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treasures1
02-19-2009, 08:46 PM
Okay- so I need more work on portraits! Meanwhile. . . I've got some really neat ideas for scenics (even though I'd prefer portraits). I'm going to post as I shoot to get some feedback because I don't know much about lighting things that aren't people. Any feedback is appreciated, and just let me know when you get tired of seeing all my sad little pictures! These haven't been worked yet. :o
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss17/KNORM_comp/tree2-1.jpg

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss17/KNORM_comp/tree.jpg

Rodney_Ninow
02-20-2009, 12:27 AM
I don't even know what to say, except try again. Too dark, bad crop, poor composition.

treasures1
02-20-2009, 01:05 AM
I hadn't really thought about the crop- it hasn't been cropped in ps, yet. I guess it's dark because I was trying not to blow out the light too much- I thought it was okay because you can still see the branches up into the shadows. Guess I was wrong.:)
I appreciate the comment, though, because - like I said I don't know about these things. I just liked the look of the trees in the fog. Luckily, we have lots of that here so lots of opportunities to try again!

Lorrie_Kennedy
02-20-2009, 03:06 AM
Here's a thought...next time pull back on it and get more empty space on the left hand side. I know the tree and the sun are your point of interest, but in the first one they are so large that they leave nothing that will draw the interest of the viewer. At first glance I was looking for something that might be your point of interest besides the tree and the sun.

I can see where you are going with this...and you have a good idea, just try shooting this in many different ways until you SEE what you are FEELING when you look at this seen. I would even propose that you go back to this same spot a few times and try it over and over. You will learn a lot by that.

I have worked on your image a little to show you what I mean by the above suggestions...hope you don't mind. If you do I will pull it, just let me know. Oh yeah, I throwed a DCF step mount on it just for fun!!:D

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd25/lorrieken/PPA%20Forum/tree2-1.jpg

treasures1
02-20-2009, 03:31 AM
Thanks for taking the time to do that! I couldn't pull back too far without having to photoshop out a bunch of houses, but I wish I'd had lots of empty space- it looks nice! I'll keep trying- thanks for posting!

Lorrie_Kennedy
02-20-2009, 04:05 AM
Keesha, check your PM's.

Rodney_Ninow
02-20-2009, 03:01 PM
I think this location has some nice potential. Try photographing that tree in fog, without the sun in the image. Fog isn't usually colored, so it's hard for me to tell it is even fog to begin with.

treasures1
02-20-2009, 04:14 PM
I think it's the light reflecting in the atmosphere that's causing that color. It was one of the things that intrigued me and made me think it might make a nice picture. The light was so warm. I can see how it might just look noisy and not foggy, but I promise it's fog. (It was shot at ISO 100)
I'll keep experimenting- and there's an old abandoned barn down the street from me I can't wait to shoot on a foggy morning!

Leana_Moss
02-20-2009, 06:59 PM
I have to tell you....I was looking at the image on my screen, and my husband (the photographer in our business) walked in...and I quote "Wow, that's nice". You never know. I like it too, especially with the step mount. I would not count it out.

treasures1
02-20-2009, 10:58 PM
That was good to hear! Thanks! I realize it can be subjective with comp. I love it with the step mount; I think Lorrie did a great job with that! I'll definitely try working it a little and see if I can create some negative space (and crop the car bumper out! ) I am learning so much- thanks!

D._Craig_Flory
02-20-2009, 11:41 PM
Hi Kesha;

I posted a thread about a book on Print Competition,
http://www.ppa.com/community/forums/showthread.php?t=16048

treasures1
02-22-2009, 11:24 PM
I found the book on amazon and searched through it. It seems like a great resource. I am going to check our local book stores and see if they have it- if not I'll order it. I also did a search for other comp books, but haven't found much. Maybe you and Keith should write a book. . . .

Keith_A_Howe
02-23-2009, 12:14 AM
Remember PEC is going to run a series of Webinars on competiton.

Print Competition 101 - Demystifying the Process
Cost: $95 - includes all four Webinars & 100% of your registration fee is applied to your 2009 Print Competition case fee!
First one is on FEB. 25th!
Hope to see everyone there. Keith

http://www.ppa.com/ppa-today-blog/events/new-webinar-series-print-compe.php