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Mar 18, 2017 13:22 |  #1

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Mar 25, 2017 10:12 |  #2

Like a lot of your stuff Olafs, this one violates some rules. The huge black space on the left side, the cut-off clock, and the obstruction in the bottom right corner, for example. But your images excel at story-telling. And that's the important point. A good story will trump a technically and graphically perfect, yet vapid, shot any time.


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Mar 25, 2017 11:17 |  #3

I'd like to see the clock not be clipped at the top; but otherwise, I rather like this one.


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Mar 25, 2017 11:18 |  #4

Is it noon or midnight?


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Mar 25, 2017 13:47 |  #5

I'm a tea person, I don't brake for coffee, but I like your shot. :-D


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Mar 26, 2017 01:44 |  #6

joedlh wrote in post #18310469 (external link)
Like a lot of your stuff Olafs, this one violates some rules. The huge black space on the left side, the cut-off clock, and the obstruction in the bottom right corner, for example.

I think that each one of these broken rules makes it a better looking photo. Yes, better looking.

I really love that dark shadow in the lower right corner - it helps to tie the image to gather because it mimics the left side of the frame, which is all dark and indistinct (which I love).

The one thing that bothers me is the super-bright glare off of the door of the microwave oven or whatever it is. Because it is so much brighter than anything else, that is where my eye goes......but that glare highlight is not interesting, so my eye goes to something that is not interesting, which may be a problem. But other than that one thing I think it is a wonderful image and I love the broken rules - they make it all look better.

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Mar 26, 2017 06:58 |  #7

joedlh wrote in post #18310469 (external link)
Like a lot of your stuff Olafs, this one violates some rules. The huge black space on the left side, the cut-off clock, and the obstruction in the bottom right corner, for example. But your images excel at story-telling. And that's the important point. A good story will trump a technically and graphically perfect, yet vapid, shot any time.

There are no rules. You create what's in your head in whatever way is necessary.

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I'd like to see the clock not be clipped at the top; but otherwise, I rather like this one.

A cut off clock? Really.....? Man, you all are really searching for nits to pick. :rolleyes:

I like this one. It looks like she's been very busy and has just now gotten 2 free minutes to stop and have a sip.


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Mar 26, 2017 07:28 |  #8

By me, the clock is there and it keeps together things, as the dead space there would be... I wouldn' t make the image then like that. Thus - the cutting off seems a bit irrelevant, if we think about overall thing. I even wouldn't want to have a whole clock there and thus introduce another bit of wall on top - it would steal too much attention that way.

About that glowing microwave - yeah - that's a tough one. I guess I didn't blow the highlights there, so it would be possible to turn that mofo down a little :]


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Mar 26, 2017 08:01 |  #9

olafs osh wrote in post #18311127 (external link)
I even wouldn't want to have a whole clock there and thus introduce another bit of wall on top - it would steal too much attention that way.

Exactly right. There are sound reasons behind the small things in your compositions. Good reasons.


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Mar 26, 2017 11:00 |  #10

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18311033 (external link)
The one thing that bothers me is the super-bright glare off of the door of the microwave oven or whatever it is. Because it is so much brighter than anything else, that is where my eye goes......but that glare highlight is not interesting

Tom, for me that bright spot functions as a step on the "eye path" or whatever the route that your gaze takes is called. I tend to enter an image from the upper left, same as in reading. This image is all dark at the upper left, so we're only talking about the lit part, the scene in the doorway. The microwave door is the first of three prominent light areas. #2 is the coffee cup, which puts me right next to that important feature, the face. #3 is something cylindrical near the woman's right knee, perhaps a candle or a spool of string. Now check out the distances and angles that imaginary lines connecting these three spots create. There's a gentle, calm zigzag downward, with the longer segment below the shorter one. This "virtual movement" supports the theme of relaxing, taking a break, submitting to gravity.

So I'd say the glare has its job to do, only it's too big. Reducing its brightness or its area would help.

Another bright spot is a reflection on a knife blade at the left. This one is irrelevant and makes an unwanted side trip.


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Mar 26, 2017 12:28 |  #11

What I like about this photo is that it tells a story. No aftificial setting, very down-to-earth.
But a dust bit is an odd element here.




  
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