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I's time for my fourth #photofeedback already. I'm pumped by the fact that people like my posts and I look forward to write more of these for you in the near future. Your comments motivate me and make me want to improve this series as much as I can. I need you guys for this! So if you have comments about improving this series in any way possible, please leave them as a reply on this post. I will read them and use them for improvement of this account.
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My fourth feedback will be of a picture by @deborahmack, which she shot for the Monday Red Colorchallenge. As her profile tells you, she loves photography and she has uploaded some amazing shots! Please visit her profile and leave her some upvotes and a follow, you won't regret it!
The picture I'm about to review was shot in Canada, at the Fisgard Lighthouse. This was the first lighthouse on the west coast of Canada and it was built in 1860! The lighthouse is located adjacent to Fort Rodd Hill, which was used to defend Victoria from naval threats.
Some first impressions:
- The first thing I see when looking at this picture is the horizon falling to the left. This is very distracting, but luckily easily fixed!
- Pictures of lighthouses always have a certain calm over them. This one has a few distractions though: the people in the lower left draw the attention to them, which is unwanted. In my opinion, the ship on the left is also a bit distracting.
- I like the crop of this image. The little island on which the lighthouse is located is cropped off the picture a bit, but I actually quite like this. It makes me focus on the lighthouse, which is the subject of this picture. It is always pleasing if a picture makes you focus on the subject immediately, instead of having to look at a lot of distractions before seeing the beauty of the subject.
- The diagonal line of the road leading to the lighthouse gives this picture a bit of flavor. Diagonal lines often make pictures more dynamic and playful. I think if the diagonal line wasn't shown in this picture, it would look a bit more boring, which isn't what you want.
- I really like the (horizontal) angle this was shot at. You can see two sides of the house, which gives depth to the subject. If this picture was shot head on, it would have lost a lot of its power.
- The lighthouse is quite high, which could be emphasized more by shooting this picture from a lower (vertical) angle. You would lose the diagonal line of the road in that case, but I think the more impressive looking lighthouse would make up for that.
- This photo was used for the 'Colorchallenge: Monday Red' and you can immediately see why. Red is the most prominent color in this picture. I like this a lot. The red of the house is a bit washed out though. This could use a bit more saturation in my opinion.
- The rocks at the bottom of the lighthouse are a bit dark. I think if I up the shadows a bit, they would look more pleasing.
Considering these impressions, I imported this photo into Lightroom and made some minor adjustments. This is the end result:
As you can see, the picture has a bit more noise in it now. This is because it is a small sized JPEG and when I upped the contrast and exported the image, the noise became more visible. But it doesn't bother me too much.
What did I do and why?
- I straightened the horizon to make the image way more calm. The focus now shifted more to the lighthouse.
- I cropped off the people on the lower left with the same intention as straightening the horizon: making this picture more pleasing to look at by removing distractions.
- The last distraction I edited out was the ship. I normally don't like it to remove objects from my photo by using spot removal. I prefer to wait for the distraction to disappear and then shoot the picture. But in this case, I removed the ship with spot removal and I like the way it worked out. It isn't removed perfectly though (which is easier in Photoshop), you can see that the horizon is crooked a tiny bit now but it isn't distracting me.
- I upped the contrast while brightening the shadows. The transition from lighter parts to shadows are more accentuated now, but the shadows became a little brighter. This is clearly visible in the rocks. They have more detail and are a bit brighter.
- I decreased the highlights to show some more detail and color in the sky.
- I upped the whites to make the tower of the lighthouse whiter, instead of more grayish.
- I added a very little amount of overall saturation. The blue in the sky and the green on the rocks are a bit more lively now.
- The saturation of the reds in the picture was most important to me. Especially when considering this photo was originally uploaded for a red colorchallenge. So i added a bit more saturation in the reds!
- A little vignette was added to shift the focus to the lighthouse even more.
What would I do differently?
- I would try to wait for the distractions to leave the frame and then shoot the image, this saves you some editing (which is always better in my opinion).
- I would shoot the picture from a lower angle and then see what happens. Maybe the shot would improve, maybe not.
- I know (by researching on Google) that the fort is very close to the lighthouse. Maybe including a bit of the fort in your picture would add more story to it by showing that this place was used for defense of the Canadian coast.
@deborahmack did a good job shooting this picture. The main things (horizon, people and ship) that were making this photo less pleasant to look at were easily removed. She did a good job on the composition/crop and especially the horizontal angle it was shot at. In the end, these things are the hardest part of photography. If you understand composition, the rest will come more easily in my opinion. Deborah definitely has an eye for photography and I really hope she will keep improving and entertain us with her shots and blogs.
Thank you very much @deborahmack for letting me review your picture! It's great to do this work, because it makes me look at photos in a different way. This helps me to improve my own skills, while helping others improve theirs.
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