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#1 tri4funnow



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Posted 22 March 2009 - 09:50 AM

I am really struggling with this image. There is something I like about it, but there is something I really hate about it, but I can't figure out what either is. I'll take a full critique on the image. Thank you in advance. Cheers!

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:01 AM

To me the thing that jumps out as .. I LIKE .. is the trumpet fish colour .. it is a very vivid yellow.

As a critique of what i don't like about it is the downward rushed feel to the photo. It gives the impression you were moving when taking the shot, maybe chasing or rushing to get the shot ?

So found a great subject .. but maybe rushed the composition a little bit ?

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 01:23 PM

The yellow trumpet fish takes your eye to the bright sponges in the cornor, then your eye follows the striped fish up to the bright upper cornor and out of the frame.

You like it going in and dislike it when it pitches you out! :drink:

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 02:52 PM

To me the colors appear over-saturated. ie the red on the darker coral and the really bright yellow in the photo. Sometimes this is caused by post white balancing on something other than white. You've established nice angles with the Trumpet fish but it might look better if the camera was angled up, or at least at the same level as your subject.
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Posted 22 March 2009 - 05:54 PM

hey tri4,

Like Giles said, I like the trumpetfish and it's colors alot.

Like gary said, I like the diagonal angle but the photo was taken looking down on the trumpetfish slightly, it would be better eye-level or angled up. This means getting lower to the ground.

I dislike the background, it's quite distracting, a less cluttered background would also help, imho.

Where did you take the photo? congrats on getting into UW photography

hope this helps,

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Posted 22 March 2009 - 08:25 PM

Depends on what your goal was in taking the photo. My guess is, it's the Trumpet fish and sponges. In which case, all the other stuff in the frame is a distraction. Getting lower to isolate the Trumpetfish and sponges, with a background of blue water would really snap up the image. At least, that's how I see it. JMHO.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 04:40 PM

Thank you all for the comments. I think you all hit my dislikes and likes. Image is in the pointed down and the distracting background.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:22 PM

Curious that no one saw sex in that image but me.
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 12:31 AM

Curious that no one saw sex in that image but me.

Flight that long huh? LOL

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 03:33 AM


The overall composition is very busy, which makes it hard to focus the eyes on something. here's what I would improve:

1) Crop to the subject. Remove from the left and the top. The fish subject is swimming away from the center, which is distracting. if you cut left and top, the subject will be more centered.
2) The background disturbs, try to blur it for better subject isolation. For this kind of shot, use a wider open aperture.
3) Try desaturating the background slightly so the vibrant colors of the subject stand out better. Might work, just a hunch.

What I like in this image:

1) overall colors
2) bottom right part over top left.



Edited by simonmittag, 24 March 2009 - 03:34 AM.

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