argyle wrote in post #14144034
Not a fan of the distortion from using a 17mm lens. If you're going to shoot architectural, you should keep the verticals vertical and the horizontals horizontal. Also, using a lens that wide gives a "false" dimension to the viewer...makes the room or whatever space you're shooting appear to be much larger than it is. Patio looks a bit cluttered in the background (what's that yellow thing behind the grill?).
The original is lacking contrast and doesn't have any 'pop'. Use of a polarizer would have helped to kill the glare on the glass tabletop (or enhance the reflection). A better angle would have helped, but I can see how the fence might have prevented that from happening. The edited version blackened the shadows too much and took away some detail.
I agree with all of this except for the angle. This angle has been used many times, and it often looks good, as long as the verticals are perfectly vertical, which they are slightly off in some parts.
If he was perfectly straight on here, then part of the frame would include the side of the house, which I think would be distracting. Part of the appeal of this photo is the view that goes along with the patio.
Was the original an HDR? It's got some serious weird things happening in the shadows.
I don't mind the distortion, only that there's a discernable object in the part of the frame that's distorted, if that makes sense. So at the bottom, there shouldn't be a chair going out of the frame, because the distortion makes it distracting. That whole furniture set is kind of distorted, and I wish there was a lot more space between the bottom of the frame and the furniture.
Did you shoot this on a tripod? Ideally you would set up the shot, and then be able to move things around so you could easily mask them in or out of the photo. So you could have an empty patio, or you could only have certain furniture items. This would take a while, but it's tough to judge how to style a space like this.
Also if you have any strobes or speedlites, you could light different parts of the image and have a better control on the exposure. This is also time consuming, but the results will be much better than HDR, check out this article where Frank Meyl discusses this technique: