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  • #51342
    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Hey all!

    It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an image for critique, so thought it’s time to do it again. 🙂

    The other day I was in the Grampians National Park scouting out a location for an upcoming engagement shoot. I recommended this spot to the couple, but hadn’t been there for a few years, so really wanted to check it out to make sure it was a good recommendation! I was relieved when it turned better than I remembered. While scouting around, we came across this beautiful little track and the sun was streaming through the tress at just the right spot (don’t you love it when things turn out like that!). So I super quickly framed the shot and took a few snaps…as, I guess you could say that I was getting, well, a little distracted. 🙂 So, I was pleasantly surprised with how the photo turned out due to lack of a tripod or time to set up an amazing composition. All that said, the image definitely isn’t perfect. How do you think that I could have done better? What things do you like/not like about this shot?

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    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Oh! And here’s the original, un-processed imaged for those that find this sort of thing interesting. 🙂

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    #51423
    Lydia Bennett
    Keymaster

    Yay! It’s so great you had the opportunity to scout out the engagement shoot location ahead of time, @creative-click-photography!

    I think one thing that could make this look less like a snapshot is the perspective. As you know, when most people grab out their phone and snap a picture, they tend to do so from head or chest level, and that’s where I perceive this perspective to be coming from. I like to get down low for a more unique perspective, so I think that’s what I would’ve tried here.

    The other thing I’d say is that the image has a “split in half” feeling to me. The path and sun on the left half of the photo, and the trees/rocks on the right side of the photo pretty much equal each other out in weight. I wonder if there might be a way to solve that, and bring more attention on the path into the photo. Perhaps it could be done by stepping over to the left so there was more path and less trees.

    I like your crop…it does help simplify the scene!

    #51480
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Such a pretty place! I’m going to tuck this one away to bring up on the webinar next week, if that’s ok with you? https://www.lenspiration.com/webinar/photo-critique-54/

    #51487
    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Thanks for your thoughts and critique, @bennett-family!

    I like to get down low for a more unique perspective, so I think that’s what I would’ve tried here.

    Yep, I can see what you mean. From memory I was perched on a rock, so I was trying to get a slightly more unique perspective by looking down…but perhaps it isn’t quite unique enough! One of the things I find hard when photographing paths, is that if you get down too low, then you can’t see where the path leads too or the curve. If that makes any sense. 🙂 So, at the time, I chose this perspective for that reason, but now I which I could go back and have a bit more a play around with composition!

    The other thing I’d say is that the image has a “split in half” feeling to me.

    Hmm… maybe a centered composition would’ve worked better, here. 🙂 I think the sunlight through the trees does help make the right side of the image feel like it’s a part of the shot, but you definitely have a point there!

    And, @jamesstaddon, no problems. I’ll look forward to hearing your critique on Tuesday! 🙂

    #51533
    Lydia Bennett
    Keymaster

    @creative-click-photography

    One of the things I find hard when photographing paths, is that if you get down too low, then you can’t see where the path leads too or the curve. If that makes any sense.

    Ah good point. That does make sense. You’re right, and it does really depend on the path, and on the surroundings!

    #51817
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Hope there was something helpful that popped out to you in my rambling on Tuesday. 🙂 https://www.lenspiration.com/video/webinar54/

    #51997
    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    @jamesstaddon

    Yes, for sure. 🙂 Always interesting hearing your critique!

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