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#1 Will_Clark

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:54 AM

I really like this shot, which I grabbed (before I was set up) when I saw that my model had scared a shoal of fish toward me. I took other better framed shots afterwards as she came toward me, but of them all this one wins because of the sense of movement of the shoal due to a 1/40 shutter speed.

I'm having trouble 'finishing' it though - some advice would be very welcome. It's too busy in the foreground yet I can't settle on a good crop.

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#2 philsokol

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 11:31 AM

Hi Will,

I'd look at cropping it to a landscape with the top 40-50% of the full image. The motion of the school is horizontal which I think lends it a horizontal orientation. True, you'd probably lose most of the foreground, but I think you want to focus on the school and diver, esp. with the nice blue water you've got. I might also try using the rule of thirds and shaving a little off the left side so that the water and esp. the diver end up on that 1/3 line and then put the diver along the horizontal center line. Looks like that might end up almost being a square with the top and right side of the existing image? My 2 cents...

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 02:56 PM

I'd just cut off the lower third.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 03:43 PM

Hey Will,
I applied a gradient filter in Lightroom to lower the exposure on the bottom half of the image. I think it helps to make it a little more balanced. Then I cropped the lower and left to place the diver in the upper left thirds area like Phil suggested. Also bumped the saturation just a tad to bring up a little more color in the reef. Cool shot!

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Thanks for letting us play with it,have fun,
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 04:21 PM

Hey guys,

How do I download someone else's pic so I can do what you did and then repost? The verbal description just takes too long.

BTW, nice work!

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 04:27 PM

Really nice shot
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#7 Steve Williams

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 04:28 PM

Hey Phil,
On the PC I just right click and "Save Picture as", then import to LR or whatever. Not sure on the Mac.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 04:39 PM

It depends on what you plan on doing with the image. If you're printing for personal use or gallery presentation I like Steve's suggestion. If you plan on selling as stock I wouldn't do any cropping. Better to let a designer take care of any cropping that might be necessary.
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 06:14 PM

Hey guys,

How do I download someone else's pic so I can do what you did and then repost? The verbal description just takes too long.

BTW, nice work!

Phil

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 01:55 AM

What a mass of replies in half a day! Thanks to you all, especially Steve - that looks amazing!

Now to see whether my 'shopping skills are up to matching your result.

Cheers