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01-05-2012, 01:54 AM
I have not been in any competitions other than some small local things in which they are judged by who you know and what the picture is and not how good the image is. So I would like to take this moment and post a pic and learn what it means to be competition worthy. Don't worry you won't ever hurt my feelings. Thanks in advance.

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6013/5972787952_25cb6fe876_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeatleyphotography/5972787952/)
STC-402 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeatleyphotography/5972787952/) by J Eatley Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/jeatleyphotography/), on Flickr

01-05-2012, 03:17 AM
Tilting the horizon is almost always a bad idea. I must confess though...I used to do it....a lot. I didn't realize how much it was affecting my large wall portrait sales until I stopped doing it.

01-05-2012, 03:25 AM
and never tilt with a water horizon or animals standing.

01-05-2012, 03:26 AM
Greg is right about the horizon tilt. Tilting horizons have never been considered good - they just got to be trendy a few years ago when some people started tilting the camera and passing it off as their "creative style". Tilting horizons will seldom do well in competition.

The silhouette is confusing - it is not clear what is going on and what's the story of the image. In many cases the title of the image will help to explain an otherwise unclear story. The two additional silhouettes do not help to reinforce the silhouetted person.

01-05-2012, 03:27 AM
We're so glad you're here! You'll get lots of great advice and honest opinions which we all need in this business. With that said, I'm not exactly a fan of this image. I think the motion blur is distracting and I think the sun went too white hot here. I also agree with Greg on the tilt. I do like the coloring though... Hope this helps!

01-05-2012, 05:57 AM
and never tilt with a water horizon or animals standing.

I've never heard the animal standing part but it does make sense.

01-05-2012, 04:55 PM
I truly appreciate the comments. What I am learning is that no tilt in Competition. I know really nothing of competition so I will try again. Looking more at that image, I am beginning to hate the two poles in the shot. There is still something I love about this shot I just don't feel like I nailed what I was going for.

I have another I would like to show you all and maybe it will be more in line with what is needed to make the cut.

I like to push my style as I am just learning what that is.

This next is called " Cant Get In"

I took this yesterday while walking round trying to think of what would make a good image for competition.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6641926269_d448c03723_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeatleyphotography/6641926269/)
Cant get in (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeatleyphotography/6641926269/) by J Eatley Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/jeatleyphotography/), on Flickr

01-05-2012, 05:44 PM
Hi Jeffrey,

Scenic art is not something I do a lot of anymore so take my comments with a grain of salt.
I like the even cloud cover and the way it does not distract from the subject (the wire). I also like the way the barb wire leads your eye. I think it would be a stronger picture if the wire vanished further right vice ending almost mid frame. This probably would involve a ladder for the shot. I would also like to see more of the top of the fence holding the the metal frame and wire up. And since we are nit picking..make it a section of wire that is attached to the metal frame like the top wire. The other 2 aren't and I find it distracting to contemplating the scene. A little contrast and punch it and it would be there.

Just my opinion.

01-05-2012, 07:37 PM
YEah I looked every where for something to stand on and just holding the camera up is how I got this shot. The Fence is pretty close but I like this image for the clouds and they are not the same today. There are none today lol. I am editing another picture now that I took that has a dead lizard hanging from a barb but I am not happy with it as of yet. It give a strong subject in my opinion.

01-07-2012, 02:49 AM
Jeffrey, I do like the second photo, but would have placed the wire support so it would angle out from the very corner of the frame. Just me tho...Did you use a polarizer? Looks like you did, but not sure.