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Foolishbricks - Critique my picture!
Everybody creates photos that they themselves love while the rest of the world goes "mwoah". On the other hand we all create images we ourselves think of as "mwoah" and the world goes "Wow!". Sometimes, I have an image that I think of as "WOW!"... and the world seems to agree (those are the best ????).
But then there is that last category.... You want to create, but you are stressed out, can not find the creativity, inspiration and time to create something to be proud of. An image with a not-so-good-premise and/ or based on a half-baked idea... In the end you just can't pull all elements together and (of course) the world seems to agree.
Like the image below; I have to say it was a rushed image, contrived under pressure and it shows. I feel the idea is there somewhere, but the execution leaves a lot to wish for. I have thoughts on how to improve... but I wonder what your advices would be.
So there we are; let me have it people! ????
I like the light and overall color tones but I struggle with the composition. I think there are many elements and it's hard to figure out how to read the photo and understand what's important. My eyes are first drawn to the figure and the white flower in focus, then follow to the left with the out of focus white flowers to the ruins. Then back to the yellow skin of the elf. I'm left wondering what are the ruins and what does the elf wants or is supposed to do. I also find that the cropped green plant on the left is a distraction that doesn't add anything to the photo (besides being a distracting element).
What are the ruins supposed to be and are they particularly important? To me, it seems the main points of interest are the two figures, yet they are both very close to the right edge. In particular the elf. Because I fail to understand how the ruins are connected to the story, the photo feels very unbalanced.
That's a nice image to comment, i will start with what my eyes are telling me.
My attention is drawn by the light spot in the middle, then my eyes goes to the flower in focus, then on the subject and finally on the flowers in the foreground.
I've totally missed the elf in the background.
Not knowing exactly what your message was, i will clear a bit the picture, removing both the plant and the elf, darkening the light spot and also removing the branches on the ruins which are also distracting me.
If the message was "the beauty and the beast" to me is enough the uncertain expression on Dwaas face while looking the black flower (obviously the beauty) and the flower
To my eyes, there's just a bit too much going on - my eye is drawn all over when it really wants to focus just on Dwaas and the flowers he's holding. As Marco already said, that encapsulates "beauty and the beast" wonderfully. I missed the elf entirely. as well. And I might like the light a tiny bit warmer. All of which is a long-winded way to say I think it's a beautiful shot that's just *this close* to utterly amazing!
Similar to what the others have said, I think the image would look nicer without the left third.
I, too, missed the elf.
I would've liked to see more focus on the black rose. Perhaps light shining on that or framed better so it's not against Dwaas's chest?
But I like the mood and the concept!