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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Dario Romeo

Tursiope Female
Dolphin seeks contact with the divers
Tursiope Female
 Dolphin seeks contact with the divers by Dario Romeo

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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2011- (11/24/2011 3:16:00 AM)
Category: Wide Angle - Natural Light (no strobe)
location: Pacific French Polynesia
message this message is important Dear Dario,
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 subject with high potential but the photo itself needs a lot of improvement"

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

Suggestions :
First of all : Please check for proper white balance - serious cyan colour cast in this one. Check for sharpness - at least the dolphin's eye should be in focus. In case of doubt : F8, 1/125 , 1 meter...and be there ( by Martin Edge...a wise man ) ! Good setting when there is no time ( = dolphins swim fast ).

Composition works in general.

Suggestions :
I've got your idea smile A bit more impact could be gained, if you stick to the 3/2 frame ration as produced by your camera. However : always keep in mind that we loose pixels with cropping ;-) But however : yes, this composition generally works smile
Rico Besserdich
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message  Subject
Everyone loves dolphins. To get good pics of free dolphins ( not captive ones ) is a real challenge ! However : of course a great subject smile

Suggestions :
As we are talking about fast action & fast subjects I highly recommend that you prepare a setup of your camera BEFORE entering the water. "One shot" focus might not be the best option, try "AI" or "servo" focus. It's nice to work with ambient light only and I like it - But if you do so : check always for proper white balance.

Very special subjects ( like your dolphin ) always "paralyze" the judges somehow. Sorry, but just an special subject does not impress me automatically ;-) It should be your personal objective to create the very best photo possible...not for the judges...for you !!

Your photo got "shortlisted" and I am happy for your success. Lots of great dolphin pics here in the contest - view them & become inspired smile

All the best,


Rico Besserdich
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Answer Thank you Rico, I ll check With balance
Dario smile
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