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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Mawi Mugen

This shot is taken at USS Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Bali. ...
This shot is taken at USS Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Bali. ... by Mawi Mugen

Silver Medal Silver Medal 2012

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Editor's Comment
This is NOT the "Radial Blur" Photoshop filter, this is done "doin' it while shooting it" ! Spinning shots are not so easy, especially not with moving subjects. Well done, Mawi !
message this message is important Dear Mawi,
Thank for your latest submission to the UWP contest smile

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First impression
Yes...the good ol' "spin effect". But was it done while shooting it...or afterwards ? ( biiiig difference !! )

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )
Exposure : 4, Colours: 3, Sparpness: 3, DOF ( depht of field ) : 3, Contrast : 3

Suggestions :
Considering that silver/white coloured subjects are not that easy to exposure, I have found this shot generally well done...technically. The white balance looks as "correct" but does not "feautre" the photo as it should. I am awaiting more blue and defenitly I want to see more contrast in this photo ;-)

The spin effect makes me wonder, but generally it's a working composition.

Suggestions :
If you did the "spin effect" while shooting it, I will shut my mouth forever. But I think, it was done during postproduction. Nothing bad about that, but the photo should move to the "photoshopped" category, then.
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message  Subject
Schooling fish are always attracting viewers eyes. Good subject(s) ...and I got the idea ;-)

Suggestions :
Instead of "spinning" a longer exposure could bring a natural dynamic into this shot. The key is "doing it while shooting it".

Welcome to the UWP contest !! We will wait for your next submissions impatiently ;-)

All the best,

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Rico Besserdich
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message Hi Rico, thank you for taking the time for the comments. Sorry for not adding additional info on this picture. Yes this is my 'spin' effect done while shooting the subject. It is not done afterwards like in post processing or editing done. Strictly on the camera's shutter speed ability with a spot on focus. No major editing done. Once again, i truly appreciate your critique from a professional point of view though. Thanks buddy smile
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message Just for all others who are reading : Mawi was so kind to send me his original RAW file of this pic: The spinning effect was done by shooting - f/11, 1/5 s , ISO 200. Very good job, Mawi !

The white balance remains as a "question of taste". Beside this, the classic "s-curve" optimiziation in postproduction would give it the final boost. I as well beieve that the original horizontal frame works better than the vertical one. However : great shot !


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message Firstly i would like to thank Rico Besserdich & the rest of the photo critics members for viewing and commenting this shot. I am truly grateful to share this as well as how this shot was taken. Also i would like to thank all who have voted. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You all smile

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