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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Egil Kaplanski

"Stella" an old sailing ship.
"Stella" an old sailing ship. by Egil Kaplanski

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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012- (4/18/2012 2:45:00 AM)
Category: Wide Angle - Wrecks
location: Atlantic (European coastal) Norway
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message this message is important Dear Egil,
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 ) !

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First impression
hey there's a diver hiding! wink

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )
Exposure : 5, Colours: 5, Sharpness: 4, DOF ( depth of field ) : 5, Contrast : 5

Suggestions :
Not much to add here smile
all in all your photo is technically well done, I like the nice even lightening

grin taken upwards
doh! part of wreck cut on the left
doh! seaweed disturbing on the upper left
doh! position of diver, almost not recognizable

Suggestions :
try to frame the whole wreck with out cutting off edges wink
Considering models :
Putting your model as you did, makes a great "souvenir"picture but won't make you win a contest. The model could be positioned in the upper right corner, above the wreck in the distance, even better, holding a torch pointed at the wreck. And : a model should never directly look into the camera wink

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shooting a wreck with a model is a great idea. The model represents the present in a picture painting a subject of the past (IMHO).
The trick is to get both "subjects" in harmony in order to make a winning shot

Suggestions :
The 3P's : Practice, practice, practice wink
One of your subjects doesn't move, so make move the model around the wreck and try out different positions (in the frame & also body position). You can also go further and apply a different lightening to make it look more dramatic.

You definitely have the skills to create winning shots. I still wonder if you just took this picture as "souvenir" or if you're intention was to create a competition shot? The souvenir picture is great and gets a 6/6 . The competition shot need more fine tuning. wink

I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work, Egil.
Keep on posting

All the best,

Mona rose

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message Hello Mona

Thanks for the criticism, it was very constructive. I see what the picture is missing when you describe it so well. It was not in my mind to create a winning shot when I took it, more for fun. But I did like it and would like to see how it would manage in a competition.

Thank you again
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