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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Claudia Weber-Fischer

home, sweet home....
home, sweet home.... by Claudia Weber-Fischer

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Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2012- (3/6/2012 4:27:00 AM)
Category: Macro - not swimming
location: Philippine Sea Philippines
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message this message is important Dear Claudia,
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 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
A nice "home", but it could be a little closer ;-)

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

Suggestions :
This shot could take advantage from different (manual) camera settings and for this one I would use the camera's inbuild strobe only. This -in my opinium- could improve the effect of the pic. Another problem is the sharpness : It's not un-sharp but could be more crispy. I recommend a strong focus light to help your (compact) camera focus.

This scenery require different camera settings.

Suggestions :
I think, I got your idea. But your idea is going to the edge of your camera's possibilities. First of all the "inne rhome" needs to be as dark as possible. And go closer !! This pic could work with less strobe power and the highest F-Stop Number possible ( this would boo...
Rico Besserdich
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message ( this would boost sharpness as well ). The main prob is overlightning and not ideal direction of light.

A often seen subject but in a "special location" ;-)

Suggestions :
I understood your "frame in a frame" idea. Looks like you'll need to switch to D-SLR ! As the photo is right now, the main subject is not clear to understand. If it is a scenery ( "home, sweet home" ), it's message is not that clear as well. Try to isolate everything that does not belong to the scenery ( especially the distracting background in that fish's "home" )

Welcome to the UWP photography contest. I welcome you with open arms in the name of our 20.000+ members community of uw photographers !! Looking forward to your next photos....I have the feeling that you have way better ones !!! Oh...and yes : We only send wthe very best we have to a contest ;-)

All the best,




Rico Besserdich
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message Thank you very much, Rico!!!

(would have been much easier to get a critique by you ...;-)))

This was just a test how it works in this community!
As you perhaps know, this photo was taken with a small compact camera - not able to switch anything.

I now have a bridge-camera (not yet D-SLR) - so I hope the future photos will be better ;-)
But I need to get under the water surface...some day, I hope...
Claudia Weber-Fischer
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message Thank you very much, Rico.

I couldn't get closer, I was already half inside the sponge ;-)
(Yoga as well)

And this pic was taken with the inbuild strobe...
Compact camera Canon IXUS 100IS - no way to make it better ...

but I'm content with the result grin
Claudia Weber-Fischer
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message Hi Claudia,

"no way to make it better" = wrong answer !!!! there is always a way to make it better ;-)

in this case ( your photo ) : carry a white cotton handychief with you - they are great "softboxes" and diffusors when placed gently in front of the camera's inbuild ( or any other ) strobe. This don't have to be solved with technology...but it could be solved with creativity and a bit spirit of Mr. "Mc Gyver" smile

Happy bubbles,

Rico Besserdich
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message ok, good idea with the "diffuser" made by McGyver ;-)

I' m just "optimizing" my new gear - also in Mc-Gywer-Style: creative selfmade.... ;-) What I wanted to have does jet not exist...

Thanks a lot for your advice!
Claudia Weber-Fischer
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message You are welcome, Claudia !!
Rico Besserdich
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