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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Marco Walter

Black-finned snake eel in Lembeh Strait
Black-finned snake eel in Lembeh Strait by Marco Walter

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Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012- (2/20/2012 12:51:00 AM)
Category: Macro - not swimming
location: Molucca Sea Indonesia
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message this message is important Dear Marco,

thank for your latest submission to the UWP contest grin

You've kindly requested a review of your photo.

How it works doh! : in the following 2-3 posts i will give you my impressions about technique, composition and subject. If ever needed, i will propose a suggestion how the picture might be improved.

Remember : we are volunteers and of course, a review contains always a subjective element you might not share with me unwell .

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First impression
Technicaly well mastered grin , laking composition sigh

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )
Exposure : 5, Colours: 5, Sparpness: 5, DOF ( depht of field ) : 5, Contrast : 5

Suggestions :
Not much to add to the technique. All seems quite well under control.

As this is quite a common subject on tropical waters, you have to realize a quite spectacular picture to break away from the mass.

Suggestions :
- play with depth of field - blurring the background by using a big aperture (small F-stop) and focusing on the eye for ex.
- shoot from eye/ground level
- use the negative space to enhance the subject (dark or blue background)
- try not to center the subject or give a diagonal
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message  Subject
Although shy, if given enough time, the eel will be an easy subject. You will have plenty of time to approach and to take as many pictures as you want.

Suggestions :
It happens that a cleaner shrimp is on the eel. try to get these symbiotic moments; they're pretty cool.

An often seen picture, technically well realized but with a bit to usual. Try to get the viewer to open up and say ahhhhhhhh! grin

I am looking forward to seeing your coming pics. Take care.

All the best,


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Answer Hi Dan,

thank you very much for both, your effort as well as your fair comments which will help to improve my pictures.

Best regards,


Marco Walter
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