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Challenge: Minimalist Landscape (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-60D
Lens: Sigma 18-250 f/3.5 - 6.3 DC OS HSM
Location: Hitchin,
Date: May 31, 2011
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 250
Shutter: 250
Date Uploaded: May 31, 2011

Went today for a walk with friends and stopped by an old church, next to which there was this beautiful view of this tree...with the wind in my ears and that silence that captured this moment in my heart, I decided to shoot.

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06/17/2011 07:36:45 AM
Hi Lavinia - welcome to the Critique Zone!

I confess that I am a bit mystified by this shot. When I first saw it, I thought of a few things to say but then I looked at your portfolio. The gap between this shot and the quality in your portfolio is so large that I am forced to wonder if you were shooting for the brown here? I will critique assuming that you were not.

Technically: That is a very capable camera/lens combo - but definitely not at its best at f3.5. The tree either needs more or less light - either definitely a silhouette or lit enough to see the detail - perhaps using 'spot' metering would help get the levels right? I would then boost the ISO to about 400 and close the aperture a little (maybe f5.6?)

PP: This needs a little work, I suggest. There isn't much interesting or important colour so I would be tempted to convert to black and white like this. To really bring out the textures and contrasts, some work on levels or curves and some sharpening is also really a requirement.

Artistic: It definitely looks like you have gone for the rule of thirds here. It's not enough and this is where I am surprised because your portfolio shows some really excellent use of structure and composition, while this is a little lacking. Perhaps a different perspective on the tree would have helped? From the ground up maybe? In any event the very bright area bottom left is a distraction.

I hope that some of this is useful - it is all just my opinion of course but I am very confident that you are capable of far better photographs than this!

Happy hunting,

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06/13/2011 03:05:57 PM
I guess for a new entry like me in this world, even a monolithic tree like this seemed good to capture as it was.makes me laugh a bit too honestly...any criticism is wellcome for me.thank you :)
06/13/2011 02:40:16 PM
beautiful photographer notes
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06/12/2011 09:47:36 PM
So in your face, so monolithic, so nothing of a tree... I have to laugh. It's great.
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