The photo below was the photo that I submitted for the second New Picture Critique and you can read Otto’s comment as follow:
This is a photograph with a poignant ambiance. It radiates calmness, peace and tranquility. Compositional it’s quite simple with few elements. The sun has just set behind the horizon with a lone duck smoothly moving across a darkening pond. Its passage creates subtle waves which breaks the stillness of the water. The world is about to go to sleep. The colours in this image are intense and beautiful, and I really like the limited colour palette with only tones of various oranges and reddish. The duck is nicely placed in the golden triangle – or one third in from the left and bottom edges – which is a traditional compositional technique to create a more dynamic arrangement in a picture. In the background – the shoreline on the other side of the pond – we see a lush landscape of a deciduous forest which increases the rural and tranquil atmosphere. I would have loved to see the trees more clearly against the sky, as a sharp silhouette against a more intense and burning sky. As it is now the trees blend in a little with the sky. One way to achieve more separation is by locally increase the contrast and brighten the sky quite a bit. That will also bring out even more saturated colours in the sky. You have chosen to place the horizon high up in the image. I like that; it creates a vibrant and forceful baseline for the composition. Maybe you should have considered the opposite, though, placing the horizon equally low in the image instead. I don’t know how the sky looked like, but I think it might have been more interesting than the monotonous pond in the foreground. The colours in the pond are great, but it’s a big empty space. By moving the camera up, and maybe even lowering yourself and the camera’s position at the same time, you would also have the duck visually getting closer to the viewer by getting closer to the edge of the frame. Still it’s a beautiful picture, I really like.
My lesson learned:
I think the photo above is lack of dimension. Maybe that’s why Otto suggested me to move the camera up and lowering myself and the camera at the same time. But as far as I could remember I already lowered myself by laid my back on the rock nearby and instead of moving the camera up I did the opposite way. This is why now I’m practicing about moving the camera up or down when shooting landscape. I noted also about the contrast and composition.
Thank you very much for your constructive criticism, Otto. I really do appreciate it and hopefully I could improve myself.
Hmmm…that is a great idea to join this week theme of WPC: Escape! But I decided to chose monochrome to escape from colours.
So here my entry for this week theme:
Bear it in mind that I am in a learning process to understand about B&W photos. I’ll be back with another post of what I’ve learned so far. So any feedback or constructive comments are welcome. Thank you in advance.
This is my very first time joining Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. The reason why I join it for this week theme is because I’m currently forcing myself to shooting in Black and White photos as I’ve mentioned it on my early post here: Ongoing Project.
To me shooting in B&W mode is more complicated than the colour one.
Back to 2008 when Liverpool was the host of European Capital of Culture. I and a friend of mine found this place by accident when we were hunting superlambananas all over the places in Liverpool at the time. This big wall is located by the end of Old Hall Street.
If we stand up at the side wall where we can read: Liverpool – Threshold To The Ends Of The Earth, then everything feels and looks normal. What I meant by normal is I didn’t feel like I was standing in a high place. But if you go to the other side of the wall then you will realize that apparently you were standing up on a high place. When I looked through the circle I could see the road was quite deep down below me. I felt a little bit scared when I was climbing that circle to be honest, but the view was just stunning. We could see the Liverpool landscape and River Mersey in the distance. Liverpool is a beautiful city.