Let me know what you think.
colours are good, i believe it's taken on film?
overall seems slightly under, not sure what mood you are trying to achieve. given the tilted horizon line i believe something more on the 'dreamy summer?' in that case perhaps a little overexposure and slightly softer would fit nicely.
As Eikin said, tad under exposed. Little more light would have made it more lively, as you would expect a spring/summer bloom to be.
I'm a little out of touch with photography, so some comments I'm gonna make will not make sense. So, please bare with me...
Anyway, I really feel that the picture is a bit too flat. Reasons for the picture being too flat may be many, and one of which is the focal plane. It seems as if the only focus area you'd had in the whole picture is on just one part of the lalang. Sadly, due to lack of depth of field, the rest of the lalang, which is supposed to be in close-proximity relative to the background, became just as out-of focus, making the whole feel of depth missing, hence flat. Try using a much smaller aperture next time. The increased depth of field would not bring the background into focus since the background shouldn't fall into the same focal plane.
Another reason for the picture being flat could be due to the timing. I'd no way of judging what was the timing when you took the picture, for the colour are too saturated. But my guess would be around mid-day, where the lighting seems to be uniform, and no hint of rays projecting from one way or another. Not to say that it's a no-no to take pictures during mid-day, but just that the objects you're trying to take here is perhaps not contrasty enough. The results I think could be much better if actual rays of light fall onto the lalang patch to give it more contrast, and making the whole picture less flat.
Having said that however, I do like your framing, and your effort in going down so-low. It's really a pity that lalang don't grow too tall these days. The effect would of course be much much more optimum if the lalang are much taller.
Hi, thanks all for your comments.
Yup, this is taken on film, velvia 50 to be exact. This explains the rich colour, but still, I would have like the sky to be a bit bluer.
Noted the picture is a little under, should have push it up a bit.
As for The Cheat's observation about the depth of field, it was my intention to throw the rest OOF to focus on the sole lalang. Its interesting to note that you prefer to have all in focus instead
if shallow DOV is your intend to make the sole lalang stands out from the rest, than the short lalang on the left had reduce the effect.
summer, would a clear blue sky have better effect?
i dont get the feel of summer as the rest says, its underexposed. would using a reflector (not that we have it, i assume this is taken during our trip to punggol?) to brighten the lower portion do?
photography makes one sees things from all angles.