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03/27/2005 07:38:45 PM · #1
Hello all. I'm a newbie here, and have started taking more & more photos over the last few months with my nifty new camera. It's great being able to fire away & not have to spend all that $$ on development! I'm at the point where I feel naked without my little PowerShot. I really want to become the best photographer I can be and have spent quite a while over the last few days browsing this site & some of the amazing photos taken by the artists here. To me it would be just about the coolest thing ever if some of the talent here would take a moment to comment on some of my pics. I'm starting with this one, as it uses a PhotoShop technique I just learned by reading a tutorial on this site. I am VERY thick-skinned, so don't worry about bruising my ego!
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03/27/2005 07:50:04 PM · #2
Contrast is very nice. Desat works. I feel like I want to see a closer crop of the girls, but then we wouldn't see at a beach.
03/27/2005 08:08:44 PM · #3
I like the pic but why is a part of the hand on the girl with the yellow bucket so dark ? looks like you used burn tool set way too hard, there is also a spot on her knee.

if you would crop 5/8 of an inch of the right side of te picture then composition would be better, the girls are too cloce to the center of the image.. rule of thirds you know ;)
03/27/2005 08:16:57 PM · #4
First thing I noticed Strike, is you have a very good eye. If you are new to photography, you have a great natural talent. I agree with Faidoi, the contrast is very good. Top quality. The two things that I really want to point out is your adherance to the "rule of thirds". Also, and this is a point that I never think about but it is a good one, notice how the horizon is just above the tallest child's head. You could have so easily had the horizon just a bit lower which would have had the negative result of cutting through the child's head or body.
Now for the desat. I don't care for the effect but I think that I'm in the minority so don't listen to me. I would be much more inclined to purchase this image without the colored buckets. :)
03/27/2005 08:22:13 PM · #5
My one suggestion would be to crop the image from the left and the right to leave just the 1/3rd containing the girls. I find that selective desaturation works a lot better when the colored object is substantial portion of the picture.

Otherwise I like it a lot.
03/27/2005 08:36:50 PM · #6
I like the clean composition. It's simple and effective. I'm not a huge fan of the selective desaturation though because I don't think the buckets themselves make interesting subjects.
03/27/2005 09:25:57 PM · #7
Awesome, thanks folks!

So, "The Rule of Thirds", I've seen this before & I see how a crop in could solve this while also getting a better view of my girls.

Joanns, such a great point about the horizon & getting a negative result! I'll certainly take advantage of that, it makes such good sense, I wish I'd seen it at the time.

DanSig, the burns you see are shadows from my smaller girl onto the bigger one as the sun was setting.

So we're sort-of split on the desaturation thing. I like it.

Thanks for comments thus far!
03/27/2005 09:29:34 PM · #8
What a lovely shot of the girls. I'm not a fan of the selective desat, but I really like everything else about it. I'd like to see the whole thing in color.
03/27/2005 09:41:50 PM · #9
Originally posted by jpochard:

What a lovely shot of the girls. I'm not a fan of the selective desat, but I really like everything else about it. I'd like to see the whole thing in color.


Thanks! Here's the colour version:

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03/27/2005 09:44:27 PM · #10
for the record, I like the selective desat better.

drake
03/27/2005 09:50:20 PM · #11
Originally posted by fstopopen:

for the record, I like the selective desat better.

drake


Thanks.

I'm picturing a dodgeball grudge-match between desaturators & non-desaturators. Gasoline-soaked balls could be used, which might make for some good time-exposure shots! ;-)
03/27/2005 11:53:27 PM · #12
Selective desat is a great tool for making a statement. I don't understand what statement you are trying to make with this example...
03/28/2005 12:22:04 AM · #13
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by fstopopen:

for the record, I like the selective desat better.

drake


Thanks.

I'm picturing a dodgeball grudge-match between desaturators & non-desaturators. Gasoline-soaked balls could be used, which might make for some good time-exposure shots! ;-)


No way, don't do that. It hurts really bad.
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