Missing something

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  1. NoChance

    NoChance TPF Noob!

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    Took this photo today, I like the composition, but it looks rather plain. Any ideas on how to spice it up? Nothing to drastic please?

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    Thanks for the help
     
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    not to be mean, but its missing alot, like interesting light, contrast, good composition . . . i would throw this one out
     
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    I don't know I guess I am kind of attracted to that like kind of symmetrical feel, but I guess that they can't all be beauties..... Thanks for your honesty.
     
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    if there is somthing you think is there then don't let anyone tell you otherwise, just follow what you feel. .. something really good could come of it.
     
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    Don't throw it out!!!! Its all about what you think about it. Even though its not a perfect photo doesn't mean that it doesn't mean something to YOU!!!!
     
  6. Crop it tighter on the left and the right, so that you are primarily aware of the two arches. Possibly then also the bottom and top. There's some color, contrast and saturation work that could be done as well.

    Dunno, is this ok to edit? I'd take a stab at it, but you need to give us the ok if you want to be shown in addition to typed suggestions.
     
  7. Oh, what da heck, I can always take it back down if you don't allow editing:

    I cropped, I did some curves adjustments, and I cloned some Ivy over that grey tarmac driveway on the right. I am out of time, but a next step would be to add some contrast and color into the brick.

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  8. rmh159

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    LOL great creative advice.

    Unless a pic is blurry and completely shot to hell I wouldn't throw out anything. You never know how you can save it and at the least you can learn from it.
     
  9. David

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    I very rarely delete images, as my two external hard drives are testament to. You never know when you'll need a bit of extra foliage, brickwork or some other thing to clone or otherwise use in another image.

    I have several techniques that I use on an image before even considering deletion, because you never know what interesting effects you'll achieve until you try. I also find I learn new stuff playing with these 'more challenging' images.

    If an image looks a bit flat or otherwise is missing something, one such technique I use is to overlay one of the colour channels as a luminosity layer. Sometimes the results can be very useful, especially on faces. The red channel overlayed gives smoother skin tones and removes blemishes, whilst the blue channel gives you darkened skin tones and also enhances any freckles, lines or other blemishes.

    On the image above I have used the blue channel as a luminosity layer, and then adjusted the curves to darken the image slightly, before playing with a selective colour adjustment layer to improve some of the colour tones. The resulting image is not perfect, but I think it gives a bit more pop to the original.

    Click here for image.

    The second image was just for fun and has the blue channel overlayed, but has then been desaturated and then a curves adjustment layed added, using an increasing sine wave curve. I then added the original image above, set the blend mode to colour and reduced the saturation to 50%.

    Click here for image.

    The image could do with some cropping maybe, or selective cloning as there are one or two distracting details, but have fun and play, you'll learn loads by doing so.

    David
     
  10. abraxas

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    I'd probably keep it, but I wouldn't obsess over it. Maybe you could rent a dog to lay on the brick sidewalk and go back?
     
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    I like Iron's crop.
    maybe further go black or white or even false colours.

    If you have a chance to shoot again, place something in the centre, just something small, not an elephant ;)
     
  12. NoChance

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    hmm sorry I was at schiool. Yeah its fine if you edit it. uhm. I like this one, I was going for that emphasis on the arches, but the green kind of drowned out what I was going for. This is better. How would one go about repeating what you did via photoshop. Because this is a reduced quality photobucket file, so I would rather do it on the quality file? Mind explaining about hte whole color correction thing? Thanks everyone else as well for your comments.
     

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