by: © Tammy Compton (Beginner)
Tammy, I think this is a nice capture from an emotional and visual standpoint. Here are some things to consider relative to improving or bringing out this images inherent qualities.
I like the iconic nature of this image because it presents a little mysteriously and is very minimalistic in its look.
Composition wise this image works pretty good. I think the two disparate halves of the image, ie. .black foreground and house, and orange blazing sky, are pleasing but perhaps a bit too balanced with the horizon line close to the mid point of the composition. This image, because it presents more as form and color, doesn't need any particular leading line referential points to work. I think that other objects on the horizon line other than the house are a good thing, but I don't think that the single pole or tree trunk that is void of any other detail (like branches) works here. I also like that the lower part of the frame is very graphic and monochromatic and the sky softer with roiling forms and a it of energy to it. Nice combination of moods there.
This imaged power is in its color. The lighting is for the most part very graphic and thus does not contain a very subtle or wide tonal range. However the sky has some very nice subtle variations it it that work very well as counterpoint to the black silhouette of the ground and building.
The image appears to be out of focus and that is the first thing that the eye sees. However I don't think that this effect is caused by poor focus as much as it is light defraction or fringing around the edges of the black silhouetted ground and building and the bright orange fire lit sky. I think this can be ameliorated to some degree in post processing an thus sharpen this image and it impact.
The shape of the barn in the glow of the blaze of the fire behind
Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Standard: 30-50mm
Date and time: 30 Nov -0001 00:00
Original size: 2048px X 1365px
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
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Consider cropping the image to remove a little bit of the bottom portion of the frame. This will not take away any detail or subject area but will provide a more balanced composition with the upper portion of the black area and the sky more evident and present in the image.
Consider removing the stick of a tree that is to the right of the house. It is placed nicely and if it was an more readily identifiable object like a tree or windmill for instance, it would be great. But as a stick it is, to me, just a distraction from the otherwise stoic composition. I'm assuming that you have access to an image processing software that enables you to do basic color corrections, exposure corrections, noise reductions, and other post processing tasks. If you don't then seriously consider investing in one.
This suggestion also assumes you have access to post processing software. In order to sharpen the image and remove the impression of it being out of focus, you can easily remove the orange fringe from around the building using a clone stamp or healing brush that is found in Photoshop and other similar products.
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