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    Re: Images FOR CRITIQUE

    Quote Originally Posted by h2oman View Post
    Have at it, both from a technical/aesthetic viewpoint and whether or not it is just boring!

    If I shot this I would shoot it in color and move in close with a wide angle lens to give it more impact. I would try to darken the sky with a polarizer also. I might move more to the front of the truck but still include the water tower.

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    Re: Images FOR CRITIQUE

    My three cents: (1) I would avoid the water tower "growing out of the hood of the truck" by finding a different camera angle. (2) I would also look for an angle which didn't have the shrubs in front obscuring the lower half of the truck, assuming that the truck is the reason I'm taking the picture. I suspect a more frontal angle might resolve those issues.

    Since you raised the question of "simply boring" my own response is that taking pictures of an old truck depends whether the truck is meaningful to you; as a viewer I go "ho hum" to pictures of old, sometimes rusting, cars and trucks because unless there is something special about the image, it has been done hundreds of times before, often in this forum's own threads.

    Technically, in terms of sharpness and focus, I think the image is done well. IMOH, suggesting that you use color or filters which you may not own, is a level of suggestion beyond an image critique. For example, I found sufficient tone in the sky just as you have shown it. Would a bunch of fluffy white clouds have been nicer? Probably, but unless you were going to return to the scene daily until you found the perfect photogenic weather, again, beyond the scope of a critique.

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    Re: Images FOR CRITIQUE

    I would have lined-up the pipe extending down from the water tower with the spigot on the radiator which would seem to imply that the radiator is being filled by the tower, Doing that would have shown more of the left headlight which is somewhat cut-off.

    Just my two cents.

    Thomas

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    Re: Images FOR CRITIQUE

    Quote Originally Posted by tgtaylor View Post
    I would have lined-up the pipe extending down from the water tower with the spigot on the radiator which would seem to imply that the radiator is being filled by the tower, Doing that would have shown more of the left headlight which is somewhat cut-off.

    Just my two cents.

    Thomas
    That's funny, because I was intentionally trying not to line them up! Of course that line of thinking didn't occur to me at the time. That's probably the biggest thing wrong with the image - I was just trying to make an image with the truck and the water tower, with no thought as to what they had to do with each other!

    I'll offer something else next time that might have a bit more merit.

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    Re: Images FOR CRITIQUE

    Yeah, I do it all the time myself. It pays to step back for a minute or two...or five, and really examine the composition instead of rushing to trip the shutter. But a lot of times you're worrying about people coming into the scene, changing light, etc., and you're rushed. It's only after you have the print in hand that you can sit back and examine it like you should have done initially.

    Thomas

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