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Discussion in 'Critique Forum Archives' started by DblArrow, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. DblArrow

    DblArrow TPF Noob!

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    Alright, here is my first submission. I would like some serious feed back - if you don't like it please say so - we can't ALL like ALL of the images we see here. Thoughts all the way around would be helpful; subject matter is subjective so... composure - what would you do different - lighting, etc.

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    Selective coloring is kinda...cheesy, and should be done rarely when a special image calls for it. I don't think this is the one, but it does not look bad. The lighting is good. I might have chosen to to compose the photo with just the stump, and sprout, without a tree dead center behind it. Also, I think it looks good askew, but ask me tomorrow and I might say otherwise. You have a good attitude about critique by the way!
     
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    abraxas No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think the new growth may stand out well against a natural, but maybe somewhat/slightly subsued color background.
     
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    I think I'm one of few people on here that loves selective color.
    I would've done the same thing here. I don't think the new tree would stand out as much if everything around it was green.
    I was initially going to say crop the left side but after looking at it again a couple of times I think I like it how it is.
     
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    That looks really nice.. how do you do that selective color effect ?
     
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    Those who say, without exception, that selective color is cheesy should have another look at "Schindler's List."

    Even so:
    IMO, the new growth in this picture is not indicative enough of newness, it isn't particularly, fragile or beautiful or dewy or something - it's just there. Additionally, the background isn't old, dark, threatening enough.
    The selective color seems forced and ineffective.

    Sorry.
     
  7. DblArrow

    DblArrow TPF Noob!

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    Thanks all really do appreciate the thoughts. As I said subject matter is subjective. But I will agree with The_Traveler it is not that special. So don't be sorry. It was with the thought of isolating a rebirth so to speak that I did this.

    Cheesy .. well I have been told that before but hey....

    Tried against a faded background but I still felt there was to much color to isolate the small tree.

    Thanks again.
     
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    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    Thanks for taking my comments in the friendly manner they were meant. It's nice to see a first post where there is a 'concept' shot rather than something more usual.

    Welcome.
     
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    Riggaberto TPF Noob!

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    I like the non color-edited version a lot, I like what you did with it.
     
  10. midnitejam

    midnitejam TPF Noob!

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    NOPE! You aint the only one.:)
    I like selective coloring very much. It can often be used in landscapes to create the illusion of depth and 3-D

    I especially like its use in this image and I've already thought of several thought-provoking concepts for this image. such as...
    The "Phoenix" or the notion of 'New Birth' or 'Rebirth' or the 'Beginning'.
    How about 'The centurian'. Or something that suggest tenacity and the bold fight to survive.

    I also like the construction of the image. It has a nice composition. The DOF you've chosen puts the focus on the tree and stump which leaves no doubt as to what is the main subject.
     
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    xfloggingkylex TPF Noob!

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    I've become a firm believer that most selective color shots can benifit from desaturation, rather than full black and white. This way the item that would normally be the only thing is color, is the only bold color.
     
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    midnitejam TPF Noob!

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    Some small gesture of appreciation or acknowlegement (a simple 'thank you',etc) for our help, our suggestions, and our general comments might also be helpful.
     

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