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By Merlin_k    
Taken in Menorca, on the wall leading down to the basement were these T-shirts. I loved the colours. It was very dark so had to crank up the ISO, the flash washed it out so no flash used.
1/60 sec at f4.5; ISO 1600; focal length 50mm

Tags: General Specialist and abstract

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NickParry 12 1.0k 79 Wales
23 Aug 2009 2:22AM
Multiple items or objects are a great subject for abstract compositions. Some may view this and think its a candid of a few t-shirts, but I understand that artistic merit can be given to images of this type.

It is hard to say whether your camera settings were the best to use in this instance, as I don't know the exact ambience of the location. It seems that you did well though, and captured both the colours and tones well.

I would maybe crop a little from the top as the top pole is slightly distracting.

Perhaps try other similar compostions with multiple items, as this is a good starting point.

Nick Smile

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Merlin_k Plus
9 13 12 United States
23 Aug 2009 10:35AM
Thanks Nick. Interestingly I did try the crop without the very top because I also felt the pole distracted. I didn't like the loss of shape from the top T-shirts, but I know why you suggest it. And I think I will go with your suggestion.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2009 11:45AM
I think these shirts make a great abstract, and you did well to capture such a good image under the circumstances. Your high ISO has created a bit of noise, more noticeable on the dark shirts. The alternative to a crop of the rail is to clone them out. I think there is a tighter composition to be achieved here. I have done a modification where I cropped the left side to eliminate the shirt edges, for a cleaner image with better lines. I cropped the right side so that only half the red shirt was left, as it then seemed to balance better with the red one on the left. I cloned out the top rails, lifted the shadows, decreased the highlights, adjusted curves, ran noise removal over the picture and then sharpened. My second modification still has my original cropping, but also the crop that Nick suggested, and I think it looks cleaner, but the choice is yours.
Merlin_k Plus
9 13 12 United States
23 Aug 2009 4:26PM
You've got a better colour to the top middle blue shirt than I can achieve. I assume this is because I am working in Lightroom but you are in Photoshop, and the adjustment to the curves makes the difference.
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2009 4:50PM
I quite like it as it is. An interesting composition and tonal range well maintained. wether it has lasting appeal would be another issue - very subjective.

Note comment re-Lightroom and Photoshop. Thought Lightroom was a pre-treatment prior to opening in Photoshop? Am I missing something.

Merlin_k Plus
9 13 12 United States
23 Aug 2009 6:26PM
You can do a lot in Lightroom, and for anyone with only baic editing skills it is very functional. You can add grads, change vibrancy, tone, contrast etc etc. Photoshop allows a lot more, but I struggle with Photoshop, whereas Lightroom can normally get good results (I believe)
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2009 11:37PM
PaintShopPro, Merlin.

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