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    Default First reflection try,please critique!

    Initially I shot this one for the leaf coming aside from the tree,but when uploaded to computer,I noticed the reflection due to the glass window,I quite like this sort of effect.What do you think?
    I would like comments on compostion,exposure,colors and whatever you would love to comment or critique upon.Thank you.
    BTW,I did some color adjustment with Picasa.


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    First of all, I believe your aperture value was too low to give any good DOF of the scenery. And thus may have detracted some of the sharpness of certain areas.

    The reflection is pretty messy with numerous trees and other objects, not to mention the top right corner of the pic which also shows some leaves and the top of the glass door/wall structure. There is also a blue object below which could either be positioned out of the frame or cloned away.

    Another way to try to isolate the main subject is to keep the main subject in colour and desaturate the rest of the picture into black and white.

    You can see one example here : Drunk Angel
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    Sry to say but i find it quite messy. If I'm not wrong, your orignial idea is to focus on the leaves sticking out from the tree. If it is base on this idea, unlike wat mentioned by zac08, i advise a very low aperture, the bigger the better, and get closer to the subject and blur all other stuff. If you wan the scenary, get close too, but even closer. Use aperture of around f/4 and i think it is enuff to bluff the tree and leaves, and make the trees reflections to be sharp.

    I may not be right, jus some pieces of my thoughts.

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    Default Re: First reflection try,please critique!

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post

    Another way to try to isolate the main subject is to keep the main subject in colour and desaturate the rest of the picture into black and white.

    You can see one example here : Drunk Angel
    I have seen your example,i think it is quite a smart trick to use,thank you,zac08.

    Quote Originally Posted by Werty View Post
    Sry to say but i find it quite messy.
    Yes,like you and zac08 have said,now looking it once again,i find it very messy also.

    Quote Originally Posted by Werty View Post
    If I'm not wrong, your orignial idea is to focus on the leaves sticking out from the tree.
    Yes,that's my initial idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by Werty View Post
    If it is base on this idea, unlike wat mentioned by zac08, i advise a very low aperture, the bigger the better, and get closer to the subject and blur all other stuff. If you wan the scenary, get close too, but even closer. Use aperture of around f/4 and i think it is enuff to bluff the tree and leaves, and make the trees reflections to be sharp.
    I tried your method,and here is what i get.



    Would still love comments and critiques on compostion,exposure,anything that makes me improve,haha
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    The second one is much better, but do note the vertical horizon, i.e. the tree's lean.

    Bring out the colour better by improving on the saturation and brightness. And you'll get what you're trying to go for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    The second one is much better, but do note the vertical horizon, i.e. the tree's lean.
    Yes,i knew that the vertical horizon is not straight,but personally,i just like this kind of lean.I think make the horizon straight might make the photo too dull. I don't know,just my personal preference.Rules are meant to be broken

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Bring out the colour better by improving on the saturation and brightness. And you'll get what you're trying to go for.
    I have just started learning how to do PP,and too be frank,I don't do much PP because I love what I get directly from my cam,besides,doing PP costs time and efforts,i am quite a lazybones,LOL
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    I can assure you, try it out... a lil PP can improve a simple picture by leaps and bounds.
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