Critique #14

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Critique #14

Postby abby » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:01 am

Hi all,
I took a trip up to Barton this past weekend and would like to throw out two images for critique which I took of the Brownington Congregational Church, which I am not completely satisfied with either of these. Would love to hear your comments and suggestions for improvement. Also, which pov do you prefer?
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Re: Critique #14

Postby autzig » Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:00 pm

Carol, I'll critique the first image as I don't like the second at all. The church on that one is too hidden by the tree branches. The first one has some potential but it has three problems from my perspective. The lighting is very flat. I'm not sure what you can to about that outside of Photoshop. There are a lot of branches encroaching on the steeple and I'd like to see them gone. Of course you can't do anything about that in the field. The one thing you could have done in the field that would make this a better photo is crop the right side. The fence line leads the eye to nowhere and I think it is very distracting. I would have cropped it to the right of the big tree. Then the fence would have been a framing element and would have worked better.

I'll play around with it in Photoshop and see what I can do. I recently purchased Nik's Color Efex Pro 4.0. It has some very nice effects that might work here.

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Re: Critique #14

Postby autzig » Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:25 pm

Carol, here's your photo after I cropped and used a couple of Nik's Color Efex Pro filters. I think it looks pretty good. I'm not crazy about the centering effect of the crop but I'm still satisfied.

Al

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Re: Critique #14

Postby Andy » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:01 am

I agree with Al about the second photo. In addition to the fact that much of it is obscured, it just doesn't have the balance for me, that the first one does. For example, the "handicap" railing on the front nicely complements the fence. I also agree that the fence in your original tends to lead the eye out of the frame. I do note that it "returns" to the left behind the church and one might think that would "cure" the problem, but there is too much contrast between the large, in-your-face white fence and the barely perceptible fence way in the background.

I wonder whether you might have achieve a lower shooting angle (using a tripod, of course :mrgreen: ) and kept some of the branches around the steeple?

I agree, Al that the centering effect of the crop is less than optimal. Did you try cropping some of the left side, too? I wonder whether that could work.
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Re: Critique #14

Postby abby » Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:21 pm

Hi Al,
Thanks for the critique and the "redo". I like the color and contrast you achieved with the NIK filters. Mr. Abby bought me the NIK filter bundle pack for Christmas.......it includes Color EfexPro 3, HDR, and SilverEfex software. It also icludes a free upgrade to EfexPro 4 which I better upgrade soon. I almost forgot about the upgrade until you mentioned it.
Your redo version of image one is soooo much better than my original. Thaks for helping me to see that. I agree with both you and Andy about the center crop, and will play around with it. Also, I agree about the fenceline. Your crop is more pleasing, and I learned a good lesson from this and will remember it in the future.....so thank you!!!!!!

Andy, Welcome back. Hope you had a great trip. I know you didn't bring all of the big gear with you, but hope you still have some images to share with us, or even put up for critique. How did it feel without the Nikon? Was it liberating, or did you miss it??? Just a tiny bit maybe???? :wink:
Carol



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