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The "Are these good photos?"-thread

sprellemannen

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Any photographers here having any opinions on the below photos.
They are taken by a person named Mats Holst, and are probably copy right protected.
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I'll take a stab.

Big picture: Like most of it. lighting, composition. The unsharp forground is what my eay keeps drawing towards (book, candle) which are very distracting and wreck the rest of the pic.

The other 2 pics look technically O.K. but don't do much for me, too much deck on the forground. walking 2 meters forward could have made it more interesting for me, cropping doesn't help.
 

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I'll take a stab.

Big picture: Like most of it. lighting, composition. The unsharp forground is what my eay keeps drawing towards (book, candle) which are very distracting and wreck the rest of the pic.

The other 2 pics look technically O.K. but don't do much for me, too much deck on the forground. walking 2 meters forward could have made it more interesting for me, cropping doesn't help.
Cloning out the sensor/lens dust in the upper right corner should have been done on image2
 

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Big picture: Like most of it. lighting, composition. The unsharp forground is what my eay keeps drawing towards (book, candle) which are very distracting and wreck the rest of the pic.
Yeh, there is a general rule that says the foreground object needs to be focused. I have broken that rule many times as it looks good/artistic in the viewfinder but when I look at the picture in larger size, the out of focus foreground becomes very bothersome.
 

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Yeh, there is a general rule that says the foreground object needs to be focused. I have broken that rule many times as it looks good/artistic in the viewfinder but when I look at the picture in larger size, the out of focus foreground becomes very bothersome.
It's a relative new trend in (stock)photography to have an OOF element in the foreground. However i agree in the book candle case it's done to the extreme and distracts from leading line toward the middle and to the extend it overtakes the composition, indeed in this form more of a distraction..
 

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I find the slightly crooked horizon in each picture irritating given that the photographer's emphasis on proportion/placement. Colour is nice though. Lighting is ok.
 

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If the first shot is for either the retailer/manufacturer of the chairs, the fireplace or the drinks trolley, then it's OK, otherwise the foreground blurring just wrecks it. Colors are nice though, but the coffee table is hopelessly skewed in the frame.

Too much deck in the second one and the third is skewed laterally.

That said, it's so easy to be critical of other people's photos. If they were the best of a whole lot taken, then I'm not impressed. If they were single shots, then they are pretty good.
 

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It's a relative new trend in (stock)photography to have an OOF element in the foreground.
I have seen this a lot in food photography. Not as much elsewhere.
 

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Thanks to all for the comments.
BTW: He uses a Phase One camera.
 

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