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Old Oct 17, 2005, 2:02 AM   #1
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Experimenting, does this shot have anything going for it? Very new to this and trying tolearn something aboutcomposition
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Old Oct 17, 2005, 2:54 AM   #2
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Another angle but in sepia
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Old Oct 17, 2005, 3:28 AM   #3
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second one is nice...try to accentuate the shadows...the best way is by shooting with the sun from a side and underexpoze (you could use bracketing and then mix them in Photoshop).
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 1:03 AM   #4
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Thanks mad - duly noted!
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i agree.. i prefer the comp on shot #2.. but the lighting is like she said a little flat, and the contrast is sorely lacking..

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Old Oct 18, 2005, 2:42 AM   #6
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Thanks Dustin, I've been following your"crits" very closely for a while now. Your inputand that of others is worth a library full of reference books to people like myself whoare taking their first uncertain steps in this fantastic hobby.Youradvice is very much appreciated.
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Old Oct 18, 2005, 2:54 AM   #7
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another idea just came up... maybe throw in a person standing looking out over the railing.. shoot down the side he is standing on and have him/her close enough to catch a nice intent stare with some warm evening/morning sunshine on his/her face.. play with the placement of the model and the angle.. if this is available for you, if not, just store it away in memory and use it in a similar situation later..

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Old Oct 18, 2005, 8:24 AM   #8
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The composition is a little dull.

I am always tempted when I go to a pier or jetty to take loads of photos because it looks so good, but they seldom turn out well.

The problem is that they are not abstract enough to be interesting in that form, but nor do they have a focal point to hold the viewer's interest.

The first one is a bit abstract, but not abstract enough to be interesting if you see my meaning.

The second one in particular could really use something to look at; all the lines lead us to the focal point at the end of the jetty but there's nothing there!

As Dustin says, when in doubt stick a person in as a focal point! Send your girlfriend/wife/kid into the frame. That way even if the photo is unspectacular you'll at least have a nice snapshot and momento of the day.

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My other achilles heel is lighthouses - I love looking at them, but they are fiendishly difficult to take good photos of. :-)
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hehe... at least you guys have water with piers and lighthouses to shoot at!! ah, if i only i had a coast here somewhere!!

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Try to use the rail as a leading line it should really direct the eye into the frame.
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