Tree Stump

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  1. darin3200

    darin3200 TPF Noob!

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    In this shot I am trying to show how people use nature for their own ends. That this tree was at one time big and old and it was just cut down like so many others to build a nice, pretty 2 car garage. This picture is supposed to be a criticism not of just cutting down one tree, but the general over-consumption and unsustainability of our lifestyles.

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    to me a successful picture doesnt need an explanation of what you were trying to convey. if you find that it does need that explanation then i would try to think of a way to convey that without words. IMHO it just looks like an overexposed stump.
     
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    It dosent really get the message across- too much distraction in the frame, and the stump is severly overexposed
     
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    I agree... maybe a shot looking more straight down showing the detail and life rings of the tree.

    I think a series of shots would potray your message a bit stronger than just trying to draw a conclusion from one.
     
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    Afraid I have to agree with the previous posters!
     
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    While I agree with you, generally, the forum rules say you have to give details about the shot - either technically or about what was intended. So, while I agree with you, the shooter may have been doing that.
     
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    I get where you're going with the image, but I think it falls a little short. The tree is too far from the house/garage, and it seems to be surrounded by other trees. It's just not the best example of the idea you're trying to get across. Of course, it's easy to say that and then envision all these scenes: a field of cut trees, a city rising in the background, and so on... sometimes, when what you've got is what's there, you make do.

    I think the photo might benefit from being in B&W, and also it's too contrasty. Try shooting in softer light, either morning or evening.
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback, some of the problem was that I had my own vision, so even if it wasn't perfectly articulated, I still understood.
    elsapo, thanks for the ideas and I really never though about the other trees in the shot
     
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    As I tell my writing students, if that's all you're going for, fine. However, if you want to express this vision to an audience, you have to consider their perspectives. This is not to say you should bend to the will of the masses, but it is something you have to consider. Otherwise, why share it at all? Just a thought...

    Keep shooting!
     
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    The thing I have a problem with is translating the vision in my head to the film. My eyes must have auto crop/photoshop or something, because I will at times completely overlook an element of a photo and will be utterly shocked when it shows up in the print.

    Keep shooting Darin, you're thinking bud, and with thinking comes learning......i think.... :lmao:
     
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    Yeah, until recently I took pictures for the sake of taking pictures, just to try to make some beautiful. Now I'm trying to go for meaningful and symbolic pictures and haven't really considered everything involved. But it is just something else new to learn :D
     
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    I know what you mean, once I get an idea in my head it get tunnel vision and just focus on that, and don't take into considation other parts of the picture.
     

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