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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Paul Beckman

Blenny in mating colors
Blenny in mating colors by Paul Beckman
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Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011- (10/6/2011 5:15:00 AM)
Category: Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
location: Gulf of Venezuela Denmark
message this message is important Dear Paul,
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 until you see the note 'photo critic completed' - thanks smile

As we photo critics do this job as volunteers, a 'thank you' is always appreciated (no 'thanks' = no more critiques ).

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 ) !

 
Rico Besserdich
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message  Photo Critique

First impression
"...a classic case".....

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )
Exposure : 3, Colours: 3, Sparpness: 2, DOF ( depht of field ) : 2, Contrast : 2


Suggestions :
There is only one way : Refer to your camera's manual. Check especially for different light measuring functions ( such as middle integrated, spot etc. ). This photo looks like a camera was set to "full automatic". Well, no good idea in the special conditions of underwater ;-)


Composition
main subject too small, distracting elements, too far.


Suggestions :
You'd managed a quiet good angle of shooting ( eye to eye ), but IF the fish is your main subject you need to go way closer to it. That'S the only way : Go Closer !!
 
Rico Besserdich
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message  Subject
Interesting fish and it counts for you that you were able to find it smile



Suggestions :
Same thing : Go closer ! Sometimes, this is not possible. In case you can't do a proper & close approach : Go and find a better "subject, then". It needs patience and a lot of trials, but to win this contest, extraordinary efford is almost "mandatory" ;-)

Epilogue
Take your time and look to all those great shots here at UWP. Also the online u/w photography course will for sure be a big help ( website ).

By time and by practising more I am very sure that your phots will become better and better smile

All the best,

Rico


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Rico Besserdich
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message Thanks, Rico. The camera was on full auto, I'd never seen this species before and was in only a couple of feet of water and took a bunch of shots but since I was close he was spooked and this was the best of the bunch. Appreciate the critique.
Paul
 
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message 

Rico Besserdich wrote: comment

Suggestions :
Same thing : Go closer ! Sometimes, this is not possible. In case you can't do a proper & close approach : Go and find a better "subject, then". It needs patience and a lot of trials, but to win this contest, extraordinary efford is almost "mandatory" ;-)

Epilogue
Take your time and look to all those great shots here at UWP. Also the online u/w photography course will for sure be a big help ( website ).

By time and by practising more I am very sure that your phots will become better and better

All the best,


Thanks, Rico. I agree with your take and will work on it on my next trip.
Paul
 
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