My Best Shot Ever

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  1. Tropicalmemories

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    Very nice image - but your best shot may be your next one.


     
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    so true i guess shoulda made it so far lol
     
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    I think it’s the opposite, at least it is for me. The more experienced I get the pickier I become and the fewer “keepers” I have. The more you know the more flaws you see. I’ve becone pretty brutal about deleting stuff that’s less than what I wanted. The only exceptions are family and vacation photos as those are taken more for the memories. The ones I take just for me, I don’t keep as many as I used to.
     
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    Things I like. The shot is crisp, the exposure is good and conveys the icy mood, I also like the tone and mood and texture.

    Critiques. Absolutely agree it is too busy. My eye instantly goes all over the image trying to figure out what’s is going on. Cropping wouldn’t really help that.

    If I was trying to capture an artistic image from this scene I would maybe consider isolating one particular element and use a longer exposure with some water blur. I would also think black and white with higher contrast.
     
  5. JosephH

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    Thanks and I am not a fan of blurring water. it ruins it in my opinion. there are instances where a light blur would look good, however it would ruin this image as the violence of the water is what makes the image.

    I have talked this over with several people about what is so busy about the photo and how to adjust it and most agree you cannot change anything without ruining the photo. at most a light crop across the top.

    I guess thats art for you its just a matter of personal taste. but thanks for your critique it matches several others on the busy however there is no other way around the image than busy its nature and that view is nature at its most violent beauty
     
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    One thing funny is you see images of woods etc with hundreds of trees in it and no real depth of field and some of the same people say that isnt busy. so how do you justify one as busy and another not? now to me they are busy as everything is in focus no real depth of field and if they shot one tree in sharp focus and the others slightly blurred then it would be a totally different image and not as busy
     
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    Don’t be so resistant to criticism when it comes from people with decades more experience.
     
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    I didn’t read every other post so sorry if this has been discussed already but imo this scene is “busy” because the lines are all over the place. The branches are going several different ways, the water another, and there are no real leading lines to the subject. This is just not that easy to look at. Now, that is not a knock on the technical aspects of the photo as capturing the right exposure with this type of scene is difficult and I agree with not blurring the water but... Compositionally, I think a different angle with maybe a wider perspective that somehow leads the eye to the subject by using those branches would improve this. I viewed the rest of the set on Flickr and don’t see any other takes in this scene so maybe that was the only angle? If so, maybe some dodge and burn to darken the background and better isolate the subject would eliminate some of the “busy” aspects of this.
     
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    Ok thanks I wasn't resistant I am just new to this and didn't understand what they were meaning by busy. Also like I said my feet were in the water so this is the only angle to shoot it from unless it was summer and the water was way down but then wouldn't have the ice
     
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    I just needed an interpretation of what busy meant because I am thinking one thing like too many objects in the photo and not like SquarePeg posted. when people say they are new just a word explaining why its not right doesn't help much if the term isn't explained. I have broad shoulders and can be ripped apart and wont hurt my feelings. but trying to understand why people are seeing something I am not without knowing what they are saying is like me trying to understand a foreigner in a foreign language.
     
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    I gotcha. I don’t really use the term busy. A better way to describe it would be lacking in interest or flat. Try and compose a photo in such a way to show depth and lead the viewers eye into the scene. It is one reason why blurred water works so well. Your eye follows it. When I first saw this photo my eye darted around and I found myself trying to figure it out.
     

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