View Full Version : Two to choose from.

03-22-2008, 04:37 AM
I'm starting to think about entering images in the print comp. Here are a couple from a wedding I was thinking about using. Which do you think is better? Or, is either good enough to merit?



Thanks in advance for any cc.

03-22-2008, 04:58 AM
Given the opportunity, I would choose #1. #2 needs more space. As far as is it worthy, I have a hard time determining this just from a lo res.

03-22-2008, 01:06 PM
Hi Jacob;

Both are very contrasty and seem over processed. Could you please post the original raw images low res ?

For now ... the 2nd is positioned much better, composition wise, in the presentation. It also has a bit better accent line. The accent line on #1 draws too much attention to itself. Also, the sky behind them on the 1st is devoid of color going white. If the raw has color I'd re-do the post processing to preserve the color and density. For now, till I see the original raw captures, I'd pick #2.

03-22-2008, 01:38 PM
I agree about the sky in #1, and the positioning of the couple...they are too centered.

#2 is adorable, but as cute as it is, her foot pulls my eye away from their interaction. Also, there are some distracting elements in the background. I think you could do some work on this one and it would do better.

and I love your processing! Doesn't seem too contrasty to me...I can see details in the whites and the darks.

03-22-2008, 10:59 PM
There definitely is more information in the highlights and shadows that I can bring out, in both shots. I'll work on that.

As for posting a low res raw, how to go about doing that? When you say raw do you mean a RAW/DNG file or do you mean a jpg that I haven't worked on in PS.



03-22-2008, 11:58 PM
I think he means a JPG without work done to it.

03-23-2008, 06:34 AM
Here are the two images before any processing. They were shot in raw and I can pull more detail out of the clouds if I go back to the raw file.



Here is another one from the same wedding.


I'm not sure about any of these images, so if they aren't up to snuff just let me know. This will be my first competition entry (I missed my state comp earlier this year). I just want to get some cc back now so that I can start planning my print comp images and not miss this deadline too.

03-24-2008, 05:47 AM
Both are very contrasty and seem over processed.

This may very well be true but I really like the first one anyway. I don't know that it will merit but I think it does have nice impact - I think the saturation and the colors are great.

Because it does break some compositional rules, subject in the center, for example, and it is pretty flatly lit I'd probably look for another print to enter though if I was trying to earn a merit. But I still think it is a very, very cool image.

I'm not as crazy about the second one for some the reasons already mentioned. The last one you posted I think is the least strong of the three.

Thanks for posting these and good luck.

03-24-2008, 05:55 AM
Thanks for the reply Stacey. Sometimes I think there are images that I really like, that aren't technically sound. They may wow the customers but not the judges.

Anyhow, I'm thankful for the feedback. I'll try to find more technically sound images to have cc'd.

03-27-2008, 01:12 AM
This is not a critique. #1, It is a lovely image it makes me think of a Romance Novel cover. Love those clouds.

Best Regards,