Below the Hill


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I would really welcome some constructive criticism on this, thank you.
It was a freezing cold cloudy day with heavy rain and the sun popping out occasionally
22/05/2011 - 20:43autumnlight
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter Speed1/180
Aperturef/5.6
LensN/A
ISO200
Focal Length83mm
Views/Likes85/0
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nonur

Link Posted 22/05/2011 - 21:59
What an unusual shot, Maria! I like this!
Regards,
Nezih

Galoot

Link Posted 22/05/2011 - 22:41
Constructive Criticism, well if you ask 100 people, you will get 100 different answers.

This is my answer, others may have different views

There seems to be four different elements to the image, first we have the grave stones, then we have the field leading down to the road/fence and then there are the hills in the background, and lastly the sky.

Unfortunately, for me, there seems to be no connection between them.

Maybe a tighter shot on an individual stone, with the background out of focus, or the opposite, a blurry stone with the background sharp, or more of the stones using the 'rule of third's' as a starting point and less background, getting rid of the sky altogether.

See what I mean, I start giving one answer, then it develops into about 5 or 6 options.

The best option is the one YOU like most, because you are likely to get a different view form everyone else.

Sorry, didn't help much, did it
link

autumnlight

Link Posted 22/05/2011 - 23:15
Galoot wrote:
Constructive Criticism, well if you ask 100 people, you will get 100 different answers.

This is my answer, others may have different views

There seems to be four different elements to the image, first we have the grave stones, then we have the field leading down to the road/fence and then there are the hills in the background, and lastly the sky.

Unfortunately, for me, there seems to be no connection between them.

Maybe a tighter shot on an individual stone, with the background out of focus, or the opposite, a blurry stone with the background sharp, or more of the stones using the 'rule of third's' as a starting point and less background, getting rid of the sky altogether.

See what I mean, I start giving one answer, then it develops into about 5 or 6 options.

The best option is the one YOU like most, because you are likely to get a different view form everyone else.

Sorry, didn't help much, did it

You have helped me yes, thank you for taking the time to comment this is what i was hoping for, thank you again.
Kind regards Maria

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Last Edited by autumnlight on 22/05/2011 - 23:17

GIULIO57

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 06:55
I like it
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pauljay

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 07:15
A landscape where the constituent elements are not connected? That would refer to 9 out of 10 landscapes then! As Galoot goes on to say it is all down to what pleases you, but it is nice to get back up from other observers. I like the way that the angles sway the the view around the photo so that one gets to see the whole scene.
Nice one!
Paul.

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)
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yankee44
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szgabor

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 07:24
nonur wrote:
What an unusual shot, Maria! I like this!

I agree with you.
Regards,
Gábor
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trixie

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 07:50
I like the large scene Maria, and its very different for you, I would have like to have seen more graves, less countryside but the mood is set with the toning of the sepia colours the hill in the background with the mist certainly makes it moody,I think its a very photo Maria. Regards Trixie

thoramay

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 09:27
Maria. Can I borrow your eyes occasionally. For me, this is an unusual shot simply because of the grave stones in an apparent open area. To have captured it so effectively just makes me envious.
Yes!! It will be different things to different people. We could all have taken the shot differently.
You have held the detail in the grave stones effectively and at an angle that leads the eye into the rest of the scene.
The weather creates a mood that fits in with the grave stones, one of somberness, of loneliness and solitude. Just the sort of feeling I have in a cemetery.
For me, a very different shot from you, but very evocotive.
Brilliant.

regarads thoramay.

autumnlight

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 13:07
Thank you so much for viewing and commenting, i appreciate all your help.
Kind regards Maria

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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 18:40
Maria, this is so nearly there... what ever we say, you must not stop experimenting!

It's an arresting image with interesting and effective processing. There is no connection between foreground and hills but that's what makes it different!

I'm only irked by the truncated nature of the gravestones. Imagine how more visually satisfying the shot would have been had you included the bases of the graves.
Best wishes,

Andrew

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carkaci

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 19:25
Amazing !
Regards;

Emre

autumnlight

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 22:02
bwlch mawr wrote:
Maria, this is so nearly there... what ever we say, you must not stop experimenting!

It's an arresting image with interesting and effective processing. There is no connection between foreground and hills but that's what makes it different!

I'm only irked by the truncated nature of the gravestones. Imagine how more visually satisfying the shot would have been had you included the bases of the graves.

Thank you so much Andrew, the new part of the Cemetery doesn't have the atmosphere of the old part and is very regimented.
Kind regards Maria

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autumnlight

Link Posted 23/05/2011 - 22:02
carkaci wrote:
Amazing !

Thank you so much Emre.
Kind regards Maria

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