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Part of the birch is also out of focus. Composition drives my eyes to the unfocused region, This could be due to the whiteness of the birch and the horizontal lines sending me over to the more colorful but unfocused area. I would look for a feature on the birch to trap my eye and prevent it from drifting over the birch, the blurry area and finally off the page.
May be because more prominent areas such as edges of the birch tree are out of focus. Also at full resolution the focused area of the birch tree looks a little blurred, probably due to low resolution setting of the camera.
The entire image is out of focus. It's just that the bit of the birch you thought you had in focus is actually less out of focus than the rest of it. Here's a 100% crop to prove it:
For stock photography, your work needs to be sharp as a craft knife. This doesn't qualify. When I started out, this kind of stuff was my biggest issue. Still is actually and I often ruin great images because I didn't think through focus more.
Few other things:
- If you want an image that says "birch" then you want all of the birch in focus.
- For composition, eyes usually move left to right but you have your subject on the right with nothing leading to it. The eye starts with a blurred background and doesn't know what to do. So, this would probably be improved by being flipped around. \
- This was shot, by the looks of it on an overcast day with your white balance on auto (go on admit it!) That's why the image looks kind of flat. It could do with the whites being lifted.
- Finally, there's something strange going on with a pink blocky colour on the right. Not sure what's going on there...
Thank you. Appreciate you taking the time to look and comment. Dave.