One of my favorite places, along with the museum and the IMAX theater there which, for my money, is the THE SINGLE BEST IMAX theater anywhere, and I've been to a bunch of them all over the U.S. I saw the new Star Trek movie in 3D there a few weeks ago, and it just blew me away!! Planning to see the new Superman movie in 3D there next week, and can hardly wait. I used to buy yearly passes to the museum and GV for myself and my daughter, but now live just a bit too far away to take full advantage of them anymore.
Anyway, in all honesty the photos themselves aren't doing a whole lot for me, even though they jog my memory to the many good times I've had there. I recognize and am familiar with all the subjects, and have shots of I think all of them as well. The compositions themselves are okay, but nothing really to write home about, IMHO.
It's the post processing that really isn't going over for me though. It's sort of buried the photos, and is making the post-processing itself the subject. It's difficult to see past it to the photos themselves, if you know what I mean. Most of it seems "muddy" to me from the overabundance of mid-tones. My "opinions" are:
Edison's lab and the machine shop photos need more contrast and edge detail, and way less on the mid-tones. The bike rider and statue of Henry, on the other hand, are way too dark to fully appreciate the subjects in them. Including so much sky but cutting off the woman's feet in the factory photo was not a good way to frame that image, in my opinion. The Dutch windmill shot has that muddy mid-tone dominance thing going again. The tall windmill looks tilted or skewed or something. The Wright Bros shop with the Model T is okay, but not really an attention-holder either. The tones of the church shot seem okay, but there's way too much uninteresting sky from my point of view - like the entire upper half of the composition - personally, I'd crop the snot out of it. The guy on the horse is probably the best of the lot, from my point of view, but would be even better if he was sharper and better isolated from the busy background, where it almost looks like the focus went to the house instead of the man.
Don't mean to disappoint, but that's my honest opinion, and that's all it is - one opinion.
That's cool.Thanks for your input.
Quite a few of them are HDR photos. The statue one is an hdr and I'm sure I could easily go back and make Henry not as dark. The Edison lab shot I can see what you mean. It was an hdr as well and it has way to many mods in it.
Ask for the sky in my shots. I don't know why but I've always enjoyed showing a lot of sky in a shot because I personally love looking at the sky.
So when I'm shooting and processing for my own satisfaction, which is most of the time, I just go with my own guts, whether that fits anyone else's idea of conventional, good, bad, right, wrong, beautiful, ugly, or whatever. It just doesn't matter much to me if it fits with what others deem acceptable or not, as long as I'm happy with it.
That's why I stress that my critique is "just one opinion".