Several blocks of Irving St. are closed to vehicles and have been turned into park-like spaces. I'm not sure this truly qualifies as landscape, but this seemed like the closest match. Any and all critiques would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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I agree with Gerold: crop off the street and curb at the bottom of the image, as it distracts from the composition above it.
I realize this is a night scene, captured with ambient illumination, which makes the lighting appear a bit flat and two-dimensional. Would you consider increasing the overall contrast a bit, and a bit of sharpening? It may provide some perception of three-dimensional depth.
You can do this with the Levels or Curves tools in Photoshop, or a combination of the two.
Nice, thought provoking composition with an aura of mystery about it.
Thank you for posting it.
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I am going to disagree with my peers on this one. I like the composition and the inclusion of the curb and more even more so the cut away access. My eyes right away noticed the curb, found the access and followed the slightly brighter bricks right to the bench which is placed exactly on the rule of thirds line. I glanced at the area with the bench for a bit and then moved on to the many other items in the scene. Cropping this image in a way that removes all of the curb IMO would make the image at the bottom feel cramped. I do agree with the scene being a little flat and that it could use a little sharpening. I hope you enjoy your stay here at Nikonians. You will find many wonderful photographers always willing to lend a helping hand if needed. Thanks for sharing this image.
Thanks to both of you for the thoughtful comments. I've gone back and forth about the street, I think there's a case to be made with or without. I'm going to take another look at it without. (By the way,my current teacher, an excellent pro with 40+ years experience, likes it). I've also worked with sharpening and contrast, but I think I prefer it the way it is, feels a bit more mysterious. This is probably just a matter of taste.
Fair enough Martin on the contrast & sharpening. One of the things I enjoy most about Nikonians is the diverse points of views. It has played a huge part in me growing as a photographer over the years. Since this is the landscape thread and not really the critique thread would you mind if I posted an edited version of this image here?
I don't mind at all if you post an edited version, in fact I would love to see what you do. Thank for taking the time to do this. I looked again at the photo with the curb cropped out, and I still think, all things considered, that it's needed.
Wow. Your version certainly transforms the photo, gives it a completely different mood. I'm really impressed that you were able to sharpen it so much without it looking noisy and artificial. I suspect most people would prefer this. Still, I have to say it's not the look I wanted; if anything I'm trying to move farther from realistic. But I'm very impressed nonetheless. Thank you.
Actually I "sharpened" it very little. What you are seeing is the difference in contrast mostly. I completely understand the want to move or push past realistic. Some of my own work is in this category, bordering on hyper realistic or surreal.
Thanks again, Scott. I've learned a thing or two from everyone's comments (I've been shooting only since July, so I'm still on the steep part of that learning curve.) And congratulations on your contest-winning photo: a handsome image and a beautiful tractor - a very fortunate find (good things come to those who are prepared.)