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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Mawi Mugen

"Tiger Shrimp" at Seraya Secrets, Tulamben, Bali. Shots t...
"Tiger Shrimp" at Seraya Secrets, Tulamben, Bali. Shots t... by Mawi Mugen

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Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012- (3/5/2012 9:32:00 AM)
Category: Macro - not swimming
location: Indian Ocean Indonesia
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message this message is importantDear Mawi,

this is the second photo review I am writing for you. Means : You know how it works and I'll directly skip my foreword on hop on to the critique ;-)

Photo Critique

First impression
To be ..or not to bokeh...or not to this a bokeh ??

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

Suggestions :
I believe in that you have -from the technical view- done the best possible shot. Beside a small sharpness issue I think, that you'll need to focuss on digital postproduction. As your photo is somewhere between a classic macro shot and a "bokeh" macro shot I highly advise that you make your plans before shooting. Means : What you want to express ? What "style" you want to use ? For a classic macro scene we'll need way more DOF. For a Boekh we'll need less...,but some part of the subject has to be sharp. I unfortunetly couldn't s...
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message ...couldn't spot any tack sharp zone here. Looks like made in a rush...don't be in a rush while taking photos underwater ;-)
Your photo is not a square crop...but very close to it - I personally believe that a vertical 2/3 ratio ( as produced by your camera ) could boost this photo.

Frame well filled, nice angle of view.

Suggestions :
A shot that works...regarding the composition. But area of sharp ( and unsharp ) zones are a element of composition as well. Just as a small hint : when the strobe arm doesn't provixde enough flexibility : pull it off the camera and hold it with one hand - you could gain way more interesting lightning effects, then. Nothing wrong about the light in this pic...I am just talking about to "be different" ;-)

The field of macro photography in the world of uw photo contests is a incredible competetive one. "To be different" should be your first objective ;-)
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message  Subject
Those "crusty folks" are for sure great subjects !

Suggestions :
From the view of a contest judge : The prob is that we already have thousands of photos of exactly this subject. Let your creative mind go to unusual angles, unique lightning....and more ( or never seen before ) details.

Whatever you do : Try never (!) to copy others. There can be always one original....and a copy is never the same. Create your own original & unique shots, then !

A slight improvement of technical settings, postproduction and the developement of your own creative mindset will for sure make you a winner here one day. Go on shooting...and stay safe smile

All the best,




Rico Besserdich
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