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07/19/2005 01:00:39 AM · #1
I did not get to enter but I took this a week earlier. I have been getting low scores and need a lot of help and advice. Would you mind rating this photo and letting me know where I could have improved it?

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Thank you.

07/19/2005 01:25:05 AM · #2
Hi Mandy, I like the idea and the colours of this shot but I wondered how it would look a little more closely cropped to put the emphasis on the birds and the watchers. Hope you don't mind I had a play.

Cropped the image, contrast/brightness and slight curves. USM (my ps skills aren't the greatest, have to stick to the basics)

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07/19/2005 01:33:11 AM · #3
Firstly with birds and in your case here, I would defintely come in a lot closer and make the bird fill the picture and make it your main subject. However that's entirely upon how close you can get and the zoom on your lens. That way will bring out so much more detail and make it a serious contender for challenges. While this is a nice photo for the family album there is too much space and distractions which take away the focus on the birds. They're a bit lost in this picture. Sometimes though you can use a backdrop(background) to enhance your subject in a positive way. Patience is the key and keep practising on any subject and if you have a good software program you're on your way, you'll only improve. Don't forget there is plenty of helpful people on this site if you have questions.
Feel free to browse my porfolio as I shoot many nature shots, it may give you some ideas on composition.

07/19/2005 02:22:20 AM · #4
Thank you both.

I don't mind at all that you cropped it and I like it much better that way!

I have photoshop creative suite so I think my software is pretty good.
Thank you for your advice.

07/19/2005 02:46:51 AM · #5
Just remember a kiss... Keep It Simple Stupid! Your shot has too much going on. There is no real place for your eye to rest. The less elements in the shot to distract, the more potent it will be. Get close to your subject. Physical closeness is best, zoom in is next best. Remove the distractions. When you look through the viewfinder (view screen for point and shoot cameras.) What do you see? What elements are there that do not add to the overall effect you wanna achieve. Move around. Stoop down. Step on a railing. Look at the light. Do you have to come back later? Do you have to get there early? Are there too many people around for you to get the shot you want? Be patient. Wait for it. Just remember, keep it simple!
07/19/2005 03:43:23 AM · #6
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Just a little playing with your image.
07/19/2005 11:05:26 AM · #7
I really like the way you've worked that shot, Faiodi.
07/19/2005 11:18:24 AM · #8
Originally posted by faidoi:

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Just a little playing with your image.

This one rocks. It eliminates the distracting glare from the window and tones down the green leaves so the important elements stand out much better.
07/19/2005 11:30:49 AM · #9
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07/22/2005 11:31:53 PM · #10

That looks really great! Thank you for showing me things I could do to improve my photos! I think my ideas are good but that I just don't know how to make the adjustments like you did here to make the photo say WOW.

thank again

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