Seriously uninspired: need input

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Seriously uninspired: need input

I'm really struggling with a challenge for "Architectural Interiors" in my camera club. I'm 100%, totally uninspired, and really have not had the ability to do what I'd like, which is to go to a couple of old buildings in downtown Vancouver and shoot there. Sigh. I feel so frustrated sometimes with myself!!!

I can submit two images to this challenge and I'm not sure whether some of these would even qualify, as there are no rules to speak of. But I'd like to share the four images I have and ask Angel do they do anything for you, and (b) if you think they'd fit into a challenge like this. I'm mostly shooting "detail" in interiors, as our house is not really nice enough to pull off a cool room shot or anything. Anyway, thanks for looking and I'm looking forward to opinions/thoughts.

#1 - The only "room" type image, taken at a local restaurant:

#2 - My favourite, but not sure it qualifies... however, it IS the interior side of this wall of windows:

#3 - I was trying to pull off something artsy and cool here, but don't think it worked?

#4 - Just a bookshelf, but our red bedroom walls with the black brackets seemed to make it a little more visually interesting... but again, not sure it works at all.
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I like #1, Tracy. It seems a touch underexposed and a bit yellow, but I love the composition and the general feel.

I can see why you like #2 so much. It's just a plain cool image (imho). As there are 'no rules' to your club's challenge, I would definitely make this one of the submissions.

#3 is probably my favorite of the bunch. I think it worked. Again, it seems a bit on the yellow side, but I also think that it works here. Personally, I would make this one of my submissions.

#4 is the only one I don't really care for but I'm not really sure why. Great use of the shallow DOF though.

I think you are being too hard on yourself. I think you have some quality shots here.

TFS,
GiGi

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I like #1 and can see a restaurant using it in a brochure, ad, etc. However, I think the background is a little too dark.
I love #2 as well! I think it definitely qualifies.
#3 doesn't seem quite level (I just took an architectual photo workshop and am obsessed with getting my photos straight now!) I think the shot might be more interesting if you played with the crop so that the bottle wasn't nearly centered.
#4 is cool but the bookshelt seems to be floating in space. I think it needs a shadow or some texture on the wall near the bracket so that it appears more anchored. Also, the wall seems to be reflecting onto the cover of the thick book. You might mask and remove some of the red so that it matches the beige spine more.

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I agree, number 2 is a YES! Love it!

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Thanks a TON for the feedback!

"acarbo99" wrote:

I like #1, Tracy. It seems a touch underexposed and a bit yellow, but I love the composition and the general feel.

I purposely made it dark for some extra mood... perhaps it's just a bit too overdone, though.

Glad to hear you like #2 and #2, that helps me a lot!

Regarding the yellow, I am having a heck of a time with this loaner DSLR getting my white balance right indoors. None of the settings seem to produce an accurate result, and I can't figure out how to manually set my white balance on it. Grrrr!

"Quetzal1" wrote:

#3 doesn't seem quite level (I just took an architectual photo workshop and am obsessed with getting my photos straight now!) I think the shot might be more interesting if you played with the crop so that the bottle wasn't nearly centered.

I'm finding with this one that if I make the bottom level, the side looks off-kilter, and since the side is closer to the edge of the crop, it seems to make more sense to make it the one that is level. But perhaps not. Hard to know, I will play with it some more.

As far as the bottle being too centered, I totally agree. I can't easily fix that without re-doing the whole shot, but I will take a stab at it and play some more.

Sadie, so glad you like #2! It really is my fave, just like the lines of it! TFL!

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OK, did a few re-dos here... more input would be soooo helpful! Are these any better?

#1 - lightened up, added some blue
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#3 - tried to fix the yellow and GIMPed in a bit more wall to change the composition a little so that the bottle is at least on a line of thirds, if not in an intersecting thirds point. There are two versions, one with the door edge level to the left edge of the crop, and one with the bottom of the cabinet level with the bottom of the crop.
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I like #2 as well, very neat! I also like your re-edit of #1 better than the first, but I think it lacks a point of visual interest. I like the bottle in the cabinet. It is definitely unique But, I'd probably try to straighten up the bottom line of the cabinet. Or maybe it's because you are not square on that it looks a bit off?

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OK, #2 is in! But in case anyone's still looking, I took these at a coffee shop last night... wonder if they are better than some of my other shots for the challenge.

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The new shots are nice! I think I'd still go with #2 because it's so clearly architectural, though.

I like the edit to the restaurant scene--I'm ready to sit right down and order!

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I really like #1, the DOF makes it look like a miniature scene! I agree it's too yellow though....but I know that's the restaurant lighting....but I like the original better than your edit, color-wise.

I like #3 but I agree it's a tad crooked and yellowish.

I must be an oddball because I LOVE #4!!! I love the book colors, the perspective, and the shape of the end bracket!