Serenity
by: © Steven Hatton
9.3
Overall
Rating
9
General
impression
9
Subject
of photo
10
Composition
& Perspective
10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
10
Depth
of field
8
Color &
Lighting
NA
Focus
General
impression
Looking good now Steve, well done.
9/10
Subject
of photo
Hi Steven, this is so much better - I like the fact that the subject is not just the sunset but the tree at sunset - a subtle change but a good one. It now looks like a shot that has been composed rather than a shot that has been taken - if you see what I mean...
9/10
Composition
& perspective
I like the angle much better with this shot - by moving round to your left you have put more space between the foreground tree and the background tree to the left which gives them both more prominence. The top of the foreground tree now has a gentle slope at the top which lines up nicely with the clouds creating a greater unity within the picture frame. And placing the tree in the centre, certainly adds to the drama of the shot. Altogether, a much much better composition - I really like it now! Also the horizon is straight and although the tree is bent, it was before and the eye accepts a bent tree but not a bent horizon.
10/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
Same as previous critique...
10/10
Depth
of field
Same as previous critique...
10/10
Color &
Lighting
I still think the slight halo around the clouds is unpleasing to the eye.
8/10
Description
Here's another version of the critique I requested the other day. The tee is in a slightly different position, I have tilted the horizon right as suggested and the lower  see all >
Here's another version of the critique I requested the other day. The tee is in a slightly different position, I have tilted the horizon right as suggested and the lower part has been trimmed putting more emphasis on the sky. Same process etc.
Technical Details

Canon EOS 7D

Lens: Super-Wide: < 20mm
ISO: 100
Flash: None
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Anne Darling
20+ Years
United Kingdom
Artistic
95 Jobs
How to improve your photo
1.
I still think that it might make a good panoramic. The cropping at the bottom is good, keep it like that, but trim something off the top so you have a long narrow panoramic effect. Try it, I think it might work.
2.
Giving a title to a photo is always difficult. I like the fact that you have chosen just one word (each time) but I don't feel either of your titles really describes the photo well but perhaps describes your experience when you were there. One way to get good titles is to ask a friend what emotion your photo conveys. Then boil down what they say to one or two words. Titles are important and help the viewer quickly grasp what you are trying to say so it's worth giving it some thought.
3.
I'm not a great fan of HDR although programs like Photomatix are great fun to use. I would suggest shooting in RAW and using Photoshop or a free program like GIMP to tweak a shot like this. It's perhaps a bit of a learning curve but you will get more subtle results in the long run.
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Anne Darling
Experience: 20+ Years
I have an MA in Travel and Social Documentary Photography and have worked for more than 20 years as a fine art photographer. I have held many solo exhibitions and have exhibited widely, from Glasgow to Beijing. I also have many years teaching experience and I always encourage my students to ext...
Specialty:
Artistic, Documentary, Travel, Nature
Location:
United Kingdom
Jobs: 95 Jobs
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