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pikaia
Mar 17, 2020 5:08 AM CST
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It occurred to me that most of the interest is on the right hand side of the picture, so I decided to adjust the tree on the left to compensate. at first I thought of making it a different colour, but then I decided to just make it lighter, with a bit more structure.

I also made the shadow of the folly a bit lower to match the angle of the sun better. I didn't attempt to ad vegetation to the wall of the folly because I don't really see how to do it convincingly, and i am not convinced that it needs it.

Anyway, I have done enough fiddling with it for now.

Thanks for all the comments!


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Leftwood
Mar 17, 2020 1:36 PM CST
I prefer the second one of the three. The darker shadow adds much needed depth to the image, and the lighter tree in the third image competes for attention. My eye darts back and forth between the folly and the tree. I don't think there is anything wrong with having most the interest on one side of the image, as long as it is still in balance.
Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Jun 12, 2020 9:32 PM CST
What about this photo? The focus isn't that great, and it isn't very detailed.


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William
Jun 24, 2020 2:18 AM CST

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I'm a bit late to this as I have been busy, but you are very much welcome to the forum, Kim. Welcome!

I like that the background although rather detailed is pretty much uniform, which helps to make the beautiful frog stand out better from the background. Smiling

In a situation like this, you might consider using a lower shooting angle, with the subject more turned against you, if possible. This will help the viewer connect better to the subject (the frog). It can also, depending on the camera and/or lens used, help to smooth out the background.

You could also consider a little less central composition. Normally a little more space in front of your subject and a little less behind goes a long way to improve composition.




Name: Kim
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KFredenburg
Jun 24, 2020 9:03 AM CST
Thank you for the reply and the information William! I will definitely keep what you said in mind.

By the way, that photo was taken by my iPad camera, so I will try to see if I can do what you told me to do with my pro camera Big Grin
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