I prefer the framing on this one. I correct what I said before because this has less vivid colors. Taking the first entry again I would increase its brightness and slightly its contrast, balancing between both so the blacks would remain completely dark.
Better, but with or without rules I would crop even more as I said in the previous entry. I understand it would remove the feeling you wish to achieve, but I can't see a clear frame as asked in the rules.
DCinDC: Most of the image is a brownish blob to me.
Could we, those whose mother tongue is not English, to know what you mean by brownish blob?
RuthC: Very interesting shot, with the 'flaming' lamp. Have you tried cropping the bottom of the photo to clean up some of the brambles, which I find a bit distracting.
I tried it before and didn't like so much, but only by a small margin. :)
Lup1ne: Good move removing the power lines, but still stand by my original posting
And I appreciate your honesty. I agree with you with the lack of much feeling and connection, but still don't understand why you chose the word story, which maybe has a different meaning for me.
Interesting picture with a pretty and contrasted composition. I would only decrease the saturation, straighten the horizon and recover the highlights. It may also be interesting to try it B&W.
I liked to see more detail, but found the original more pleasing because it is more vivid and contrasted.
A little better, but the peacock is still centered and too dark.
Very nice improvement. I like this one very much.
Not at all the image I would like to see and I think it is worse than the original, with much weaker diagonals and enhancing even more the uninteresting upper part.
Nice and interesting picture. I like the framing and composition and wouldn't change it. I would like to better see the sky, recovering some highlights. I didn't like the black border in post processing and I feel it breaks a little the processing rules of this challenge.
I like this picture very much. Nice post processing with vivid colors, plenty of definition in a lovely scene. But not to everyone's taste, I guess. I would also like to see it less saturated (maybe a little less green too) and cropped a little on top.
Nice composition, but I found the frame too large and dark and the hut out of focus. I would crop it more tight and increase the contrast.
Interesting picture with a good framing and composition. I would like to see it more bright and contrasted. I also played with levels (auto leveling) and then removing some blue (output level from 255 to 210). I don't know how to better explain it technically.
ROBERT BUCKLEY: YOU MUST BE THE GREAT PITOU 250 JUDGING FROM ALL YOUR VERY OPINIONATED NEGATIVES ABOUT ALL THE PICTURES IN THE COMPETITION. I HOPE YOU DON'T THINK BY FINDING FAULT WITH ALLTHE PICTURES THAT THIS WILL MAKE YOUR HUMBLE PICTURE BETTER. IT'S UNFORTUNATED IN THE COMPETITIONS THAT THERE HAS TO BE SOMEONE LIKE YOU YOU WHO SEEMS TO THINK THAT THEIR THE "PRO" WHERE IN FACT THEIR SO INSECURE THEY NEED TO DENIGRATE OTHERS TO RAISE THEIR OWN STATURE. THE TASK HERE WAS OBJECTIVE AND CONSTRUTIVE OBSERVATIONS, NOT SNIPING. GET A LIFE. IF I APPLIED THIS TO THE WRONG PICTURE IT WAS INTENDED FOR PITOU 250 AND NOT YOU, THIS WAS THE ONLY PICTURE NOT CRITICIZED BY PITOU 250 SO I ASSUMED IT I HAD FOUND THE CULPRIT.
I agree with RuthC. I wish all of us had the time and dedication to write such complete and detailed comments. Please continue to share as I've learned with you.
I don't see a frame or even a main theme. However, I tried a much tighter crop that evidenced a frame, which is removing upper darker ceiling (until the more lightened wall), removing bottom water completely (until the foot of the 2 persons), removing right darker area (until the more lightened wall) and removing left a little (until half of the wall). I found the resulting image pleasing, even the persons leaving the frame, which gave an interesting feeling.
What a nice view, it feels so cozy. I would recover shadows and increase midtone contrast a little and crop the top frame (so the upper diagonal match the bottom diagonal) and a little from the left and right (the dark areas, maintaining the thin part which is more lightened).
A picture with a very nice mood, contrast, light, composition, vignetting. Beyond darkening or removing the 3 light spots on the right, I would change nothing.
Very nice picture with a strong arid mood. I would auto level its channels, which decreases red a little and increases the brightness of the more distant mountain, thus also increasing the sense of depth. I also liked it cropping the left (sky) and a little of the upper rock, thus reducing the sky distraction and the above rock prominence.
Nice view and picture in an uninteresting frame, since it is too dark and has no details. I don't know if it was possible to get more of it, if it was interesting and how could it be more lightened. The background has too much bright and little contrast.