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jandkphotos
06-26-2012, 03:50 AM
Hello,
This is my first time posting, so I'm a little nervous. I was thinking of submitting these for the IPC. Any suggestions/critiques would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You
J. Shaver

J_Davidson
06-26-2012, 05:30 AM
I really like the drama of the first image. I would probably crop it to a pano to eliminate the bright spot in the broken clouds of the sky as it pulls the eye. Do you have a title in mind?

The secon done is interesting, but it almost feels over worked to me.

jandkphotos
06-26-2012, 07:03 AM
Jill
I had thought the same thing about the clouds. It was morning and the sun was really low on the horizon, but obscured by the clouds. Then that hole opened up and sent the light under the pier. I’m not sure what to call it yet, I’m drawing a blank. I have attached a new version for you to view. Thank you so much for the info.

Kyfoto
06-26-2012, 11:45 AM
Image #1 Beautiful image, great composition! I would also crop it to a pano. You'll definitely want to get rid of the hot spots in the sky. I would try to keep the fluffy clouds just below the lowest hot spot though as they add some nice texture.

Image #2 While the composition is interesting I feel the image doesn't have the technical quality or impact to merit.

J_Davidson
06-26-2012, 04:59 PM
Much better as a pano, great choice of crop point. Good luck!

Ryan_Brown
06-27-2012, 04:11 PM
I would also add that with the first one it will be very easy for the gradient background to print with banding. Photographic generally will motoring all colors needed to make a smooth transition. That may be a little distracting to the jurors. You might want to stick with a solid color.

jandkphotos
06-28-2012, 01:58 AM
Jill, Ryan, David
Thank you all so very much for the input! I remove the gradient off the mat as suggested. If you have time, I posted two other prints I’m considering entering. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Rick_Massarini
06-28-2012, 05:25 AM
In the way of introductions...
Ryan Brown is one of our PPA-PEC Approved Affiliate Jurors. Ryan is a Master of Photography, a Photographic Craftsman, and will be judging at this year's IPC. In addition to being a really cool guy, he's also a representative for Sigma Corporation, so if you have any optical questions, especially about Sigma products, he's a great resource to go to.
Thank you, Ryan, for giving your knowledge to our members - and Welcome to the PPA forum !

and thanks again bud!

Rick_Massarini
06-28-2012, 05:41 AM
Hello,
This is my first time posting, so I'm a little nervous...

Hey Jason, Don’t feel nervous about posting...
When you feel nervous about posting you go out looking for self confidence…
When you go out looking for self confidence you go to see a motivational speaker…
When you see the motivational speaker, you get really pumped up and unrealistically move the decimal point one place to the right on your price list…
When you raise your prices by a decimal point, your clients leave your studio and come to me for their photos…
When your clients come to me for their photos, your money gets tight…
When your money gets tight, you can’t afford to buy groceries…
When you can’t afford to buy groceries, you feed your kids doggy kibble…
Don’t feed your kids doggy kibble !!!
Forget your nerves, go ahead and post your images, we're all friends here and waiting to help you - so don't feed your kids doggy kibble !!!

Sorry about that... but I haven't posted a bad joke in over a week, and I just couldn't resist...

Stephanie_Millner
06-28-2012, 11:39 AM
When you can’t afford to buy groceries, you feed your kids doggy kibble…
Don’t feed your kids doggy kibble !!!
Forget your nerves, go ahead and post your images, we're all friends here and waiting to help you - so don't feed your kids doggy kibble !!!

Sorry about that... but I haven't posted a bad joke in over a week, and I just couldn't resist...

Actually, kibble's more expensive than most groceries now. Don't let the dog starve. He'll eat your kids.