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Friday Photo Critique #6

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Friday Photo Critique is our weekly community project, where we publish a photograph submitted by one of our wonderful readers, then ask you all to offer constructive feedback on the image.

After a few days, I'll update the post to feature the most helpful and insightful comments. You will also be credited with a link to your website or portfolio, so be sure to enter it correctly when submitting a comment!

Quick Ground Rules

  1. Play nice! We've deliberately chosen photographs that aren't perfect, so please be constructive with any criticism.
  2. Feel free to offer any type of advice - composition, lighting, post-processing etc.
  3. You can also link to photographs that you feel offer a great example of this type of image shot exceptionally well.

Without further ado, here is this week's candidate for Friday Photo Critique!

The Photograph

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Photographer: Jens Skoug Obel

Please let us know what you think in the comments - how would you have approached the scene or taken the photo differently? A massive thank you to everyone who commented last week. The post has now been updated with some of the most insightful comments

The most constructive and helpful comments will be featured on the site, and you'll also be given priority to feature your own work in a future Friday Photo Critique!.

Feedback and Comments

Here is a selection of the most useful and insightful pieces of feedback given on this photo, taken from the comments:

Garfields

I like the tone and the atmosphere of the photo. However I think that the upper part of the image is too confused, and the top right corner is burned. I would have focused more on the bottom part of the composition, in the dualism between the snow and the wall.

Tyrone Avnit

My first impressions were cloning out the snow to make it more white. However I think that adds to the story of the photo, and without all the footprints the photo would lack character.

I love the way the photographer broke the rules and put the tree in the center of the image. I think this works tremendously with this photo.

I also like the contrast between each 1/3 of the image. This comes together very nicely in the end.
I do think cropping out of the sky would work better for the image. However I think the image has soul. In my opinion great take.

Bryan

Great tone and atmosphere in this shot. However, I think there’s a conflict in focus. Obviously, the foreground tree and trodden snow would make excellent subjects, but the background building kind of confuses things. I think I would tilt shift the building (while maintaining the branches in focus), in order to create a new sense of depth, rendering the building as mainly background.

Again, great shot, nice and sharp, and like others have said it tells an interesting story.

OilyCoyote

This is absolutely a great photo. It has a story to tell, and from my point of view, thats what photography is about. The main subject here is definitely the tree (also the bench), so you can't cut off the high part of the tree. That would make a completely different shot, that's another photograph. We want to work with this one, right?

1. Tilt Up the camera a bit. Just to cut off a little of snow and include the rest of the tree.

2. We can either get rid of the building, or get rid of the sky, to minimize distractions; and since we cant get rid from the building, lets think about the sky. Move the camera a bit to the left, just to get rid of the white triangle formed by the sky. I find that to be a distracting point for the viewers eyes. I mean, we want to focus on the trees and the bench- The Story.

3. This looks as post-processed. If it is, I would increase the contrast a bit between the “whites” and “blacks”. The nice things of winter trees is to see, their black nude structure against the pure white snow. Just enhance a little, trying to find a sweet spot. Keep it real.
Nice work.

Janae

I love this piece. Excellent color palette and the linework is definitely interesting. I may have adjusted the composition a little more – maybe making the tree off-center rather than right smack in the middle. Another option to play with too would be a different perspective, maybe a shot from the ground looking slightly up or something of that nature. Excellent piece – you’re on your way to stardom!

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