Tower to the Clouds
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
Hi Tammy, I like that you are experimenting with Silhouette and backlighting. It is a wonderful and creative method to present the world around you. Below are some suggestions for you to consider in doing these sorts of images.
7/10
Subject
of photo
Silhouettes can be very powerful and evocative images. I think your subject here is okay but not particularly an interesting subject for a silhouette. Particularly as a standalone subject with no other related subjects in the frame.
7/10
Composition
& perspective
The diagonal placement of the tower provides a degree of dynamic tension to this image and the low viewpoint hints at a sense of power and dominance of the structure. I think however that the general movement of the image is diagonally upwards from lower left to upper middle right and off the frame. The eye isn’t given much in the way of lines and forms to keep it inside the frame. Placing the foliage in the lower right does provide a sense of foundation for the image, but the forms are not very powerful, or particularly compelling and the nature of this image isn’t such that a foreground is required to provide depth or scale.
7/10
Color &
Lighting
Color and lighting. This is essentially a monochromatic image because it is backlit and a silhouette. I think the lighting here could be improved in the capture. The sun is shining directly into the lens as it is not blocked by the structure, and is thus the brightest spot in the frame creating some heavy blow out in the sky and loss of clouds, as well as obliteration of some of the structures detail.
7/10
Focus
The focus is, as far as I can tell good. Its sometimes difficult to tell with this much backlit contrast which lends itself to some chromatic aberration and fringing. But in this case I think its okay.
10/10
Description
I was trying to convey the height of the 100ft observation tower. I'm pretty afraid of heights and my husband had just convinced me to climb it this was taken after we go  see all >
I was trying to convey the height of the 100ft observation tower. I'm pretty afraid of heights and my husband had just convinced me to climb it this was taken after we got back down. To me it felt like it was leading right into the clouds.
Technical Details

Canon Rebel T2i

Lens: Zoom: Variable focal length
Date and time: 30 Nov -0001 00:00
Flash: None
Original size: 1785px X 1364px
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Don Mace
20+ Years
United States
Nature
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How to improve your photo
1.
I think your subject is okay, but in order to present it in the manner that I think you wanted to convey to the viewer,(dizzying, breathtaking height), a different viewpoint and possibly focal length would have helped in this regard. I think that moving more directly under the tower and using a wide angle lens(I don't know which focal length you were using here) would have created that feeling of height you were looking for.
2.
The sky as you probably know is pretty blown out because the sun was shining directly into your lens. When shooting silhouettes try to get your camera in the shade, use a lens hood, have the sun outside the frame, or hide the sun behind a part of the structure you are shooting to minimize its brightness. I would have moved my body to put the sun behind the widest part of the girders or scaffolding. Also you can create interesting lens flare or starburst effects by allowing only a tiny bit of the sun to peek around the girder or frame that you hide it behind.
3.
A silhouette such as this tends to render the image more abstract in its presentation so in this case I would consider filling the frame more with the subject, eliminating the foreground and making the image a more graphic form study using the lines and angles within the structure as the 'subject' rather than the subject itself. The trees in the foregroud distract from that rather iconic graphic look that would work better here.
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Don Mace
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I have been happily capturing images for over 35 years. My formative years were spent shooting 35mm film and/or slide transparencies. My workflow is now totally digital. I primarily shoot nature, scenic, landscapes, architectural, macro and, now and then, people. I am viscerally drawn to simpl...
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