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By Squeaky_Wing
I have a few different versions of this - some slightly darker, slightly lighter, un cropped, different crop etc. but I am unsure if this even works as I find myself looking at it and getting lost, but then is that what I like about it ?!?.

Any thoughts would be a great help.

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iancrowson Plus
10 215 168 United Kingdom
30 May 2013 3:00PM
An interesting and unusual photo. It's really an abstract and as such can look how you like it.
I know what you mean about getting lost, that's what makes it interesting.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.6k 2371 United Kingdom
30 May 2013 3:09PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, I remember noticing your first upload in the main Gallery - you have an eye for the b&w potential in images.
I've spent a while looking at this, it almost works for me, but not quite, and I suspect that part of the problem is the scale that I'm viewing it. This would work much better blown up a metre wide and hanging on a wall than it does on a computer screen. Then I would be able to get lost in the details better.
I love reflection images where reality and illusion merge, where it's not clear where the real object stops and the reflection begins. That's certainly the case here, but there's so much detail that it's only really the spots of surface tension that indicate that there are reflections involved. I would prefer a much simpler composition.
Compositionally I like those two diagonals on the left, but I'm not actually sure what they are. Sometimes that matters, sometimes it doesn't.
It's a good b&w, hard and bright.
You've cropped for breadth, I might be tempted to crop for simplicity, as an alternative view not necessarily an improvement. Mods don't seem to be enabled, so I cannot try that out at the moment.
30 May 2013 3:55PM

Thanks for the comments, very much appreciated.

I think as it is a photo of just the reflection it can be difficult to see what is a reflection and what is not, especially towards the top of the image which hopefully makes it more interesting. It is actually a reflection of a small wooden bridge over a stream.

Is there a way to enable modifications (I thought that when I uploaded the image it stated that mods could be made) on this as it has already been uploaded to the Gallery ?

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.6k 2371 United Kingdom
30 May 2013 5:48PM
Go to Options under the uploaded image, and select Edit photo from the drop-down. Then once you are into Edit, select the Options tab and click to tick the Modifications box. Then click on Save changes.
Thanks for explaining the diagonals. I do like the effect of placing them far left.
30 May 2013 7:36PM

Ok I think that's should now allow modifications.

Thanks for your help.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.6k 2371 United Kingdom
30 May 2013 8:14PM
Cheers, I've uploaded a Mod. It's a square crop, which often works with abstracts. Square contains lines, creates a taut feel. I've made use of the diagonal shadows, in a different way to your crop. I made a Levels adjustment to introduce a more luminous feel on the water, otherwise no changes. This takes me into the detail of the surface tension more intimately, but that's just how I see things. As I said, it's an alternative way of seeing, not necessarily an improvement.
30 May 2013 9:21PM

Thanks for that, I really like it.
It definitely pulls it in and gives a different perspective and I think if it was cropped from the other side it would change it again.

I think your right as well with the scale, the original would look good blown up and I could also see the square cropped one you did maybe in a 10 x 10 with a large mount board which I think would really pull it in.

Thanks very much for your input and time on this.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
30 May 2013 11:33PM
I don't have anything to add to the above, Emma, but just wanted to say that I have read the comments and looked at the picture for a long time. Now, if an image can hold the viewer's attention in this way, I have to class it as being good. It's an enigma, and fools the eye.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
31 May 2013 11:19AM
just feels slightly too tight....good mono though Grin
widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
1 Jun 2013 9:03AM
Nice abstract , all Moiras points are spot on . Very interesting image Smile (She knows you know !!!)

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2013 4:36PM
You need a focal point. Everything is the same so the result is visual confusion. Something that stands out needs to be suitably placed, then be very sharp.


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