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Old Feb 5, 2010, 6:46 PM   #1
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I've been working on this pick. How do you see it?
Colors work fine, but planes and proportions... i don't know.
I did some vignetting and blah, blah.

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Old Feb 5, 2010, 9:25 PM   #2
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Hi Ordo,

I agree that the colors are great but.......... to me there are so many lines and geometric shapes that the red lamp should be centered in the frame with the benches the same size on side. This means that, if possible, you could have taken the shot a few steps to the left. The leaves and branches obscure the top of the lamp as well.

This may be too radical a change but sometimes removing color from all but what you want to focus on works. Not the best perhaps, but this is one alternative:
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for me, the plane is a bit off.

i would like to see it shot straight on, because there is a lot of symmetry to take advantage of here. the 2 benches could be then symmetrical and could help frame the bamboo door. it would also allow you to set the red lamp in between them, so its framed by the whole scene. and if you shoot from a bit higher perspective the lamp would not be partially covered by the leaves. this would allow its bold red to contrast with the greens.

if you cannot reshoot. i think just cropping a little off the right hand side of the frame would help
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i like the colour version ordo it is really a shame the branches are there
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Thanks. Yes. The branches are the main problem -not giving a sense of a fore plane- and impossible to clone. No way to reshot also. The lamp is a bit high too. The b&w version, hmmm... not sure about it. Thanks again.
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I like this image as it is. At first I thought about the plane as well, but thought that the way it is shot adds a certain depth to it. To me, if it had been taken head-on, the image would look somewhat flat. The red lamp, the green sorround and the folaige framing the top part makes this a nice composition! Nice one Ordo!
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The picture nearly works for me. The only thing that is a little annoying is the branch just in front of the red lamp. The green on the walls and bench does look a little too rich, but other from that it looks neat.
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I love the colors - the selective desat is interesting, but I prefer the green. The colors seem to fit the scene - not over-the-top - on my monitor.

The picture as posted is very nice, I'd be happy with it the way it is. It's not a perfect pro shot, but that's OK IMO. I do think the leaves in front of the red lamp are the distracting element, more so than the symmetry, which I also noticed (and the first thing I would have thought about correcting if I were shooting, probably). I think if you had shot more centered it might (judging from the V in the foliage) have meant less foliage in front of the light. But maybe not (reality doesn't always show everything you need to know in a picture) - just something to explore.

I'd certainly keep this one, it's very nice.
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I've been working on this pick. How do you see it?
Colors work fine, but planes and proportions... i don't know.
I did some vignetting and blah, blah.
This shot has tremendous potential, but as others have pointed out, there should be more space above the red lamp.

Personally, I love the green "flavor" of this image, with the contrast of the red lamp.

Shoot it again...

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I can't Chato. I should travel to to China again.
btw: this is a reconstruction of the bamboo pavillion of Lin Daiyu, the heroine of The dream of the Red Mansions, the classic novel.
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