Originally Posted by sti_boy
I've pushed down the shadows to give contrast to the image. Exposure blending simply results in "flat" images that look quite artificial losing all concept of mood. The whole point of the photo is a spiralling down into darkness. The bottom is dark with gradual lighting as you go up from the spiral. Would you suggest an even brigthness to this image? BTW, without being rude its a little difficult defending my photo of the vatican stairs in Rome to someone that just posted a photo of a lens cap.
Knowing what to look for is important when judging a photograph (that's how we learn), but I firmly believe that anyone
can judge a photograph. There are no real absolutes in critiquing a photograph; it's all a matter of opinion whether or not the opinion is an experienced one or not. Afterall, that's the real acid test for art of any kind, otherwise it becomes elitist and esoteric.
And I agree partially with what Bentley says. I don't think an exposure blend or HDR is called for at all, I love the depth of the shadows in the shot, but I do agree that the bottom railing could do with a soft fill flash or even the fill light tool in PS. One quarter of the photograph, at the bottom, is dark and throws the whole shot off balance, much like having too much empty blue sky in a landscape. But that's just my opinion and I understand your intent. It is a fantastic shot, is this in the Vatican Apartments? I've been to the Vatican but can't seem to remember these stairs.
And for Bentley's shot, I agree, it's just a lens cap.
5/10Edited by GoneTomorrow - 4/4/09 at 12:32pm