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Taken by: Dario Romeo

Rangiroa, Avatoru pass, Angry Silver Shark
Rangiroa, Avatoru pass, Angry Silver Shark by Dario Romeo

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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011- (11/23/2011 12:21:00 PM)
Category: Sharks
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. As you know the game let's start immediately.

Photo Critique

First impression

Let's have a snack!

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

Exposure : 2, Colours: 2, Sharpness: 2, DOF ( depth of field ) : 3, Contrast : 2

Suggestions :

As exciting this scene is, we can't discuss away the technical problems of the picture. First of all: it's terribly pixelated. Did you compress to jpeg with the highest setting? (12 at Photoshop, at least a 10!). How much did you crop?
Second the light. This subject is by far too far away from any light, so are the divers and the reef. I understand you won't go any closer to this shark (well done!) But the result can only be a souvenir and not a contest winning entry.

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message If you aimed for a natural light shot, at least adjust the whitebalance properly. But this is anywy not the scenery for a natural light shot. It's a scenery for a mixed light shot.

Sharpness... I d0n't know how sarp this picture really is. But as it's that pixalated, it doesn't look sharp. The most in the sharks back near the tailfin. That leads to the question: Which focus setting did you use? Put the focus point on the eyes of the main subject.

Postprocess your picture!

Composition :

Shark from behind frown
Something left, something right -> difficult to connect:(

Suggestions :

Your position could be improved, closer to the "victims" looking face to face with the shark. The two parts of the scene divers - shark have to be more connectd.

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message  Subject :

Sharks are loved by spectators. Many photographers shoot shark pics, only a few get fantastic ones. We have them here on UWP. Search for "Sharks" to learn from those pictures

Suggestions :

We have some fantastic shark shots here on UWP, Search for "Shark" to learn from those pictures.

Go closer, yes go really close so that the flash reach to the subject. Improve your shooting angle.

Epilogue :

The vibes are with this pictures. Given by the sharks body language. I would like to see the movie how this scene ended. Tell us more.

I see within your picture an ambitious photographer. I'm sure you're willing to do a lot to improve your skills, as you show it by asking for feedback. That's a important first step. Benny, the owner of UWP has made a fantastic underwater course. I strongly advise you to go through it:


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message And second, but not less important, learn about postprocessing:


I'm sure you can improve a lot by attending those online courses.

All the best,


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

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Answer Hi Henry,
Thanks for comment the pic! when I made this photo, I was in the water from about 1 minute, and my camera (with flash bracket not open) unfortunately not ready for take pictures! But I took however when I saw the angry silver tip..I tried to cought a dangerous moment.
The frame its not to much cropped just a bit on right and left (the lens it's fisheye 10,5mm), unfortunately my position was in smile smile the backside of the shark :-(
Thank for link of UW course .. I have to adjust the with balance !!!
really thanks!!!
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message You're welcome, Dario smile

Taking this shooting angle was of course less frightening ;-)

Your father has put the video of this scene on facebook, thanks: It really gives some interresting insights!

Best success
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