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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Cynthia Campbell

Punky Flabellina!!
Taken on Vietnamese Ship Wreck in Pe...
Punky Flabellina!! 
Taken on Vietnamese Ship Wreck in Pe... by Cynthia Campbell

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Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011- (6/13/2011 2:02:00 AM)
Category: Macro - Nudibranchia
location: South China Sea Malaysia
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message this message is important Dear Cynthia,

Thank for your latest submission to the UWP contest smile

You've requested a critique of your photo. 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, please wait with any answers untill
you see the note "photo critic completed" - thanks smile

As we photo critics do this job as volunteers and as this service ist free of charge, at least a feedback on how this critique was useful to you is always appreciated.

Photo critiques here at UWP are 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 ( critique/review starts with the next post ) !

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message  Photo Critique

First impression

Nice flabellina, not bad at all

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )

Exposure : 3, Colours: 2, Sharpness: 2, DOF ( depth of field ) : 4, Contrast : 3

Suggestions :

This picture is underexposed. Have a look at the histogramm while postprocessing. With a reight exposure, also the colors get enhanced. On the right side (3/4) of the picture, we see a large unflashed area with a blue color cast. You probalbly shoot with only one flash. Then center it for macro. If you have two, then probably you’re slave is not working properly. There is sharpnes and a good DOF but there is missing the final crisp to become a top shot.

Composition :

frontal, slightly upwards angle, rule of thirds, diagonal

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message  Suggestions :

Very well done! The composition is fantastic! Frontal, upward, diagonal, ROTh Everything we wanna see ☺
But there is still room for improvement. Move alitte to the left with your camera and you get rid of the nasty background and make a freewater shot ☺
But this is complaining on a high level.

Subject :

Flabelline are an upcoming subject. We see many shots in the competition. To win the glory, it must be an exceptional shot.

Suggestions :

There are many shots, but many of them lack of the right position of the flabellina. You did it just right! A little more freewater...

Epilogue :

I recognize, you have a very good photographic eye ☺ Improve your technical skills, and this would have become a top shot. You have to get used to your gear. Excercise a lot, also topwater!

All the best,


--------Photo Critique completed--------
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message thank you very much henry!I got only one strobe( never used one before...) and still getting use to it (positioning, exposure...) quite hard! ill keep practicing!
thank you
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