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Old Jun 28, 2007, 11:15 PM   #1
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Hi, I haven't posted here in quite some time. This image is the first one that I have ever scanned from film. No changes made in photoshop other than to resize the image for posting. No cropping done either. let me know what you think of the scan quality, tones or composition.

If you're wondering what the "Star of India" is, it's the oldest still-sailing ship in the world.

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Old Jun 29, 2007, 7:09 AM   #2
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Tall Ships are tough. The masts and rigging, the linesin the hull, and the gangplank are pointing in all directions, and it's hard for the viewer to know what to look at. There's no one subject that draws the viewer's attention. I think that either zooming in on something, or zooming out to show more of the masts and rigging would have helped.

Also, the subject is almost entirely monochromatic, and the gray sky doesn't help. It seems you happened to take this on one of San Diego's few dreary days.

I like to take photographs on days when the sky is overcast; it means no harsh shadows and moreconsistant naturallighting. But this photo doesn't take advantage of any of that.
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Old Jun 29, 2007, 11:29 AM   #3
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Here is another one. I'm still working on my composition and subject matter. I know that those are by far my worst areas right now. I think I understand what I SHOULD be shooting, but when I'm out shooting, I just don't seem to "see" things.

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Old Jun 29, 2007, 12:34 PM   #4
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Anportraitcloseup of the statue's face with all of the wood's texture and imperfections would have been an interesting B&W. I do think I like the second better than the first for the same reasons that were mentioned before about the difficulty of composing the picture with all of the details and lines of the ship.
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I like the second one a lot better. That's a picture OF SOMETHING. The subject is quite clear and quite interesting. Again, however, it's monochromatic and the dreary day doesn't help.

This might have been a better day to take photos of something colorful.
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