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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 July 2015 at 13:18
@gypsy_spiwit: That's a clear winner, Mark! Cheers... Brian
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 November 2015 at 22:28
@gregja: Hi Greg, while the foreground does add some depth to the the image, it provides no context for the viewer and it would be better if the scene beyond extended to the horizon. Please try again. Cheers... Brian
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lifesshort Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 December 2015 at 19:34
This was taken at the same time as the one for my Rule of Thirds assignment. I did, however, have this assignment in mind when I made the photo. If necessary, I can find another subject and make another submission at a later date. Thanks.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 December 2015 at 23:11
@lifesshort: I'll call that as pass, James. The foreground is not terribly interesting, but it does provide context and depth. So... on to your next assignment!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote UncleLimpy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 March 2016 at 01:24
Just so I'm clear on this one, we're using foreground interest as a compositional tool to add depth, like drawing the photo out, and I'm a little fuzzy on "context."

Is bokeh something we're looking for? Is the subject supposed to be the foreground object, or is the foreground object simply complimentary to the subject which would be the picture?

This is an image I took NOT for the sake of the assignment so I'm just offering this as an example, would this be something we're looking for or do I need a separation between subjects?



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Long story short I'm not sure if we just want depth behind a subject or a subject with something in the foreground? I'm having a hard time understanding "context."

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 March 2016 at 07:23
@ UncleLimpy, we're looking for an interesting foreground which leads the viewer to an interesting background.

So we're definitely not looking for a blurred background or bokeh shot.

I think the whole concept is explained (incl. a link to an external reference) in the first post of this thread
Mind the bandwidth of others, don't link pictures larger then 1024 wide or 960 pix high, see here
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gregja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 March 2016 at 07:42
Originally posted by bms44974 bms44974 wrote:

@gregja: Please try again. Cheers... Brian

Trying again:

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 March 2016 at 23:16
@gregja: There is not enough background in the first, but the second is a clear winner! You may proceed to your next assignment.

Cheers... Brian
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gregja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 April 2016 at 05:43
Great! Thanks!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote UncleLimpy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2016 at 05:12
Well I tried what the article suggested... and just lowered the camera a bit

I know the landscape isn't much to look at, but Nebraska makes finding a decent one tricky!



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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2016 at 23:58
@UncleLimpy: You seem to have the concept. The rocks certainly add depth to the image, but they do not add any context to the viewer in what is a rather plain background. A canoe and more dramatic sky would have done the trick at this location. Nebraska notwithstanding, the tilted horizon, use of fill flash, and slightly OOF shoreline across the lake are working against you, too. Please try again.

Cheers... Brian

P.S. Enhancing the contrast and adding some sharpening and a gradient mask to the sky would help as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote UncleLimpy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2016 at 00:05
With a little work it turned out okay aesthetically, but I thought post was not allowed for these?



p.s. not looking for an easy pass, so don't be too nice!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 April 2016 at 00:58
@UncleLimpy: MUCH nicer. Adjusting levels is fine. We only ask that you compose the image in-camera (crop from one side is allowed). Unfortunately, the tilted horizon and OOF background are not so easily fixed. Cheers... Brian
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