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Great tyro 2013-05-09 14:38

Hello Aleks,

Well, having just written a long critique of your last picture, I thought I'd best write something about this one too!

Pretty much all I said about the last one also applies to this one and, of course, I still can't really make up my mind which one I prefer - they are both stunningly beautiful photographs with fabulous autumnal colours as well as both being technically perfect.

But, now that I look again at the two of them (I have them open in separate "windows"), if I really had to choose between them, I think that this one would be my fabourite. However, as I said before, I'd love them both hung in my living room and I'd be very, very proud to have taken either of these lovely photographs!


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Old 05-09-2013, 10:07 PM
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Hi John,

Thank you for your lengthy comments, much apprediated. I had had the same dilema as you. With the first photo I tried to "break the rules" it focuses the eye to the undergrowth and looks rather "dreamy" however as soon as you look a bit up you feel you want to see more! The second photo is just a classic crop and I kind of prefer it now! I suppose it is "classic" for a reason!

Thanks again

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Old 05-10-2013, 09:19 AM
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Hi Aleks,

Yes, composition is something with which I really struggle too. There are "rules" which can either be obeyed or not obeyed and, of course, the whole thing is just so subjective - what you like, I might hate and vice versa. A bit like different tastes in music, food and so on.

Do you ever come back from a photo trip or even a holiday, look at what you think might be your best pictures and then think, "Gosh, I wish I had just moved a couple of feet to the right or left to take that one!"? And, of course, you can't go back and take it again because that picture was taken a long way away. It happens to me all the time!

I couldn't help noticing comments which Gert (holmertz) made in his critiques of these two pictures. Have you been on a course or been studying photography? If so, that could be very interesting and very helpful too.

I recently joined the local camera club. It has been good but the pictures which win all the top prizes are ones which I would call examples of "graphic art" rather than photography - usually a compilation of several different images blended in Photoshop. Very, very expertly done but not what I would call true "photography" and not something which really appeals to me.

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