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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Cat Mercer

Whilst snorkling in Barbados... I got this lucky shot in ...
Whilst snorkling in Barbados... I got this lucky shot in ... by Cat Mercer

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Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012- (3/4/2012 5:31:00 PM)
Category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
location: Caribbean Sea Barbados
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message this message is importantDear Cat
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

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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 ) !

Tn Diver
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message Photo Critique:

First impression:
I like the turtle images and they make great shots when they are at the surface. The reflection catches my eye first!

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )
Exposure : 3, Colours: 4, Sparpness: 4, DOF ( depht of field ) : 5, Contrast : 2

Suggestions :
The image is good and for the most part just needs a bit of cleaning up with the use of CS5 and Lightroom or some type of photo enhancing software. I think the color would come out in the turtle and a bit of hue adjustment will help the water color in the image. The white back scatter can be cleaned up with the assorted tools in the program.

Composition :
I like the way the turtle sits in the frame. Yes, it would have been nice if the eye was in the middle catching the viewer immediately but this position works with the reflection on the surface.
I would try to next time get underneath so that you are shooting upwards rather than Horizontal. Its a good shot and keep sharing...
Tn Diver
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