PhotoZAP 2: Red All Over

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“This scene cries out to be studied, walked around, and shot at different angles and distances.”
 —Mason Resnick

Photo © Jack W. Parker. Gear: Canon G9. Exposure: f/4 at 1/125 sec, ISO 80, 12.7mm lens setting, auto white balance, handheld.

Photographer’s statement: “I spotted these tractors at the Rochester Fair, and the symetry stood out, so I just had to capture the shot at that moment.”

Our critics say:

Mason Resnick:  This scene has lots of dynamic color, and line and form lurk within the frame. Unfortunately, this shot is nothing more than a record. It says, "I was here" without interpreting or adding any creative flair. This scene cries out to be studied, walked around, and shot at different angles and distances. Close-ups, patterns, bright color are in there somewhere, but they're not presented in a way that excites me. Work the scene!

Monica Cipnic: Love the rich color. To improve your photo, I would crop right at the tent poles, because everything to the right is so blown out. Also, bring down the blown out areas of the tractor's scoops. I  also would try to get some vibrant color in the background--where it  says, 'Funnel Cakes' & 'Fried Dough', I feel having more intense color throughout the entire photo would improve it overall. And as Mason points out, perhaps moving slightly to your right, so we see more of the tractors, and the dynamics of the angle would add interest to the picture.

Jack Howard: I'm not crazy about the tent poles on right edge of frame, and the blown background elements bother me. Here might be a good time to go a bit into the HDRI realm and explore foreground textures and subdued reflections on the tractors, while pulling in soft color to the daylight background. Perhaps also going ultrawide with shallow DOF on the first tractor might be a way to go...but as it stands, it's just not there. It's a scene that can be worked in many ways: repetition of pattern, colors, HDRI, but this shot just overall doesn't work as it stands. Good luck, and keep trying!

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