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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Peri Paleracio

Blue ribbon eel on one of the divesites in Anilao, Batangas
Blue ribbon eel on one of the divesites in Anilao, Batangas by Peri Paleracio

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Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011- (3/22/2011 8:52:00 AM)
Category: Macro - not swimming
location: South China Sea Philippines
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message this message is important Dear Peri,
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.

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If you are online & see my first part of review : Please wait with your answer
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And here we go ( Photo Critique start with next post ) :
Rico Besserdich
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First impression
1) "needs to look at twice", 2) "interesting light", 3) sharpness & DOF problem

I've got your your idea of exposure, but since the muray eel's eye is quiet dark, I had to look twive before I understood what this animal is. Colours great and I did like the "soft light" effect here. We have DOF ( depht of field ) and sharpness problems here.

Problem :
Slight lack of light / underexposure. DOF & sharpness probs.

Suggested Solution :
To keep the effect, a second strobe as "fill light" from the right side could help. Focuss on the eye is mandatory and the highest F-Stop number ( e.g. F16,22 or higher ) would help DOF.

The rock in the foreground is a bit distracting, but generally your composition works.

Problem :
Foreground ( rocks )

Suggested Solution :
These kind of photos works best with NO disturbing elements in it.
Rico Besserdich
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Close approach...that's good. You have found a nice & interesting subject..that's good as well. The open mouth brings extra dynamic and impact.

Problem :
nothing very special here

Suggested Solution :
With a subject like this, I would do at least 25 shots in different settings. "Think & Consider" is always the key ;-)

Isolate your main subject and keep it's eye sharp and in proper focuss. If this pic is cropped ( looks like it it is ) : Do please not "over-crop" since cropping comes always with loss of details ( ok..if you use a Hasselblad 60 Megapixel camera, then this is not counting for you, lol ! ) Good job so far...I see you follow a good path smile

All the best,

Rico ( UWP Photo Critic )

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