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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Greg Win

White-Eyed Moray shot with Canon G9 in Ikelite housing & ...
White-Eyed Moray shot with Canon G9 in Ikelite housing & ... by Greg Win

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Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011- (3/17/2011 7:32:00 AM)
Category: Macro - not swimming
location: Andaman Sea Indonesia
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message this message is important Dear Greg,
thank for your latest submission to the UWP contest smile

You had requested a review/critique of your photo. Let me shortly explain how it works :
I will structure my critique into a few chapters and will list problem zones (if there are any)
and will suggest solutions or give tips for how to improve results.

As we do have a limited space for each post here, please prepare that my critique will be like 2-3 posts in total
If you are online & see my first part of review : Please wait with your answer
( in case you want to write any ) untill my critique is completed - thank you smile

Important : The new "photo critique" feature here at UWP is not for to "slaughter" uw photos - it is meant to give a helping
hand with an analytic review & to suggest solutions. The objective is to see you here as winner one day smile

And here we go ( Photo Critique start with next post ) :
Rico Besserdich
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Photo Critique

First impression
My first impressions were 1) "nice idea", 2) "soft filter ?"

Exposure is good, colours do have a slight magenta colour cast, sharpness and DOF seem to be ok, but I somehow this pic looks to me like "a wedding photographer used his soft-filter to make the bride look nice" ;-)

Problem :
colour cast, pic looks too soft

Suggested Solution :
Be carefull in digital postproduction and be always aware of proper white balance. Don't overuse softeners in Photoshop & co.

Generally, you idea works for me. The pic could have a bit less negative space...the black is too dominant.

Problem :
"Negative space" is a good creative element, but too much black may disturb the visual effect.

Suggested Solution :
Try a different crop and see if the pic is better, then ;-)
Rico Besserdich
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message  Photo object & Approach
Close approach...that's good. I liked the angle as well. Muray eels are always interesting models and do offer lots of great shooting possibilities. You also captured it's eye nicely smile

Problem :
nothin special here

Suggested Solution :
All good - interesting subject, proper approach....all the rest is only practise ;-)

Everyone knows here that I like this "black background pics" and my own 2010 gold medal was given to a pic of that style. But "painting with black" in Photoshop is...well..."close to the border". Try to do it while shooting - it always looks better. Get inspired by other pics would gain great ideas for your next muray eel shots smile

All the best,

Rico ( UWP Photo Critic )

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--------Photo Critique completed--------
Rico Besserdich
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message Thanks very much for your tips & hints, they will be used!

Much appreciated smile
Greg Win
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message hey Greg,
glad to hear that my "hints" were usefull smile

Happy Bubbles,


UWP Photo Critic
Rico Besserdich
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