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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Mutlu Kurtbas

Free diver diving in the pool.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II,
Free diver diving in the pool.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II,
Se... by Mutlu Kurtbas

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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012- (8/20/2012 4:21:00 AM)
Category: Wide Angle - Divers
location: Aegean Sea Turkey
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message this message is important Dear Mutlu,

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 3-4 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 and as this service ist free of charge, at least a feedback on how this critique was useful to you is always appreciated.

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 ) !

Henry Jager
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message  Photo Critique

First impression

A nice shot smile

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )

Exposure : 6, Colours: 6, Sharpness: 5, DOF ( depth of field ) : 4, Contrast : 5

Suggestions :

This shot is technically very nice done! Nothing really to complain here. A bit more crisp sharpness, a little play with DOF. Would have been nice.

Composition :

Well drawn lines for perspective. And nice reflections. But missing dynamic!

Suggestions :

As nice this picture is, it lacks of dynamics. And this is, what the audience wants to see of a swimmer or freediver doing sports. The face, the mimic, a shooting angle from front, slighty upwards would give some dramatic movements or expressions. The freediver is too small to give this dynamic.

Henry Jager
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message  Subject :

A freediver isn't an attractive subject on it's own (exept you have a beautiful women in front of the lens. But then, recommendations applies, too. Or even more.), like an Orca or a diving polar bear would be. It must be a very attractive setting to succeed.

Suggestions :

You have to be creative. Either you try model shoots with a freediver or you do the dynamic sport shooting.

Epilogue :

I clearly see your technical skills. And also the willigness to compose your picture. Nevertheless you have to strive for the most attractive perspective and strive for the unusual picture.

All the best,


Henry's photography website

--------Photo Critique completed--------

Henry Jager
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