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Summer's over

  Summer's over
Summer's over
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Dale Hardin
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    I like this Peter and can picture myself sitting there with hot coffee and Baileys in hand, looking out over the pond waiting for some geese to fly in.

My only suggestion would be a modest crop. 4x6 format starting in the upper right corners so the the left edge of the crop just clears the corner post in the fence.


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10/10/2012 4:05:06 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Yup, this is really nice, Peter! I like Dale's crop suggestion, it will get the tree out of the middle of the frame.


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10/10/2012 4:20:43 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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I think I've seen this tree before in one of your photos and that one chair too. Isn't that where your daffodils grow in the spring. I don't much mind summer being over, but it looks like fall is over too....no leaves or anything! Look forward to see the crop suggestions. :~)


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10/10/2012 6:14:14 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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  6x4 crop
6x4 crop
I cropped this 6x4 as suggested but because my original was not a 3:2 ratio this crop loses a bit off the top. What do you think or perhaps I should crop to the fence post but leave more head room.
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Yes Aimee,I have shot that tree and the Adirondack chair previously, both with the daffs and one with a glass of wine and a red rose for Elizabeth on Valentine's day.

And thanks Dale and Jeff. It is always nice just to be able to take a few steps down the yard, take a few images then check them out on the computer.
I kind of knew the central placing of the tree would be critiqued but by then there wasn't time to reshoot.
I have cropped 6x4 as suggested but am thinking it takes a little too much off the top. My original wasn't a 3:2 ratio which causes this but I could always recrop to my custom (ie weird ratio!).


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10/10/2012 7:09:00 PM

 
Susan Reynolds
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I'd think you'd want to keep as much of the wide open spaces around as much as possible ` without it (imho) it seems like it would lose the quality of the vacant chairs awaiting their evening sitters who gather to have a drink, wind down, and swap stories. That's what this image speaks to me. I know the tree is right in the middle, buty hey, Peter, that's where it actually is right?!?!
Only other fix I could imagine would be to add blank canvas and clone in the blank area with the surround fields and bushes you have?


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10/11/2012 2:36:15 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Peter, the crop suggestion was based on the posted image and if you start the crop in the upper right corner, as suggested, you would not lose any off the top,but off the bottom and left only, which is what is needed.

We "old guys" need to get our communication skills updated. :o)


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10/11/2012 8:32:58 AM

 
Peter W. Marks
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  Dale's 6x4
Dale's 6x4
Exactly as you ordered Herr Hardin.
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First of all; thank you Susan, I miss you not being on here regularly. And your point about the "wide open spaces" is exactly why I shot the original image the way I did using my wide lens. I only cropped it to keep the old Buzzard happy and then I couldn't please him!. Sheesh :0)

Oh, Dale, there you are! I will be generous and pretend that we are 'two nations seperated by a common language'.
However, my 6x4 was just that size but having started it in the top right corner as you suggested, I then used the 'Move tool' as I wanted space in the foreground of the image.
I will load what you suggested but I still prefer my non-cropped original.


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10/11/2012 9:40:28 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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Gotta say, I like the tree out of the middle of the picture. Sorry, Peter. I guess Dale has ingrained this in more than a few of us! I understand where you are coming from but still have issues with the centeredness of the tree. Otherwise, a great shot. Yes, Bailey's sounds right!! i'll be right over even if the tree is in the center of the yard.


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10/11/2012 3:06:42 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Okay I'm just going to be difficult and say that I'd like to see a square crop keeping the height and coming from one of the left corners. :~)


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10/11/2012 3:27:31 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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What a difference! I really like the Dale 6 X 4 which helps this become a much stronger comp. The tones are very nice Peter. The original just struck me as a snapshot, but this crop helps me keep an interest in the shot, and my attention is much more focused.

I like the 4 X 6 but am curious to see what Aimee is seeing in a square crop.


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10/11/2012 7:23:56 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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  Square crop for  Aimee
Square crop for Aimee
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Oh heck, I've got a headache! Thank you Debbie. Neither position of the tree is 'right' or 'wrong' Perhaps we could consider this- the title I chose refers to the bench and chair which can be stored away now till next spring- "Summer's over". So if we could agree that as the bench is almost exactly on the lower left 'rule of third' intersection then all those who want to stick to 'rules'( which in fact are only guidelines)should be happy with the image. On the other hand those who see this as an image of a tree with a couple of items of yard furniture will be less happy. Then it might be argued that on the third-hand (you know what I mean!) we could say this is an image of yard furniture; wire fence and posts; a large tree and many other bushes and other species of trees and as such one's eyes are free to roam all over this portion of my yard. One of the weaknesses of critiques is that whilst they certainly can contribute to improving images, in some cases they also seem to be much more aimed at suggesting changes that make an image different rather than 'better'.Nothing wrong with that and it just reflects that if there were five photographers all close to each other they would most likely produce four or five different compositions.
But now, for you Aimee and Mike, I am going to upload a square crop for my last and very final effort.


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10/11/2012 7:28:47 PM

 
Michael J. Kelly
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No this last one does not grab me like the 4 X 6 did.


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10/11/2012 7:57:18 PM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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I must agree I like the 4X6 the best! Thanks for giving it a shot though. :~)


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10/12/2012 12:24:17 PM

 
lisa anderson
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I find this picture so peaceful...the black and white is a nice choice :)


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10/13/2012 7:41:23 AM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Thank you friends, I think we are pretty much all in agreement now.
I have to say Mike that your comment re the 'snap shot' had me thinking deeply about the image; looking at it, looking away, then looking back. After repeating this several time I totally agree with you friend. Many thanks, I will submit it to the contest and see what they make of it!


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10/13/2012 8:32:45 AM

 
Beth Spencer
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I am very late but I do like the 4 x 6 best. This is very peaceful to me and I would like to spend some time there.


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10/14/2012 7:34:04 PM

 
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