photo 1 is bad ass. like the way the colors pop. photo 2 didn't really notice anything until I read cepwin comments but now that I did I too see the red tint. both pics are awesome but the colors in #1 takes the prize!
Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm pretty happy with how 1 came out too. I didn't notice the red at first but now that you say it I can see it. I took this in setting sunlight so maybe I didn't get the white balance right in my edit or maybe it's becuse I desaturated the green to tone down the grass, so maybe that did something too?
Thanks for the idea traveler, but I don't like the tighter crop. I was also trying to show the wear in the shoes from skating on the board, and cropping that out would defeat that. I also like that you can see the hill in the back because that's a major part of the style of long boarding I enjoy. Sure it's out of focus and subtle, but I like having that element there.
That's a pretty obscure point for most photographers to understand and, if that is so, then the composition has 3 centers of interest (two toes and the wheels) that are pretty much unrelated. As an informational image that might be fine but as a 'photograph' that doesn't work for me.
I find myself torn on this crop. I agree with The_Traveler, I see three different POIs. I'm really not sure what I'm supposed to be looking at and I find my eyes wandering. That said, I appreciate that you're trying to tell a story. I can see where you're coming from with the worn shoes, I just find it a little distracting.
I think I like the crop. It makes the wheels a lot more prominent and only one POI.