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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Barbara Toll

Manatee photo taken in Homosassa Springs, FL.
Manatee photo taken in Homosassa Springs, FL. by Barbara Toll

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Posted: Monday, March 26, 2012- (3/26/2012 6:22:00 AM)
Category: Freshwater
location: United States
message  Dear Barbara,

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 ) !

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message  Photo Critique

First impression

Sooo cuute smile

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

Exposure : 5, Colours: 4, Sharpness: 3, DOF ( depth of field ) : 4, Contrast : 3

Suggestions :

You did a really good job with this picture, Barbara smile Regarding your gear and this result... I hope you soon get the mony to afford your wishes wink

Regarding the room for improvement we come to the topic flash. This subject flashlit would be very nice. But in this case, as you were very shallow and didn't loos much of natural colors and this is not a real colorful subject, some postprocessing would be do the job also. Adjust Levels, a bit white balance, cleaning background a bit and sharpening would hlp for a really nice picture.

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Composition :

Basically very nice!

Suggestions :

Composition is what, beside the subject, I really like smile To improve I suggest you to swith to a tighter 4:5 ratio.

Subject :

The subject is cute smile and cute subject are very much in demand by the spectators.

Suggestions :

This little manatee shot doesnt need really improvement regarding to the subject.

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message  Epilogue :

Barbara, you gave us a really nice shot here. The only problem with it is the quality but here you can work on with postprocessing. But please not that much as with your sharks. Keep the natural colors, which you got, shooting that shallow.

To learn more, I strongly advice you to have a look at the underwater photography course here at UWP in general:


and as a further step the postprocessing course:


They really good! And you will make fast steps with them.

I can recognize in this picture a photographer's eye which is in need of techical knowlegde, gear and postprocessing skills.

We will soon see real candidates for awards from you after doing these steps!

All the best,


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

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message Thanks! I think it is time to take the course. I very much want to get a housing for my DSLR (a Canon Rebel T2i), but the cost is crazy. Any suggestions? Should I just concentrate on better better results from my little Sea & Sea camera first?

Thanks again.
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message Hi Barbara

With those pictures in mind I would definitely go for a rebel housing! Including 2 external flashes like the Inon Z240. No need for 2000$ flashes so far.

No I don't have any suggetion for this special camera. I go well with my BS Kinetics. But there are also cheaper ones which fits your needs. Have a look at the store here at UWP, Ikelite is maybe a good option:



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