Berkshire Estate
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sbeme
Registered: Dec 23, 2003
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their "front yard"
Scott



Camperjim
Registered: Oct 17, 2011
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Nice colors and processing.

A little thin on composition and interest.

Somewhere there are some great images in this scene. Maybe some more time spent working different comps will do it.



sbeme
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Jim,
Thanks for the feedback. Matches my internal critique.
My take is nice, pleasant scene but not much to keep returning to.
I did take a series from this estate, mostly pointed more to the right, down the hills and valleys. But they were meh. Got to return when the colors are more vibrant.

Scott



Bob Jarman
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Lovely countryside, much different than what we encounter here - oak, gum, and pine. Oh yes, prolific and ever-present kudzu. Not much of a palette.

Regards,

Bob



dmacmillan
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I often come across scenes like this that are lovely to look at but don't translate into a compelling photograph. It happened to me just last week. I was at Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, SC. There's a wildlife viewing tower that overlooks a marsh of sawgrass with the river beyond. The breeze was blowing and you could see the sawgrass bending in waves. It was lovely, but would not render well in a photo.

First, I was there at the wrong time of day. The light was flat and uninteresting. It was a brilliant, cloudless day so the sky was just a blue expanse. I did a few record frames, both with wide angle and telephoto, but the photos lack interest. I made a mental note to try to return at a better time of day and on a day with a more interesting sky. I'd love to me there when a storm is brewing.



sbeme
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Bob, Doug thanks.
Seems like this is one of many images we all produce. And not every scene can be spectacular.
For critique sake, I guess the main issues besides the "content" is how well the particular scene was "executed". Any obvious improvements in crop, processing?

Scott



Bob Jarman
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Yes, I must agree - one of those lovely-being-there-moments we all have that rarely translates into a compelling image. Like many of my captures from Savannah

Composition: for me the leading lines move the eye off the image and I want to see what is not there to the right, if that makes any sense. I don't know that cropping, a vignette, or anything else would minimize the effect other than introduce visual noise into an already visually active image, with the vegetation, color, and all.

Think that is about all I can offer in the way of critique,

regards,

Bob



oldrattler
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sbeme wrote:
Jim,
Thanks for the feedback. Matches my internal critique.
My take is nice, pleasant scene but not much to keep returning to.
I did take a series from this estate, mostly pointed more to the right, down the hills and valleys. But they were meh. Got to return when the colors are more vibrant.

Scott


I agree with Jim, you, & me / us / them Jim , I am so confused,



sbeme
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RustyBug
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Took a stab with a trim off the bottom to rebalance a bit.



dmacmillan
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Kent did the only thing I would have suggested, crop the bottom. The nature of the photo doesn't lend to allowing major changes. Looks like he bumped the contrast as well. It's more a matter of taste than an improvement per se.



sbeme
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I think the crop addresses Bob's point. The strong angular shadows pull the eye away from the main subject. In my mind they were a secondary interest/subject but it seems they competed too much.

Scott