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Josh_Williams
08-19-2007, 06:44 PM
Hello! I am planning on entering my state comp, which will be my first competition. I haven't decided which images to enter yet, but I am posting a couple possibilities here. Any suggestions or pointers? Thanks!

No titles yet.

http://www.joshuawilliamsphotography.com/gallery/ppa/joshwilliams-1.jpg
http://www.joshuawilliamsphotography.com/gallery/ppa/joshwilliams-2.jpg

KirkDarling
08-19-2007, 06:57 PM
I like what you're doing with the horserace image--I think it's a great concept. IMO, though, I'd give it more room around the frame, I'd decrease the saturation of the gate and that gatekeeper as you did with the distant background (the gate and gatekeeper distract from the horses and their riders), and I wouldn't dodge the area around their feet so abrubtly (the harsh difference in contrast is also distracting).

I'd take the level of desaturation you gave the distant background and apply that to everything except the horses and riders. I'd also put both front legs of each horse over the bottom frame.

Josh_Williams
08-19-2007, 07:32 PM
Great, Thanks!. I made those changes. Does this help, or did I go too far? Also, it's kinda hard to tell, but all the front legs are over the bottom frame now.

Cindi_K_McDaniel
08-20-2007, 03:28 PM
Very nice...

Stacey_West
08-20-2007, 07:16 PM
I like your first image except for the slight "falling over backwards" look you see in most architectural photograghy. I know a tilt/shift lens could correct this but could you possibly do any adjustments in PS to acheive a similar effect? I might also consider moving the image to the lower right hand corner of the mount and maybe adding a little more room above the tower's top.

Ron_Jackson
08-20-2007, 07:26 PM
Photoshop CS2 and 3 have "perspective" control that will cure that in one very slight move. Piece of cake. First, select all, then go to Edit, Transform, Perspective and there you have it. Just grab a corner and move it until it is straight. I usually put a guide line down the side to make sure I am square before hitting clicking okay.

Josh_Williams
08-21-2007, 02:17 PM
Thanks to everyone for the responses. Here is an updated version of the first picture. It still has a bit of a skew, but everything else started getting stretched too much if I went further. To get this version, I had to composite the stretched version with the original (otherwise the picture would have been in triangle format instead of rectangle:rolleyes: ) Anyway, please let me know if this version is better, or if I should start over.

http://www.joshuawilliamsphotography.com/gallery/ppa/joshwilliams-edit-1.jpg

Josh_Williams
08-21-2007, 09:24 PM
Also, any ideas for titles? For the horse shot, I was thinking "Bustin' Loose" or "Bustin' Out"