Online Photographic Critique 1

Garlic Woods

Garlic Woods

Photo comment By Judge 1: Garlic Woods You can almost smell the wild garlic in this picture. Having said that I feel that the composition of the picture is let down by the bough running diagonal on the left hand side. The photographer could have turned the image into a portrait style and cropped away most of the bough. This would still have left the intensity of the wild garlic and enhanced the foreground with the moss-covered boulder, whilst removing the distraction. The image appears sharp and the colours true. A good image that I feel could have been made better with some cropping. 15 out of 20

Photo comment By Judge 2: Garlic Woods: A very attractive image, sharp and well exposed. The moss covered rock bottom right creates good foreground interest but is just a little tight in the corner. I like the sense of recession through the trees. The area of bright sky in the top left hand side of the picture draws attention away from the remainder of the image. Our eyes are always drawn to the brightest part of a scene. Cropping some of the left side to eliminate the bright area will strengthen the image. A good result with lots of fine detail and textures recorded. 18Marks.

Photo comment By Judge 3: Garlic Woods On first impression it looks a pleasing image, the green colour’s are just right (not too saturated as sometimes happens). It’s an image that reminds me of a spring day in a wood. As I start to look round the image I find it difficult to focus on any one thing, there is no natural focal point for my eyes and because of this I start to see all the messy branches, the ones left keep catching my eye and Then the grey sky in the upper left. (I know it’s a wood and not meant to be Tidy) Maybe it would have been better to focus more just on the wild garlic some how by having it bigger in the frame? I feel the garlic may have been why the author took the image in the first place. 14 points.

Determination

Determination

Photo comment By Judge 1: Determination Very sharp image. Caught the action just at the right time to make a very good composition. I assume it was a multi burst shot and not just a single shot to enable such precision. Taken at high speed to get the water clear. Depth of field has been considered to ensure the background was blurred therefore not distracting from the main focal point. There would be very little to criticise this image on. The image was presented as a tiff file and not a jpeg 18 out of 20

Photo comment By Judge 2: Determination: Full of action which has been well recorded. There is a strong sense of the subject’s determination. His face alone illustrates that. He stands out well against the cool green backdrop and the angle caught in the frame really provides dynamism. Love the foreground spray but there is probably a little too much included at the images base. Sharp and well exposed. A fine action shot from a landscape and bird snapper. 18 Marks.

Photo comment By Judge 3: Determination Well focused and sharp and the colours look good, the wake boarder has been positioned well in the frame and using the trees as a backdrop there are no distractions. I like the position of the rope heading at an angle to the top Corner. If I hadn’t seen these wake boarders I would be wondering how he got to this Angle with the water in front of him so a slightly wider angle with some of the take off water in view might have worked better but a good shot never the less. 18 points.

 Welsh Castle

Welsh Castle

Photo comment By Judge 1: I have considered and judged the images hopefully bringing into play the skills and experience I have as a photographer. The range of points given reflects my own perception of what I feel makes a quality image. Having taken all technical issues into account my final thought on viewing the image was “would I be happy with the picture on my wall at home” for which I allowed the sum of 2 of the 20 points available. The answer to that for these images is unfortunately no and that is why none of the pictures achieved a higher score than that given. North Wales Obviously done via a long time exposure due to the trail of car lights near the castle and the milkiness of the water. Uncertain if the camera was on a tripod as none of the picture is as sharp as would be expected if the camera had been tripod mounted. The overall image has a brown cast to it, this may be due to the spotlights lighting up the castle. The sky however also has a brown tone to it. I question if the shot has been taken using one of the main camera settings or one of the in built scene options I like the composition of the image with the road leading you out of the picture to the right whilst having the imposing structure directly in front of you. In general a good try 14 out of 20

Photo comment By Judge 2: Welsh Castle: An interesting night shot. Exposure has been well handled despite the difficult lighting. Good modelling of the Castle has been recorded which enhances the feeling of solidarity Whilst the road leads into the scene it then turns out to the right side potentially leading our attention away a little. A good effort in difficult circumstances. 16 Marks.

Photo comment By Judge 3: N Wales Caernarfon castle is a difficult castle to get a good image of, I have stood On the road where this photo was taken and you really need some good light to make anything of the castle. The image sets of with the good idea of a lead in line with the road, the only problem I see with that is double yellow lines and a tarmac road don’t sit well with a medieval castle. There are another few problems, nothing looks sharp I don’t know if it was a Bit windy and perhaps the tripod was moving a little as it looks like a long Shutter shot. There is no colour in the sky other than perhaps the illumination form street lights a better time of day would have been around dusk when there was a little light left, I know sometimes we are only there for a little time but if the light is not right there isn’t always a photo to be had. 10 points.


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