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Old 08-17-2010, 09:24 AM   #2
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Again - worthy images as is that simply could be better.

Remember "School House Rocks"? Add "ly" to make a verb an adverb.

Well, add "Good shot, though we think it could be even better" to the reject.
I guess by now some of of seasoned patrons keep that in mind rather then sulk and run.

Anyway -
First shot - there are two types of valid crops.
Those that follow the rules of thirds and those that include all the extraneous details at risk of the rule of thirds. Your first shot looks - as we know RP does not like - centered. Maybe the other two thirds do not carry the weight. A tighter crop might be more pleasing - loose a bit of the top and left.

Second shot - I like it. When RP says it's too dark, you can appeal and say that's just the way it was OR, simply brighten it. In this case, maybe find the darker areas and selectively brighten them without loosing your blacks. You could even brighten just one of the colors if say it was the trees, but I'd go with a selective brightening of the darker scenes. Or on the simple side, a bit of selective dodging.

Both are really cool shots - hope they make it in.

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