This week, as part of her ongoing Compose Yourself Challenge, Cee Neuner has offered up five of her own photographs for participants to offer a critique and, if they choose, edit themselves. I like to think that I can take it as well as dish it out, so although it seems a little churlish to ‘have a go’ at the work of someone who does so much for the photoblogging community, I’m going to take up the offer. It’s at times like this it’s important to remember that there’s all the difference between critique and criticism.
As Cee points out, all five of these images are straight out of the camera, with no post-processing whatsoever. In my view, there’s something that can be done with three of them, although with ‘Coloured Chairs’ and ‘Taxi Cab’ I’d just be inclined to press ‘delete’ and move on. Perhaps they illustrate Cee’s dictum that you should never take just one photo.
As for the others, I’ve done my own editing on them and present the before and after side by side, with a few notes on what I did and why.
Anything red is pretty much guaranteed to make a good subject (as well as the classic foreground object), but in the original the umbrella is a bit lost somewhere in the middle, so I cropped it to put the umbrellas in the left third of the image, and also bring out the diagonals of the wall and pavement (sorry, ‘sidewalk’). A bit of punch from boosting Clarity and Vibrance and I think you have an interesting image.
You brought out some good points in all three photos. I would never have thought of cropping the umbrella like you did. I love it. It’s better than what I did with it. I really appreciate your critique. The chairs with the car reflection I like, but not for anything serious because there is way to much in it. I do like the chairs and almost got them for my table. 😀
Thanks for your kind words – and especially for all the work you put into running your challenges on behalf of the rest of us.
Gee what a nice thing to say. 😀
It is interesting to read what others had to say about these photos. I think it does take a brave soul to accept critique, but there is so much to be learned from doing that.
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Congratulations! You have been granted the Gold Star Award for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge #12 Critique My Work.
I sure hope this finds you happy and that your week is off to a great start.
I really like the way you cropped the red umbrella photo!
Thank you. The diagonal lines between the courses of bricks were too tempting to ignore.
I see that now!
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I especially like your umbrella and old door/wall makeovers.
Thank you. Can’t go wrong with a red foreground object.