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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Ellen Cuylaerts

Andy does the Kittiwake
While Andy was taking a picture ...
Andy does the Kittiwake
While Andy was taking a picture ... by Ellen Cuylaerts
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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012- (4/17/2012 7:14:00 AM)
Category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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message this message is important Dear Ellen,

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 ) !

 
Henry Jager
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message  Photo Critique


First impression

Andy? Andy who? Andy where?


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

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


Suggestions :

First: There is a big difference between your upload here at UWP versus your upload at flickr. Not in favour for the contest one... Downsizing the pictures always need resharpening.

You took the sun partially into the picture. Great idea. The Sun bears the risk of having a white hole. To avoid this close the aperture to about f/22,0. You'll get the sunrays.

The picture could gain of some contrast. Desaturation is a good idea but don't overdo it. I think it's borderline.

 
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message  Composition :

a bit chaotical.
Andy?
goodbye fishes...


Suggestions :

Andy (doing the Kittiwake) is the subject according to your title. But Andy can hardly be seen. In fact I didn't find him first and discovered him on the Flickr pic.

So we have two other subjects: The Kittiwake and the school of fish. It's a pitty they aren't connected to each other and really a pitty the fishes are swimming out of the frame.



Subject :

A wreck in this shallow water is a great opportunity for bright natural light shots as you did.

Suggestions :

Wrecks are perfect subjects to play around and learn alot. Especially for composition. Learn about the rule of thirds go closer, try different shooting angles, compose the elements in the picture like a painter does.

 
Henry Jager
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message  Epilogue :

Shooting underwater pictures since 8 month: Congrats for your pictures! Underwaterphotography is fun and bears the risk of addiction smile

To increase this risk and learn with seven-league boots on, I recommend you to have a look at the underwater photography course in general here at UWP:

website

and as a further step the postprocessing course:

website

They really good!


I wish you happy shooting smile


All the best,

Henry
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Henry Jager
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message Thank you very much for the photo critique Henry.

Currently I'm travelling but once home I will go for the Pro account and take a look at the courses. They seem very useful.

I will take a look at my Aperture file to check on the saturation, because I can't remember using it, but will try to get more contrast in the picture. And you are right about the title, it was the one I used in our group, but should find a different one:-).
The suggestion for the f22 I will try, but would it work with a micro-4/3 wide angle? I'm going back to the wreck in a month and will give it a try.

Thanks for your time and words! And will keep you posted!
 
Underwaterellen
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message You're welcome, Ellen!

Good luck smile

Henry
 
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