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taken the on a english snowday taken with canon 550d 50mm 1.8
These are modifications uploaded by other members of the photo above. Download the photo by right clicking Download Photo and clicking Save As.
Not entirely sure what you're trying to show here. Nothing looks particularly well defined, and most of it is blurred. Some looks flat black, and some almost blown white, so very little tonality in between. Very hard to critique when I don't know what you're trying to achieve.
Since there is a lot of ice and snow about at the moment, Theo, it's a good idea to take advantage of it.
You have captured some interesting patterns in the ice, as well as good detail, and although part of it is overexposed, I found the whites recoverable in editing.
I usually see ice pictures as abstracts, capturing highlights, patterns and unusual formations. The background needs to be plain in order for the ice to take centre stage, and you have almost achieved that here.
I think it would have been better to go in closer to a smaller part of the ice formation, getting finer detail, using simplicity as your guide. As your image stands, I am trying to understand why the ice has formed in this way and where it might have been found. I feel that this detracts from your intention. I just want to appreciate the natural intricacies of the ice.
I'm not sure why you had to use such a high ISO setting.
In my modification I chose the part of the ice which is in best focus, rotated it anti-clockwise, cropped to square, cleaned the background, reduced highlights and adjusted levels, then sharpened.
Did you actually use 6400? If so, why? High ISO is available for a reason, but not for general use. This image requires a low ISO and critical sharpness with plenty of depth of field. It also appears to be in mono. I would stay with colour and try and get some colour in the ice crystals.
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