This photo reminds me of a fairytale. I could see Red Riding Hood hopping out the trees. The colours are really nice; not saturated ones, but original ones. First I haven't even seen the humans in the background, and while checking it I've noticed the trees in the background are a bit sandy. The focused tree (and the leafs are clear, but not the background's trees.
You haved followed well the rule of thirds, you can see the focused tree and the stump are main subjects. And you filled the central void (with the leafs) so it doesn't seem empty. The straight lines created by the forest balances the composition. The depth of the photo created by the fog in the background, is again good.
This was my opinion as an amateur photographer, please don't feel offended. Keep up the good work! Happy Holidays!
Greetings! My name is Westley and I'm critiquing your piece on behalf of the feedback frenzy competition. I'd like to critique this using a point system based of three categories: Framing and composition, depth of field and focus, color and impact
Framing and Composition: 4/5 The framing is good on your photograph. The amount of space left on the bottom of the frame and the amount of the trees visible (height wise) is just right. However, the far left of the image should be cropped out. Not only is the light pole kind of distracting but there is a strange abrupt change in the ground horizon level. I think it's a strange optical effect of the black log looking object laying on it's side. If the border of two planes end at the same spot our brains cannot perceive which one is in front of the other. This is something to be aware of in all art mediums, unless like the cubist and surrealist you are using it to distort space and add to your image purposely. Enough on that though, on to the composition You really nailed it in this aspect. It's balanced extremely well and feels very calm. The bright fog, dark trees, and colorful leaves all occupy good amounts of the space and none of them are taking over the image.
Depth of field and Focus: 3/5 I think you have some room for improvement here. I think this image could benefit by going into a greater depth of field like f/16 or higher. This will allow you to capture more detail in the environment as space recedes. The fog itself will still give you the soft focus and mysterious look without having to have the shallow depth of field you have here that's limiting the amount of details. The focus is a bit soft and could have used a slight tweak. Sometimes it's hard to see through the eye piece whether your photograph is going to be as crisp as possible so what I like to do is once I find my correct exposure I shoot several shots with the slightest adjustment to the focus on each one. Then on the computer screen I can see which one was the most in focus. Also in photoshop an unsharp mask can be used to create the illusion of more detail. This is really only applicable though when the image is viewed in the full view. In the normal view both the depth of field and focus are working much better.
Color and Impact: 5/5 The colors in this photograph are simply brilliant. I love the muted and yet wide range of reds and yellows present in the foliage. At some points the colors even seem to come across as having a bit of pink in them. I think the fog/overcast light is helping out a lot with that aspect. As far as impact goes you've created a very serene and strong piece. The way you found the one tree in the area that still had an abundance of leaves and then framed it next to a stump is amazing! It creates such an interesting juxtaposition and gives the viewer a sense of time. We can literally see various stages in a tree's life all in one photograph. Nice work on capturing that. The people in the image are a little to small and personally I think I would have just left them out. The way you found such an interesting composition in nature is the real subject here and stands all on it's own. But that's kind of neither here nor there for in normal view I can't even see the people.
Overall: 12/15 While there are a few aspects of this piece that could be tighter I think you created a really beautiful and compelling photograph. Keep shooting!
Hello! I'm Travis and I am going to critique this.
This is a very nice picture. I love how you included the trunk in the picture, and not just the branch. Looks very very nice that way.
The lighting is very good! The subtle fog in the background is very beautiful, the yellow tint to makes it look that much more wonderful. Great job catching on that part!
I really like the angle you took it at! The trunk being right under the branch is very nice. My only suggestion for it would be to maybe turn the camera a little to the right. Just enough so you still get that amazing background, but nudge the light pole out. Just so you get that more nature feel.
I love how the focal point is focusing everywhere! You can easily see the details in the background, making it so after you look at the photo the first time, you can still see more at a second look. I love those kinds of photos. Is it suppose to have that grainy feel though? Or is it just your camera? Because I think it would look really nice of the picture was sharper, that way to can see the beautiful details in the photo better.
This is an amazing photo! Just those to things I think would make it better than it already is! Great job!