Posted Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:58AM
Dear friends in spirit,
I recently had this image:
rejected with the standard Bad lighting reason. What do you think?
Posted Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:16AM
I think this is another case where it's as much about composition as about lighting. I think you were attracted by the shadow of the tree, but the angle of the shot and the metal item at left have spoiled your aim.
How would a shot like this be used by a designer?
Posted Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:26AM
Thanks for your comment, Whiteway, it's very much appreciated!
Actually I was not only attracted to the shadow of the tree but also to the red color of the hydrant in the otherwise black and withe image.
Posted Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:21AM
^ It is your divided attention that leads to the viewer's divided attention.
I don't think that your composition successfully combines the two different subjects to produce a useable / saleable result.
Posted Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:33AM
It does look a bit "flat and grey" to me. An S curve adjustment to bring the mid range brightness up some while keeping the shadow contrast makes it look better IMO. As far as compsotion goes I'd agree with Roger. There's no clear subject that draws the eye.
You would have had a better shot by getting the hydrant more or less full height in the frame with the textured background to the left as copy space.
Posted Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:34AM