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brigitte stahre
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2004

lets pick this photo apart

lets get some god blunt feeedback, critique and helpful hints on this pic/
i'll start, it's boring!

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8/31/2005 6:07:42 PM

Cyndee Wanyonyi
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2005
  I like the idea of this picture. Did you see in person what came out on film? Or were you totally surprised in the outcome?

It looks like there is a lot of desaturation in the picture. It also looks like there is a lot of reflection on the strawberries. Is this from a flash, or the sky? There doesn't seem to be depth to the strawberries and they have lost their texture. I am not certain on why this was affected this way. I like the idea, though :). Maybe a more horizontal shot would have made a difference (i.e., shooting the strawberries from eye level). I'll be curious to hear what others think!

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8/31/2005 6:19:09 PM

Brian A. Wolter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/15/2005
  I think some saturation would help on the strawberries, but what distracts me is the color of the containers that the strawberries are in. The color does match some of the color in the leaves on top of the strawberries. Maybe if the containers were a different color it might help on the color or saturation of the strawberries themselves. Just my .02

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8/31/2005 6:35:30 PM

Nicole Kessel   Hi Brigitte!

I would suggest cropping in a bit closer for better composition. I would crop just below the white divider and to the left of the plant sticking up, cutting off the ends of the square green containers. I believe it would put more of an emphasis on the strawberries rather then everything on or around the table. You have the right idea though!

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8/31/2005 9:10:15 PM

Scot Benton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/29/2005
  Crop more. The containers in the top right and the flower in the bottom right are distracting. With a little tweeking it will be better.

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8/31/2005 11:17:53 PM

brigitte stahre
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2004
  thanks all, i'll see if I like the pic any better after cropping.. I like the idea too, it just didn't come out right.. this was a digital pic, but I didn't use the monitor.. there was bright sunshine, don't think the flash went off.. I saturate/desaturate til things look natural on my monitor.. wonder if I should increase beyond the point of my liking..

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9/1/2005 3:27:18 AM

Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  Personally, I like the color. I think people are almost oversaturating or too hung up on saturating images. I've tried to saturate mine just a little more than I normally would to be a little more appealing to others even though it's not really natural looking in my opinion. I think that maybe cropping the top right and top left out might make it look a little bit better. I think some might not like the containers just because they aren't naturally saturated and may look drab. That's how strawberries come. If I were to take this picture, I would try to get a little closer to the strabberries and if you can focus very close/macro, maybe turn it into a landscape style photo by focusing on the near strawberries and letting them go increasingly out of focus would look nice. I'm not sure if you could get that kind of depth of field with your camera, but that's what I would do to take advantage of the color while filling the frame with only the subject. Hmm, maybe if you're good with photoshop you could clone the strawberries to cover the distracting spots? hehe, I dont' try to do that kinda stuff much though. Hope this helps!

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9/2/2005 7:10:15 PM

Crystal L. Menichini
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/1/2005
  This is a wonderful photo. I agree with cropping it more. The bright blue and red objects in the top right of the photo are distracting. Personally I like the flower. It gives the photo a kick. The colors are very vibrant. Good job!

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9/2/2005 8:33:12 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  I agree with the others, in that cropping (compositionally at the scene) would have helped to focus attention on the main point if interest,...the strawberries and their vibrance and color.

I agree that the blue and red objects in the corner are distracting and should have been cropped out at the scene.

I like the inverted berry in the center. The green stem kinda' grabs your attention.

You could have also given this photo a whole new direction by adding a human element.
The hand of a person holding one prime berry in their thumb and forefinger in the foreground would have given the photo a "just picked" reference.
(Ideally,...a female hand with nails polished the same color as the berries.)

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9/3/2005 4:12:00 PM

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