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  • Merrill

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Thread: General Photography Competition #72 [RunOff]

  1. #16
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    Here's how I think it could have been improved.

    First we see the original. Second we see what it could have looked like if fill flash was used, allowing the sky to be a little darker/moodier. Also has been sharpened and contrast added, which could be done in RAW conversion. Just my take on it.



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    He came dancing across the water
    With his galleons and guns
    Looking for the new world
    In that palace in the sun
    On the shore lay Montezuma
    With his cocoa leaves and pearls

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    right.. and the original looked much better
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  3. #18
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    i like the original because it made the picture soft and made it look as if the water was coming from the horse which seems to be the intention to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPower22
    i like the original because it made the picture soft and made it look as if the water was coming from the horse which seems to be the intention to begin with.
    It's not taken to look like that. The horse is a fountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotterik
    It really is underexposed, its terribly dark and gloomy. Maybe the ISO setting was wrong. Either way, a photo like that would benefit from using flash or external lighting and maybe then it'd be the winner. Because it does have the potential because of its composition.
    I don't think that's right, it's only a touch underexposed to me. And I'm assuimg it was taken outside in sunlight, rarely a time to go upping ISO when youi've usually got stacks of exposure to play with.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cotterik
    On the other hand Speedy's shot is vibrant and sharp.
    Not every shot has to come out of the camera sharpened and saturated to buggery, as seems to be the preference these days. And as for sharpness, I think Merril's shot appears less sharp as a result of resizing rather than being out of focus.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cotterik
    The depth of field is used well also. I know how hard it is to get a good shot of a clownfish when not using an underwater kit. The glass distorts the view of the fish and they never seem to give you the right opportunity to get a good perspective of them. But its done really well. Its clear and lighting is next to perfect. I can say all of this from a completely unbiased view. If the rest of the voters could look at all of these points then the voting would be made with more knowledge of what makes a good photo.
    That's all well and good (in fact, reminds of shooting gigs, not the glass distortion bit, the moving about bit) but in the end, it's just a picture of a fish. I could climb up the side of the cliff, hang off and capture a technically brilliant shot of something boring, but in the end, if the subject is boring and the pic doesn't do anything special (ie use clever composition etc to make something out of the ordinary and create a view of something you wouldn't otherwise see, like Merril has done) then it's still a boring shot that won't do anything for people.

    (I'm sorry Speedy, I'm not hating on your shot, just disagreeing with Cotterik's obviously expert opinion)
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  6. #21
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    I don't mind anyone commenting either way. But, I'm not sure about everyone's idea of "composition." I think Merrils might be a little better if a little DOF was used. Everything is in focus. So, nothing grabs my attention at all. The horse is cut out of the frame in a weird spot and at a weird angle. I guess it bothers ya'll that I took mine from out side the aquarium. I didn't merely put the camera there and click the button. I wanted to set it where the fish and a little of the background was in focus. The rest blurred out. At the same time I had to time it where the fish was in the frame where I wanted it. I took about 10 different shots until this turned out like it did. I'm not saying mine is better, I'm just trying to describe what I did for my pic. And, what I see in Merrils photo. Plus, a tie in a runoff poll was pretty exciting.

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