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Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:00 AM
Lots of potential in these shots...and I'm sure if you look at them again...you would probably shoot them differently.
From a composition perspective (and you can take this critique with a pinch of salt- just my impressions :-))
1. You had the right idea with this scene-all the elements ware there- sun ball, nice foreground light on aspect wreck, and divers. I personally find it very hard to pull off this kind of thing.
Sun ball is a bit too bright- stop down aperture or speed next time???. Would have tried it in the vertical after shooting this -get more of the foreground in.... and see what I'd get. Also get more aspects of foreground in to balance everything up as per rule of thirds.
2. Super potential- but the shark is swimming away from you (maybe it was a grab shot?). Next time try getting your main subject swimming towards you. The background jacks are lovely.
3. As per 2. Turtle is going in wrong direction. As a viewer I want to see the turtle coming towards me/or in an orientation where I can see his face looking towards me. Also throttle back on your strobe power. Gorgonion seems a little over exposed.
Finally tho' - ur eye is in the right place my man- you've got the ingredients- just work them that little bit more, and work your camera- to get your cake with the icing.
(Easier said than done- I know.)
Hope this helps
Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:33 AM
i agree, in the first shot the sunball is a bit too much, stopping it down a little would give a better effect in my opinion.
The 3rd photo is overexposed, lower the strobe power.
Great effort tough love seeing more pics.
Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:56 AM
You can't control the direction they're swimming, so no worries on that count...shoot them coming toward you if you can, but if you can't, shoot what's there and see what you can make of it.
My only new suggestion on the 2nd shot would be to crop it closer - lose the more distant top shark, and make the school of jacks a diagonal line from top left corner of frame to bottom right, placing the closer shark a little bit right of center, either in a widescreen sort of aspect ratio (16:9 or 16:10) or even crop a little closer to his fins as closer to a 3:2. You'll lose a lot of the frame, but I think the composition overall will look a lot better.
Most of the time for me it's making do with what I could get as well. I don't generally seem to have time to "plan" my shark and turtle encounters, either. Would take a whole lot more than 2-3 weeks diving a year to achieve that.
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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:39 AM
What camera are you using? The blue water is noisy, and detracts a little from images that have real potential.
Are you taking several versions, or just grabbing a snapshot? The sharks, for instance, seem to be circling and there may be several opportunities to get an image over ten or fifteen minutes if you can afford the time at depth.
Wrecks don't move, and if you can get the divers to circle, then you can set up just the shot that you want.
... well, you often have to settle for what the turtle wants.