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04-17-2011, 11:43 AM   #1
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At The Blacksmiths' Forge #2
Lens: Takumar F 28-80 !:3.5-4.5 Camera: K100D Photo Location: Michigan ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/15s Aperture: F4 

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As with photo #1 from this shoot, I'd welcome your response to this photo and whether you prefer it or photo #1, and why.
Thanks very much.

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04-17-2011, 12:14 PM   #2
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I prefer #2, although it needs a better defined subject.
04-18-2011, 04:51 AM   #3
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Hi, I think nr. 2 is better as well. You could try to shift the DOF a bit so the front tools would be blurry and put there and object that is being crafted and focus on it.
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PS: How did you upload the exif information?
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Thanks very much to both persons who commented and made suggestions.
Regarding the question about the EXIF data: If you mean the information (such as lens, camera and photo location) immediately under the photo's title, I typed it into the online form. If you mean the information which appears when someone clicks on the words "View Picture EXIF), I think I uploaded an image downsized with iPhoto after processing the image in Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac, with Nik Software's Viveza 2 and Color Efex as plug-ins.

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The apparent blurriness of the image looks to be a combination of the JPEG compression of the forum hosting service as well as the inherent lens softness and thin depth of field at that aperture. The image does lack a clear subject but the elements in the photo do complement well. Consider how best to capture the intended subject and set the subject up so that it is clear, well framed and isolated from any distracting objects that may compete for attention from the viewer.
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Thanks very much.
I appreciate the quality of the responses I received.
Other people's opinions also would be welcome.
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I find that the first image was too dark and it wasn't obvious to me that it was a forge. The second image is a little too bright - if it was slightly darker, it would add a little more atmosphere. In the second photo, the fire obviously belongs to a forge and the tools elaborate the subject. It seems to be cropped a little too tightly?
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Thank you!

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