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Ilona.B

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Hi,
I have just started my photo adventure so please critique my photos.

Thank you

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November 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm
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eHaraldo

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Hi Ilona.B. Your desire to capture “fleeing reality” in B&W (from your profile) is in evidence here. The vignetting technique works well in the squirrel image, drawing the attention right where it needs to go. And the timing is perfect on that one. On the birds-and-cat image, while the story is good (cat watching birds), I feel the frame is a bit too wide and the vignette a bit forced. That photo could also use a little less contrast, IMHO. But you’re on your way on your photo adventure so keep at it!

November 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm
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Talya Arbisser

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Hi Ilona – I agree with what Harald said. I think these are some very nice moments (especially the squirrel and the child.) You might want to concentrate a bit on your composition… I think both of these images could benefit from a slightly different crop… if you keep in mind the rule of thirds it might help to make both images a bit more fluid and viewable.

On the first one try cropping off both the right and the left sides… I think it might work best in a 4X5 dimension or even almost square. I also agree with going with a little less contrast on this image… at first the birds were so dark I didn’t even notice the cat.

I really like the second picture and wouldn’t change too much about it except to crop off just a little bit at the right so the squirrel’s body isn’t dead center. Perhaps just a crop in front of the second flower from the right would work.

These are both wonderful moments and it’s good that you were able to see and capture them… definitely a good start to your photo adventure! Keep up the good work! Cheers.

December 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm
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Ilona.B

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Thank you Talya and eHaraldo for your kind comments and constructive critique.
I have attached another B&W photo. Is it any better withe the composition and vignette usage?

Thank you

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December 4, 2012 at 5:26 am
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eHaraldo

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Hi Ilona! In this case, I think the wide composition works. There is an open feeling of anticipation plus all the patterns and shapes going on (Hey… you know there’s a “Pattern & Form” contest open right now, yes? Hint Hint :) There’s a lot of “breathing room,” which I’m liking here.

But I still think your vignettes are too strong. Here, too. Feels like I’m looking through a periscope! Or maybe that’s your intention?

But overall, I like this one. Best of the three so far.

December 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm
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Ilona.B

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Thank you very much eHaraldo. This time yes, that was the intention but on the other hand I need to admit I love vignettes in B&W. I have already submitted 3 other photos for “Pattern & Form” contest ;-) and have never looked on my “Parisian John Lennon” from that angle. I guess that is the beauty of photography – freedom of interpretation. Can you please give me some h&t when to use the vignettes so I will avoid over do it in the future?

Thank and regards

December 5, 2012 at 10:47 am
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AdminHarald

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Hi Ilona! Not sure what ‘h&t’ is but experiment with taking photos without any vignettes at all for a while. Use the frame, shallow depth of field, or other techniques to make the eye focus on your subject. Just play around with it and see what happens. Check out this Composition Tips article here on PhoozL:
http://www.phoozl.com/share-learn/photo-tips-archive/basic-composition-tips/
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