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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 July 2014 at 18:26
@MacManus: You are very close, Christophe, but not quite there. A few steps back and you would have had more of the scenery in the background. Please try again.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote MacManus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 July 2014 at 09:26
Hello Brian,
Thanks for the feedback.
You mean I was too close from the cow and the background is not striking enough?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 July 2014 at 15:23
@MacManus: exactly
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MacManus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 July 2014 at 19:41
Thanks Brian. I hope I have now better understood the assignment.
Let's check with another attempt from the same series.

Same gear (A99, Tamron 28-75/2.8 @ 28mm)
Priority A, f/16, 1/60s, ISO 250
RAW processed using RawTherapee (processing different from the first attempt)


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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 July 2014 at 11:44
@MacManus: That's good enough for a pass, Christophe. I would have liked to have had the whole cow in the frame (again by backing up a few meters), but the foreground element provides both context and depth for a very nice scene. Cheers... Brian
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MacManus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 July 2014 at 19:28
@Brian: Thanks for the comments and explanation
Now starting to think about the next assignment...
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 August 2014 at 12:18
Here's my first attempt at foreground interest.

The foreground interest is the dinghy on the beach inviting the viewer to explore the background of Mount Hope Bay and Mount Hope Bridge.

Distractions are the sloping horizon, the bright white line of cloud above the mast of a boat hidden behind the reeds, lens flare and the noisy image caused by using a high ISO (I didn't have my tripod with me I so had to go hand held).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 August 2014 at 14:44
@clk230: Despite the distractions and tilt, it's good enough for a pass on the assignment. The boat provides both context and depth to the image. The distractions are mostly on the left and might have been avoided by turning the camera a few degrees to the right (assuming that there were not some other distractions outside of the current field of view. This would also have placed the boat further to the left (a better position for it IMHO).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2014 at 01:01
@Brian: Appreciate the suggestions. Big improvement I think.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 August 2014 at 03:04
@clk230: Excellent, James! That one goes in the merit gallery.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gary C Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 September 2014 at 23:52
It has been a long time since I've done any of these assignments, I've been busy elsewhere, and have been posting a lot to Flickr. But, I'm always recommending these Assignments to Sony and Minolta shooters so that they can improve their photography as well. I felt remiss, however, in that I wasn't doing them, so I'm back.

I've been beating myself trying to find something with the proper Foreground interest, so I was out today, and I have a few photos. I'm actually going to go backwards from the one I least think is going to work to the one I hope will work. The reason for that is I want to see what others think.



Ooops, forgot to put the Important Data here.

Sony SLT-A58
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 at f/22, Focal length was 60mm
Exposure is 1/125 in Aperture priority
ISO 400
No Flash


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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 September 2014 at 15:12
@Gary C: While your foreground elements certainly add depth to the image, they don't provide much in the way of context and seem a bit of a distraction to me. Please try again. Cheers... Brian
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Brian,
I expected as much. Again, I'm looking for where the line is, so to speak.

I don't think this one is going to pass muster either, the more I look at it. This was shot the same day for the same assignment, but it's kind of busy, but I'm going to post it anyway.



The focus point is the anchor and U.S. Flag, and the foreground interest are the posts leading up to it. However, because of the trees in the background, and the more I look at it, the flag itself, become a distraction. I took a few more photos the next day (yesterday) and I'll see what became of those as far as Foreground interest.

For me, this is a difficult assignment because of my location and the lack of any real 'background' landscape.

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@Gary C: I'm afraid your assessment is the same as mine. You may have more luck in an elevated location (hill-top, etc.) or place with an expanse of open area (i.e. lake or open field) where you have some background to work with. Please try again.

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