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    Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Ruttenberg View Post
    Nice. I like to do similar as well. Stood in a river once to shoot a small damn in South Carolina.
    I put the viewer's feet in the water, not mine. Well, usually! LOL!

    One cannot crop to a good image if one is not there. If the image does not do the subject justice, the image failed. Why did you put it in this thread of "Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month" thread?

    Edited to add: I realized that my question might sound rhetorical and disrespectful -- but it just part of the image's critique. Sometimes the subject can over-power a poorly composed image -- such subjects as flying saucers, movie stars, trail wrecks (meant train wrecks, but as a mule packer I have had the former!) and so forth.

    If this subject was photographed well from this viewpoint and could be enlarged into a bedsheet-sized print, then the viewer might be able to walk in closer to see the detail and get the sense of scale.
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    You cannot get closer to the edge than I was, hence you get foreground that does not add to it. There is a fence since people are only allowed in this area to view the mine. I suppose I could have used a longer lens, but then you would lose out on its vastness. This thing is really, really huge. I put it here because there is more to learn than composition. Light, shadow, etc. Plus, I put images here to invoke conversation and for us to study. And hopefully encourage others who may be hesitant to post here that they should.

    For this image, it is a more than a snap shot and critiques received will help for my next visit to this mine. Perhaps I can find a different vantage point that I did not know about. Lastly, I never take a critique as harsh or mean even if intended that way. It is how I learn and others as well. It also does not mean I will alter my final image because of the critiques. I more often than not, leave the image as I envisioned even if a change makes sense. Other times, I go back and play with it because the critiques given bolster my reservations about the image or something in it that I cannot put my finger on, but know it is there.

    If I can redo the image better, I would consider a wall-sized mural of it. Currently I can only do a 24 inch wide by however long print. If I get a new printer, I may be able to do one that is 8 foot by however long. Assuming I can improve this image to be worth that effort.

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    Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    I've often said this to other photographers - sometimes, the most important component of a good photograph is access. This is related to the old adage of "if your photo isn't good enough, you're not close enough." Some of my best images were made by getting access to a place that I wouldn't normally be able to get into, or putting in the effort to get to a hard-to-reach place.

    Anyway, I'm not really feeling the image, but what does interest me is the shades of grey on the hills. This crop would equate to a really long lens (medium format perhaps more applicable) and I would say early/late light from a flattering perspective might make it work:

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    Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Ruttenberg View Post
    ... Plus, I put images here to invoke conversation and for us to study. And hopefully encourage others who may be hesitant to post here that they should...
    Ah, then you do not consider it your best from last month. A general critique thread is a good thing to have.
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    Ah, then you do not consider it your best from last month. A general critique thread is a good thing to have.
    Agreed. There was one, somewhere, in the Image Sharing subforum. I'll look...

    Ah, here it is:

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    Good! I liked your best photograph of the month idea -- it was keeping the number of new images down to a level where we had time to critique each one before it got buried with additional images to critique.
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    I agree as well with best image of the month, but I was not seeing very many of them show up. Even after I took a month or two off. Maybe we should update it to 1 a week. A general critique is good as well. Again, I put my work out there both for critique and to encourage others to do so.

    I agree with the patterns of light and dark and considered a longer lens, but it was like 120F outside at 2 in the afternoon. I felt like I was in a broiler as there was no shade at all. Perhaps I will go back this weekend as we are in the middle of monsoon season so it could provide for a much better drama shot. As for my image, I consider it one of the better ones, I was just pointing out that the blotchiness was most likely due to one of my first attempts at developing. The item I dislike the most from the image is the foreground. I will see if I can talk to somebody and get a different access. Although, they may not want to give it, may be afraid I am an undercover gov't agent.

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    Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    One a month, please.
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    Re: Your Best Photograph from the Previous Month - Critique and Discussion Encouraged

    Also the concept of it being the best from the month is what makes it appealing, also -- a different take on "What's wrong with the print. How can I make it better?" discussions. This format can encourage critiquing the why over the usual how and here's what to change to make it better.

    I'd post images, but I haven't printed in awhile -- lots of new negs (5x7 and 11x14). But I got some printing scheduled for next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Ruttenberg View Post
    as there was no shade at all.
    I'll play contrarian again ("creeds and schools in abeyance," y'all) but I'm kind of feeling this one as well--I think the main issue is simply the harsh lighting that doesn't let the eye be drawn to the breaker complex in the center of the frame. If that's the case, I'd break out all the PS tricks in the book: vignetteing especially, but also a lot of brush work, some selective sharpening, and maybe a split-tone, all in the interest of moving our eye around the frame.

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