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May 12, 2009 20:59 |  #1

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I don't shoot that much scenery - but I was wandering around, bored, a few days before last Christmas and this was one that I liked.

What can be done to make this more awesome?

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May 12, 2009 22:05 |  #2

Is it a strange thing to lock your bike onto, or just a random squiggle for kids to climb over? Regardless, I like the photo... would definitely find a shot on my gallery if I'd taken it. Main thing that's awkward about it is the way it chops into the metal at the top... does tend to lead the eye out of frame. 17mm (x1.6) is the widest your lenses go, so not much option to simply lift the upper edge while keeping similar composition. I can't help wondering if a shot from further left might have worked better... getting a little overlap of the front and back pieces of metal, but that might be too busy. Can't think of any post-processing to improve on what you've done, except perhaps to dodge the shadow slightly on the leaves at bottom right - they attract attention while being an effort to examine.... I hope someone else has some ideas for you. Cheers, Tony


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May 12, 2009 23:42 |  #3

HMM. This is a difficult one to comment on. The composition could of been different. I might of gotten more of the first set of bike racks, it looks like you were more focused on getting the shadows. It's an interesting picture, but lacking something in my opinion. I was actually reminded of a picture I have hanging in my bedroom when I saw this photo since it's somewhat similiar, only difference is that it has 2 older bikes leaning up against each other and the focus is on a boquiet of a dozen red roses that is strapped down on one of the bikes over the rear tire sort of thing... hard to picture for you I'm sure, but the bikes are leaned up against a railing, and I have a huge love for this picture. It reminds me of Holland, where I was born, since everybody bikes there and seems to be the main transportation for the population.

Anyways, long story short, it's about how you like it :) I think the picture is as good as it is going to get as shown right now.

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May 13, 2009 00:39 as a reply to  @ howaboutnow's post |  #4

^ Agree about the composition.the higher set of racks lead the eye right out of the shot to me.

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May 13, 2009 00:53 as a reply to  @ Flo's post |  #5

It is a squiggly bike rail, Tony - and you're right howaboutnow, I was more focusing on the shadows. I have to agree with all of you about the cropping of the photo.

I'm trying to think if there was a reason I composed this one the way I did - maybe there was a distracting building or something - but I can't remember. I'm thinking of going back and seeing what more I can do with the scene.

Thank you very much for all the helpful comments :)


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May 13, 2009 00:56 |  #6

Boost the contrast, consider b/w -- I think if it has more contrast, it is interesting, to me, because my eye gets lead through the frame.

Try a low angle, end of rack, draw the lines from top/right to low/left using the shadows.


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May 13, 2009 01:08 |  #7

Two steps to camera right, frame the rack itself just out of frame and capture just the UNUNUNUNUN of the shdow pattern! ;)


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May 13, 2009 15:51 |  #8

^^ Ok, I meant to say what he said. So, now I did.

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May 13, 2009 17:09 |  #9

+ 1 for composition change.
Probably more along the rack with the complete top in frame.

I like the light and colour.




  
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May 13, 2009 20:02 |  #10

Thanks for the comments, all! Will probably post the re-take if I after I get round to shooting it :)

I appreciate all the criticism and help.


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