View Full Version : Antebellum House Photo Safari Today (photo heavy)

09-13-2011, 04:14 PM
I only took 15 shots, these are the ones I like. It is not a true antebellum home, it is only about 100 years old and now a memorial park (cemetery). I need to go back when the golf carts are not in the front of the house. Luckily this house is about 1/2 mile from my house.

Only thing I've done is crop and level. (edit: now that they are uploaded, I notice they still a little off level)

I am not too happy with them, but just wondering what you think

I know you should take landscape shots horizontal, but the third shot I took vertically to show how majestic the trees are.

I will critique them first. (get rid of golf carts in all shots). I need to slid to the left so the frame of the porch is centered between the trees.

#1 - over exposed and not focused well on the house

#2 - my favorite of the four. Very nice focus on the house, trees maybe a little under exposed

#3 - the vertical maybe too much, nice focus on house, trees under exposed

#4 - over exposed

09-14-2011, 05:08 AM
I think that capturing any detail in the trees without overexposing the house could be a bit of a challenge :) It somewhat depends on what sort of camera you have. If the scene exceeds the dynamic range of your camera you may wish to think about trying at a (gentle!) HDR shot.

You may also wish to try at a different time of day (sunset/sunrise). Or even on an overcast day to try and avoid the strong shadows.

Compositionally your instincts are spot-on, either frame the house symmetrically between the trees, or exaggerate the angle even more. At the moment with the very slightly off-centre view it looks like it could be accidental.

09-14-2011, 05:19 PM
thoughton gives a great critique (imo)

when you go back, try getting down low and taking the shot. it will help with the majesty of the trees.