Heya, this critique will be for the Feedback Frenzy so I hope you enjoy ^-^
the first thing that comes to mind when I see this photograph is that I love how eerie it is. The fog has really created quite a spooky atmosphere. It's hard to know exactly what to say about the photograph though at the same time because when I look at it I see it as how it is and appreciate it as that but I can also see it being an AMAZING piece without the foreground in as a landscape of just the trees and reflections. But, to comment on it as how it is now:- At first I wasn't sure what to make of the sign or whether I liked it or not but I've come to the conclusion that I do quite like it being there it leaves the viewer open to interpretation to make of it what they will and use their minds to fill the sign with what they find appropriate. The choice for this to be in B&W it a very good one and really creates this quite eerie mood and tone that fits the composition perfectly. Your rule of thirds is really what stands out here though to be honest, the very foreground seems almost as if it doesn't quite belong in the picture and yet the harsh, sharp textured plants go extremely well with the tone of the overall image, the foreground and background however look quite magical even ... I feel like if I dropped into the water I'd disappear and come back up again in a different world or place, somewhere of colour Obviously with the conditions being foggy and quite dark you've picked up on this atmosphere well but I do wish slightly that there were slightly more contrast between the trees in the background and the sky through the use of the curves tool. Personally I probably would've completely kept out the stuff in the very foreground and simply shot the trees and reflection as a landscape to create a beautiful scene but I can see why you kept them in here witht he mood and tone you're going for. Overall, very lovely, eerie scene <3
Black and white works amazingly well here, and I love the contrast between the darker greys in the foreground and lighter background. The fog makes it seem almost surreal and very interesting to look at. I really enjoy how the photo is split into thirds, and find it neat that they get increasingly darker. It really drew my eye through the whole image. There's nothing bad for me to say; it's just fantastic. I love the almost creepy tone that pops through thanks to the fog mixed with the calm tone I associate with grey. Very nice. Favourited~ :3
Greetings, my name is Westley and this is a critique for Feedback Frenzy. First of all, the mood and tone of this image caught my eye instantly! You achieved a near perfect tonal balance here. Your shadows and highlights are only a hair from being the darkest and lightest they could have been while still retaining detail, but that's a much better place to be in then pushing them too far and blowing them out. The composition is really nice and adheres to the rule of thirds nicely. What I find truly unique about this piece is how each segment of it stands on it's own. The foreground holds the perfect amount of information and focus to introduce the viewer to the image without being too strong and taking away from the rest of the photograph. I really like how the sign doesn't have anything written on it allowing the viewer to fill in their own interpretation and have a closer relationship with it. The middle ground being the reflection is my favorite part of the piece. It seems to be much more than just water and reflections but a portal of sorts into a stranger and more subconscious plane. I almost feel that the secrets and dreams of the residents of the houses above are somewhere in the bottom of that river waiting to be discovered. The top section of the photograph is the least interesting to me but it serves as the background and does it's job well. The background is very balanced in the frame which is something that can be hard to achieve sometimes. One more technical aspect that you nailed is the parallel lines are all straight which is crucial to a shot like this. The fog is the icing on the cake here Overall, a wonderful and eerie piece. There is not much of anything I can find wrong with this piece. Amazing job!
Critique for FF:First off, I love the use of black and white here. It is very carefully done and not over-contrasted, so the fog is still apparent and shows the different levels of depth in the vegetation on the other side of the river / lake. Personally, I would have found a way to walk forward and not photograph the sign and vegetation on my side, focusing on the trees and their reflection on the water only. That would further emphasize the beauty of the scene, without the interruption by the rusty sign and human litter on the other side. Another good idea would be to attempt a landscape image here, and not portrait. That way you could fit in more of the view on the other side and its reflections on the water. Slightly more brightness (in post-processing) would also be helpful. The focus is perfect, though, and the generally the photography techniques are very nicely applied, with the 'horizon' line placed above and below the middle of the photograph. Keep shooting! Photography is all about practice and you are definitely on the right track!
Thank you for the critique! Yeah, I did have a few shots in which the front part was not cropped out, but I felt that there was more meaning to the photo with the sign left in Yeah haha, my dad is always telling me to take landscape photos with a landscape setting Thanks so much!