Thank you for your kind and helpful comments on my Scavenger Hunt Post. I sent the basketball hoop and the fence into class and got a lot of positive, useful feedback. I must be missing Shoot and Edit, because I feel a need to share that feedback with you.
Everyone felt the fence had a lot of potential, but they didn't like how over-saturated it was. Said it looked fake. That doesn't bother me since it totally did. I was so tired of the gray weather and dull light I went a little overboard in post work. So in class we played with black and white and desaturation and crop and ended up with this photo about.
I still didn't think it screamed "print me" so I came home and added some textures and a frame and tried other crops.
Now the basketball hoop everyone really liked and my teacher was amazed that this "child photographer" took it, so that all felt really good. They said often if you have a bright, white rectangle in a picture it can be really distracting, but because this one was not too bright and out of focus it added to the photo in terms of square with a circle of the basket. Some people liked that I wasn't directly underneath the basket--said it gave the basket movement and others wished I was (though then the light would have been behind the shot and not so great.) We did boost the black slider in lightroom in order to get all the other details that were not basket or light in the shot to drop out.
It was a great class. We all talked about a lot of great pictures and said what we did or did not like about it. By explaining why we felt the way we did it became easier to see how that critique could be applied to future shots.
Now I'm working on my Black and Whites for tonight's class. It is my last one and a makeup of the one we missed the week of snow. Should be fun!
Have a fantastic Thursday! I am. We got an update on our future daughter...though no pictures...the orphanage answered 10 questions that are a treasure for us now and for her in the future.