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01-19-2010, 05:04 AM
Just wondering how my slight photoshopping is. I cropped, touched up and converted to B/W. I think I'm getting use to this now.:rolleyes:
01-19-2010, 01:38 PM
Hi John....I'm not the best critic so you can take my suggestions with a grain of salt...I like your B/W conversion but I do not like the crop. I like the original image better....like the way the statues lead the eye to the building in the background and your crop took it out. So...in my opinion, you should leave the image as is but convert to B/W.
01-19-2010, 09:38 PM
Thanks for your comments Ladyups. I am not a big fan of the building in the background that's why I cropped it out. It's just a vacant property. Here is the original in B/W. Let me know what you think.
01-19-2010, 11:12 PM
John... the photo is great, both color and b&w. I understand why you wanted to
crop the right-end, but it really loses some depth. Have you tried putting a "blur"
over the building? It wouldn't remove the building, but it would be less distracting
maybe. The photo was taken in such a way that you naturally look left to right...
much like reading a sentence. That makes the viewer's eye naturally go right to
the building. Does that make sense? Not being critical by any means, just what I
01-20-2010, 01:55 AM
I appreciate the good exposure John. White snow, blue sky, black statues. Not easy to get that right. Nice work.
01-20-2010, 05:08 AM
Thanks for the comments and words of encouragement mrdoug. I totally understand what you are saying and agree. So by adding blur to the building I am really just adding a sense of DOF to the shot??? I know you aren't being critical. I can accept all forms critique and suggestions to help improve :) and thank you for it very much.
Joseph. Thank you for the kind words as well. It is very much appreciated. I can honestly say that what I am taught on this site I try and put to practice. It is very rewarding when I can repost a shot with the suggestions given and have it turn out nice. Thanks Again :)
Hopefully one day I can offer valued advice like all of you :)
John, nice shots. I much prefer your first shot.
For me it has better angle, depth, and the building (if you do not centre on it as you yourself may do), is not distracting to me at all.
If you were to blur it, I feel it would then be out of place with the other depth of the pic.
Also love the contrast with the blue, black, white is great. (Is it the true blue in the sky??)
01-20-2010, 05:27 PM
Thanks you so much for the encouragement and advice.
the more I look at the original the more I don't mind it.
I think I was more focused on just the monument.
the colour pic is the unedited original. The sky in my clock tower pic is from
the same day. It was a very cold but sunny clear day.
thank you again.
01-21-2010, 12:33 AM
...So by adding blur to the building I am really just adding a sense of DOF to the shot???...
Not necessarily to the degree where the viewer looks at the photo and thinks,
"Gee... there's a blur over that building," but just a slight blur. Heck, blur all the
background portions from that building and beyond - but just slightly. It would
make the foreground "pop" just a bit. So yes, narrowing the DOF.
Being a veteran myself... I love the photo, John.
01-21-2010, 05:19 AM
I understand what you are saying mrdoug. As soon as I become more familiar with Elements I will give it a try. I would imagine I will have to layer to the background???
Thank you for your services mrdoug :) I have great respect and admiration for our service men and women.
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