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The Beast

By Focus_Man
I visited the farm close to our holiday home this morning, nothing was happening other than heifers feeding in a dark shed. I therefore turned my attention to the machinery there.
I load pictures here for two reasons, firstly for constructive critique and secondly, because I believe that if you are going to give critique to lots of other members, they should have the right to see what kind of stuff you produce yourself. It is therefore a double edged sword - give and take. I often wish others would do the same.
Focal length 10mm
ISO 250
1/200sec @ f13

Tags: Transport Landscape and travel

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 3:36PM
I love machinery like this, working Big Boys' Toys, and find them much more interesting that the more romanticised farm images. If this were mine (I wish) I think I would want to deal with the light halo around the tractor, and the fence on the left that I find distracting. In fact I copied the image and took out that fence and it did give a lot more emphasis to the tractor.

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ams99 Junior Member 7 65 9 England
27 Mar 2012 6:52PM
When i look at an image i like to look at "a thing" or an object as opposed to a general scene which is probably why i'm drawn to this upload. I think its a good capture with the wheels off parallel to the load giving a view of the axle. As an alternative / modification could the beast be moved slightly higher in the frame by taking a step back with the path giving a lead in? Just a thought to try and move the tractor off the centreline.


mhfore 11 6 176 England
27 Mar 2012 7:29PM
Hi Frank,

I wonder how it would have worked if (you might not like this suggestion) you lay on your belly up close and gave it that look, like when your at the base of a tall building and capturing the top against the sky. I know you know that other than the rule of thirds another rule that misconception states must not be broken is the one about "Never Tilt the camera" ha.
I like Lynne's mod with the removal of the fence and I also like Alan's suggestion about a lead in but I also think a tight crop works. Have a look at the mod where I have given it more space to the left, reduced the blue sky a touch and darkend the ground (what a mish-mash) Wink, still, I think it also works with a touch more space. This goes to prove yet again that with composition there is no right and wrong only what works for the individual

Take care
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 8:04PM
Excellent use of the wide-angle to get in really close and emphasize the size of the tractor. Not sure about the processing, though, as there's a noticeable and quite wide halo around the tractor/sky boundary, which is particularly visible in the thumbnail.

This would also work well in black and white, I think, for an alternative viewpoint.

Graysta 13 1.1k England
27 Mar 2012 8:34PM
Used to mend these when they where first imported to the U.K back in the 70's then they had the crispest knockyest diesel engine i had ever heard a sound of power and soul, although they where never quite as good as they sounded i still liked them.
Well caught aggression of this maybe a lower wider perspective might show a more powerfull veiw but stiil thanks for posting.

ams99 Junior Member 7 65 9 England
27 Mar 2012 9:19PM
An excellent mod my Martin with slightly less sky and a less deep blue. Also, the perspective with the additional room on the left following the direction of the wheel works really well.
arhab 6 43 2 Indonesia
17 Apr 2012 11:31AM
straight to the point, as suggestion you to me and the other. great image frank. but like dave said, there is halo around the tractor.

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