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    Old Jetty

    Old Jetty

    Please people have a look at this and tell me what you think.

    Cheers Colin.

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    Re: Old Jetty

    Hi Colin. Colours and details look good but there isn't an anchor point for the eye (a definitive subject), but rather many points of interest that all have about the same size. Typically, diagonals work better than horizontal and vertical lines so shooting diagonally down the beach or including a person or similar object as a subject might provide more pleasing results. Hope this helps!

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    Re: Old Jetty

    I love the idea of shots like this, featuring old timbers that have been aged through nature and the force of the elements.

    So, well done on 'seeing' the image and going for it.

    What do you think about it yourself? Would you have it up on your wall?

    In terms of execution, there are couple of points that struck me that you might want to consider:

    1. What this could (should?) be about is the wonderful texture that will be on those timbers. But I don't think we really get a chance to see that. So much of the wood is almost gone to black. I would have liked to bring back more detail into these. I don't know what you use for, or how proficient you consider yourself to be in using, post-processing. But lifting those dark tones through a technique such a dodging or adjusting appropriate sliders would have revealed more detail. You could then use a technique such as Local Contrast Enhancement to put more structure (texture) into those parts of the image.
    2. Composition - What really hit me as 'wrong' were those two timbers right at the left-hand side. I think they're too close to the edge of the frame. I think it's worth having a look to see what it looks like with those cropped out.


    And .......... I've just read Frank's comments that he posted as I was typing this. I agree with what he says.

    Hope these few thoughts help you further assess it yourself.
    Last edited by Donald; 17th May 2012 at 01:24 PM.

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    Re: Old Jetty

    Hi Colin,

    In addition to Frank and Donald's comments, with which I agree ...

    I can see you have attempted to level the horizon, but unfortunately it isn't quite right now (you have gone slightly too far) and you haven't cropped the sloping white edges off either.

    The exposure and WB looks good though.

    Hope that helps,

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    Re: Old Jetty

    Thank you Frank you always have many constructive and helpful observations.

    Colin

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    Re: Old Jetty

    Hi Dave

    Points taken, very sloppy not cropping the edges. Helpful as always.

    Colin.

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    Re: Old Jetty

    Hi Donald.

    I am not proficient at P.P. being so new to this great hobby. I have recently downloaded PSE 7 am still struggling with it.
    Tried sharpening but the poles looked very unnatural. Thank you for your sage advice.

    Colin.

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