what you have to say. You obviously enjoy photographing people and are comfortable in that zone, but it's good to venture outside of it and broaden your horizons. I cannot agree that this image is not interesting and does not stand out. I like it better than the previous one simply because you put the railings on the diagonal with a bit of perspective whereas the other one is what I would call "a straight shot". I think you have placed the silhouette well and he looks like he's going to dance all the way along the railings. Please excuse my ignoance, I assume these are figures/sculptures on Redcar seafront. I think mono could be a good way to go with this, but your railings would need to be stronger. At the moment, the light has taken some detail away from the top rails, and you can see the disjointed outline in the mod that has been done. So a different time of day would have been best, so that the light is not so strong, and maybe a lower pov so that the figure and railings are strongly silhouetted against the sky. But I also think that if there were more depth in the sky tones (if you are going to have a coloured version), then the other mod really does the job. If you had moved more to the right (assuming these figures are not flat), and used the railings for more perspective, I think there is a good shot to be had. I feel there is a little too much foreground and sky, so a crop would give more impact as a starting point. Because I like the mods already uploaded, I decided to have a different play with the image. In my modification, I rotated the image clockwise to give an even stronger diagonal, cropped and added a golden hue, like a sunset, then put in a bit of blue sky where yours was a bit burnt out (white). I smudged the silhouette outline a bit when softening the sky, sorry. Is it Fred Astaire?
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2010 5:36PM
I like this - lots of possible things wrong, but are they? I don't see this as a factual image, it is a bit of fun with impact and a smile. As such it is great - and all the mods are just as good - it's that kind of image - treat it as you will.

thank you for the comments, and i do like all the mods, esp the topaz effect- how do i get that for photoshop elements 6? is there any free downloads or would i have to buy..?

thank you for the desription on how i could have took the photograph better with a better angle, i may pop back soon and try again.

thanks, emma
thank you for the info

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