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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Tina Malmgren

Clione limacina - sea angel
Clione limacina - sea angel by Tina Malmgren

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Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011- (4/25/2011 12:11:00 AM)
Category: Temperate Waters
location: Atlantic (European coastal) Sweden
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Great shot... rose rose rose
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message Merci beaucoup!
Not easy to catch it "right".
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message  Dear Tina,
thank for your latest submission to the UWP contest smile

Sorry for my late reply...I was out for a photo job for a couple of days ;-)

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 some suggested solutions to problem zones
( if there are any ). My critique will be like 2-3 posts in total.
As we photo critics do this job as volunteers, a "thank you" is always appreciated.

Important : The new "photo critique" feature here at UWP is not meant 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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First impression
1) "Tina ? From Denmark ??? ...Hm...I somehow know this name, lol !!", 2) "A bit too much negative space...."

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )
Exposure : 5, Colours: 6, Sparpness: 3, DOF ( depht of field ) : 3

Suggestions :
While the colours are looking great to me, I have found that sharpness could be better. A highe f-Stop number ( e.g. F22 or even 32 ) could achieve a better depht of field. If you have really strong strobes a setting of F16 & 1/250 would give best results and would "freeze" the movement.

Everyone knows here that I love dark backgrounds ;-) But maybe we have a little bit too much black in here and as my colour calibrated screen shows, we have some disturbing dark green artifacts in the background.

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message  Suggestions :
This subject could work better with a tighter frame. While postproduction : Stand up sometimes and check your results from an different angle of view ( or just turn your screen a bit ). Especially LCD computer screens require this. Your composition is not wrong, but I feel like that more "sea angel" and less negative space could improve this picture.

What an incredible interesting "model" !! Never saw something like this ;-) Of course it's definitly worth a long session !!

Suggestions :
I hope you had spended your entire dive with that one. I would do that if I would be you ( unless you have millions of this animals around you every dive, lol ! ). I know how hard it is to get a good shot from free swimming animals and I think you managed it very well.
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message  Epilogue
Again : Very interesting subject and I would love to see more of it smile The small "barrier" on the way to a winning photo is sharpness and composition so I wish to you that you will have the chance to meet your "sea angel" soon again !! You have a talent and your are 100% on the right way ! By the way : My greetings to Jorn...just in case you know him, hihi wink

All the best and thanks again for your submission to the contest,

Rico ( UWP Photo Critic )

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--------Photo Critique completed--------

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message Happy to see your photo inj the "best of" the month April ! Don't you mind my recent's all meant to make you annual winner :-))))
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