Feeling Very Shallow...

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by lizheaemma, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. lizheaemma

    lizheaemma TPF Supporters Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2003
    Messages:
    683
    Likes Received:
    38
    Location:
    Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    C&C welcomed and appreciated!

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
  2. mishele

    mishele Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Messages:
    13,628
    Likes Received:
    4,802
    Location:
    In your dreams!
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I love shallow......lol But this isn't shallow enough for me.....:hug:: (I'm a crazy shallow shooter..lol)

    But I'm more worried about your composition. I'd like you to look at this site.....
    10 Top Photography Composition Rules | Amateur Snapper

    Learn the rules and then brake them as much as you want!!!
     
  3. Abby Rose

    Abby Rose TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2010
    Messages:
    642
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Michigan!
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    It could be my monitor, but they seem a hair too saturated.
     
  4. Bitter Jeweler

    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2009
    Messages:
    12,984
    Likes Received:
    4,971
    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Fixed, in more ways than one.:greenpbl:

    Remember, in breaking one rule, you are more than likely following another.

    In both of these images, your focal point is leaning or facing to the left, which sorta renders the right side of the image useless or unnecessary.
     
  5. eric-holmes

    eric-holmes No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2009
    Messages:
    1,858
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    Arkansas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Very good point. It's almost as if they are leaning out of the frame. It's like having a person looking out of the frame instead of looking into the frame.
     
  6. Bitter Jeweler

    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2009
    Messages:
    12,984
    Likes Received:
    4,971
    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Exactly, Eric.


    Ok, so I think I have an example* that "breaks" the rule (guideline) I laid out above. But in breaking that rule, we bring in a somewhat symmetrical balance. There is now more interest in the whole image rather than just the left. But the flower is now ok facing out of the picture. Do you agree?

    [​IMG]
    *quick and very dirty


    I removed a distracting element in the lower left. I burned the stems in the upper right, which also were a bit of a distraction, just as an example.

    Now the top bud is a bit too close to the top edge of the frame. Maybe this would have been better shot in portrait aspect? Perhaps that lower blurred flower would provide even more interest, and add to the overall composition?

    Also remember, there is not much wrong with removing unwanted foliage from your shot. Either try to bend it away, tuck it under other "branches" or beak it off.
     
  7. lizheaemma

    lizheaemma TPF Supporters Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2003
    Messages:
    683
    Likes Received:
    38
    Location:
    Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Thank you all!
    I appreciate you critique!
    Looking at it now I get the ackward feeling like one is trying to read English right to left feeling.

    I'm leading ones eye off of the page!
     
  8. pbelarge

    pbelarge TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2010
    Messages:
    2,680
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    New York
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Relocating the leaf and bud does not work for me.

    It may be more pleasing to keep just the flower and make this a portrait style photo.

    Working on the light/shade of the image to draw more attention to the flower may also work with a little vignetting...just thinking outloud.
     
  9. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,822
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I actually like the composition of image #2. With the sharp closed flower on one side and the OOF flower on the other. There is room for improvement but at least it shows that you were thinking about your composition.
     

Share This Page