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Old 08-13-2005, 11:55 AM
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Please tell me what you think.
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Old 08-13-2005, 01:33 PM
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The shaft of sunlight on the bricks above the fire is too bright, draws my eyes away from the man, if fact I didn't see him at first.

If you could have caught him with the hammer down towards the work, it would have been better, the hammer head blends into the back ground and is very hard to see.

I think that I woud have cropped it a little more, there is some dead space on the left and top of the photo that could be removed and that would have directed ones attention more quickly to the man and his work. It also would have removed him from dead center, which is a kind of no no.

All that being said, it is a nice shot, just needs a little tweaking and I wish I had shot that. Can you give us some details about where it was done?

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Old 08-13-2005, 03:44 PM
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i like the basic image and i think it would make a great photo art challenge.

i also think it could be cropped, but i'd go a bit more severe than mike. but, this is a personal preference and some of the charm and character of the shop gets lost with this. so, it's just an option; what do you want to emphasize, the man or the shop or both.

i also think there are some great opportunities here for photo manipulation. you could bring the fire closer, put some of those tools closer, crop the shot and still get all the character of the shop and the man into the shot.

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Old 08-14-2005, 12:13 AM
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I find it a powerful image from both perspectives. Personally, I would like to see more shadow detail..you can feel the age and dryness of the wood. Also, it may or may not be possible, but putting the main subject in "thirds" can be pretty powerful. For this, I simply exposed more of the shadow detail with Shadows/highlights in CS2. Bottom line..a pretty "striking" image.

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Old 08-15-2005, 11:24 PM
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The photo was taken at the Old Cowtown museum in Wichita, Kansas. It's a museum that's based in 1869 to 1877 or so. The blacksmith shop was one of many buildings with re-enactors there. Neat place.

Thanks for your opinions on the photo.
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Old 08-16-2005, 11:09 AM
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Hate to disagree with kraellin, but I think the surrounds add depth and perspective, love the photo
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Old 08-16-2005, 11:12 AM
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i also think it could be cropped, but i'd go a bit more severe than mike. but, this is a personal preference and some of the charm and character of the shop gets lost with this. so, it's just an option; what do you want to emphasize, the man or the shop or both.
there's no disagreement whatsoever, cassidy; i said 'could', not 'should'.

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Old 08-16-2005, 11:13 AM
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Good, no stompered egos then
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Old 08-16-2005, 02:26 PM
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Once again we have proved that art is in the eye of the beholder........
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Old 08-16-2005, 03:28 PM
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I would make the lighting more dramatic (doh! "striking" already used ).
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