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Uploaded: 12/12/07 9:46 PM GMT
Three Birch Trees
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A photo for a project in my photography class. Tell me what you think.


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12/13/07 12:58 AM GMT
Fine trees in black and white,this is a fine looking picture.
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12/15/07 9:41 AM GMT
I like the idea, but I learned something years ago from a photographer who used to write his commentary in the newspaper.
He said to try shooting photos from NEW angles, as for example, you might have tried shooting from down below the tree, straight up...or maybe you might have shot from the side and only allowed a few branches to show...or back away fifty feet or so and get the silhouette at a distance with maybe a huge field around it..etc etc. I like the b&w idea with the Birch trees, since that's the 'colour' they are...but make sure you have a very sharp shot of it too. Keep working on these ideas...will be fun for you..Verena
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Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can!
12/15/07 12:44 AM GMT
Good picture, reminds me of cold days in Michigan!
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12/18/07 3:30 PM GMT
Great shot
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12/20/07 2:06 AM GMT
I realize you are just flexing your "real camera" muscle .. and that's fine, but last I heard Michigan has trees all over it, and not just in this liquor store parking lot


all kidding aside .. sharpness is suffering, big time .. sharpness is more important than most other rules, and needs to be 'tack-sharp', otherwise your viewers start to doubt their own vision ....

if you look at your lens you will notice distance and f-stop markings .. these will tell you that, for example, focusing at 50 feet, and using F11, you will have from 10 feet to infinity in focus

a scene like this does not want, or need, the cars .. you have snapped me out of my reverie, by reminding me that cars exist

.. look for another locale
.. experiment with composition (rule of thirds, etc)
.. experiment with shallow depth-of-field
.. always be aware of what is in your frame, and what your viewers will see ... show them only what you want them to see

your shoe-leather and brain-power will be your biggest contribution to your photography .. mother nature supplies the scene, and the gee-whiz techno-marvels of your camera provide the capture'age of that scene ... get "out" there and think .. don't let the other two down

learn to "see" and not just "look" ... scenics are good, who doesn't like a good scene? ... but detail, texture, close-up is 'gooder' too ... don't neglect the smaller, micro scenes

not to slight your new purchase, but digital is a better "learning tool" .. as experimentation doesn't cost you gumdrops and fishhooks .. or whatever the currency is in Michigan ... but "FILM" has personality, color-fidelity, chutzpah !!

go download the song "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon

P.S. .. I realized, whilst walking my dog, (yes, I take my work home with me) ... that you had to scan this .. and the scannage, possibly, played a role in its sharpness ... so .. now you have to work on your scanning SKILLz as well ... because scanning is an art, like anything else
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