^^^^^ this one's kinda blurry but I still like it
Nice photos! I think you've an eye for the object you try to shoot and that's good. I'd still do some small improvements: In those landscape pictures like the barn and the tree, focus on just one thing, barn or the tree if you want to crop a part of one or the other object out. If you want to capture whole the thing, try to catch both whithout cutting a part of one out because cutting makes a picture look kind of "incomplete" and breaks wholeness of the situation. Artistic cropping works for some pictures like closeups but if you try to catch wholeness in some larger scale like that landscape picture with a tree in it, at least in my eyes it looks better if the salient object is whole.
Then after photographing work is good too. I don't mean real photo manipulation like removing things but just some simple issues which improve the quality: try different croppings, sharpen and tune contrast/levels of the photos.
Would still add: About the gazebo pic, I think that in pictures like that it's good when some thing in wholeness is in "line". May it's a path which goes from corner of the pic to corner of the pic, but be sure the most salient thing you try to catch is clear. Personally I prefer that the in "line" thing is the main object (a gazebo) that stands sharply and straightly at horizontal plane, but different people prefer different things. It's still important that you focus on something except if you try to shoot a rough "in real life picture".
Just do some practices and try new things. I'm sure you've an eye to estimate which looks good and then go for it :). I like some of your horse photos are very good.
Hopefully I didn't sound very incoherent and you caught something :lol:.
No I got what you were saying :D Thank you so much for the tips, I'm definately going to try them out. Especially with the one you said I should try cropping the barn out. I always did think that picture looked a bit too busy. And thank you for the compliment on my horse pics...it's so hard to catch a good shot from them because most of the time they are either moving around or trying to follow me when I have the camera lol. I have been dying to get some "in motion" shots of them but they never want to run around haha they're so lazy. : P I'll try though and post them up.
Sorry if this totally isn't what you were saying, tamma, but in photography you do use lines and horizons but remember your 'horizon line' shouldn't be in the middle of the page, and the best photos are when the focal point is off center. You did really well with that, all I would suggest is keep backgrounds simple, and use the entire frame (whether with the subject or a nice background that isn't 'busy')
And I personally like the gazebo pic, because the "framing" by the trees pulls your eye TO the gazebo, it's lovely. (:
When talking about the "line" I didn't mean a literal line for example in the middle of the photo but that "line" as a some pivotal idea that makes the photo look whole and gives it some symmetry. It needn't to stay middle of the photo either. I tightly believe it's often a kind of form or line that our brain consist "whole", just like a path going from a corner to a corner in a pic. When talking about the gazebo pic and horizontal plane, I personally found the gazebo (I guess that's the main object in that pic) and whole the landscape is a bit slant, still not enough that it'd be an artistic effect. I think that's a bit disturbing and what I meant with the horizontal plane thing is that I prefer that picture is horizontally straight, ie. the landscape isn't slant in the picture or then it's so clearly slant and "whole" that you can count it as an artistic effect. Also I like frames the trees give the gazebo pic.
Hope this made a bit more explicit what I meant :-). The problem is that I feel I don't have exact words for it what I try to explain and I'm not a professional, I just started to think what I do when I photograph and know that thing intuitively in my mind.
Even tho I'd add about horizontal middleness, my personal opinion is that it depends a bit on a photo. In some cases you can find the best horizon line is in the middle of the page, I've for example taken some landscape picutures over a lake when that lake is glassy and have a reflection in water. I've found that in pictures like that, the best horizon line is often in the middle of the page because it brings some symmetry in that pic. Here's an example what I mean. In some other pictures it doesn't work at all.
I agree with you that it isn't good if the background is too "busy". If you don't want a rough real life picture "as it is", it's good to remove extra disturbing things in background.
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