The Snake Tips

Thinking Critically about Photographs

Critique 22


This was a little bit of a challenge. Very typical of all of our shooting experiences. You come upon someplace, know there is a photo in there someplace, but you're not sure where or what. So you take a few images, hoping to extract something later. It happens to me all the time. The photographer who sent me this asked me to find something in it. They also said there was an old ugly building right next to it, that they wanted left out, so it's at an odd angle. First I would have tried to shoot it head on, but cornered is also good. The ivy growing up the side is nice, but unless you can get right in on it, it doesn't lend itself to an image on it's own. Maybe a frame? My eye kept going to those windows with the stars over them. It 's a harsh day, so you really need to darken it up to give the overall image some real presence. I cropped it down, added a pretty severe vignette then relightened the windows. I also added a little extra pop in Nik Color Efex (can you tell it's one of my favorite products).