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p.1 #1 · Winter Shot


Let me know what you guys think.








Feb 11, 2012 at 06:09 PM
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p.1 #2 · Winter Shot


If the dog was on the left and they were looking that way, the composition with the snow covered road would work very well. As it is, their attention and the appealing dog drag my eye to the lower right corner of the image. The "S" curve of the road is almost a separate image. Perhaps consider a crop to make a more unified winter postcard statement?







Feb 11, 2012 at 07:38 PM
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p.1 #3 · Winter Shot


Agree with Auntipode - tough conditions photographically with the large flakes.

What I think? For a kid who grew up in the northeast, I'm glad we now live in Georgia

Bob



Feb 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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p.1 #4 · Winter Shot


Thanks AuntiPode and Bob...

Above shot was the from the only descent snowfall we have had so far. Indeed difficult conditions for photography but that is where you learn to adapt..

Interesting opinion... I never thought of two crops... after that you have mentioned, I do feel that I can make a separate shot of the road though.

The reason I included the road was to showcase that even in that weather a family is out, and going to go a long way together. The crop may be looking technically correct but I feel that it is loosing the story.

Forum is open for discussion...



Feb 12, 2012 at 01:20 AM
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p.1 #5 · Winter Shot


Looking again, it is nice you did not end with the dull gray so often a result with snow scenes - I like the processing. Would you elaborate?

Bob



Feb 12, 2012 at 01:30 AM
 

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p.1 #6 · Winter Shot


I really like the sketched look of the processing.
My first reaction was why did you allow more of the reds in (car, dog sweater, a bit in the boots) since a near monochrome or subtle duotone was working just fine.
It's your story so you crop, but I do think Karen's is nice and removes some of the distraction and intrusion of the parking lot.
Living in the Northeast, this scene looks so familiar, I am foolishly tempted to identify it.
And you got more than we did (but I am thinking this is NH, not suburban MA where I am too).
Scott



Feb 12, 2012 at 01:36 PM
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p.1 #7 · Winter Shot


I rarely like photos with overall exaggerated contrast / sharpening but it works very nicely here to create a painterly pointillistic rendering that adds texture and interest to an otherwise ordinary scene in very low contrast lighting conditions.

I also like the way you composed it, splitting the tree on the left exactly down the middle to create both a frame and darker visual buffer on that side that leads into the similar shaped trees in the background. I'd suggest a similar crop on the right side along the tree to eliminate the gap between it and the edge of the photo (gaps attract attention).

That will put the people very close to the edge, but that works given the overall seen from behind, heading toward home, context of the message here. It changes the big tree on the right from a distraction into a framing element that really isn't noticed much like your handling of the tree on the left.







In situations like that always look for ways to frame the scene with tree trunks vs. creating gaps behind them near the border of the frame.







A compositional technique for adding back the missing negative space in a non-distracting way it to add a complementary mat. The red trap rule is a subliminal clue to help find the red coat on the dog and also coordinates with the red accents of the red SUV and tail lights where they are headed...




Feb 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM
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p.1 #8 · Winter Shot


Thanks Scott. It is Framingham (metrowest), MA area. We are pretty much into snow drought this year. Only one decent snowfall happened in Jan (when I took above shot).

I agree, reds can be reduced, I will try it out and I am also going to think a little bit more on the crops.

As far as processing goes, it was pretty much playing with curves, some dodge and burn, selective contrast, adding some golden light etc. Used Nik's color efex pluging for extracting some of the details from snow, people etc.



Feb 12, 2012 at 02:46 PM
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p.1 #9 · Winter Shot


Thank you cgardner for your suggestions. Very interesting opinion. I will definitely try out your compositional technique next time on field.



Feb 12, 2012 at 03:00 PM
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p.1 #10 · Winter Shot


Surreal......and I like the crop too!

JP



Feb 14, 2012 at 12:02 AM





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