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Discussion in 'General Critical Analysis' started by The_Traveler, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    I like this because, to me, it is composition over content - almost
    Asian in simplicity. The lack of any real content should make it impossible for viewers to respond to anything but the design.

    (Yes, B&W is a possibility also.)

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  2. newrmdmike

    newrmdmike TPF Noob!

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    well., . . this photo really confuses me. i don't know if i like it or not yet.

    but i do think i might like it better in bw. i feel like there is TOO much dead space in comparison with the elements. the curving of street and sidewalk i find quite unsettling, and thought at first crop it. but think not, bc there would be even less in the photo.

    i can't get much further than that in my critique, and i guess i'll finish up saying if i had to give it a yes or no i'd give it a no for now.
     
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    Try taking out the curb leaving the sidewalk.....colors then blend better.
     
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    [​IMG]

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    And what I did.....Comments?
     
  5. The_Traveler

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    I am a little disappointed that there was little talk about the picture itself and so much about the corrections I should make.

    Why make those edits and what will it do?
     
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    Let me attempt to expand.

    The idea is very good, because it really leads your eye around the photo and the negative space contributes nicely. In this photo you have a lot of straight lines, the bricks, window, the window panes individually, the cement sidewalk, etc. This curved driveway really doesn't fit this, do you think? Also by eliminating it you are having a solid color "background" for the stars, faucets, and windows. All beige.

    PNA's edit eliminates the curve, and also enhances the lines of the bricks. By making the lines more prominent in the bricks, there is more texture. It also feels warmer in the edit. Hope that helps.

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    That being said: I also don't understand why Jeff's post was deleted when he just said a negative version of what Mike said. It's his opinion, not arguing.

    Eric.
     
  7. PNA

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    I thought the idea behind this thread was to offer criticism in a constructive way. The edits listed give the results that I posted. You have every right not agree with my editing, but I have offered it for your consideration. If you are offended by my editing, suggestions and criticisms, my apologies to you sir....

    If you don't care for me to edit you shots, I suggest you alter your signature to the red notice.
     
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    I'm not offended at all, I just want to know what you actually think about the picture and why you want to make the edits.
     
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    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the explication of your thoughts - altho I respectfully disagree. IMO, the curve is discordant and so adds a vital something to what would otherwise be too bland. (Sort of the way that white cheese and guava paste go great together)
     
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    I guess I'm too old to "get this". I see a wall with some stars on it. An offwhite wall at that, with an off white sidewalk, and an off white street. The only color in the photo is a crooked window, and some rusty pipes.
    But hey, I'm just an old fart, and I don't normally "get" what my kids would think is artistic.
    Please take this as just an old woman's opinion. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    There are others who have express opinions regarding you photo. Please consider their observations my reasons for editing your photo. The list of actions I provided are merely to demonstrate what steps I took using PhotoShop to achieve the edit.
     
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    No, IMO, yours just seem to tight too me on the bottom, why I’m not sure, maybe that a foolish reason, but the color tweaking helped


    Lou, I’m Ok with composition of the open space, but I think the colors and contrast need tweaking as PNA subjected, and maybe even a high contrast BW would be good, Simple subjects are the hardest deal with

    Hope no one is offend
     

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