I really like the last one and the one just under the strange pagoda one with the little creek.
That's Denny Creek. Cool!
I agree I like the Denny Creek shot as well
Count me in on the Denny Creek bandwagon. It's especially appropriate now that we're coming into Autumn.
2008-09-30 09:05 pm (UTC)
I like Isla Mujeres Pic 1 the best.
They're all nice shots and if you're just a beginner, that's a very nice beginning! I think Denny Creek is the strongest shot, but of course that's an opinion. I've given you feedback below on each of the photos about where I think they're relatively weaker or stronger than others.
Denny Creek is a very nice shot both technically and artistically. The colors are rich, the composition is interesting, you have a sense of both movement and stillness. It's a really nice capture of a moment in nature.
Portland 1 is a nice scene but more conventional, and I think it needs to be straightened a little and the colors are a tiny bit washed out. I like Green River 1--the composition is busy but it's an interesting image with lots of very nice lightplay. Portland 3 Lantern is nice but it's not that interesting compositionally; it's a nice scene of a nice object but there isn't anything interesting about the light, as in Green River or the colors, as in Denny Creek, and it's sort of a wide view that doesn't really draw your eye along a path.
I wouldn't suggest Portland 2 because you've got a branch in the foreground of the photo with "blown highlights"--that is, the detail is obscured by the way light is reflecting off it, and it distracts from the rest of the image, which is more important than the branch. In Green River 1, the focal point of the photo is the path, and the path isn't that visually interesting, so I wouldn't choose that one. Levenworth has nice colors but compositionally it doesn't really have a focal point, so it's not as strong as some of the others. Leavenworth 2 is a very nice scene but again, just not as interesting in terms of light, color, or composition as some of the others. Isla Mujures is very nice but needs to be straightened, and I think Denny Creek is stronger compositionally. I rather like the colors in Isla Mujeres 2 and the line of umbrellas, but the horizon line needs to be straightened and the beach sign is interfering with the scene (don't you hate when some mundane thing intrudes on a nice scene you're photographing?), and the bit of branch hanging down from the top of the photo is distracting.
Thank you! I am going to do some editing and see what I can do to fix my horizons. I hadn't even considered how straight/crooked they were.
I agree that "Denny Creek" is the strongest shot as-is. The framing and sense of movement is good and the overall exposure is acceptable. I might tweak the saturation slightly to make the colors pop.
That being said, I think "Portland 2-Steps" is the strongest composition. I see what you were going for and I like it. Unfortunately the branch in the foreground is blown out due to flash, so it's not something I'd advise to submit. Nothing screams 'amateur snapshot' louder then a visible flash on a nature shot. If you tried taking it without a flash and it was too dark, you should learn how to adjust your camera's exposure settings to let in more light. I'd also consider framing it with the tree trunk out-of-frame or cropping it out.
I am not very "in control" of my camera yet. I read the manual, but I don't believe I understood it. It is capable of 10 megapixels it says, and I have a large memory card, but the images I get off of it are not camera raw and are not very big, so maybe I have the settings on that wrong too.
I would like to learn about lighting also. I wish I knew a few fundamentals about lighting people for the most flattering impact.
Thank you very much for your feedback! It helps. I can edit some of them up to see if I can improve them although I've never considered the horizon needing to be straight when I look at photos, so that concept is entirely new to me. Thanks for sharing it.
This wasn't intentional, but I had to hang over a balcony to get the shot, so straightening out wasn't possible on the Isla Mujeres shot of the sea.
This may be a dumb question, but I have Photoshop. Do I "rotate canvas" to correct the issue? What is the best way to go about fixing this without messing up my photo?
Crop - when you put the crop around it, if you put your cursor to the corners of the crop area, it turns into little curvy arrows. Drag to rotate the image within the crop.
It's easier to get right if you turn on guides before you do this so you have something to check against. And make sure the horizon doesn't end up smack in the center of the image :)
Isla Mujeres Pic 2 is my top pick, but it needs a better crop.
Isla Mujeres Pic 1 is good too; the colors are great but it needs a crop to adjust the horizon to be level.
Green River-Pic 1 is the other option.
This is all my opinion, albeit not a humble one :)
Ooooo. I like Portland 1 the best, personally.
I like Portland 1 because of the pretty colors.