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Sooty_1's Gallery Comments
To me, this is summed up by the word "bleak".
Whilst I'm not averse to the shadow, I find the background unevenly lit around the periphery. There doesn't look like there is any deliberate vignetting, or any "spotlight" effect, so I'd expect it to be more even. With that in mind, I think it's a tiny bit underexposed, and a reflector to the left would add a little more light onto the nearer cheek (that is the shadow that stops this being a great shot, IMHO).
Can't really add too much to what's been said, except that at the time of shooting, if you aren't sure what the exposure should be (or if it's a once only occasion) you can always take several exposures around the metered value: this is called "bracketing". If you take a shot at the metered value, then one a couple of stops under exposed and one a couple over exposed, you should have enough latitude to work with if your actual metered exposure isn't quite right for what you want.
A nice idea to use detail to convey the atmosphere. I'd have liked to see the nettle entirely within the light area, so looking down slightly more from closer, and perhaps a small crop from either side to tidy the composition up a little. Having the one on the right draws the attention away from the centre.
Had to? Why?
It was taken on a Leica, therefore you are free to ignore any and all criticism.
Personally, I don't think the second version works, as you need the context of the surroundings to make the most of the "tourist" look. It's too closely contained.
As you have no doubt discovered, it's not as easy as it looks!
Yup, exactly what second shooter is expected to get, and well got!
This has the appearance of quite a lot of tonemapping. Though I appeciate the scene is predominantly greens, they are a little overdone, and apart from the trunks either side, most of this image is around the same tone. It needs more tonal range and colour balance to make it more attractive.
1. You aren't taking advantage of them, but of the situation. If you were making money from the sale of the image, there may be slight qualms, but your first instinct was correct, as far as I'm concerned. Get the shot first, worry about the niceties afterwards.
Not a great deal wrong with it. It doesn't hold my interest for more than a few seconds though.
I'd like to see a version without the two birds on the rail.
As a pose, it would have been better to lift her nearer leg and cross them, keeping her within the frame. You could also have shot looser to include her leg: you have a little space to play with above her head. As it is, it's a pleasant environmental portrait, and even with a crop you could keep some of the background as a neutral, natural setting.
Once again, a manipulated abstract that is entirely unconnected with the words.
It reminds me of a Rorschach ink blot card.
For me, the following stand out:
That depends on the effect you were looking for.
If you see it, great. I'm afraid I'm not a big fan of this kind of image/text combo, nor those "inspirational messages" so often seen on social networks.
Good timing, well composed and well captured. Then over processed.
I would suspect that if it was really taken on an Olympus OM 2, there won't be any exif data (it's a film camera)!!
I find a similar thing with many of these kind of shots....the depth of field. Separating your subject from the background is the difficult thing, whilst it gives context, it also adds clutter to what is effectively a candid portrait.
One thing I think needs to be emphasised, is that there is not necessarily a "correct" exposure, only an exposure you want, that contains enough information for you to do what you want with the image.
It is indeed clean, sharp, well exposed....and static.
If you wish to learn how the various settings interact with each other, you need to get off any kind of preset mode, such as "Landscape", "Portrait", "Night" or any of the others. They all bias the jpg processing in camera and often mask what's happening.
I think this arrangement would work much better if we could see the shed better. As it is, from here, it's mostly on the reverse slope and half hidden. There isn't the feel of mystery, so I'm left wondering exactly what the picture is saying.
I agree about the poor HDR treatment. It lowers the natural contrast and seems to add texture where there is none.