Breaking the rules single-handedly


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Hi,

Shot this along the Pacific Coast in California.
Notice this bird standing above this sign,
which i think make for a nice shoot.

The caption was finalised after inputs from fellow CSers. (Thanks)
Intend to use this pix in an office environment, to depict you can actually break the rules.

Shot resized and apply slight UMS.
Appreciate comments on caption used with respect to my intention.

Thanks

 

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i think your font is really inappropriate, get nicer fonts!

also, would correct the horizontal perspective here so that the railing runs parallel to the edge (i.e. looks horizontal). would also crop off the bottom portion, and maybe do a more squarish crop such that the bird is placed nicely on the thirds.
 

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i think your font is really inappropriate, get nicer fonts!

also, would correct the horizontal perspective here so that the railing runs parallel to the edge (i.e. looks horizontal). would also crop off the bottom portion, and maybe do a more squarish crop such that the bird is placed nicely on the thirds.
Thanks,

Agreed on the fonts and also the color on 2nd thought,
Any particular font you recommend ?

For the horizontal,
i use the coast line as reference,
if the ledge is straight, the coast will be out.
Any rules on which should be used as a ref in this cases ? subject or backgnd
 

tjhan

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I think the horizon should be straight though. Try it out, then people will complain on why the horizon is slanted.

Nice photo, with good comedic effect. Needs a better caption though...
 

aselley

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Seriously get rid of the caption all together. This photo can stand on its own. Anybody who doesn't get the joke here after reading the sign will never get it and you can't cater to those people.

The photo is good, the horizon should be straight not the elements in the foreground. So the photo is fine. As this is a comedic photo don;t worry about the rule of thirds, people are looking at the photo for a laugh not to admire the dramatic landscape receding beyond the subject.

So lose the caption and keep the great comedic photo.
 

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Thanks,

Agreed on the fonts and also the color on 2nd thought,
Any particular font you recommend ?

For the horizontal,
i use the coast line as reference,
if the ledge is straight, the coast will be out.
Any rules on which should be used as a ref in this cases ? subject or backgnd
not really, i am not a font person, but you can check out 1000fonts.com or something like that, it has many free fonts that you can use.

there is nothing wrong with the horizon, your coast is relatively straight, but here it is probably more important that the railing is straight, imho. just move to the left, and the railing will be straight, the reason why it doesn't seem straight is because you are at an angle to it, and it is coming slightly towards you. so while it may well be level, you get what is known as horizontal perspective distortion, and the railing doesn't seem straight.

thankfully, this can be corrected in photoshop to a certain extent, but if you think it's too much trouble and have to end up cropping too much for your liking, then i guess it's fine.
 

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i think it is a nice & clever composition.
But overall, i agree with the rest that the words & the thick borders is unnecessary.
You have a great composition, full framed it then...:)
 

tjhan

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I'm guessing with your layout and "office" intention, you wanted to do it motivational-poster-style. If so, then just follow the format completely lor. Put the caption below, in a:

XXXX:
XXXXXXXX (centralised).
 

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