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DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-04 12:42]

Excellent, a bug picture I actually like :-)

Love the fact that you have come from the front and captured the face of the moth. Shallow depth of field does not detract from the picture too mutch, though obviously it would be nice to have all the antenna and a bit more of the body in focus - but your shutter speed is already slow.

Must have stopped by for a quick vodka martini (stirred not shaken).

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-02 17:06]

Two reasons this is impressive (i) it is a great picture, I love the real sense of depth and the cartoon like composition/lighting (ii) diving at that altitude is a real specialist art, I hadn't realised that people actually dive in the Swiss lakes.

C'est magnifique, j'espere pour voir en plus.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-02 14:34] - [workshop] [compare] [+]

I really appreciate the effort you put into your notes - it shows a real passion for the subjects that you are photographing.

I also enjoy all of your pictures, but with most of the pictures taken in the bush, a lot of them appear to have a colour balance problem. With the time of day that many of the pictures are being taken it is very difficult for the camera to 'estimate' what the correct white balance should be. It may be easier to take an 18% grey card and measure the light colour temperature from it every now and again to make sure that the camera is reading the light correctly (this is tricky lighting, so you can assume that it is struggling).

I did a workshop to adjust the colour balance of the photo - I think it brings ot the fur colours a little better, but I leave you to be the final judge.

ciao caio

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-02 7:51] [3] [+]

Nature photography is perhaps one of the most challenging subjects to capture well and takes much trial and error to find a unique and interesting point of view on a subject. My initial impression of your picture is that you have made a good start, however, there is a need to have a clearer objective of what you are trying to express.

Composition wise your picture has some good qualities, the stem of the plant provides a good lead in to the picture, which is balanced by the bright area to the top right and the light on the log is interesting. However, the plant itself is not clearly defined (it's in focus, but lacks any real story when looked at closely), and the bright area is over-exposed.

For this type of photography there needs to be clear structure. Perhaps it would be intersting to study the edges of the leaves and the pattens they make, or the shadows cast by other leaves in the bright sunlight. Think in terms of layers - overall composition and then what is intersting about each piece of it and how well does it fit as an individual element. Whilst the overall composition here is good, the viewer is left confused as to how to interpret the plant within the context of the picture.

As I pointed out several times, the composition is good, the light and colours are nice, but somehow the details don't continue to hold the viewers interst. Keep going!

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-01 10:33] [+]

Wow, I don't know which I appreciate more - the photo (which is excellent), or the notes (which are superb). Though I am sure that a cheetah can sprint more than 300 milimetres as you wrote (made me giggle).

The composition is really great - and leaves space on the right for advertorial\editorial text ;-) The lighting and colours are superb (though I would have prefered more contrast, I understand the problem and quite appreciate that it looks a better as shown).

Thanks for sharing this, excellent.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-01 6:34]

Now, I am expecting Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith to come running over that sand dune any minute. This picture seems so surreal - I can't decide if the Mantis is seven feet tall and standing on a sand dune, or millimetre tall and standing on something smaller. For me, this duality of the photograph is what makes it so special.

el fotografía excelente molte bene (I think)

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-01 6:29]

I do like this picture - as everyone has commented upon all ready, the diagonal composition, the earth tones. The workshop, I think makes a good picture even better, the extra detail, missing in the original picture, providing greater texture.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-01 6:23]

I learn't to scuba dive last year in the Caribbean and wanted to take underwater pictures to show what I was seeing - unfortunately, it wasn't possible to by an underwater camera where I was.

Your picture here really captures something of what I could see. Your description of the lack of empathy with fish is quite true, though it doesn't detract from the pure wonder of being in such an environment. I guess being limited to 40 minutes under water at a time makes it difficult to build a relationship with the animals underwater (not like on land where you can spend hours looking at the same animal to understand its nature).

The only (and this is really really minor) comment is that the picture is a little bit heavily cropped at the top, would have been nicer to have a little more clear water to frame the fish better. Overall, excellent.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-01 6:16]

This is nice, but I think the comment you made in your response to my previous critique holds true here - there is not enough depth of field on the Leopard. It would have been a much nicer picture if the in focus portion stretched at least to behind the ears of the leopard. As it is, the photograph has a slightly weird/discomforting feal to it as the your eye traverses back over the head and the image becomes more out of focus.

Still very good, and useful note.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-01 4:58] [2] [+]

That's an amazing picture of a big(ish) cat - what really amazes me is that you only used a 90mm lens, and must have been quite close to get a reasonable frame full of the animal. I wouldn't even get that close to a house cat.

The narrow depth of field works well here to keep attention focused on the head, you nailed this perfectly, though you logic is a little off. Av mode is used to control depth of field, if you wanted to guarantee a shutter speed then Tv set to 250/500th of a second would be more than enough to freeze the action in this case (perhaps even 125th). Setting Av to f2.8 may unnecessarily restrict you depth of field, whilst giving a shutter speed many multiples what you need. If you want to control shutter speed use Tv, if you want to control depth of field use Av, but don't confuse the two (NB, on my Canon 1DII if I use Tv and there is not enough light for the shutter speed I get a visual indication that I need to change the settings (i.e bump up the ISO), however, in Av mode the camera will just continue to drop shutter speed and I end up with blurred pictures without notification or warning that settings need changing, the Pentax probably has a similar system). Just my two pennies worth.