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Old Oct 24, 2011, 9:39 AM   #1
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I went to an apple orchard this weekend and took a few photos. One subject in particular has me a bit uncertain. I took two different shots of a junk jalopy on the property -- one that fills the frame at a reasonably normal focal length (22 mm), and one that is more radical (12 mm), but allows me to include an apple tree that sits beside it. Do either of these shots work?

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oputof the two the second is the best
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I actually prefer #1 since the focus (no pun intended) is entirely on the truck which has a lot of character. In #2, I find myself splitting attention between the tree and the truck with neither one being dominant.

On # 1, looks like the front left tire (tyre) and bumper (buffer) is a tad out of focus compared to the rest of the vehicle--perhaps a depth of filed issue. I like the low angle from which the picture was taken.
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I prefer #2 because it gives some setting. I think the fact that it's on the orchard adds to the interest and there is no doubt to me about the subject of the picture.

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On # 1, looks like the front left tire (tyre) and bumper (buffer) is a tad out of focus compared to the rest of the vehicle--perhaps a depth of filed issue.
Yup, cockpit error. I was shooting aperture priority and needlesly shot wide open. Ah, well...
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I agree that #2 is better as it gives context (a tractor on a farm... retired from working the land) and the ultra wide angle gives the tractor scale and scope.
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Yep- I'd go with No2 also...
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Normally, I like these low angle shots. However, in this case it leaves an awkward absence of the rear of the vehicle -- at least IMO.
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Normally, I like these low angle shots. However, in this case it leaves an awkward absence of the rear of the vehicle -- at least IMO.
Actually, the rear was pretty much missing from the jalopy. The vehicle was chopped and open in the back, with a seat that was kind of tractor-like just in front of the rear axel. It looked like it might have been used to pull a wagon through the orchard at some time in the past.

ETA: Here's a photo of the back of the vehicle that will give youthe idea. It wasn't particularly photogenic from behind, as you can see...


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i like the 2nd one best and the only thing that spoils it is the sky
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