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Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:37 pm
by Utah Baker
Well after a few failed attempts, and much patience and help from Al, I have some more photos to post. Al, if I lived close enough I"d bring you some cookies or loaf of bread, thanks! If I am to do more of this I will have to figure it out for my self.

First photo is from 2012 and I hope I can get away with having center the bridge in the lower third of the picture being flanked with trees of eith side. The other two, just curious to wherher anyone prefers landscape over portrait. All would have been better with blue sky, but mother nature said no.

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Oops, don' t know what happened but they loaded in reverse order! Yikes! :|

Well so much for that! #1 is in the middle and 2&3 top and bottom. And for some reason I still have to click the image to get the full view.

Re: 2013-11--critique#1

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 5:46 pm
by autzig
How about bringing the cookies to the 2015 re-union!?

Let me comment on the photo with the bridge. I'm not crazy about the composition. Here' why: The bridge is too small if it is the subject of your photo. It should occupy a much larger place. The road even takes up more of the frame than the bridge. Furthermore, the road does not make a very interesting foreground.

If you just wanted to show the bridge in its natural environment, the bare tree behind the bridge is a killer.

I would have liked this photo better if you had moved closer to the bridge and stepped off the road to the left or the right to try to fill the space above the bridge with colorful leaves or at least with the green pine tree. That would have given you the opportunity to place the bridge in a less centered location as well.

I think I would like a vertical format better. So enough about the composition.

Your exposure is very good. I don't see any loss of detail in the blacks. There isn't a lot of detail in the bridge's roof so your highlights might be a touch overexposed. It looks sharp throughout so the focus is good. The colors are good. Andy might like them more saturated but they look natural to me.

The other two photos strike me as a bit over saturated. The bark on the trees looks orange.

These shots do not look like they were shot from a tripod. They aren't very sharp. They do pose the mystery of what lies beyond the end of the road. Creating suspense like that is a good technique. I like the vertical shot better than the horizontal because it includes less of the grey sky. Had you moved to the left or right, you might have been able to compose your photo to eliminate much of the sky.


Re: 2013-11--critique#1

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:22 pm
by Utah Baker
Good points Al, and I'd like to think if I had taken the bridge picture this year I might have composed it better. Yea, no tripod, a purchase for the future. Thanks!

Re: 2013-11--critique#1

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:29 pm
by Utah Baker
I had to zoom in closer to look at the bark on the trees, I think what your seeing is just the wet exposed tree were some of the bark had come off, it had been raining.??? Or could be my eyes!

Re: 2013-11--critique#1

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:33 pm
by Utah Baker
Oh, and if we are able to make the reunion, I'll definitely bring cookies! What's your favorite? :D