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Tell me what is wrong with this shot
Posted By: pingflood, 07-31-2010, 10:40 AM

Scratching my head over this one. Exposure is decent, light is decent, subject is moderately exciting, sharpness is good.. but it just doesn't do it for me. I can't put my finger on it but something's off -- any ideas??


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07-31-2010, 10:46 AM   #2
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Same shot with a little detailed pulled back in PP, but still lacking.

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Looks over exposured to me. Wrong time of day? JIM
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To me, the neck and above being darker is distracting (and perhaps pp'able). I would prefer a less close picture, perhaps to get more of the reflection in or space around it the subject (and put the head closer to the 3rds line) Also, I would prefer a slightly less noticible vignette.

Lastly, the color do not particularly add to the image. In such a scenario, I would experiment with B&W or reduce saturation (leaving the beak's color in).


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Well, one more attempt, but now it just looks PP'd like hell. Maybe I should toss it and get a better one another day.

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Hey PF,
I think the swan is very nice,but maybe the water is kind of drab looking. Not much can be done about it I guess. I think if the water had the nice dark color in the BG like the foreground it would really make him stand out. I'm not very skilled at PP though.
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I think it has to do with the composition... The swans' head has not enough space above....
I think it would have been much better if the eye of the swan was on one of the 45 degrees
diagonals.... diagonal method
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OK, let's try adding some space (I cropped it some and maybe too tight). Better or worse?



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Better! Not optimal, but definately better imo!
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Just a thought...try cropping about 1/3 off the right side of your last revision. The first photo posted was blown out on the swan's back and needed room above the head. Seems the head and neck with the slight reflection is the viable part here. Go vertical to portrait after cropping the right side, maybe?

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Let us try...

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That is what I thought it would look like. To me, it salvages the good portion of the photo. Others may disagree, but I like it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Take-5-JB Quote
That is what I thought it would look like. To me, it salvages the good portion of the photo. Others may disagree, but I like it.

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I think it was a good suggestion. All in all I think it's as good a result as your going to get. It's competently captured and processed but, in the final analysis, intrinsically limited by shooting conditions.
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Ah well, today I got this so all is ok with the world again.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pingflood Quote
Ah well, today I got this so all is ok with the world again.
Yep--that shot proves it ;~). I think it's the color/tone of the water in the swan shot that's the problem and that's probly a function of the orientation of the light and sky conditions.
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