Fire & Sunset
by: © Tammy Compton (Beginner)
7.6
Overall
Rating
7
General
impression
7
Subject
of photo
7
Composition
& Perspective
NA
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
NA
Depth
of field
7
Color &
Lighting
10
Focus
General
impression
Tammy, Thanks for sharing your image. I think the image is interesting overall and I can see where you were going with the ending/renewal metaphor that the image represents. I think though that your two subject areas fight a bit for dominance (sky and fire), and the composition is not particularly strong. Nonetheless there are some things you may wish to consider or employ in bringing out the inherent strengths of this image and when shooting similar scenes in the future.
7/10
Subject
of photo
I'm not sure in this case, what you wanted your main subject to be, sky or fire? I read your description and from that I understand that this image represents both beginnings and endings so from that perspective the subject here would be more metaphorical. I don't think it is particularly clear however because the sky dominates the scene and the fire is a bit secondary. To me it looks like the image can't make up its mind whether it wants to be art, or journalism.
7/10
Composition
& perspective
Composition wise this image is okay. However it is not particularly dynamic in that it presents horizontally in bands with no leading lines or forms leading into the composition. I do however like the way the smoke ties the foreground and middle ground to the sky by mimicking and visually reflecting the cloud structures above. I think the eye however gets a bit stuck at the bright sun spot on the right side of the image frame. I also think that the sky here, because it has a considerable amount of empty space to the left of the upper frame, dominates too much of the scene and thus detracts some from the power of the fire.
7/10
Color &
Lighting
The colors are bright and pleasing to the eye. The orange flames are a good complimentary hue to the blue sky. This combination always works as the colors sit at opposite sides of the color wheel. I think the foreground and middle ground hills are a bit dark, but that would be expected here as you were exposing a very wide range of tonal values. The flames, bright sun spot and open sky caused the shadows and mid tones to be a bit underexposed.
7/10
Focus
The focus looks sharp.
10/10
Description
The ending of the day along with the last farm season. New beginning from the burning of the field and the next day.
Technical Details

Canon Rebel T2i

Lens: Standard: 30-50mm
Date and time: 30 Nov -0001 00:00
Flash: None
Original size: 2048px X 1219px
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
Don Mace
20+ Years
United States
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How to improve your photo
1.
This is often a subjective call, but I would, if you have the software to do it, color balance this image to remove some of the slight magenta overtones in the smoke and clouds. If you like the color then of course don't do anything, but I think that the cast is somewhat distracting in this case.
2.
Sometimes aircraft contrails work in an image. In this case there is one on the upper right of the sky that travels straight down and looks more like a blemish than a natural element in the scene. Consider cloning this out and thus remove a small distraction from your sky.
3.
Its difficult to get an even exposure when shooting into the sun, even when it is obscured by smoke and clouds. Consider shooting a scene like this when the sun has just dropped below the horizon. There is still good light for the sky and clouds without the risk of having a blown out white hot spot in your sky. It will also make it easier to obtain better shadow detail. In this case you can do some post processing to minimize the brightness of the hot spot in your sky by layering and cloning or filling some of the white area with clouds matching the coronal area of the hot spot.
4.
I think that you could safely crop out about 1/3 of the sky and thus improve the visual impact of the foreground and fire without giving up the beauty of the clouds and colors there. The composition would be more panoramic in orientation and also meld the two halves of the composition, sky and fire, a little better.
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