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Oct 19, 2015 13:59 |  #1

I took these the other day on a family members farm I was walking by the barn and this guy was looking out.These were the only two shots I was able to get before he moved. Which one do you think is the better shot and what could I do to improve them. I'm using LR 6 and I would like to print one for framing. All C&C welcome and appreciated.
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Oct 19, 2015 14:10 |  #2

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I took these the other day on a family members farm I was walking by the barn and this guy was looking out.These were the only two shots I was able to get before he moved. Which one do you think is the better shot and what could I do to improve them. I'm using LR 6 and I would like to print one for framing. All C&C welcome and appreciated.
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Oct 19, 2015 14:14 as a reply to  @ john crossley's post |  #3

I really don't have a preference I like both but if I had to choose I guess it be # 2 not sure why but it appeals to me a little more than # 1
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Oct 19, 2015 14:34 |  #4

both are too centered for my tastes and probably too close to. For some reason I think i'd like to see both sides of the window.

the vertical lines are close to vertical in the second which I like better, maybe crop in on the second to straighten them up?


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Oct 26, 2015 19:34 |  #5

personally i think they look fine, but it depends on what look you want.

in my opinion the first one is stronger cause there's more of a connection to me with the animal. i'd probably crop off most of the top though cause it's dead space, which isn't always bad, but in this case doesn't help for me.

as for lines being straight--in my opinion i think in these types of shots, non-straight lines work better. but as you can see, others disagree.


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Oct 30, 2015 19:06 |  #6

I like #1. The non-horizontal lines makes it more interesting IMO. I like the strong eye connection. I don't like #2 because the pane splits the goat's mouth and it's also not a flattering angle for its face.


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Nov 02, 2015 12:18 |  #7

The vertical window support (?) kills it for me. The subject is clearly the goat, and the window provides some very tight framing. The vertical bar is very distracting and right in the middle of the focal point of the goat's head (Eyes/Snout).

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Nov 02, 2015 12:23 |  #8

kaptnkain wrote in post #17769506 (external link)
The vertical window support (?) kills it for me. The subject is clearly the goat, and the window provides some very tight framing. The vertical bar is very distracting and right in the middle of the focal point of the goat's head (Eyes/Snout).

tl;dr work on composition! Don't be afraid to take 50 photos of the same subject to sift through later.

i dunno... to my the composition is pretty good given what there was. without the bar in the middle then it's just a pic of an animal. the bar adds a sense of jail and emotion. ;-)a


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Nov 02, 2015 20:57 |  #9

#1. Definitely. The "sense of jail and emotion" Xyclopx is referring to is strengthened in #1, where it isn't as obvious if the goat is even aware of the viewer. #2 gives the impression he still notices what's on the outside. He may not even be suffering in there. Maybe he just walked in. #1 makes you wonder how long he's been in there. Long enough to not even care what's on the outside? He's like an zoo animal. He knows you're not the answer to his freedom.




  
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Nov 02, 2015 22:31 |  #10

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