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Tilt-shift From Strasbourg Cathedral's Roof

Tilt-shift From Strasbourg Cathedral's Roof --- Du haut de la Cathédrale de Strasbourg
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May 20, 2012, 1:02:47 PM
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cornerthemouse's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

The idea of this whole tilt-shift project is amazing. Not only is its concept and originality exciting and intriguing, its also captivating. There is something beautiful captured in the world you have created.

Obviously, the saturation is one of the biggest factors in the making of this artwork. While it gives a feeling of an unrealistic view and the concept of the photo, it also makes it a tad too bright. You've got to remember the audience and how they are going to view it. Perhaps this might look absolutely fabulous blown up on a canvas the size of your wall but the colour is too much coming from a computer screen. I would have to squint if my MacBook Pro was fitted with Retina Display since it has been a busy day and I am tired.

All photographers understand that the more pixels there is, the sharper the colours. In your case, you have too much to spare. What I'm trying to say is try playing around with a smaller size setting and amount of saturation. It could increase impact of the photograph because of the lack of processing a brain has to do to focus on a point.

The blur you have going on in this photograph. Though I'm not sure if the horizontal sharpness is one of the properties of a tilt-shift photograph, I'm sure that you've used to much of the blur. Instead of seeing the photograph as a whole, my brain processes the image of a three parted photo. There is separation of the top and bottom blurry part and also the sharp middle. I suggest either toning down the blur or blending it in a bit more. Playing around, you could either make the sharpness concentrated in the middle to create a slight fish-eye effect or lighten the colour of the blurred parts to let the sharp colour in the middle to stand out.

I don't have much else to say given the professionalism of this photograph but I'd like to point out one last thing, the angling. Mind the tilt the photo is on. This photo tilts slightly to the left and the street in the middle is not straight. Although it's a minor issue, it can scatter your attention all over the photograph.

I'm sorry if I did not make any sense at all. I know its not an excuse but I'm tired to the point of being slightly delirious. If I have sounded offensive in any way, I sincerely apologise. When I was a kid, I loved the song Big, Big World and this reminds me of it. I don't know how many times I've used the word concept but I do love yours so much, not to mention the visions these photographs have.
Cloudwhisperer67's avatar
One more thing , I forgot to reveal some important information: the original picture was take with an old... phone, actually a 5 year old samsung phone, with 3MP camera, this is why the photo is not that neat, nevermind, anyway I found it interesting to work on it :) But it is important to be aware of this :)

Plus: here is the same kind of work, a little bit less satured: [link] Difficult to chose which one is better...

Take care! :)
cornerthemouse's avatar
Trust me to pick the most unproductive way of doing a critique. :facepalm: Obviously you have changed a lot since then and have learnt through trial and error.

The amount of MPs on your phone goes to show that not every great picture needs a camera with an abundant amount of pixels.
Cloudwhisperer67's avatar
Thanks so much for your interesting comment, cornerthemouse, this is the very first official critique about one of my photos, so I am honoured! I hope some other people will follow your way and write critique about my work :)

Actually this photo was one of my very first attempt of tiltshift effect post processing, maybe some of my other photos in my "miniature effect" gallery are better and more "achieved" [link]

Actually, the day I took the photo the weather was not great, the sky was quite "white-grey" therefore the rooftops seem so "orange" and somehow oversatured, but I found this photo interesting because of the tiny people walking on the main street, in the middle.

If you compare it with this other attempt: [link] the colors seem better in this 2nd photo.

Nevermind, this was a first try and i assume it was not perfect, I like it anyway

Thx so much for your great comment! I wish you all the best!

Take care, CW67
Satourne's avatar
L'effet est sympa , mais vraiment trop saturé à mon gout !
Ravesne's avatar
C'est très beau !! Clap Clap 
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bewilderedconfused's avatar
I love the tilt-shift effect! :clap:
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MichaelWehar's avatar
You're welcome! :D
istandcorrected66's avatar
Beautiful shot; love the colors.
Romylyn's avatar
Woow superbe photo, impressionnant!
bigies's avatar
seems to be papercrafts made, with plenty of colors, wonderful ^^
Cloudwhisperer67's avatar
merci bien Julien, c'est exactement le dessein de ma photomanipulation! :)
1001G's avatar
I :love: tilt shift and deutschland
Cloudwhisperer67's avatar
thanks a lot (but beware: Strasbourg is in France, on the french/german boundary but in France) :) Take care! :)
1001G's avatar
ty for the clarification, I just saw the stras and said thats german..:)
Cloudwhisperer67's avatar
you're welcome, some French people don t know if it is in France or Germany! :) take care! :)
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