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    Interesting lines and reflections

    I'm still not sure about this picture, but I keep going back to it and finding more things. I took it early afternoon.

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    And I did some work with Photoshop Elements and Lightroom

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    Re: Interesting lines and reflections

    I like the watery blue reflection and the lines of it crossing the others. Part of me thinks there's too much white on the right side that draws my attention away from it. Maybe it's beause the lines all flow that way. But it's just a shallow thought.

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    That could very well be the problem. I could have cropped it out, in fact I did on one picture, but then something was missing. Perhaps because I know the building. It was a lot brighter in my first try. I believe it is still too bright. But to take it down effects the rest. At least to my ability so far.
    Thank you Mario

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    Re: Interesting lines and reflections

    Try a different time of day such as sunrise. You'll get a more colorful reflection, right now there isn't much contrast between what's reflected and what is actually reality.

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    Re: Interesting lines and reflections

    Look for a much tighter crop which will give you a more abstract feel to the building which I think it would suit.

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    Re: Interesting lines and reflections

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowman View Post
    Try a different time of day such as sunrise. You'll get a more colorful reflection, right now there isn't much contrast between what's reflected and what is actually reality.
    So this is just at sunrise this morning. The blues are missing as we have an overcast sky, but a more colorful reflection for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiderBob View Post
    So this is just at sunrise this morning. The blues are missing as we have an overcast sky, but a more colorful reflection for sure.

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    Nice contrast. Punches right through all the blue of the original.

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    I don't think you need to include the sky for anyone not to know it is a building reflected in the windows of another...so ditch them. One color adjustment layer, one brightness and contrast layer, did a luminosity sharpen after downsizing, cropped, and viola...

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    I use this saying with my students and pass it on here on a regular basis..."if there is something in the setting which is not promoting the entire structure of the setting, it has to go...no matter how pretty, focused or colorful."

    Think of it as the characters and setting in a book you are reading...each has to have a function and that function is to move the dialogue along. The space to the left of the reflected structure did nothing to push the plot forward, so I disappeared it, which in turn, tightened up the composition. Everything is now an accountable member of the cast.

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    Re: Interesting lines and reflections

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisC View Post
    Think of it as the characters and setting in a book you are reading...each has to have a function and that function is to move the dialogue along. The space to the left of the reflected structure did nothing to push the plot forward, so I disappeared it, which in turn, tightened up the composition. Everything is now an accountable member of the cast.
    I agree with your crop Chris and really like the analogy. Do you mind me quoting you to my students? Composition is coming up soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Ryan View Post
    I agree with your crop Chris and really like the analogy. Do you mind me quoting you to my students? Composition is coming up soon.
    I would be honored you would share...what do you teach...and mean besides, students?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisC View Post
    I would be honored you would share...what do you teach...and mean besides, students?
    Read further down and realized in your conversation with Elise, these are workshop students in Photography...good deal, please use anything you can, will or want.
    Last edited by MiniChris; 3rd March 2011 at 11:03 AM.

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    Re: Interesting lines and reflections

    Thank you Chris, what you say and have done makes so much sense. I will incorporate that information in future pictures.

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    Re: Interesting lines and reflections

    Chris, so I have to ask, sense dealing with the subject (at least for this picture) the reflection, then would I be going to far to use just the reflection/distortion itself. I understand what your saying in principle, but to what extreme, I question, when does it become, for the lack of a better word, useless.

    I use this picture only as an example:

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    Re: Interesting lines and reflections

    I rarely see a reflection I think needs or requires the object also in the frame...afterall, isn't the idea of the image to show a reflective surface, distorted or straight. I also find few things useless, though have been known to toss a few in the circular file because, for whatever reason, they're simply not workable.

    The other object, to me in this sense is just the donor organ...breathing life back into that organ is the task and outcome...that, to me is what it means to be an artist and not just another photography hack.

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