Photo Critique (February)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by fett, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. bootedbear macrumors 6502

    bootedbear

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    Speaking of dogs....

    Here's another portrait of Little Bear. Please comment on suggestions for improvement.

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  2. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

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    #102
    Nice little photo, but watch the background. The fence doesn't really add to the picture .. ;)
     
  3. latergator116 macrumors 68000

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    Nice Photo! Too bad about the all-too-familiar story behind it.
     
  4. stephensilva1 macrumors newbie

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    Beginner Here

    Just started taking photos and am hoping to become more advanced in the future. Took this picture last summer and edited it a bit with Aperture 2.0 Critiques are gratefully accepted. :) (I had to resize it down for the forum so it's not in full resolution)

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  5. Doylem macrumors 68040

    Doylem

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    Looks a great place to be, especially from the perspective of an English winter).

    But there's an awful lot of sea... and an awful lot of sky... and a sliver of land in between. While the mood is pleasantly sunny, there isn't a lot for the eye to rest on. In most good pix, the eye will go to one thing first, then roam around the pic... and then maybe return to the main subject: a 'round trip' that may only take a second or two, but which creates a positive impression.

    The subject of your picture is in the middle distance. With a wide-angle lens, that really leaves too much blue, too much empty space. It may sound like a bit of a photographic cliché, but the foreground needs some interest. Imagine a boat at its mooring, or a pier, or maybe a person with their back to us... we could 'see' the view through their eyes.

    I couldn't tell, from this pic, what YOU found most interesting in the scene. I just wish I was there, that's all, rather than freezing my b****cks off in England... ;)
     
  6. stephensilva1 macrumors newbie

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    #106
    Thanks

    Thanks for the critiques, I understand what you mean by needing to have something to "see" and it having to much empty space. Thanks for the help and I hope I"ll be able to take better pictures next time. Oh by the way, that picture was taken in Portugal and I am also freezing over here in the Americas. :D
     
  7. OCBC macrumors newbie

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    #107
    that hubby jenkins sure can ramble

    another for critique...
    i took this this summer in New Orleans. He's a rambling blues guitarist from NYC who was playing on Frenchman street in new orleans. I like the composition of this one and the expression of joy on his face, but there were some others that were sharper in the face, so i was torn as to which to post. oh yes, as a guitarist also i must say he was a pretty awesome player and really cool guy to talk to. anyway, let me have it.
    peace,
    Sean

    D50
    1/25
    ISO 400
    f5.6
    jpeg capture
     

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  8. alecmcmahon macrumors regular

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    tryed blowing out the background via a white wall, but only having 2 flashes going through umbrellas sort of made it difficult, still i like the shot....

    anybody have tips for background blow out, i know there is a bit of color variation on the white.

    ( click the pic for the rest of the set )

    - Alec
     
  9. TripleX macrumors newbie

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    Newbie Photo

    I purchased my first DSLR a month ago and I am of course still in the experimental stage. I would appreciate some honest assessment of this photo, especially with regards to composition. Thanks.
     

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  10. redrabbit macrumors 6502

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    This retired soldier has fought in four of Israel's wars in the past 40 years. He now lives on the Israeli-Lebanon border, where this photo was taken. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1940's, he emigrated, called Aliyah, to Israel when he was around 20 or so years old and joined the IDF. Where he lives is well within rocket range of Lebanon, but he doesn't mind, and is very willing to share his views on Israeli policy and politics.
     
  11. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    A compelling portrait of an interesting, complex man. The photo reveals the years of struggles he has lived through and his eyes reflect a fierce pride and conviction of purpose. This is a good example of words and picture combining to tell a story better than either could have done alone. 4.5 out of 5. (This could have just as easily been a 5, but I always leave room for improvement somewhere down the road... ;) ) Great photojouralism/feature shot!
     
  12. appie57 macrumors 6502

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    #112
    I like the soft colors in this photo, in combination with the atmosphere of a sunny winter/spring day. I would have removed the black cloth (?) in the background. Was there nobody around to sit in the sun? Or perhaps have some cups or glasses on the table to suggest human presence. It is a little 'empty' as it is now and also the depth of focus you chose is not clear (second chair out of focus). Well, only my opinion.
     
  13. pdxflint macrumors 68020

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    Two years (and a different camera) later..

    I thought it might be interesting to see these two photos, mainly because they were both taken from the same spot in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur almost exactly two years apart with two different cameras (and to keep the thread going...;))

    Photo 1: Date - March 22, 2005 - Canon a95 P/S

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    Model: Canon PowerShot A95
    ISO: 100
    Exposure: 1/80 sec
    Aperture: f/4.9
    Focal Length: 23.4mm


    Photo 2: Date - March 20, 2007 - Nikon D50 w/kit lens

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    Model: NIKON D50
    ISO: 200
    Exposure: 1/320 sec
    Aperture: f/9.0
    Focal Length: 55mm
     
  14. OCBC macrumors newbie

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    Hey pdxflint, thanks for keeping it alive. Definitely an interesting study of the cameras and lenses. I actually like the first shot more than the second. The light is warmer and more interesting and i like the way the lens compressed the depth of the image. I'm not too clear on your intended subject or message, but they're nicely composed. Anyway, in the hopes of keeping going with the critique, I'll give the first shot a 3.5/5 and the second a 3/5.

    Here's another one I took in New Orleans over the summer. I appreciate all comments and suggestions. This thread has been extremely enlightening, let's keep it up!

    Nikon D50
    18-55mm lens
    1/25 sec
    f5.6
    iso 200
    55mm
    handheld
     

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  15. davinche macrumors regular

    davinche

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    #115
    I'm just trying to get better at photography, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
    This is a picture of two of my younger cousins at Fisher Man's Wharf in Monterey, CA.

    Nikon D40
    55-200VR
    1/320 sec
    f4.5
    iso 200
    86mm
    handheld
     

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  16. hector macrumors regular

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    Hi all, I think this is the first time I have ever actually posted anything I have taken here... would love to know what you think of these shots I took in Israel last year!

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    I'm a real novice with photography but it's something I would love to really get into. Any criticism or advice would be great!

    Hector
     
  17. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    I actually like that one a lot! 4/5, the rail is a bit distracting. Awesome shot! You should be proud of that one.

    Very nice! The corners are a bit dark, are you shooting wide open? That could be light fallout from the lens (I don't know if vignetting is the correct term). You can try setting the flash exposure to +1/3 to see if that blows out the white wall a bit more. BTW, have I come across this very pic on DevArt? I remember liking it :D

    4/5, just because I would have loved for it to be a bit more symmetric in the way the cards are flying. I know it's not your fault ;)

    Nice, although the composition could be a bit better IMHO. Cropping a bit from the left would make that pic really shine, since you would appear tiny compared to the background and look like you were really, really high. 4/5 :)

    Now, I'd like for you to criticize this pic. It's a macro taken a couple of weeks ago. I placed it so I could use it as a wallpaper on my iMac, that's why it's not centered. :D (click on the pic for a full 1680x1050 wallpaper)
     

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  18. Everythingisnt macrumors 6502a

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    @ Dllanveras

    I like the symmetry in that picture but it feels a bit 2-dimensional to me. Also, if I were you I would try to get some more color out of it (or maybe just higher contrast) since the green is very similar throughout the entire picture.



    Just my two cents, anyways - it's definitely a great pic. :)
     
  19. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Duly noted :) It's hard to get more depth in the pic, since I'm working with a narrow DOF, but I'll keep that in mind :) Thanks!
     

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