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Old Feb 8, 2006, 7:45 PM   #1
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Following up on my previous post about folks who desire real constructive criticism. Here is the first posting of a photo using this new system. So have at it folks. Really tell me what you think about this photo or how it could be fixed. It is a photo that I use regularly in my classessoI have heard hundreds of commements about this photoalready.

Yes, I will tell you that there a few obvious flaws. However, I absolutely guarantee you that my feelings will not be hurt at all in this process. This is just a test to determine if this new system can work. Let's make it a fun experiment.

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Old Feb 8, 2006, 8:04 PM   #2
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What I see MT is shot of great color quality. What I don't see is a subject.Are you trying to show off the rocks, the sky or the boats? I would like to see a tighter crop and show justthe rock on the right as the main subject, clone out the boat at the baseand use the sky and sea as the background. Put the rock on the right in the right third of the picture also. Just my opinion.
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Old Feb 8, 2006, 8:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for joining me in this experiment. This photo falls into a category, often referred to as a pictorial type photo. Some folks often equate pictorial to mean "like a post card." The photo does demonstrate the rule of thirds, an importantelement in the study ofcomposition.

Rather than having a particular specific subject, the pictorial photo,quite like the lanscape type photo, seeks to show the broad scope of the view.

There are still some flaws, can anyone see them?

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Old Feb 8, 2006, 8:21 PM   #4
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The line between sea/sky is incredibly sharp. I don't like the 2 big rocks on either side of the photo- instead of going around the pic, my eyes go back and forth. Too much little junk in it, like the boats that you can't hardly tell ehat they are. I probably would have cropped off (maybe) some of the sky, and softened the sea/sky line, and cloned out some of the boats, and brightened up the whitecaps.

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Old Feb 8, 2006, 9:12 PM   #5
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Tracy-

You are on the right track. The line at the ocean/skyline is to defined or harsh. That is correct. To clone out one or two of the boats, who knows. But I do agree it would strengthen the rule of thirds argument. Please keep going.

Hopefully we will all enjoy the exercise.

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Old Feb 8, 2006, 9:19 PM   #6
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OK, Tracy-

Please take another look. The extra boats are gone. Now how do you feel?

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Old Feb 8, 2006, 9:25 PM   #7
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LOL. it's still not right. The line is still too harsh, and I really think that top right cloud is also leading you out of the top of the pic. Take out a rock too, my eyes are still going back and forth. I don't know how to tell you to fix it though. I do know that the 2 large objects are blowing it.

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Sky doesn't look real. Photoshop?
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The sky is completely genuine, however it was indeed added with PS.

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Old Feb 9, 2006, 5:19 AM   #10
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Then it genuinely doesn't belong in the picture. No wonder the whole thing looks so wrong.

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