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Taken by: John Walsh

Cleaning station, Dahab.
Cleaning station, Dahab. by John Walsh

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Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012- (2/19/2012 9:16:00 AM)
Category: Humorous
location: Red Sea Egypt
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message this message is importantThe famous wrasse and the more famous Sambouk, good shot John smile
Erich Reboucas
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message cool thanks Erich.......
John Walsh
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message  Dear John,
Thank for your latest submission to the UWP contest smile

( My apologies for this late reaction...I was soooo busy !! )

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
"Lord have mercy.....joking diveguides are around !!"

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

Suggestions :
Technically ok so far ;-)

snapshot ?

Suggestions :
As we are in a contest here, a shot like this would require a kind of different angle. Firstly : Go much closer ! We don't need to see the hands of that diveguide while he stabilize his bouoncy ;-) The cleaner-fish is hardly to see, which again for the "go closer" idea.
Rico Besserdich
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message Thank you, I suppose i could have cropped it closer.
John Walsh
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message  Subject
Yes ...a funny diveguide who tries to make his customer happy. He is for sure a nice guy, but not aware of what's needed to win a competiton ;-)

Suggestions :
Let the diveguide do his real job : finding great subjects for you ! And if he don't give up posing for you ( and this often happens ! ) : Go to extreme makro and shoot the fish with parts of the guide's teeth only. Take your time for this...I am wondering how long this diveguide can stay looking funny...without air to breath smile

Welcome to the contest, the biggest in the world ! As I am sure that you have plenty of great shots on your harddisk I am looking forward to your next submissions !!

All the best,




Rico Besserdich
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message Thank you
John Walsh
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