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07/09/2008 12:02:27 PM · #1
I thought my June FS entry was a shot that would do pretty well, but it appears to be one of those "not great, but not bad either" shots. I thought I had a strong perspective and comp, good exposure, colors and detail showing, but it still didn't impress many people. I was hoping to get some more feedback, though I know that the closer to a 5 it is, the harder it is to nail anything down. Thanks.

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07/09/2008 12:10:21 PM · #2
Free Studies are tough since there's no element of meeting the challenge to drive a score up or down. the 'wow' factor is key to scoring high in a FS.

Technically the shot is fine, good exposure, good post processing, perhaps a little too saturated and that cost you detail in the clouds.

Subject matter is what hurt you the most. Just not a vey compelling object and there's nothing to really connect the subject to the viewer.
07/09/2008 12:13:16 PM · #3
agree with scarbrd -think its a guy thing to like these type of shots-but to the masses?
07/09/2008 12:14:37 PM · #4
I left a comment and i'm going to paste it here too.

I like it for its lines and geometric shapes. Contrast is very high but it suits this structure I find. The shaded areas are very dark, I put the shade down to view it in darkness, but i'm afraid many will see it as completely black because they're going to view it with the shades up, mostly. This could have lowered your score a bit. One last point, the subject matter is a bridge, although a majestic structure, we see them everyday and their effect is minimized because of this fact. You really would need to find a very bizarre angle to shoot it from for it to be more interesting for us viewers.
07/09/2008 12:21:09 PM · #5
I thnk you got some excellent feedback from looking at the comments you got (especially those from ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi)

My take and a few questions I had upon looking at the image (I gave it a 5 during voting):

It is an imposing and dramatic section of a bridge. But where does it lead? Why are we seeing it from this perspective? I think a view of the bridge so that we are looking somewhere instead of up would help pull the viewer in.

The details in the columns and the arches are good - solid sharpness, not blown out - but the angle of the shot and the fact that it is an image of a column that is not leading us anywhere in particular results in a quandry for the voter. Another comment is that the right side of the image being so dark really creates an unbalanced feel to me, as if it leaning the wrong way.

The sky is pretty, the clouds are a bonus, the textures on the concrete solid - all good things.

As hotpasta stated, maybe a b/w would work well here for this high contrast image - and focus our attention more on the textures and not worry so much about the direction of our eyes.

I guess my last question is: What is it about the bridge and this location that drew your attention to take the shot? Figure out what that is and try to accentuate it - and remove the other extraneous stuff. If it is the textures, a b/w conversion to get rid of the color noise would help. If it is the slope and the arch - focus on that. If it is the size of the column - get down lower and accentuate it's size even more.

I hope it helps...
Peter

Originally posted by yospiff:


I thought my June FS entry was a shot that would do pretty well, but it appears to be one of those "not great, but not bad either" shots. I thought I had a strong perspective and comp, good exposure, colors and detail showing, but it still didn't impress many people. I was hoping to get some more feedback, though I know that the closer to a 5 it is, the harder it is to nail anything down. Thanks.

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07/09/2008 01:45:37 PM · #6
Thanks, that feedback all helps. I think you may be right about the B/W conversion. The sun was not quite low enough to create the magic light and I have done a couple of other shots recently where a b/w treatment got around lousy colors caused by a high sun. Does it make any difference with this one?
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07/09/2008 07:47:32 PM · #7
Originally posted by yospiff:

Thanks, that feedback all helps. I think you may be right about the B/W conversion. The sun was not quite low enough to create the magic light and I have done a couple of other shots recently where a b/w treatment got around lousy colors caused by a high sun. Does it make any difference with this one?
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I'm biased, but yes, the BW version is better. It could use more punch...mess around with dodge/burn and try a multiply overlay for some higher black density.
07/09/2008 08:34:50 PM · #8
Originally posted by Sachlichkeit:

and try a multiply overlay for some higher black density.


That sounds like a layers effect that I am unfamiliar with. I do tend to get caught between wanting to give it some punch and the loss of fine detail that usually seems to cause.
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