Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by robertwsimpson, Oct 1, 2009.
C&C is welcome.
Cool colors. I like the contrast between the green candle and the purplish smoke. Don't like the dead space to the right though. I think it would look much better cropped to a 5:4 vertical. It's also way underexposed, like in the 2-stop range.
I would shoot it again if possible, and add 1.67-2.0 stops to your exposure. Adjusting exposure by that much in post is probably going to create tons of noise.
I wouldn't change a thing! grreat shott!!
I agree with the composition. Seems off.
To me the empty space to the right adds mystery,"who blew the candle out,why did they,what are there intentions etc.etc.etc.with out the dead space,it's a candle with cool colored smoke,.....it's just my 0.02 worth.but i like it as is,and that's why
thanks everyone for the comments. I agree it is underexposed, but that is not without good reason. my lighting equipment for this picture was 2 desklamps. to stop the smoke and get a proper exposure was a virtual impossibility, unfortunately. I finally have a proper strobe, so I might try a similar shot again.
as for the crop, I considered a vertical frame, but I quite like the empty space to the right. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.
I like the lighting, but here's what I would do:
Straigten in upt (the candle looks tilted to the left a bit).
Crop so about the right edge of the candle is the boarder (here's a quick edit of what I mean):
I like mine better.
It seems like you have a good idea of what you want any wayy, but I like the style and comp of your photo, I would not change it at all
thanks I just wish I had brighter lights... as mentioned, it is a tad underexposed, but I did the best I could with what I have... there's always next time!
Well we deal with what we have got an dmake the best of it, like you have
Other than the underexposure, I like it. The dead space on the right works for me in this image.
If you like it, that's all that matters anyhow. Photography is subjective
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