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    From my Kiama trip in September '11

    OK, so i decided to look through my pics on my laptop. And came across the one below. It was shot in .JPG so i couldnt do as much editing, but this is what i came up with. I know the composition isnt the best, but please tell me anything that would help. Also gave me a chance to practice in photoshop CS5 that a mate gave since she already had one.

    As i can remember, this day was one of the only 2 beautiful days i had on my week long holiday there, and it only lasted a half a day. The rest was miserable, with parts windy and rain. But it was a good trip non the less. There is alot more photos that i can edit in pp that would be alright. But this photo is the best. And it took me about 30-40 mins to edit and muck around till i got it to the point where its reasonable.

    Again, any advice and C&C's are most welcoming to help me along my journey of photography!

    From my Kiama trip in September '11
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    Re: From my Kiama trip in September '11

    Allen

    First reaction? There's too much grass at the bottom. I'd crop it to a 2:1 ratio, the sides and taking a little off the top and more off the bottom, so that the nearest tuft of grass is sitting on the bottom edge of the frame.

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    Re: From my Kiama trip in September '11

    Thanks, hows the following

    1) Just the top and bottem cropped
    From my Kiama trip in September '11

    2) Sides, top and bottem cropped
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    Re: From my Kiama trip in September '11

    I was thinking more like .............

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    Put a Rule of Thirds grid onto it and you'll see how perfectly it lines up.

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    Re: From my Kiama trip in September '11

    ahh, yes, thanks

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    Re: From my Kiama trip in September '11

    thanks donald, i always tend to forget the rule of thirds

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    Re: From my Kiama trip in September '11

    Quote Originally Posted by allenlennon View Post
    thanks donald, i always tend to forget the rule of thirds
    The thing is Allen, that it shouldn't be treated as a rule, but as a guide. It's fine to not stick to that, but it is helpful reference point/guide to thinking about how you frame an image.

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    Re: From my Kiama trip in September '11

    Improvements have made a much better photo.For me, though, I'd have cropped out that low building on the left too -it's very dark and as much as I tried not to let my gaze go to it, it did. I think it might be the contrast between the white facia and the dark of the building.

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    Re: From my Kiama trip in September '11

    Allen, I think I would cut the grass a little bit tighter than Donald; but not as much as your cropped examples. Then, as John suggested, you could also crop the left side a little more; but not too much.

    And, if required, the right side would probably still work with a tiny bit less and still show sufficient surf.

    But deciding exactly where to crop is never an easy decision. Particularly when, like I am doing, it involves holding pieces of card against the screen.

    However, we are tending to talk about a few negative points which only require a slight tweak when the overall scene is very good.

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