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A Song of Autumn
A Song of Autumn

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Challenge: Golden Ratio (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D3100
Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for Nikon
Location: Princes' Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Date: Nov 6, 2011
Aperture: F/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Candid
Date Uploaded: Nov 6, 2011

I hope I got the composition right for this challenge! My title comes from an old poem. This man was sitting in Edinburgh's Princes' Street Gardens, enjoying some rare November sunshine and playing his guitar. The foreground grass is a bit too bright but I like the shot anyway. I know this won't do nearly as well as the shots of lit curled paper shaped like spirals that I anticipate will feature in this challenge but hopefully I'll be in the 5s with this and not the 4s.

Editing: Cropped, adjusted brightness/contrast using levels, upped the colour saturation, denoised, sharpened and resized.

Place: 64 out of 111
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11/16/2011 06:14:23 AM
As promised, here's my comment :)
For what is worth, I gave this one a 6.
I think it would have benefitted from underexposing a bit to keep texture on the leaves and grass, if the idea was to suggest a relation between musician and autumn. But perhaps there are not enough leaves or other autumn related elements close to the subject to stress the concept. Aprroaching the guy and convincing him to sit under an oak tree and pose for a real portrait maybe would have been a good idea.
In general, I did not find the composition and choice of angle particularly evocative.
I read your description above and, living in the UK too, I think I understand the feeling of excitment occasional glimpses of sun can generate this time of the year. But the photo does not convey that too well.
Possibly an angle showing more of the musician, perhaps frontal, would have worked better. Or perhaps a framing including some brighter area on the left-top corner, so the musician would appear to be gazing into the light.

Just out of curiousity, which focal length was this one taken at? The perspective looks a bit flat and the depth of field is shallow, which increases subject/background separation but weakens the leaves/subject relationship, at least with this type of bokeh. Maybe a case for getting closer to your subject?

I'm not sure if the above helps at all, sorry if it doesn't.
Also, consider that we all tend being more interested with slightly unusual sights. Angle and colour of the light, type and colour of the grass, the very subject, I could not avoid being sure this was taken in the UK and feelign it was, at least from this angle and perspective, a pretty usual sight.

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