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Japan
Title: Geisha
Geisha (4)
Cla80 (6)

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ScottHale Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 633 W: 106 N: 38] (136) [2009-10-14 1:55] [+]

Claudio,
1st of all, Welcome to TrekLens.
I'm not too sure of the exposure here. I think there's a great amount of overexposure on the top of her head. Posting the photo that includes the exif data is always helpful to have members help identify setting problems. I also think notes are important. I like the composition here.
I'd like to encourage you to keep posting but add the EXIF Data with your photos.
Scott

ScottHale Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 633 W: 106 N: 38] (136) [2009-10-14 1:50]

David,
Tex would be so proud!! I like this extreme composition, the clouds seem to be almost exactly where you'd want them. I flew on Singapore Air's A380 last week and they are a "turbulent" piece of work....I enjoyed it though. I appreciate the level difficulty here.
Not much I could offer in the way of improvements.
Well done,
Scott

ScottHale Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 633 W: 106 N: 38] (136) [2009-10-14 1:43]

Tairi,
I like the abstract feel of this photo and the tall framing format makes it seem longer than it is. I think the way you have the scene lit to photograph the smoke is also well done. I question your notes, not because they are not interesting but your lack of effort in them.
Oh well, it's still a very nice photo.
Scott

ScottHale Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 633 W: 106 N: 38] (136) [2009-10-07 18:31] [+]

bratislav,
Have you any particular requests for feedback?
I'd say the subjects of the photo are cute and I'll give you that but the technicalities of this photo remind me of when my mother used to grab the camera and make us line up in a pose. She'd cut our heads off or one of us would be split in half. This isn't "quite" that bad but it surely could be composed better. I also think you could have easily gotten more of these guys' bodies in the photo and a much better photo by getting down to their level by squatting down a little. This is such a "snapshot" quality photo.
The lack of descriptive notes does not allow the viewer to know what your intentions are by this photo.
Of course, most of the people above have said their "lovely composition's" and "nice POV's" and I struggle to find any truth in their words....
The composition is poor as is the POV.
Do the people think they are helping you by telling you all this?
Scott

ScottHale Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 633 W: 106 N: 38] (136) [2009-10-06 21:00]

Olgierd,
I'm not sure what it is about this photo that makes everyone take a look (105 views)at it but then not comment on it!
It's possibly the lack of notes! Is this a photo of sisters, cousins, friends?
The girl in red seems to be portraying a seductive look while the girl in green has a family portrait look on her face.
I'm just not sure about the pose.
Can you tell us any particular feedback that you'd like on this photo. The focus levels are above average and the color saturation seem to be good. Not sure about this though...it leaves me scratching my head.
I found this in the uncritiqued gallery.....

Scott

Brazil
Title: owl
owl (13)
alexandre (22)

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ScottHale Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 633 W: 106 N: 38] (136) [2009-10-06 20:51] [+]

Alexandre,
While on one hand I enjoy this photo, I have a few things that could help you improve your wildlife photography.
Catch-light is very important in portrait photography. It's the tiny glints of light or specular highlights in the eyes that give a photo depth and more importantly "realism". Nothing says wax figure or stuffed animal like the abscence of catch-light. I'm surely not saying that is the case here but you can see my point, no?
Another thing is, when taking photos of sitting animals, ones that aren't on the move, you could bump the aperture to f/6 or f/8. It would make for less blur in this case. The left side of this photo may suffer a bit from that, of course he could have moved and that could also have caused that.
I think the shape of this image, you know the 596 x 456 is a bit odd..although this is a very finely composed pic, something appears to be missing, like the photo should be taller. Anyway, I do like this kind of photography, keep posting and I look forward to seeing more of your stuff!
I'd also reccomend more photographers notes!

Scott

ScottHale Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 633 W: 106 N: 38] (136) [2009-10-06 18:14]

Ricki,
I like the idea but there are several points that need improvement here.
Most importantly I think, the waterline is not level.
Water ALWAYS levels itself and if you show it any other way, its bound to seem unatural.
I think the f/3.5 was too large of aperture because it focused on to little in the frame. Generally, for most landscape shots the smaller aperture, the better (higher number). I would have also enjoyed more notes on stating this is a popular place to take pictures. It's not much effort.

I do encourage you to keep posting and use the critiques you get to improve your photography. What the heck, afterall, it's free advice!

Scott

Italy
Title: king
king (16)
andateaffan Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 3 N: 17] (312)

 

ScottHale Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 633 W: 106 N: 38] (136) [2009-10-06 6:19] [+]

I hope this cat wasn't laying on a terazzo sidewalk because you never know who might decide to step on him.

Technically speaking this photo leaves alot to be desired.

1.) His ear tip is cut off.
2.) The overall composition seems more of a snapshot caliber. I would have liked to seen more of the cats left shoulder, not just whatever you felt like, you need to put some thought into it. Like you used to take those gas station photos, Red..
3.) I see you've got quite the friend in Slivio206. He gives you high marks for all of your photographs. I find that his reluctance to give you helpful tips or advice makes him become the one that is running and the cat does not chase (as you say in your notes). A very big fuzzy one that waves at everyone!

Anyway, when you become serious about your photography and you quit doing things to be vengeful, I'd be happy to discuss helpful ways to improve your photography.

Bravo to Silvio for repeatedly finding your snapshots and giving them points and praise. I think it's dishonest but hey, he's just the guy to do it!

ScottHale Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 633 W: 106 N: 38] (136) [2009-09-29 6:19] [2] [+]

Hazara,
This is a "wow" image!
I like most parts of it, including the exposure levels. The sky seems to hold a big part of my interest here, it gives the image a moody feel. If I had to do anything differently, I'd probably not have centered the Opera House so much vertically in the photo. I also think that photographers notes would help us understand where you took this from and any other details, like did you use a black card or a cable release. You know, things that the EXIF data doesn't tell you. I probably would have tried to post it at a larger size. 722 x 480 is "okay" but it's possible to crank it up to 800 on the larger side of the size. (instead of 722)
Overall, this is a very nice photo with some great qualities, I look forward to seeing some more of your work!
Scott