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.
I didn’t know what to post for this week theme until I got my best picture of my beloved catjust yesterday! I’ve been taking photos of my 16 months-old cat but never got his best posed! It’s not because he keeps moving when I take his photos unless he fall asleep, but I think he’s a camera-shy, LOL. His name is Budi, an Indonesian name. I love him and his mom to bits.
My Budi was observing the birds
I used to didn’t like a cat, any cats, and never thought in a million years to pet any. It’s strange enough to think how my love to them is growing day by day ever since I got them. It’s even more strange when I look back at the time when I was deciding which one of my two kittens, Budi and his brother Owen, to be given away. Budi wasn’t close enough to me compared to Owen. He always looked scare and timid. He would run away every time I tried to hold him. It was totally opposite to Owen that was very friendly and easy going.
My initial plan was to keep Owen with me and giving Budi away to anyone who looked for a pet because I thought Budi and I were not bound to be together due to his behaviour at the time. No point to keep him if he didn’t like me. At the same time I felt sorry for him if he had to go. I was worried whether he could get on with his new owner and surroundings since he always run away every time some friends came to my place. I was totally in a dilemma. I had some discussions with some friends about which one I should kept. When finally I had decided to keep Owen instead of Budi then a weird thing happened! Soon after I said to my friend on the phone that I would keep Owen, Budi jumped straight away to my lap and sat there quietly and let me stroked him for the first time ever! I felt like he was telling and begging me to not giving him away to anybody! It really was a strong feeling at that time.
My Kitty Mama
That is why he is living with me now. We are growing to love and trust each other more and more, day by day. He is my little boy. Budi and his mom, Kitty mama, have changed my perception about cats, the ones that I used to didn’t like it…
Last Sunday I and five friends of mine were going to The National White Water Centre for rafting. The centre is located on the River Tryweryn in Snowdonia, Wales. We were doing rafting for about two hours and it CREATED so much fun and excitement! We enjoyed it so much and we had a good laugh together. That’s the first one.
Rafting with friends
The second one is the photo of my solar powered lanterns that I just bought last weekend and put them on my back garden. The colour of the lights keep changing and it’s really nice to watch it. I shot it from my first floor. Obviously I didn’t create those lanterns. By putting them on my back garden then it is a part of my CREATION to decorate for, LOL.
The final one is about the nature. Who does CREATE the nature? Whoever the Master behind the nature, I always admire it! Every time I admire them I always remember How Great Thou Art‘s song.
Apiaceae, known as carrot or parsley family, with an insect
A lost sheep?
That’s all! Hope everybody enjoys my entry for this week. 🙂