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redditch lake

By ianball
Tried to get a sihouette shot. Quite pleased with result. Constructive comments appreciated.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
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30 Oct 2013 4:03PM
Hi and welcome to the Critique Gallery, I think this is your first upload here!
Contre-jour - photographing subjects against strong light - can be very effective. The bright light from the background confuses the camera into under-exposing, thus creating silhouettes. Silhouettes have a strong presence, but also mystery, they let us use our imagination.
Plus if you look along the heads, particularly the man and woman on the left, there's a nice hint of rim light catching and defining the outlines.
So far so good. What doesn't work here is that you have much too much empty water and not enough subject. The land at the top is a real distraction, around half to two thirds of the water is wasted space in the frame, but you have cut off the wonderful shadows at the bottom which really would have added more.
If you get the chance to do this again, I would suggest that move round a little bit so that you are facing straight on to the figures, and tilt the camera down a bit. The bright light on the water would still be enough to deceive the camera. And be sure to hold the camera level. You would have had plenty of time to experiment here; a lot of people assume that candid shots have to be grabbed quickly but this group isn't going to move on in a hurry, they are enjoying themslves. Plus they are not going to notice you at work, the birds are far more interesting!
I shall have a go at a Mod, adding some canvas space at the bottom and straightening the shot, just to give an idea of what I am rabbiting on about. A Modification will follow in a little while, under the Modifications button under your upload. Click on the button and then on the thumbnail.

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31 Dec 2013 7:58PM
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