- [2009-05-11 3:54]
Have read your notes and imo what is in focus is the fence post and the wire but not much else so you have achieved your goal. The wire on the left isn't in focus but it is not distracting imo. The colours are nice and the view is great but even the post and wire could be sharper tfs.
I think I understand what you tried to achieve, but I honestly believe it does not work.
About the focus: the post and the barbered wire are not prominent enough in your composition to avoid the general impression that this is just a poorly focussed landscape photo with insufficient depth of field. Moreover, the post itself does not look very sharp. I don't know whether this has to do with the quality of the scan, but anyway it seems to me that the pole, in terms of sharpness, does not really pop out against the less sharp background landscape.
Cropping the left of the photo to get the pole close to the border of it, could be a solution I think.
About the sky: it really looks overdone to me. I must confess I generally am not a big fan of polarizers, but in this particular case, I don't consider the whole picture "surrealistic" enough to justify a sky colour like this.
Said this, I like the landscape (that made me click on the thumbnail).
Of course, all these are just my personal considerations. So, do feel free to (dis)agree. ;o)
TFS & kind regards,
Scanning issues aside, I like the thinking behind this shot. I can use it as inspiration for my not-so-good landscapes! The colours and the beautifully balanced dynamic range seem to me one of the benefits of film (so far) over digital - this simply looks different.
Probably a wider aperture and shallower DOF would have accentuated the effect you were going for, here?
I like the scene very much, colours are too saturated for my taste (personal preference) and as you know the sharpness could also be better unless the original is so out of focus you cant fix it in the first place. I like how you wedged the bg in between the wires.
I remember this well; always liked this photo.
I have just uploaded one taken this March, just over a month after the devastating firestorm on Black Saturday, which shows how much bush has gone. Alas, some still left to burn next year.
David, good luck with your scan problem. Are you using a digital scanner hooked up with your computer? Many times they will not produce the shaprest of images simply because they are not of the highest quality, no matter the DPI or image setting you use. I have an old $100 scanner that works GREAT with photographs, but with slides it sucks. Try having a good imaging store do a couple scans for you and see if you have the same problem. If you do, then your scanner is NOT the problem.