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What's wrong with these pictures?

I am guilty of posting most of my snaps in the Photo Fair section, when maybe some of them should have gone in Looking for improvement.


So, in the spirit of head in lions mouth, and also to encourage some mild critique - I'm going to put up a sequence of my shots for criticism. In my mind, some of these are ordinary, and I consider some of them quite nice.

It will be interesting to see what other folks think. Spot the mistake, name that cliche :-)

so here are a handful to start with.

Lee on Solent.


Down the farm.


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Re: What's wrong with these pictures?

First picture is what I call a record shot, of the Hovercraft. Ok, but not particularly inspiring. If it was the HC you wanted to record, then perhaps a different angle or different cropping. Technically works OK, might be livened up a bit with PP, more vivid perhaps. But maybe you were unable to move to another angle............

2nd and 3rd are OK photos. The title always helps I feel, makes it clear whether its a candid shot, and perhaps see the humour.......

All good for picture trail etc..........
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Re: What's wrong with these pictures?

First shot: Absolutely. Stuff chopped off on three sides. Dull day. Messy. Actually I would have loved to get inside that SRN4 - but as you guessed, it was in a secure compound so I had to hold the camera over a barbed wire gate to get any shot at all.

The third shot. Well, I think it is cropped too tight top and bottom. His boot is too close to the edge of frame and the chairs are chopped off. I am also not certain about both subjects facing out of frame... Oh, and did I add that rain? I honestly can't remember.

Any other comments folks?
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Re: What's wrong with these pictures?

I agree with the comments so far. re the 1st and 3rd.

The second is IMO the one that is "nice". in a sort of chocolate box manner. It takes a moment to realize that its a wheelbarrow (well I think it is anyway) its reasonably calm as a picture and therefore i quite like it. if you wanted to make it more recognizable then wider would be needed, but it doesn't make dramatic - bigger ivy leaves would have helped

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Re: What's wrong with these pictures?

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I agree with Mark on the first and it is a tough ask I reckon.

The second should have left the handle out and needs some PP to liven it up

maybe like this

Not my shot 2018-01 by Alf Branch, on Flickr

The third could have a few pixels added at the bottom to allow that room for his foot.
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Re: What's wrong with these pictures?

Yes, the rusty wheelbarrow presented itself and I gave it my best shot but I did feel it needed something else.

So, heres another picture from my Hannington days.

Whats the critique on this one?

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Re: What's wrong with these pictures?

I like that I would maybe crop a little off the bottom and clone out a couple of the twigs I like it though
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Re: What's wrong with these pictures?

I'd question whether anyone on the forum has the experience or the 'eye' to comment on another's work. I certainly do not!
Recently I have been turned off the type of photograph best described as 'what the camera saw'... I'm banging a drum, possibly, but I would encourage a 'point of view', a 'point of departure' so to differentiate from the average. This 'differentiation' takes a lot of time and experimentation. I'm putting the effort in but it's a slow process.
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Re: What's wrong with these pictures?

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I like that I would maybe crop a little off the bottom and clone out a couple of the twigs I like it though
The only way HC-B would crop was taking a pair of scissors diagonally across the negative. In other words he believed cropping should be done with the feet.
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Yes, the rusty wheelbarrow presented itself and I gave it my best shot but I did feel it needed something else.

So, heres another picture from my Hannington days.

Whats the critique on this one?

You've got the snow exposed correctly, correct at capture time obviously.
I have trouble with those smart exposure meters in the camera. I like to spot and correct, ie +2 stops in this example.
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I'd question whether anyone on the forum has the experience or the 'eye' to comment on another's work. I certainly do not!.
Ah but we have the experience of knowing what we like. Also being in possession of an opinion does make us correct. The OP needs only consider the opinion of other's and does not have to change anything if they do not wish.


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Re: What's wrong with these pictures?

Regarding exposure and metering.. I'm old school and i use centre weighting, also the AEL button and the compensation knob. In the case or the winter scene I probably metered the church and surrounding area but added +1 compensation .. so that might well give snow + 2 stops

Not certain about the twig. I kinda like it there, if I cover it up I think I gain as much as I lose. If it goes then there is too much plain foreground, so a crop would be in order.
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Re: What's wrong with these pictures?

So, now we are on a roll.. what do we think about this one..



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So, now we are on a roll.. what do we think about this one..



Salisbury cloisters at dusk.
No after you, dear boy It would be interesting to hear your own critique.
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