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Nov 09, 2011 00:11 |  #1

I took this picture about a week ago and I've been getting some good comments. I was wondering what people out there in Photography-On-The-Net-Land thought about this. Constructive criticism is appreciated.

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Nov 09, 2011 07:47 |  #2

Certainly interesting light, but I would have had the person looking at me, cropped it closer to use that aquarium as a background - it looks cool. Obviously maybe this is a candid thing and you don't know the person but anyway. As it is I see a person looking into the aquarium which makes me wonder what is in there, but I don't see anything.


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Nov 09, 2011 08:14 |  #3

Would have been cool with a shark looking at her from the other side of the glass! I'd crop out the lhs to get rid of that door reflection.


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Nov 09, 2011 08:51 |  #4

I just don't see anything compelling in the image. Empty fish tank, back of someone's head....as a memory for you, it might hold special meaning....I suspect to most observers, it will come off as just a vacation snapshot.


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Nov 09, 2011 09:26 |  #5

I like the idea you had; it has potential. Unfortunately, the aquarium is overexposed, so there's no detail, just blue...so it's not very interesting imo. Can you reshoot it? Play around with different exposures. Try a polarizer.




  
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Nov 09, 2011 12:01 |  #6

boring photo, sorry.


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Nov 09, 2011 12:17 as a reply to  @ led hed's post |  #7

I like it actually.

The tank is a little overexposed and cropping out the left side would help it, but i like it.

Its quiet. Serene.


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Nov 09, 2011 14:13 |  #8

Numenorean wrote in post #13374962 (external link)
Certainly interesting light, but I would have had the person looking at me, cropped it closer to use that aquarium as a background - it looks cool. Obviously maybe this is a candid thing and you don't know the person but anyway. As it is I see a person looking into the aquarium which makes me wonder what is in there, but I don't see anything.

Why would the person be looking at you? The aquarium is much more interesting.:)


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Nov 10, 2011 07:44 |  #9

whoty wrote in post #13376778 (external link)
Why would the person be looking at you? The aquarium is much more interesting.:)

Ya that made no sense, unless you were trying to get a portrait but this is obviously meant to be either a candid shot or abstract.


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Nov 10, 2011 18:22 |  #10

whoty wrote in post #13376778 (external link)
Why would the person be looking at you? The aquarium is much more interesting.:)

Because I'm a portrait photographer and backs of heads don't interest me as much! ;)


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Nov 10, 2011 19:57 |  #11

Picture isn't showing up.


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Nov 11, 2011 04:25 |  #12

I think it would be improved if we could see what the person was looking at.




  
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Nov 11, 2011 07:20 |  #13

NumLock wrote in post #13384865 (external link)
I think it would be improved if we could see what the person was looking at.

Yeah, that!


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Nov 12, 2011 11:39 |  #14

Radtech1 wrote in post #13383460 (external link)
Picture isn't showing up.


I put it back up


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Nov 12, 2011 12:02 |  #15

OK, constructive criticism:

Not nearly as bad as I expected given the nature of some of the previous posts. When a person is not looking into the camera, rather, is looking into an area included into the photograph (as is with your shot) the area she is looking at is generally perceived as part of the subject. Now, that area CAN be vacant, as in your shot, or it can be of something (imagine if she were looking at a fish, or something). In any event, that area, the place where she is looking is involved with the looker and makes for sort of a "dual subject".

The place where she isn't looking (in your shot, the part of the aquarium that is to her left) is generally NOT perceived as part of the subject, and as such, should not occupy a prominent portion of the real estate of the image. In other words, since she is NOT looking there, it is not interacting with the looker, and is not an important part of the composition.

In your shot, you have too much of the image taken up by, well, nothing really. If you want to make this better shot, you should crop it just to her left, and get rid of all the space that does not contribute to the composition. If the area on the left half of the image is not interesting enough for her to look at, then why include it in the photo?

You may hear this same general idea when someone says, "The subject should not be looking out of frame", which is, in essence, what she is doing. The image border in the direction of her gaze is closer than the image border that is NOT in the direction of her gaze. She is looking out.

This rule also comes into play with moving subjects, you don't want them moving out of frame. In other words, on a moving subject, you want more room in front of the subject (in the direction of travel) than behind the subject.

Hope that helps.

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