Specific Feedback Requested

Do you see dry cupped shards of mud or wet, shiny mounds of muddy soil? Open to any feedback on how to make the image more appealing.

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It is a beautiful image! I love the mud cracks. If it was me, I would crop it a bit but it still works.

At first glance, this looked like autumn leaves. Beautifully seen, composed and processed, David.

Hi David –

This is an example of a photo where a flip and rotation can make a huge difference. As you presented this, my initial reaction is that the right and left edges feel heavy, like the deep cracks are pulling in a lot of attention that distracts from the nice repetition of the tiles in the center of the frame. When I brought it into Photoshop and experimented with flipping, I thought the photo came to life with this orientation. Those lines that felt heavy in the previous orientation now feel like a big asset to the composition. The flow from top left to lower right feels very natural, with the progression of colors amplifying that flow nicely, too.

I might consider cleaning up a few little things along the bottom edge but otherwise, I think this works really nicely (and as personal preference, I might back off the contrast and saturation a tiny bit, as well). I love the textures, transition of the colors, and the appealing repetition throughout the frame. And since you asked, I see cups of dried mud.

Thank you for sharing this photo for my guest critique!