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By Paul1972  
This a photo I took a few years ago on Dartmoor.I would like to ask someone if this interesting and if not could it be more interesting?Critics needed thanks.

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LexEquine 11 19 United States
11 May 2010 11:55PM
The capture is very good, but I would not perform "so tight a crop." Next thing I would suggest is slight sharpening tool, and then, to "optimally," boosting the contrast. Hoping, that these suggestions may be helpful to you. Regards...Peter

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bfgstew 10 668 105 England
12 May 2010 12:23AM
I agree with Peter about the content of the shot.
If you get the chance to go there again you need to 'think' about the shot compositionally i.e. light, lead in, foreground intrest, sunrise, sunset, dark clouds and a host of other items that can make a shot. Always remember the rule of thirds and stick with it, especially for landscape shots. Also what lens are you using? Is it a kit lens (18-55) or have you a 10-20 (the landscape togs favourite lens), if you only have the kit lens use the lower end (18) to give you as much field of vision as possible, filters as well are an essential tool for this a good quality ND grad filter gives so much flexability.
The problem is that although the Tors are intresting in themselves it doesn't make for a quality image. Look at some of the togs on this site and you will see what I mean, they make the most out of little or nothing. This is something that takes time, practise and loads of patience to master.
Have a look through the techniques section at the top of the page and this will cover all you need to know and more about the subjects discussed.
I hope this helps in some small way.
paulbroad 9 123 1161 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 10:21AM
I'm afraid, as you ask a straight question, I'll start with a straight answer - for me - not interesting. This image is too light and over exposed - you need to darken it and play a bit as in the mod.

Even then, this is a standard image of lumps of rock. To add a more general interest you needed to get in really close and shoot detail, or try a wide angle, low down looking up fromvery close.

In short, the more mundane subjects need an injection of technique to lift them above standard record images.

CathR 10 151 564 United Kingdom
12 May 2010 10:39AM
I agree with what has already been said, Paul. It's very easy to get seduced by taking photos of "things" because they are there. These record type shots may have meaning for you because you were there at the time but if you want to take your photography further then you have to work the material a bit more. Find the unusual angle, beautiful lighting, something interesting happening (eg if there were climbers on the rock) to raise the shot above the ordinary. Put more of your creative self into the shot.

I like the Buddha shot in your portfolio because it has some of these more creative elements. It is not simply a straight shot of the statue but you have noticed the strong shadow, beautiful lighting etc. It's just a question of applying that creative approach to all your photography.

Best wishes

Paul1972 9 49
12 May 2010 5:12PM
Thank you Diana for your modification and thank you every one else for your contributions and advice it is very appreciated and very helpful to me.I did take some close up shots though I wondered how this sort of image faired up as it was more a documentation picture.
Thanks again
User_Removed 10 2.1k 7 England
16 May 2010 11:05AM
When I first lookd at this I saw three faces looking back at me. Technically not perfect, but well composed I think and you did well to fine this tor without hundreds of tourists clambering all over it!

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