Olympus UK E-System User Group
Olympus UK E-System User Group

Join our unique resource for Olympus Four Thirds E-System DSLR and Pen and OM-D Micro Four Thirds photographers. Show your images via our free e-group photo gallery. Please read the e-group.uk.net forum terms and conditions before posting for the first time. Above all, welcome!


Go Back   Olympus UK E-System User Group > Show your photos > Looking for improvement

Looking for improvement This is the e-group critique board. If you post a picture here it will be assumed that you are looking for comprehensive technical feedback - both good and bad, but always respectful. Only post pictures here if you can deal with potentially negative constructive criticism. Anyone is qualified to comment and post feedback, and everyone is encouraged to do so. NB: "Looking for Improvement" is the place to post any pictures you would like advice on improving, no matter how bad you might think they are.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 13th January 2015
KeithL KeithL is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 4,942
Thanks: 366
Thanked 462 Times in 438 Posts
Likes: 1,462
Liked 1,382 Times in 810 Posts
House beyond the trees

Seeing a number of misty tree shots lately, I thought it might be interesting to post this shot, taken last summer. I wanted it to have a kind of menacing atmosphere. There is something in the grass in front of the house that I have now cloned out in the full-sized photo; but I'm not worrying about it for this. I wondered what you might think about this picture?
[IMG][/IMG]

Thanks for looking and any comments.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 13th January 2015
Wee man's Avatar
Wee man Wee man is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Newcastle Co. Down N. Ireland
Posts: 8,005
Thanks: 2,392
Thanked 1,156 Times in 1,031 Posts
Likes: 281
Liked 1,236 Times in 805 Posts
Re: House beyond the trees

Yes has a scary approach if you look at it. Sorry only noticed it is in LFI section so I have not been very helpful, maybe darken the sky.
__________________
Ed

What if the Hokey Cokey is what its all about?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 13th January 2015
jdal's Avatar
jdal jdal is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Northumberland
Posts: 4,052
Thanks: 129
Thanked 503 Times in 439 Posts
Likes: 203
Liked 665 Times in 283 Posts
Re: House beyond the trees

For me, I think there is a bit too much dark woodland to the left, I'd crop down to the left hand 3 and a half tree trunks, with a little of top and bottom to preserve the shape.

Ideally I'd like to see the house with a bit more clarity so it stands out a little as an entity, but without losing it's menace which it mostly gets from it's surroundings.
__________________
John

m4/3: E-P2, EM-5, 100-300, 14-42mm 12-50mm, 45mm, panny 14mm. 4/3: 7-14 + Flashes & tripods & stuff

"Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints".

Flickr gallery
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 13th January 2015
KeithL KeithL is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 4,942
Thanks: 366
Thanked 462 Times in 438 Posts
Likes: 1,462
Liked 1,382 Times in 810 Posts
Re: House beyond the trees

Quote:
Originally Posted by jdal View Post
For me, I think there is a bit too much dark woodland to the left, I'd crop down to the left hand 3 and a half tree trunks, with a little of top and bottom to preserve the shape.

Ideally I'd like to see the house with a bit more clarity so it stands out a little as an entity, but without losing it's menace which it mostly gets from it's surroundings.
Hi John
M'mm; I arranged it like that to keep the house as near as I could on an intersection of two thirds lines. I could get a bit more detail in the trees, but thereby hangs a tale. I used my SX50, and a fog/mist filter; probably due to the small sensor, the camera didn't like the filter, and it gave a slightly odd result. Notice the haloes around the leaves? That's the filter! If we're honest, we can't really simulate fog with a filter.

I'll try some different ideas later.
Thx.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 13th January 2015
Ralph Harwood's Avatar
Ralph Harwood Ralph Harwood is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Wirral
Posts: 1,822
Thanks: 213
Thanked 294 Times in 274 Posts
Likes: 765
Liked 412 Times in 254 Posts
Re: House beyond the trees

Hi there Keith!

The filter explains why the house is as misty as the nearby trees - if you did follow Johns recommendation for extra clarity on the house it may make the picture look slightly odd - with the distant house sharp, but the near trees misty. I agree with Ed that a slightly darker sky would make the image more brooding and scary though.

Cheers,

Ralph.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 13th January 2015
KeithL KeithL is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 4,942
Thanks: 366
Thanked 462 Times in 438 Posts
Likes: 1,462
Liked 1,382 Times in 810 Posts
Re: House beyond the trees

Updated image, folks:
[IMG][/IMG]

How does that grab you?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 14th January 2015
Phill D's Avatar
Phill D Phill D is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Derbyshire
Posts: 10,073
Thanks: 1,203
Thanked 1,450 Times in 1,339 Posts
Likes: 1,128
Liked 2,438 Times in 1,156 Posts
Re: House beyond the trees

Much better I'd say Keith but I'd probably go a bit further and crop more from all sides especially the lhs which doesn't do much for the image and upsets the balance at the moment for me. I'd say this was a case for breaking the rules. A bit darker house too would help the scary mood I think. But not too dark or you'd loose the depth feeling.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 14th January 2015
pandora's Avatar
pandora pandora is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 16,764
Thanks: 903
Thanked 1,548 Times in 1,499 Posts
Likes: 2,025
Liked 4,428 Times in 1,997 Posts
Re: House beyond the trees

My take on it Keith ...spooky, eh !

Though I reckon Tom photofix would have fun with this...
__________________
My Flickr

* mark * Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia **
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II * OM-D M5 MkII * XZ2 * XZ1 * E3
On post-processing: The camera kneads the dough, PP bakes the bread - Greenhill
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 15th January 2015
KeithL KeithL is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 4,942
Thanks: 366
Thanked 462 Times in 438 Posts
Likes: 1,462
Liked 1,382 Times in 810 Posts
Re: House beyond the trees

Definitely different, Mark!

You may be interested to hear that it's the Edwardian house at Sutton Hoo Saxon burial ground, Tranmer house, owned by a Mrs Pretty.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 15th January 2015
pandora's Avatar
pandora pandora is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 16,764
Thanks: 903
Thanked 1,548 Times in 1,499 Posts
Likes: 2,025
Liked 4,428 Times in 1,997 Posts
Re: House beyond the trees

Thanks Keith!

That is an interesting history, recently watched a doco on a cemetery in London somewhere, a forensic investigation into determining the identity of skeletal remains dug up from what was in the 19th century, a paupers grave. Through town records the team succeeded in establishing the name of the 18 year old female prostitute who had died of syphilis. Can't recall the name of the cemetery, but the word "Bones" was part of it. You may know what it was.
__________________
My Flickr

* mark * Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia **
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II * OM-D M5 MkII * XZ2 * XZ1 * E3
On post-processing: The camera kneads the dough, PP bakes the bread - Greenhill
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 16th January 2015
KeithL KeithL is offline
Full member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 4,942
Thanks: 366
Thanked 462 Times in 438 Posts
Likes: 1,462
Liked 1,382 Times in 810 Posts
Re: House beyond the trees

Yes Mark
I can remember the programme and the cemetery, but can't remember the name of it. There has been a series of forensic archaeology programmes; one interesting one was about skeletons found down a well in Norwich. I turned out they were Jewish people, killed and thrown down the well in, I think, the 13th century.

Sutton Hoo was the site of the greatest find of Anglo Saxon treasure ever; believed to be the ship burial of Raedwald, King of the East Angles. It's a strange site high above the estuary of the River Deben in Suffolk.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
House Sparrow takes over House Martin's nest brian1208 Foto Fair 9 24th May 2014 01:00 PM
One of my top 10 trees jdal Foto Fair 27 22nd January 2013 09:23 AM
Everywhere Trees StephenL Looking for improvement 21 2nd January 2012 07:40 AM
Where would we be without trees jdal Foto Fair 5 25th May 2011 01:45 PM
Three trees Kiwi Paul Foto Fair 2 20th December 2010 08:06 PM


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:18 AM.


The Write Technology Ltd, 2007-2019, All rights reservedAd Management plugin by RedTyger