Flower shot, as mentioned, has some missed edges (along with the edge of the stem). The background in the Kharman Ghia shot looks really funky, with lots of haloing around the trees. The last two just don't seem to hold any interest.
I agree about the selective color...that is, forget about it. IMO, it's plain cheesy or gimmicky...much like most of the images that are passed off as 'HDR' and does nothing for the original composition.
chopper5654 wrote in post #11139016
i couldnt disagree more emphatically. while it is a phase most of us go through, it also has its place in photography. telling people where to look with color and/or composition is your opinion...possibly not the poster's. so you didnt like the technique....no need to tell OP to stop. implying that the photographer has no confidence in his/her skills is as insulting as it could get whether you meant it here or not. and i believe such commentary has no place in this forum. trying to mold him in your direction does not make you a teacher or helpful. let the OP find his own path.
if we all listened to this kind of criticism, there would be no originality....or shots of reflections apparently.
First off, I doubt the critique was meant as an insult to the OP. Second, this is a 'critique' forum, along with the good, the bad, and the ugly. There's nothing to be gained by the OP if everyone posted "great shot"...that just enables the continuation of either poor technique, poor composition, or whatever the weakness may be. Sort of like what one sees on American Idol...some kid starts crying because the real-life judge that holds the money tells him or her that the talent just isn't there (unfortunately, the poor kid was enabled over the years by everyone saying "Wow, you're really great"). Harsh criticism? Maybe...but that's real life. Take it for what it is, use what's necessary, learn, and move on. The bottom line is, the OP (or anyone for that matter) only has to satisfy him/herself. If that's all that anyone is interested in, then don't post in a critique forum and just be happy with your results.