New Picture Critique by Otto von Münchow


Otto von Münchow has generously created his own program called New Picture Critique and he has run it twice.

The photo below was the photo that I submitted for the second New Picture Critique and you can read Otto’s comment as follow:

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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.

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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.

Have A Blessed Sunday!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White or Sepia Tones

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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.

Here my entry for Black and White or Sepia Tones theme:

Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

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Sunset is a time when the sun kisses the horizon and the time when he gives a kiss goodbye to the daytime. Enough for today.

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Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight,

Red sky in morning, shepherd’s warning.

This is my entry for Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Sunday Post: On Going

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Shooting photos in monochrome style (black and white photo) is my on going project during The Lent Season of this year.

As you may not know that since November last year I’ve joined a website called 365project.org. The website encourages us to take photos at least one every day. It is a good thing to do though sometimes I missed it for some reasons. The members there are very active and creative with their daily photos and also by creating a challenge or theme for every day inspirations.

So my ongoing project of shooting in monochrome during The Lent Season is part of the challenge Giving up colour for Lent that been created by one member there and one of them has shared themes called Lent Photo a Day #40Days.

The photo collages below are my results of joining camera settings challenge by shooting in monochrome with five (5) different settings.

You may would like to see the large version of my header above as I’ve posted here: Return.

Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

SUNDAY POST LOGO 2013 180 x 138

Sunday Post: Hope

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I put the lyrics of a hymn called On Eagle’s Wings though I know that is not an eagle in the picture. But I like the way that seagull posed in the picture. I took it last week.

seagull_002This is my entry for Sunday Post: Hope.

WATER DRAGON POSTER

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

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This week theme of Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique, is a little bit difficult to me but the show must go on! 😀

So here my entry for this week theme:

Can you guess what they are? 😀

For the ones that I called Black Hole and Water Galaxy, they were the mist on my window.

The pattern one is the reflection of the sunlight on the rippled water, while the rest ones (the smokey bell and the blue heart) are part of my experiment in learning and doing Light Painting photograph.

Hope you like it and enjoy your Friday, everyone!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love

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I love baking and I love photography as well.

Ice Lemon Curd Layer Cake, anyone? 😀

Iced Lemon Curd Layer CakeThis is my entry for Weekly Photo Challenge: LOVE

Have a great weekend!