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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Richard (qingran) Meng

Turtle's Two World / Unlike most of the marine creatures,...
Turtle's Two World / Unlike most of the marine creatures,... by Richard (qingran) Meng
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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011- (8/30/2011 6:54:00 PM)
Category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
location: Banda Sea Indonesia
message this message is important Dear Richard,
Thank for your submission to the contest and welcome to UWP.
You have requested a review of your photo. Let me shortly explain how it works :
As we do have a limited space for each post here, please note that my review will be like 2-3 posts in total. If you want to answer me, please wait until my review has been completed; as photo critics, we do this job as volunteers; a "thank you" is always appreciated smile
My review is structured into chapters and I will list problem zones (if there are any) and I will suggest solutions on how to improve results.
Important : The "photo critic" feature here at UWP is not a putdown of uw photos. The objective is to see you here as a winner one day !
For the basics (in case of), an uw photography online course is available here at UWP and it's always a good idea to sign up for that one.

And here we go ! (Photo review starts with next post) :

 
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First impression :
Nice subject for an over/under

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 ) :
Exposure : 4, Colours: 3, Sharpness: 4, DOF ( depth of field ) : 5, Contrast : 4

Suggested Solution :
It’s a very natural picture. Good, but … next time you could work with the RAW file format during postproduction to adjust the contrast and the colours for example.
In general, to have intensive colours on the picture, you have to go closer to your subject; even the strongest external strobe has a range of only 2 meters underwater, but for an over/under picture, the natural light can be enough if the sun is shining well.

Composition :
Centered subject which could have more space to swim.

 
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message  Suggested Solution :
In general, try not to put your subject in the middle, put your animal a little bit on the side (on the right in that case - to let your turtle swim); it helps to break the symmetry.
Personally, I also would have left more water under the turtle to increase the space around it.
Another time, you can also work on something different like a real reflection under the surface for example (just in case you want to work with reflection, the angle of your shot must be bigger than 50 degrees. Over 48 degrees, the surface acts like a mirror).

Subject
This kind of subject has always success for the spectators: nice move, nice face, … everything to have nice pictures, but it’s not always so easy to approach it.

 
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message  Suggested Solution :
With this subject, it’s usually possible to take more than one picture of the animal in different positions. Next time, I suggest you to wait a little longer for a second picture to show the fins a little bit better (in the blue up or down the shell instead of at the same height of the shell for example).
For the approach, it could be a good way to be just a little bit more opposite the turtle to accentuate the interaction between the animal and the photographer.

Epilogue
Welcome again to UWP.
Taking a nice over/under picture of a close animal is a hard exercise. Good challenge !
I’m looking forward to see your next post.
If you have time, have a look here in UWP at the “over/under” category to take ideas (there are incredible pictures).
All the best and happy bubbles.

Raoul (UWP Photo Critic)



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