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    1. In what area is critique to be sought?
    Any suggestions to improve the photo? I'm looking out for any fine tuning to improve.

    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    Exactly as it was taken.

    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    This photo was taken at 4+pm using a D600 with a 24-70 f2.8
    Allowed the sun to settle in a spot among the trees so that I can get some silhouette of the trees in the background.

    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture.
    Overall, I'm satisfied with this work. Am looking out for experienced members/moderators to give me any fine tuning improvements.

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    I'm no where near experienced but hopefully I can provide some useful advice. I would think the background should be more OOF so as to draw more attention to the subjects. And the lady's hands seem to be drawing attention away from the main subject as it's the brightest part of the foreground (other than the sun).. Her hands could be better positioned imo, but I'm no expert in posing so I can't really help you there. Also, you may want to adjust her hair as well, especially under her arm, or you could pp it away. PP wise you could probably give the picture a warmer feel, and maybe use complementary colours to make it better. Don't mind me editing your picture, but here's a rough idea of what I mean.. Name:  17.jpg
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Size:  195.6 KB. Reduced clarity a little and did some split toning (greener shadows and warmer highlights). Hope it's of some help.

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    Looked at your picture it makes more sense, thanks alot for the advice, I really see much insights to improve!

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    anyway with your advice and my mum's advice that the sun's too bright, this is the edited version


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    you should have used some fill flash. subjects are underexposed. I believe you were looking at only making the background a silhouette
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    the main subject is underexposed and the colours look flat. nice use of sunburst and flare. would prefer a cleaner background without the roof "poking" the back of the lady. can also crop away a bit of the top to draw more attention to the kiss.
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    The background is way way too distracting. The trees are dark, the subjects are dark, so the subjects do not stand out. The flare is not attractive and it became more of a distraction. Try to move yourself a little around to find a flare characteristic that is more pleasing. A cleaner background will be much nicer. Or at least blur out the background to make the subjects stand out more.
    Last edited by daredevil123; 25th March 2014 at 08:59 PM.

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    actually if you look carefully, the female subject is wearing floral print against a jungle background. good for camouflage

    please style your subjects too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeguang Dave Tan View Post


    1. In what area is critique to be sought?
    Any suggestions to improve the photo? I'm looking out for any fine tuning to improve.

    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    Exactly as it was taken.

    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    This photo was taken at 4+pm using a D600 with a 24-70 f2.8
    Allowed the sun to settle in a spot among the trees so that I can get some silhouette of the trees in the background.

    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture.
    Overall, I'm satisfied with this work. Am looking out for experienced members/moderators to give me any fine tuning improvements.
    Before i can see the entire pic, the over saturated purple chromatic spot in the flare is distracting me too much. It feels too out of place, sorry if i m harsh

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    No problem bro, you're right in it's distraction! Will take note!

    Quote Originally Posted by paulboh87 View Post
    Before i can see the entire pic, the over saturated purple chromatic spot in the flare is distracting me too much. It feels too out of place, sorry if i m harsh
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    An excellent insight for me, glad you pointed it out (:

    Quote Originally Posted by Shizuma View Post
    actually if you look carefully, the female subject is wearing floral print against a jungle background. good for camouflage

    please style your subjects too
    Nikon user, at the Heart of the image
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    Hmm will take note of the colours part, looking back it is indeed quite flat ):

    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    the main subject is underexposed and the colours look flat. nice use of sunburst and flare. would prefer a cleaner background without the roof "poking" the back of the lady. can also crop away a bit of the top to draw more attention to the kiss.
    Nikon user, at the Heart of the image
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1386147

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    Roger that. I totally get your point for the background. Kinda find the background an eyesore now, but then again the shot was spontaneous so next time I guess more planning is needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    The background is way way too distracting. The trees are dark, the subjects are dark, so the subjects do not stand out. The flare is not attractive and it became more of a distraction. Try to move yourself a little around to find a flare characteristic that is more pleasing. A cleaner background will be much nicer. Or at least blur out the background to make the subjects stand out more.
    Nikon user, at the Heart of the image
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1386147

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    The sunlight is really glaring their faces which is the main focus are right where the sun spot is so you look away from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jones24 View Post
    The sunlight is really glaring their faces which is the main focus are right where the sun spot is so you look away from it.
    expert has spoken.
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    Can see your intention. Not bad for a try! But I think you can move your camera in such a way that the sun burst is covered slightly by the faces only so the focus is probably on the back lighted faces but yet can see the nice flare at the same time. Just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizuma View Post
    expert has spoken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizuma View Post
    expert has spoken.
    Last edited by nitewalk; 31st March 2014 at 12:32 AM.

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