Contest entries
 Long Distance Traveler  part of my Underwater Surrealism body of work. The Lion s Mane Jellyfish travels great distances across the Atlantic.
By Conor Culver
posted 18:15 CST Today (within the last hour)
Janolus Cristatus
By Caner Candemir
posted 15:40 CST Today (3 hours ago)
Hermit crab with hypnotic eyes. RX100M3 f8  1/400  ISO 80  one Sea Sea YS03
By Carlos Manuel Chamorro Perez
posted 12:52 CST Today (6 hours ago)
Sometimes you have to stop and take the image of a Christmas Tree worm   just because they are so danged pretty   This is uncropped.
By Patricia Sinclair
posted 11:59 CST Today (7 hours ago)
Cratena peregrina
By Deniz Muzaffer Gökmen
posted 09:47 CST Today (9 hours ago)
small rough head blenny that I found at the end of my first dive in Roatan
By Patricia Sinclair
posted 09:07 CST Today (9 hours ago)


Photo Dive Sites
dive sites latestSeferihisar Canyo...
Turkey, Aegean Sea
dive sites latestCalp - Spain
Spain, Mediterranean Sea
dive sites latestCape Eleuthera
Bahamas, Caribbean Sea
dive sites latestLysaker
Norway, Atlantic (European coastal)
dive sites latestTiari
New Caledonia, Coral Sea
dive sites latestBoschmolenplas
Netherlands, Landlocked Seas/Lakes
dive sites latestBodrum, Mugla
Turkey, Mediterranean Sea
dive sites latestSmall Brothers
Egypt, Red Sea
dive sites latestMediterranean Sea...
Turkey, Mediterranean Sea
dive sites latestCala conills
Spain, Balearic Sea

Search Forums

  infoYou are not logged so will not be able to make forum posts until you login or open a member account
  Really Simple Syndication  
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
VOTES: 25
VOTE!


forum thread for this image
Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012- (3/5/2012 9:32:00 AM)
Category: Macro - not swimming
location: Indian Ocean Indonesia
Book a Dive Trip to Indonesia
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 be...to bokeh...or not to bokeh...is 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...
 
Rico Besserdich
19963 point member
Rico Besserdich member image
 
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.

Composition
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 ;-)
 
Rico Besserdich
19963 point member
Rico Besserdich member image
 
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 !


Epilogue
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

website

- CRITIQUE COMPLETED ------

 
Rico Besserdich
19963 point member
Rico Besserdich member image