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    Playing around with photo-shopping and rule of thirds

    where does your eye go?
    Playing around with photo-shopping and rule of thirds
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    Re: playing around with phot0-shopping and rule of thirds

    I am afraid that it goes off the page, eyes go to and follows light and it goes off the page.

    Cheers:

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    Re: playing around with phot0-shopping and rule of thirds

    Did you hear Allan say something? same here

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    Re: playing around with phot0-shopping and rule of thirds

    okay so how do I correct that problem?

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    Re: playing around with phot0-shopping and rule of thirds

    I think that allowing some space around the leaf would improve the shot, you also go another direction here by cropping a bit off the top and right side.

    On the plus side, I think this shot is well lit and shows a lot of improvement over the previous posts

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    Re: playing around with phot0-shopping and rule of thirds

    May I make an aside?

    I like the perspective you've decided to shoot from. A very common mistake quite a few new photographers make when shooting plants/flowers is to shoot down on top of them. Kind of like the way we view them in everyday life.

    I applaud your creativity, and although you're taking some flack on some of your other photos, I, like Randy think that this one is your best to date, and you've come a long way in just a few days or so.

    Keep shooting!

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    Re: playing around with phot0-shopping and rule of thirds

    Hi Andrew, thanks my ego needed that. And the other photos needed some flack. I will keep shooting!
    B

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    Re: Playing around with photo-shopping and rule of thirds

    If you are going to cut something cut a lot not a little bit as here.
    If you want to stop the eye wandering out of the photo organise a dark 'block'\
    It helps if the line of travel is to the left for european viewers.
    There is a very strong line, spine, in the leaf.
    Look back as what I did originally to this flower which doesn't fall into those traps.
    Do not be a slave to RoT but look for it and use it but do not slavishly impose it on a subject.
    With all the copying or whatever the colour of the flower has gone to hell compared with what I worked on.

    When downloading files from the camera I make two copies. One goes into my 'archive' folder which happens to be the hard drive for my old computer which crashed but being a half terrabyte still had plenty of space in it. The second goes into my working harddrive which came with the new machine. The result is I always have a pristine original to work on if I want to play further with a file ... not that I work on it becuase it is normally saved to the working HD. Bringing a file from archive into the editing programme is not touching or altering it unless you are extremely careless and hit the 'save' button. PSP makes it easy for me by having a 'save' button and a 'save as' button .... unfotunately next door to each other but so far I have managed to hit the right one.
    'Save As' gives you the opportunity to change the file name and storage system [ jpg, tiff. etc etc ... about forty options of which I only use jpg and pspimage normally]

    The letters I use to differenciate between files are Z for a work up, W for a small file for web use and so ie. dog, dogZ, and dogW can happilly live next to each other in a folder [ Z and shift are next to each other and my left hand finds them easilly ]

    When things are heading in the wrong direction try a horizontal flip or whatever your editor calls it

    BY the way it could help to know what you are using?

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    Re: Playing around with photo-shopping and rule of thirds

    okay that dark block rule.

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    Re: Playing around with photo-shopping and rule of thirds

    BY the way it could help to know what you are using?[/QUOTE]

    I am using picasa3, gimp and photoscape.

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