Help with composition

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  1. anthrope

    anthrope TPF Noob!

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    An alleyway on Ile de Goree, Senegal.

    I was really drawn by the vivid colors in this scene, and tried to capture them as much as possible. The main concerns I have are the large amount of black in the upper left, and the fact that the alley seems to draw my eye right down the center of the image and away from the colored buildings I was trying to capture. What does everyone else think? I had trouble cropping the image without losing a lot of the detail.

    Any advice/ comments are always appreciated.


    Title: Ile de Goree
    Camera: Canon A80
    Shutter Speed: 1/320
    F/Stop: 4.0
    Editing: none

    OTE, of course

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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hmmm. I understand your concern, and to be frank, the image would probably be stronger if the branches hadn't gone so dark with the exposure. They otherwise frame the image nicely, but yes, unfortunately you did end up with a large amount of black in an otherwise very colorful shot.

    That said, you'll be glad to know my eye actually went straight down the alleyway and fixed onto the small figure at the end. I was wishing the figure were somewhat larger, but the way he/she is standing captured my attention, and adds interest to the image. The colored buildings are nicely exposed.

    You were on the right track with this shot, definitely. :thumbup:
     
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    Chase I am now benign! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I agree that you were on the right track. I would definitely suggest limiting how much of the branches were showing and I'd probably also shift the frame so the vanishing point isn't as centered. Maybe try aiming more towards the right with the end of the walkway ending up at the top left of the frame? Just a thought.
     
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    Jeff Canes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I guessing that re-shooting is not an opinion

    Try cropping by cutting about ½ inch off the top and ¼ inch of left side
     
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    Thanks for the advice, guys. Re-shooting is definately not an option, so I messed around with the cropping and levels in photoshop a little -- what do you think, better? worse?

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    i dont like the cropping off the top, but the dark leaves bother me...is there any way to dodge the leaves at all? Maybe if they were lightened up a bit it wouldnt be as distracting...
     

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