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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Alberto Gallucci

Moray and shrimp
Moray and shrimp by Alberto Gallucci

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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012- (3/27/2012 12:22:00 PM)
Category: Macro - not swimming
location: Ligurian Sea Italy
message  DearAlberto,
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 ) ! cool

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message  Photo Critique

First impression
Great action shot!

Technical ( score from 1-6, best is 6 )
Exposure : 5, Colours: 5, Sparpness: 3, DOF ( depht of field ) : 3, Contrast : 4

Suggestions :
smile considering exposure and colours
what disturbs is that this nice shrimp doesn't look sharp. This can be due to the aperture (too high), then your DOF is limited or a low shutter speed (if the subject is moving). As the eye of the moray is sharp I opt for the later. Try to have at least a 1/125s shutter in these action shots

the only thing which disturbs me a bit is the red/green piece of something in the foreground.

Suggestions :
maybe by shooting a bit upwards you could have avoided this. To get a real winning shot the best would be a nice dark background which makes your moray stand out nicely (but I know that you can't always dig a hole in the reef aw, shucks
But try to keep this in mind while yo...
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message  Subject
great subject especially with such a colourful shrimp. Not easy though as they tend to move around all the time

Suggestions :
Watch them for a while and try to frame calmly the scene. Start with a smaller aperture so that your DOF is higher which keeps all important things in focus smile On the G12 that's f/8

You're close smile Keep up the good work and why not considering a pro account, which would display your beautiful pics bigger to the uwp community smile
Hope to see some more Italian pics soon.

All the best,
Mona rose

photocritique completed

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message Thank you, Mona, for your precious advices!!! grin

All the best!

Alberto Gallucci
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