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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Cynthia Campbell

Little nudi fighting the current!
Ikelite casing, Canon...
Little nudi fighting the current! 
Ikelite casing, Canon... by Cynthia Campbell
VOTES: 12
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Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2011- (9/29/2011 6:07:00 AM)
Category: Macro - Nudibranchia
location: South China Sea Malaysia
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message this message is important Dear Cynthia,
You have requested a review of your photo. It’s again my turn to write you some critical comments to help you to improve your work with an analytic review.
As you know, the objective is always to see you here on UWP as a winner one day.
You have already read the foreword, so I will directly start my review :

Photo Critique :

First impression :
A nudi in action !

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 ) :
Exposure : 2, Colours: 4, Sharpness: 4, DOF ( depth of field ) : 4, Contrast : 4


 
Raoul Caprez
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message  Suggested Solution :
Usually you can improve a bit the colours, the contrast and the exposure problems in post production, but not in that case …. you can only regret the shadow on the head of the nudibranch (and in the middle down of the frame). I suggest you to play more with your external strobe to solve this problem (position, orientation, power). The shadow might be done by the objective of the camera between your (internal ?) strobe and the subject.
Well, then, to add impact to your picture, the hard work is - like often - in the composition and in the approach.

Composition :
A kind of square cropping, a not centred subject and a slightly disturbing colourful background.


 
Raoul Caprez
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message  Suggested Solution :
Not to put your subject in the center is good. I see again that you work on the composition with a kind of square cropping. I suggest you to keep standard ratios such as 2/3, 3/4 or 5/7, it's more common.
An upwards angle of shooting would be better for me, but I understand the downward shooting to show the nice colours on the back of the animal. To avoid having a kind of disturbing background behind your subject, an upward angle of shooting could be a solution; try to change your approach to have a uniformed blue background or play with the speed and the f-stop to have a black one. It could help to show only your subject if you want.

Subject
I often say that Nudibranches are underwater photographers’ friends: nice colours, not too quick, we can go closer, … They usually give the opportunity to try different compositions and effects.
 
Raoul Caprez
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message But there are a lot of nudi pictures in the contest and so it’s difficult to do something new with them smile

Suggested Solution :
Next time, you can try to go a bit closer with a different approach. You can fill the frame with your animal. You will see that a lot of the nudibranches’ pictures that received a lot of votes on UWP are mostly when the animal fill the frame.
In general, a face to face with the animal gives always a more interactive picture smile

Epilogue
You have the "eye" to find small animals; that's already very good and essential to have such picture :-).
You’ve fixed a nice moment which gives a good idea of the” hard” life of a nudibranch smile I like that because it’s not only a nudi’s pic … it tells something and it can give an natural emotion.
For sure, if you had been closer with a good lighting you would have had more votes.
I’m looking forward to see your next pictures.

 
Raoul Caprez
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message All the best and happy bubbles.

Raoul (UWP Photo Critic)

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

 
Raoul Caprez
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message Thank you very much for the tips and will put them in practice!
happy bubbles!
 
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