Well lets get some traffic going in this group. Not only should we critique the photo above, but also offer Photo Tips.

I'll go first. This is one of my least viewed pics on Flickr. Former President Bill Clinton came to the University of Texas Pan American to rally for his wife Senator Hillary Clinton. Though there were a lof of photographers there, nobody paid attention to his boots.

I thought this was a nice picture since you associate boots, to cowboys, and cowboys to Texas. But you almost never associate all 3 to a president. Seeing this on a former president made me enjoy it.

What do you think. What Photo Tips can you provide to make this a better picture?

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And the set if you are interested: www.flickr.com/photos/tonyvargasphotography/sets/72157604...
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Shrink1061 10 years ago
i think its a cute pic with a funny story behind it... Its a shame that being so inherently seperate (feet and face) that it was impossible to marry the two so that people could see it was him. But i still think that in context, this is a lovely wee photo.

Here is one of mine... I wanted to show the detail section of the engine seperated from the abandoned and old vehicle, but also bring it into context by pushing the car's shell behind out of focus...

Straight Six
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SincereImagePhoto Posted 10 years ago. Edited by SincereImagePhoto (moderator) 10 years ago
Shrink1061 - I like the overall composition of the shot however I think it could be improved with some cropping, right now it feels like the main subject is filling the bottom half. I would crop so it fills the frame closer to the 2/3rd mark. I think it would give a little more importance to the engine which has great detail and still capture some of the car behind it. I would even look at applying a monochrome filter to it. I think the filter could be really interesting.

Here is my shot, I took this one a couple of weeks ago and I really liked it. It is not viewed much and I was interested to get some feedback on it.

Jamestown
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Shrink1061 Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Shrink1061 (moderator) 10 years ago
i know what you mean about the rule of 3rds mate, it was hard to get that photo to be any other way in cropping, without losing too much of the shape of the car behind, i will visit that though. As you can see from your photo above, its not always easy to get the interesting item on a 3rd point.

What i may find myself doing is going and taking that whole shot again, coming down lower on it so that the engine is at the 2/3'rds but still keeps the whole door frame in the back.

Thanks for the tips :)
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SincereImagePhoto 10 years ago
I here you on that one! I played with your image a little bit you can see it here. I can delete if you wish. I know how people feel about others toying with their stuff. I also like the idea of getting lower, might make a more interesting shot just because we don't look at stuff from that point of view. Again if you want me to remove your image I will.

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Shrink1061 10 years ago
no its fine.. im happy for you to play.

As you can see it takes away the shape of the car behind quite a lot, which is what i thought pulled it all together. I do need to get lower down, so as to get both in and frame it better.

Now i have a mission for the weekend :)
I do like the duotone better on the above pic.

Here is one that I took of my son sledding about a month ago. I like the shadow on the upper right corner especially, wish he was turned around to face me tho.

2008-02-16 Sledding (11).jpg
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SincereImagePhoto Posted 10 years ago. Edited by SincereImagePhoto (moderator) 10 years ago
Shrink1061 please post your results from this weekend :), I am glad you have something to do, now I just have to do the same.
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Shrink1061 10 years ago
i will indeed, its a 30 min walk over fields to get to that car (can you believe it) so will take a trek at the weekend and try to get some interesting light. might be worth catching it at dawn.
vt335 10 years ago
Old Fayette County Courthouse

Ok, I'll throw one in. I took this photo in downtown Lexington one afternoon. I thought it was just fine, however, it gets very few views and no comments. Hit me with your best shot! What can I do to make this picture better?

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vt335 Posted 10 years ago. Edited by vt335 (member) 10 years ago
Shrink,

I like how you cropped the picture and putting it in b&w was a nice touch.


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hey vt335 your photo is great. if you could have included the top of the building it could have been better. Nice use of wide angle. Also you have some nice photographs in your account.

Here is my photograph.

Colours of Life

I love the colours of photograph. I took it in Goa.
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Surely Not Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Surely Not (moderator) 10 years ago
vt335: I really like this picture as well, but i'd have to agree that it would be better if the very top of the buliding was in shot...

umpbaumfiz: the colours are indeed great, but i think the donkey/guy kinda merge too much into the clothes in the background...oooh - just spotted the wee dog - i like him!

What do people think of this...

Daffodil

[edit] vt335: I've had 'Hit me with your best shot' by Pat Benatar in my head since i read your post - grrrr!! Looks like i'll be playing guitar hero tonight...
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Great lighting, but I think this photo is screaming the rule of thirds. It would have been much more interesting if the photo was cropped to put the two main flowers in the right third of the image. Focus and lighting are outstanding, but the over all image is not dramatic. I think this is a better crop of your image:

Not my image

Below is my image for critic. I'll stick to flowers like the post above.
Pink Cosmo 1
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Shrink1061 10 years ago
haha we have a bad habit in this thread, of mentioning the rule of thirds and then submitting photos that dont follow the rule either lol :)
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raddad! aka Randy Knauf PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by raddad! aka Randy Knauf (moderator) 10 years ago
I agree that my image is out of balance but my original intent was to try and keep this image in a landscape configuration. If I crop it, it will either be square or if I drastically crop it, it will become a portrait style and loose all or most of the DOF that I wanted in the original. If I wanted to reshoot the image I agree completely with the rule of thirds, but alas this flower has gone and is now covered with about 10" of snow.
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Surely Not 10 years ago
raddad: thanks for your comment - i have to agree with the rule of thirds. I did actually take a few other shots which followed the rule more, but this one had the best lighting/focus - will upload the others when i get home. (much prefer the crop you did of the pic as well!)

Cheers,
Pete
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Shrink1061 10 years ago
i think its all too easy to get worried about the rule of thirds. but rules are meant to be broken, and there are many great photos that dont follow this rule. If you like it, and its a nice image, then no reason for having to follow such rules. After all its about expressing yourself, and there can be no rules on that.
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SincereImagePhoto 10 years ago
Shrink say it isn't so... breaking the rule of thirds, you can't do that! But you did give me an idea... see the latest discussion.
vt335 10 years ago
Thanks for the crutique; you all are right on the money. I think I might try that shot again.




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vt335 10 years ago
Sorry Surely Not, I know how that can be.......darn.......now you got me thinking of it.

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e.celesti 10 years ago
Raddad, I really like the colors in your picture, and i wonder how would have it been positioning the flower closer to an angle of the frame and slightly tilted up. Moreover, maybe that widening the aperture would have brought the background even more out of focus making it less distractring.

P.S. I like the crop you provided of the yellow flowers.

This is my shot.

Old house
vt335 10 years ago
umpbumpfizz,

I like your photo and I like the colors, however, i wish I could see more detail with the man. I agree with Surely Not on this one. This is very interesting though. Where was this picture taken?



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mollyjolly Posted 10 years ago. Edited by mollyjolly (member) 10 years ago
Shrink, I really like the cropped photo. I understand what you're saying about not having the whole frame of the door to pull it together, but I think the cropped version still leaves enough of the frame to give the link of engine to body. I think I like it better cropped because it's more subtle, and doesn't just come out and say, "Hi, I'm the body for that engine." It actually makes you focus on the engine first, and then what's in the background, offering the viewer a chance to see the image one layer at a time.

Here's my photo:

secret building
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