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Underwater Photo Contest Entry
Sneak a peak! Octopus vulgaris by Susana Martins
by: Susana Martins
Sneak a peak! Octopus vulgaris
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posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011- (10/26/2011 1:57:00 PM)
category: Macro - not swimming
location: Atlantic (European coastal) Portugal
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Dear Susana,

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 3-4 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 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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First impression

Cute smile


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

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


Suggestions :

Regarding your equipment you've don a nice job! You brought the colors, the eye is sharp smile Where can you improve?

We see an exposure shift from upper left (bright) to lower right (shadow). Do you flash internally? Consider external flashes for a more balanced exposure over the entire picture.

DOF: Try to shift the main part of the bokeh to the background. to much unsharpness in the foreground distracts, whereas put in the background it makes a nice silhouetting of the subject.



Composition :

centerd, small subject

Suggestions :

Go closer! The subject should fill at least 1/3 of the picture in case you have a very attractive background. Otherwise take 2/3 or more. That means, fill the fram...
 
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message Go closer! The subject should fill at least 1/3 of the picture in case you have a nice background. Otherwise take 2/3 or more. That means, fill the frame with the octopus.

Don't center the subject. Remember the rule of thirds
Subject :

Octopusses are very nice subjects. Many pictures of them exists. If you want to succeed in competition, you need a real cracker!

Suggestions :

The octopus is a very curious animal. With patience they may come out of their hiding place. So take your time!


 
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message  Epilogue :

Underwaterphotography is a very addictive hobby. You have already passed the all-blue-color-phase, and it's time to take the next steps. I highly reccommend you to take the course here at UWP. It accelerates your learnings fast:

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Maybe you consider also postproceesing your pictures. there is a lot of software around, expensive ones but also cheep or even free ones which are very good to make your first steps. You can also get some very powerful hints here at UWP:

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Im sure you will improve fast and we'll see very nice pictures from you smile


All the best,

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


 
Henry
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message Thank you very much for your hints!
In fact Octopuses are one of my favorite subjects precisely because they are so curious. This one I just had to give him a lot of time for him to put his eye out and just take a stare. I love the way they behave and have real underwater fun ;-)

 
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