To me, it feels like you're at that stage where you're almost there. It's almost a good photograph.
People are going to look at it and be impressed by the colors you got and the image quality, but your composition isn't quite there yet. I think it's the background of the shot. it isn't meaningfully placed.
As critical as that sounds: this is a great place to be if you're still new. You're getting there.
>>2763631 Very "meh". The reflections are nice enough (though very cliche) , but your processing is more or less nonexistent. Would be a lot nicer if there were something happening in the frame. If you want to continue with the cliche, maybe a couple dressed in formal-wear dancing in the street.
>>2763634 This brings up a question, as I'm also a new photographer, as I expect many of the people here asking for critiques in this thread are. Is it okay for new photographers to take the cliche pictures that everyone is tired of? Isn't that a step along the road to taking a great and interesting picture? The kind of moments that a great photograph consists of don't come around as often as we'd all like, but the cliche is always around us.
Basically what I'm saying is... is it okay to be cliche as a new photographer if we plan to work past it? I could see an argument being made that "if you don't take cliche pictures ever you'll never to have get stuck in that rut", but then what the hell would we take pictures out of?
I almost feel like cliche photos are a necessary stepping stone.
>>2763653 Of course it's okay, but those people must have the understanding that their audience is not going to have a positive impressed reaction to it. When your 6 year old comes home from school and tells you that they know that 1+1=2, you're happy for them, but you're certainly not impressed by it.
>>2763688 Many people get into photography because they've seen need photos that they would like to have taken themselves, which is why people go through the predictable "phases" that are so exciting to them, but so annoying to other people. Macro flowers, in-living-room still-life First cheap fast prime bokeh phase "I try to take normal life and make it beautiful" phase (most of /p/ is still stuck here) etc etc.
There's nothing wrong with it at all, and imitation of past work is how most of us grow. It's like training wheels, or a guide-rail that hopefully leads us to an open field filled with our own knowledge and the freedom granted by creativity.
Again, the issue only comes when that person posts their fourth macro flower in the garden, with a shitty background, and no sense of pleasing light, and presents it as something genuinely good, because he looks at it at 100% and sees a lot of detail, and the background is blurry like it is on "pro" photos sometimes.
>>2763689 What is impressive about the basic understanding of arithmetic? Everyone you know understands it without any thought whatsoever. Why is it notable, other than your own personal emotional investment in not fucking up your child?
Fine, imagine some random 17 year old comes up to you. You don't know him. He hands you a piece of paper, and on it, is written: 1+1=2. Do you congratulate him on his profound mathematical proof? Or do you go "...and?"
It's most likely my export settings in PS. I usually don't work with jpegs, and I also rarely export directly from PS except for meme bullshit. I also had to put some pretty heavy noise reduction on the crane to get a decent amount of light into it.
Here's another try, without the NR and exported at 100% quality.
This shit pisses me off, no matter what picture you take people will shit on it. OP take their advice as you'd like but no matter what you do it will never be perfect in others eyes. It is your art, be proud of it you did a good job.
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