Restored a old Photo... need some advice please

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  1. NStocks macrumors 65816

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    I have been looking through some of my old photo's and came across this one. It was only taken with a Point and shoot back in 2006, I really like it but I'm not sure how to crop it... tried the rule of thirds but it takes away too much of the sandy area.

    Any suggestions ?
     

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  2. anubis macrumors 6502a

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    I clicked on this link thinking that "restoring an old photo" usually means scanning a 70 or 80 year old print and fixing the tears and other damage in Photoshop ;)

    I think your best bet would be to crop the sky and right part of the image
     
  3. gkarris macrumors 604

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    ^^^ same here.

    Maybe change the title to "Editing An Old Digital Photo"...

    Maybe make it a bit more wide by taking more sky and just a little of sand/shore...
     
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I was about the write exactly the above. THat fourth boat on the right that is only half there has to go. Same with the topmost dark blue sky.
     
  5. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Cropped down a bit...
     

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  6. gkarris macrumors 604

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    OP - so can we edit your work for visuals?

    I kinda like it offset. Definitely a 4:6 ratio.. was debating to leave the right most boat in or not (though clipped).
     

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  7. H2Ockey macrumors regular

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    I much prefer Shady825's crop to gkarris'.

    I would say with the boats aligned as they are pointing in one direction they need some space to "travel" into within the frame, cropping so the far left boat is right next to the left side of the frame causes the eye to leave the picture. and the area "behind" the boats becomes dead space.

    *edit* oh and moving the water/mountain interface line above/off from dead center is much more pleasing as well.
     
  8. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    I'd opt for something like what shady825 did, only I'd straighten the horizon too. The golden sand adds a lot to the image, so I'd keep as much of that as possible and just try to get the line where the water meets the hills to be as far from the center as possible, while still retaining some of the nice blue in the sky. This one would benefit from some noise reduction too. Oh, and yes, I would definitely crop out the white boat at far right.
     
  9. NStocks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wow, thanks for all your comments ! I didn't expect so many and the title is a bit weird, it just seems like a 'old' photo to me... back in the day when I had no idea about Photography ( well as much as I do today ! )

    I definetley like the first crop, it's exactly what I wanted, with the sand still in the frame to add a sense of warmth to the Photo.

    I'm actually considering putting this Photo in my University entry potrfolio, I can have upto 5 Images but I only want to put 2 Photographs in ( a wider range of techniques shows better creativity )

    Do you think it's sharp enough and what about the slight noise in the top left, or am I just been to picky :p

    Thank you all very much for your comments, I'm really thinking of putting more Photo's on here !

    NStocks
     
  10. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    Thanks guys
     

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