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    Default Guilin View

    This photo was taken during my last trip in China (桂林漓江).



    Appreciate your comments for improvement especially the following

    1. composition
    2. lighting
    3. artistic value
    4. others to improve it to be better

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Guilin View

    Well, what would you deem to be the focal point then?

    Somehow, I don't seem to be able to find any. I would either crop off the mountain on the right or include more of it as it gives me a neither here nor there feeling. The white clouds is also a spoiler IMO as a nice blue sky would have been a much better backdrop for these scenic mountains.

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    Default Re: Guilin View

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Well, what would you deem to be the focal point then?

    Somehow, I don't seem to be able to find any. I would either crop off the mountain on the right or include more of it as it gives me a neither here nor there feeling. The white clouds is also a spoiler IMO as a nice blue sky would have been a much better backdrop for these scenic mountains.

    Opinions are from my personal views, cheers.
    newbie here bro who wants to learn from gurus....but how to emphasize a "focal point" especially on landscape or any other type of photography.... thanks...

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    Start by using rule of thirds. Though it may be just a guideline, you cant go wrong most of the time if you follow it. Splitting this shot equally into two does not work for me.

    Getting a focal point in this shot can be like placing a small boat in the river, or getting closer to the what i see as jetty area with a tele, etc. use your imagination...
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    Quote Originally Posted by elmzarcega View Post
    newbie here bro who wants to learn from gurus....but how to emphasize a "focal point" especially on landscape or any other type of photography.... thanks...
    Well, you try to guide the viewer into a point or an area by means of lines, angles, etc...

    Sometimes a valley can be a good way to guide the eyes down to a specific area where there may be more interest at the base. These are just some of the guides, look around more and mebbe you can get some more ideas.

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