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Critique please

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Feb 09, 2010 22:13 |  #1

Some shots I took. Would appreciate the help.





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Feb 09, 2010 22:20 |  #2

The first one has something in the bottom of the frame that I would crop out and seems like it is leaning just a little to the left. Also I would clone or crop out the parking signs,
The second one is just very distracting. The last 2 are great, maybe a little tighter crop on both though. The last image has a group of trees that is lit up and I keep looking down towards them.

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Feb 09, 2010 22:36 |  #3

The first one seemed too symmetrical for me. It would nicer to have the church off centre with something balancing it. I liked the second one a lot better, however to me it is more a mood picture or scenesetter than a picture of a specific place. If your objective was the church, the palm tree along side and framing it would have been perfect, if you could get to the right spot to take it. The third picture is beautifully composed, and the fourth one is pleasing as well.

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Feb 10, 2010 02:52 |  #4

One the 1st One, i'd crop out about 1/2 of the grass in the foreground so the church is lower in the frame and not quite so.... centered i guess.

The 2nd one I'm iffy on. I like the light reflection on the branches of the tree, but find looking through it a bit distracting at the same time.

The 3rd - personally i think the building on the left is distracting, so I would crop it square. I love the night scene and light trails

4th is my fave. I might crop out some of the foreground at the bottom, as there's a lot of black there, but definitely my favorite.

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Feb 10, 2010 03:58 |  #5

All four are nice shots - sharp well exposed and interesting. Previous posters have already commented on some aspects. The second one is interesting and it depends on what you want with the image: if you want to show the church then the first one is better. If you want a "mood" shot then the second one is very good.

There is no EXIF info available but I am under the impression that - especially in the first shot - you picked a fairly high ISO value because I notice some noise in the sky. Would have been interesting to know the shooting conditions here. These night shots are best at low ISO and long exposure times.

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Feb 10, 2010 09:44 |  #6

2nd to last is cool.... level horizon please.

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Feb 10, 2010 11:50 |  #7

Other than the already mentioned nit pics, I like them all. Nice job.

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Feb 10, 2010 12:04 as a reply to  @ rjc1's post |  #8

I don't mind the first shot with the building being on center - the subject matter is symmetrical to begin with so locating the centerline of the building smack on the center of the frame emphasizes the symmetry. I agree that the parking sign and cover plate in the foreground (irrigation valve?) could be cropped or cloned out.

It reminded me of this famous picture from architecture: …e_vanna_venturi​_house.jpg (external link)

perhaps one way to break up the symmetry within the symmetrical composition is to introduce something in the frame without altering it's composition, as in the example above, which is the figure of the architect's mother.

What if you recompose the second to last one so that it's portrait orientation with only the leftmost 1/3 of the frame? As it currently stands, the opening through the balconies is of tertiary interest and its impact not immediately recognizable.

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