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Old 23-07-2006, 08:54 AM   #44
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Comments on the photograph of the boats tied to the pier.

Negative Guys. The first image (original) is the best. It is a vertical shot. Your eye moves from the foreground toward the back and travels around the staircase, a really nice spiral effect. Also, the depth of field is fantastic. Obviously an f22 with a very fast shutter.

Remember, you want to divide your image with a tic-tac-toe playing field and the important parts of your image where those lines cross. There are some modifications for some more 'artistic' photographers, but they rarely work. This shot actually hits three of the four tic-tac-toe corners. Unfortunately, that building in the distance is boring. If you were printing this photograph yourself (or having a professional lab do it,) you could ask them to bring out the trees and lighten the building so it added a 3d effect where your eyes finally come to rest.

The depth of field on such a long shot makes this spectacular. Ansel Adams is famous for his depth of field, of course he used an 8 by 10 camera and invented the famous f45 school of Photography. This type of image is almost impossible to get with less than a 4by5 camera. "You Done Good!"

The tic-tac-toe thing is the reason the first series of flowers doesn't work as well. The flowers need to be able to 'breathe.' They need to have a context. Shots like this are great for a seed catalog, but don't do well if you want 'pretty.'
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