* Wed C&C No Theme Thread #326 14 07 23 *

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* Wed C&C No Theme Thread #326 14 07 23 *
4 months ago

Welcome to the Wednesday Comments and Critique (No Theme) thread!

We are continuing the great tradition of this C&C thread because we are convinced that looking at and talking about images is vital for better photography.

The idea is simple: you post an image and get critique on it, and in return give other people your opinion of their images, or vice versa.

Generally, you should post only one single image for C&C. As an exception, you may post two pictures resulting from one shutter release but with different treatment (for example a color and a black & white version, or a different crop) for us to choose from and comment on.

TWO RULES:

1.If you post an image, you should critique at least one other image.

2.Keep your comments honest but polite. If you don’t care for an image try to explain why. This is neither a “Good shot!” nor an image-bashing thread.

Any style, any camera. It is a peer-to-peer photography workshop!

Feedback is guaranteed (for up to 48 h after the thread has started)! Though keep in mind that the thread tends to be busiest during the first 24 hours or so, so later image posts may get little feedback.

HOW TO PLAY:

1.Turn on "Threaded view" and reply to this post with a web-sized image. Change the title so we can sort different images out easily!

2.Get back to this thread in a minute, an hour or a day or so, and…

3.…still in threaded view, look at one or more pictures of your choice, click reply and critique it.

4.Remember to add the EXIF if your image doesn't embed it as this may help

5.Image posters: please consider telling us what your own opinion on your image is. What prompted you to click that shutter button? What did you see? Why do you like the result? You don't have to explain, but it might be interesting.

6.You are very welcome to post a group reply to the feedback you have received. This could include a new version of your image modified in response to the comments.

IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME, WELCOME! AND BE SURE TO READ THIS:

•The critique you give (point 3 from the above list) is vital. What was your first impression? What catches your eye about an image? Why? What do you like, and what distracts you? What would you change?

•Fiddle with the image in your head - composition, perspective, color balance, exposure.

  • It is understood that unless the original poster specifically states that they do not want an altered image posted that you are free to alter the posted image and repost it in a reply for C&C purposes. That reposted image may remain permanently or you may remove it after a short period of time if you prefer.

•More general feedback is also welcome. Do you know something about taking the same sort of image that would make matters easier - share your own as an example in your reply. Encourage - it is a scary business putting your work up for other people to judge!

•Finally what is the verdict? Waste-bin? Snapshot? Could be better? Family Album? Frame on wall? Poster-size frame on wall? Billboard? Reuters? World Press Photo? National Geographic? Museum? (pick your own superlative here)

One of the first replies is “The Related Post”. This is the place to post your general musings about the C&C Thread.

Another of the first replies includes a link to all previous threads. This is called "Archives".

Andrew (19andrew47)

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In reply to 19andrew47, 4 months ago

Here is the list of all previous editions of this weekly thread.

All Threads from 2014

Week 325 14 07 16 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54031745

Week 324 14 07 09 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53992719

Week 323 14 07 02 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53953277

Week 322 14 06 25 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53911641

Week 321 140 6 18 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53872360

Week 320 14 06 11 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53832915

Week 319 14 06 04 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53791694

Week 318 14 05 28 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53752002

Week 317 14 05 21 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53711366

Week 316 14 05 14 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53672070

Week 315 14 05 07 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/.53629981

Week 314 14 04 30 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53586903 (incorrectly numbered 313)

Week 313 14 04 23 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53544914

Week 312 14 04 16 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53505335

Week 311 14 04 09 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53464446

Week 310 14 04 02 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53422560

Week 309 14 03 26 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53380285

Week 308 14 03 19 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53336652

Week 307 14 03 12 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53291173

Week 306 14 03 05 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53244969

Week 305 14 02 26 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53195160

Week 304 14 02 19 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53148085

Week 303 14 02 12 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53097949

Week 302 14 02 05 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53049187

Week 301 14 01 29 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53004183

Week 300 14 01 22 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52955902

Week 299 14 01 15 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52911432

Week 298 14 01 08 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52861838

Week 297 14 01 01 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52814240

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In reply to 19andrew47, 4 months ago

This is a placeholder for anything related to the C&C threads. And we do mean anything: feel free to start a discussion about the threads, or how you felt when your image was trashed by some mean know-it-all (probably not in this thread, though), or how it feels trying to say something polite about a cr @ ppy image posted for review (tough one).

This is also the place to make arrangements and share ideas for keeping this thread alive and kicking.

The C&C participants will be more than happy to consider all input.

Andrew

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Taken at the Marshville Heritage Festival last fall, processed last week.

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Another from my Palouse collection.  Not quite "Amber Waves" just yet.  I think I really like this one for some reason.  I like the overlapping patterns and the general flow and it got me thinking about what makes a good abstract landscape shot.  Does it need to be punchier?  Does it need to be processed further away from reality?  Less recognizable for what it really is?

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I don't have an answer to the questions you ask Mike, but it is not instantly recognizable as a landscape. Could be some fabric laid out in a casual manner. Likeable as is but can't say if this is the 'best interpretation' of the scene. Only you have the answer for that!  I tried it with a little more punch and I liked it better, but you could have guessed that!  It is personal choice.  A lovely scene captured and displayed in a manner you find appealing.

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Taken many years ago but reprocessed today.
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This covered bridge in Maine is a good example of New England covered bridges in general. I reprocessed it today as an HDR image. I imagine it's a bit much for many people but I sort of like it and I'm not a real fan of HDR. It might be more appealing in the original size.

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MikePDX wrote:

Another from my Palouse collection. Not quite "Amber Waves" just yet. I think I really like this one for some reason. I like the overlapping patterns and the general flow and it got me thinking about what makes a good abstract landscape shot. Does it need to be punchier? Does it need to be processed further away from reality? Less recognizable for what it really is?

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The scene looks like a close-up of an unmade bed, and immediately brought to mind a poem from one of my favorite illustrated books of childhood:

The Land of Counterpane

When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.

And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.

I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Child%27s_Garden_of_Verses

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On the south end of Grand Manan, most mornings look like this, but work goes on. The flat vessels are called drivers and are used to transport a device out to the herring weirs to pound the saplings into the sea floor to hold up the nets. I don't know if there is enough detail to make a decent photo of, but the scene caught my eye because of the little light, I think, that could be seen through the fog. What should be done with it? I never seem to know what to do with fog pictures...

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Hi mate have a view like this the other night in a restaurant four people each looking at their phones! Must have been great company.

As for your image I would be tempted to tone the colour of the girl a little as it looks a bit stark to me.

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Hi Mike for me I would like more contrast a push of the colour, it's a well composed scene that is worth the post processing time. I will have a go a little later.

Regards.

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Hi Wayne not a big fan of HDR but this has potential, like Mikes image I would like a little more contrast.

Although when I post my image this week you will see I have been pushing the contrast, so it's just my thing for the week

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Looks great to me.  I'd say you're done. 

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Hi mate having been asking for more contrast from everyone yours is the exception, a would not change a thing.

The details are hidden in the mist but take the time to look and they are revealed. Very nice.

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Hi everyone on from the backyard on a beautiful winters day.

See what I meant about contrast it's a thing for me this week...

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Taken from the boxing that is part "Rumble in da Jungle" (a many-faceted event with music, poetry, film and boxing, about life in the multi-ethnical urban jungle). Although not a real boxing match with high stakes, these two guys really had a go.

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Zindanfel wrote:

MikePDX wrote:

Another from my Palouse collection. Not quite "Amber Waves" just yet. I think I really like this one for some reason. I like the overlapping patterns and the general flow and it got me thinking about what makes a good abstract landscape shot. Does it need to be punchier? Does it need to be processed further away from reality? Less recognizable for what it really is?

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The scene looks like a close-up of an unmade bed, and immediately brought to mind a poem from one of my favorite illustrated books of childhood:

The Land of Counterpane

When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.

And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;

And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.

I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.

~ Robert Louis Stevenson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Child%27s_Garden_of_Verses

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lovely poem...helped me enjoy the scene

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MikePDX wrote:

Another from my Palouse collection. Not quite "Amber Waves" just yet. I think I really like this one for some reason. I like the overlapping patterns and the general flow and it got me thinking about what makes a good abstract landscape shot. Does it need to be punchier? Does it need to be processed further away from reality? Less recognizable for what it really is?

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I can never get enough of this kind of images.  Abstracted landscapes, consisting of little more than silhouettes, shapes, curves, geological information: yummie.

There are two things that I believe could be considered to increase the impact even more:

* a bit more contrast (and maybe vibrancy in the colours)

* because I feel the horizontal waves are the most important here (more than the vertical counterpoint of the track marks), you could create an impression of even more "horizontality" with a panorama-like crop to maybe 16:9; half-closing my eyes I can see several different 16:9 crops that could work really well, depending on which zone of the image you retain .

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