Tagged: peaceful scenery
January 23, 2021 at 9:53 pm #57850Blessings CapturedParticipantJanuary 25, 2021 at 2:27 pm #57860
Wow, guys, I’m going to have to start limiting the amount of photos submitted per person! 🙂 It’s a good problem to have, though… I love being able to deliver so many photos for the publisher to choose from.
During the coaching webinar tomorrow, I’ll probably prioritize which photos I critique based on what date they were taken, so photos taken in January specifically for this assignment will take highest priority. I’ll be sure to critique at least one photo from each photographer, though!
So, if you haven’t signed up for the webinar yet, you can do so now here! https://www.lenspiration.com/webinar/photo-critique-61/January 26, 2021 at 10:29 pm #57881Sonja GraceParticipant
Hey James! You asked on the webinar where my photo was taken. I took it at Barr Lake State Park in Denver, CO. You also mentioned that you didn’t really like my edit. I’ll attach the original so you can see what I had to work with if you have any other suggestions. I had to photoshop it and do a lot of work on the colors. I think the blur on the mountains was probably smoke or smog. I could have done a better job taking the original, but I was cold and tired and wasn’t really thinking straight. It was just such a perfect moment, I wanted to see if I could fix it through editing.January 27, 2021 at 2:13 pm #57944Charles Haley IVParticipant
@jamesstaddon you were correct on the waterfall being Bond falls in UP Michigan. Also, the sunset is over Wolf lake at the NWCC from the south land bridge. it was taken through a truck windshield with an ipod touch camera. I was on a mission so i stopped for a few seconds and snapped a couple of photos.January 28, 2021 at 12:35 pm #57953
Thanks @sonja-grace! Would you mind uploading the DNG (or the original JPG, if you shot it in JPG) to Dropbox? https://www.dropbox.com/request/vUX8tizGRf2wTHwhnEyz
I know EXACTLY how you feel! “Tired and cold” definitely affects my photography too. 🙂
January 28, 2021 at 12:38 pm #57954
- This reply was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by James Staddon.
Super fun, @charlesiv! I thought I recognized that falls. 😉 Thankfully, there’s some good angles to be had on it.
Love your profile pic too, by the way. 🙂January 28, 2021 at 1:38 pm #57962
Thanks everyone for joining the webinar, last Tuesday! If you missed it for some reason or want to watch it again, here’s the replay: https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar61/
For anyone interested in seeing how their photos faired on the new “score board”, I’ve attached it below! Any feedback on that would be appreciated. I think it was pretty fun!
And attached is the winning photo as well… congratulations to @sarahb!January 28, 2021 at 7:44 pm #57972Joshua OngParticipant
For anyone interested in seeing how their photos faired on the new “score board”, I’ve attached it below! Any feedback on that would be appreciated.
Thanks @jamesstaddon for considering my photo. I didn’t know the picture made it into the scoreboard! Speaking of the matrix, it reminds me of a grammar rubric used for my writing assignments in high school. 🙂 Is this scoreboard used for all photo assignments? If so, I could keep the criteria in mind when considering and posting pictures for future assignments. I definitely need to work on composition, artistic perspective, and purpose.February 1, 2021 at 10:15 am #58076
@joshua_ong yes! I tried to critique at least one photo from each person that made submissions whether they were members or not.
I started using the scoreboard for the first time last week to help provide a little more structure to the critique, help us “visual learners” retain the information a little better, help me provide feedback in a more tangible way, and give the photographers something more physical to walk away with from the webinar. I’m not positive that the listed attributes will stay the same for each webinar, but from my research on how to critique photos, these attributes do indeed provide a general recipe for photos that are more likely to be enjoyed by the general public.February 1, 2021 at 11:10 am #58079
Wow @sonja-grace, that’s a difficult one! I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how I would edit it, and never really figured out a way to “fix” the photo with editing. I think trying to enhance the mood of the picture by keeping things lower contrast in the background would help keep the attention on the geese and less on the shore. I also tried to move it away from looking quite so blue, though, depending on what screen you’re using, it might appear too pink, so, not sure if I got that balance correct yet. I added more contrast in the water to help make the foreground look less hazy. I also opted to include much more sky in the photo so that the mountains look more like distant objects, and the geese smaller and more part of a bigger scene.
I also tried a black and white version, but didn’t like it as much since I think the increased contrast draws too much attention to the shore and mountain, and there’s not the nice color contrast between the blue background and kinda orangey water around the geese.
As you can see on both photos, I obviously didn’t take the time to to remove the foreground elements as masterfully as you did.February 1, 2021 at 11:25 pm #58114Jamie ParfittParticipant
Actually, I think Sonja-Grace’s edit is nicer, James. Her blue seems to bring out the fact that distant mountains usually look blue. Perhaps the original photographer knows what the scene looked like when he/she took the picture and unconsciously brings out that color scheme when editing. It is part of what drew him/her to take the picture in the first place. I am impressed with how crisp the reflection of the geese’s necks are in the water! (Sorry to contradict the teacher!)
Mrs. ParfittFebruary 6, 2021 at 4:53 pm #58784
Not a contradiction, just an excellent observation and another great opinion! 🙂February 7, 2021 at 4:55 pm #58794Sonja GraceParticipant
Ok, thanks for the extra advice y’all! 😃
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