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Old Mar 10, 2005, 8:28 AM   #1
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This is a shot I did last spring and wanted to hear what you all think of it.


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Old Mar 10, 2005, 9:55 AM   #2
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I think you'll have a more visually effective picture if you crop from the tree on the left and 5 steps up from the bottom. The branches from the tree in the foreground frame the stairs nicely.

By cropping as I mentiond, the viewer's eyes will travel up the stairs without distractions. As is, the brighter steps on the bottom are distracting elements. You don't have to take my word for it. Prepare a couple different crops, pull them up on your monitor and stand back a few feet to view.

This is a tough scene to capture without blowing highlights or shadows. Yo've done well with the exposure.

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Old Mar 10, 2005, 10:33 AM   #3
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Attractive scene, well composed (provides room for cropping as desired), serene setting conducive to making large prints for wall display.
I am a tough critic in this case since it is overexposed a bit .. and I am 'nutso' about this in my own pics. It surely does take extra time and effort to meter, and double-check, and/or bracket to get this type of shot (wide dynamic range) spot on.
All things considered, it is a good result.
Thank-you.
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Old Mar 10, 2005, 2:32 PM   #4
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I think it's a superb natural frame but the subject is missing.

For this to be interesting to me it needs something right smack in the middle of the frame. Maybe the photographer, maybe an animal or an object - something on those stairs for me to look at. Everything leads my eye to the middle and then there's nothing there and I feel a bit disappointed.
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I think it's a superb natural frame but the subject is missing.

For this to be interesting to me it needs something right smack in the middle of the frame. Maybe the photographer, maybe an animal or an object - something on those stairs for me to look at. Everything leads my eye to the middle and then there's nothing there and I feel a bit disappointed.
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Old Mar 10, 2005, 3:19 PM   #6
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An actual deer rather than an animated one might work better Rodney:blah: Something more realistic that might really be found on those stairs say a chipmunk?

For me the large tree on the left needs to remain; it seems to interact with and balance the birches further up on the right.

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