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May 25, 2014 17:51 |  #1

Just looking for a bit of CONSTRUCTIVE feedback on this. Over the winter I have worked really hard to get my skills up to par and working on shot comp. Now that spring has finally sprung (hopefully.. it was snowing there two days before this picture was taken), I'm being able to see just how well my 2.8 can really do.

I am still working on my skills in post edit, which is mainly what I'm looking for feedback on.

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May 25, 2014 18:07 |  #2

Given what you’ve got to work with, specifically, the lack of faces, I like it.

The wheelchair person IS looking at the camera, so there is come connection for the viewer there - even though the face is hidden.

The fact that he is in red, and that most of the rest of the shot is more or less devoid of color, helps to anchor him (her?) as the subject.

Given that the furthest back person has umpire’s stripes, I assume he his some sort of official. I don’t know if he is helping the composition - did you consider cropping?

One other thing, I might select the shirt on the person bending over and lighten it to further separate the subject. For the same reason, I would select the blues on him and partially desaturate them.

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May 25, 2014 18:12 |  #3

Radtech1 wrote in post #16929777 (external link)
Given what you’ve got to work with, specifically, the lack of faces, I like it.

The wheelchair person IS looking at the camera, so there is come connection for the viewer there - even though the face is hidden.

The fact that he is in red, and that most of the rest of the shot is more or less devoid of color, helps to anchor him (her?) as the subject.

Given that the furthest back person has umpire’s stripes, I assume he his some sort of official. I don’t know if he is helping the composition - did you consider cropping?

One other thing, I might select the shirt on the person bending over and lighten it to further separate the subject. For the same reason, I would select the blues on him and partially desaturate them.

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This shot was taken from approx 50-60 ft in the air on a skylift.

It is a him, he caught my attention because he was just rollin' around shootin' people. The stripes guy is a ref that was assigned to him as well. I did crop the picture down a bit but I was afraid of cropping it more.

Didn't think about desaturating the blues. I'll bring it back up in lightroom and look at it. Thanks!


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May 25, 2014 20:23 |  #4

The most problematic aspect of the photo for me is that I don't know what I'm looking at--the figures are all overlapping and it isn't clear what any of them are doing.



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May 26, 2014 15:10 |  #5

Have to agree with Christopher here... sorry but the image does nothing for me. I don't have a clue what is going on just by looking at the photo. If you didn't tell me it was paintball, I never would have known. That means it can't stand on it's own.


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May 27, 2014 23:29 |  #6

Sorry but I also wouldn't know what I am looking at if you handn't told us. It is cropped tight (top of the standing persons head is cut off. The signature at the right had side is distracting and there is a fair bit of clutter in the scene. It needs more context....


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May 28, 2014 11:34 |  #7

This looks like a run of the mill snapshot. No offense, but what is the story or what are your trying to convey? The watermark takes up way too much space. I used to think that I should put watermarks on my photos, but lets be realistic about things. Unless you really believe a photo is unique or holds commercial value, the watermark looks amateurish.


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May 28, 2014 17:21 |  #8

zosobao5150 wrote in post #16935925 (external link)
This looks like a run of the mill snapshot. No offense, but what is the story or what are your trying to convey? The watermark takes up way too much space. I used to think that I should put watermarks on my photos, but lets be realistic about things. Unless you really believe a photo is unique or holds commercial value, the watermark looks amateurish.

The watermark is rather large because I've had an issue with people on Facebook stealing the photo and not giving any credit for my work. My next step for the watermark is to place it over the image itself, which I'd like to avoid if I could. I'd forgo putting watermarks on things if people would just give simple credit where its due :(

vk2gwk wrote in post #16934969 (external link)
Sorry but I also wouldn't know what I am looking at if you handn't told us. It is cropped tight (top of the standing persons head is cut off. The signature at the right had side is distracting and there is a fair bit of clutter in the scene. It needs more context....

planet5D wrote in post #16931669 (external link)
Have to agree with Christopher here... sorry but the image does nothing for me. I don't have a clue what is going on just by looking at the photo. If you didn't tell me it was paintball, I never would have known. That means it can't stand on it's own.

I guess this image is targeted for a specific audience more than an art gallery. The image is of a disabled player who is out playing paintball at an event in Chicago. The original caption on this photo was something to the effect that even though this player has a disadvantage, he is still out there enjoying the game/sport and has refused to allow his condition to limit his ability to have fun.

The original image was a rather wide shot, this just happened to be a gem that was hidden in the image, and I wanted to bring focus to that.

I was going to cut the ref out of the image all together, but I felt that he was an important part of the set up of the shot. I did crop rather close as I wanted to eliminate some of the clutter in the background. I was in a rather bad position to get a straight on shot of the player, hence the back end of the truck in the way, however the truck is actually a bunker to hide behind, so it was my thought that it made for a decent image.

Christopher Steven b wrote in post #16929997 (external link)
The most problematic aspect of the photo for me is that I don't know what I'm looking at--the figures are all overlapping and it isn't clear what any of them are doing.

I was mainly looking for feedback on the post edit qualities rather than the composition, as all of my shots deal with the sport of paintball and are marketed towards them rather than art galleries or picture books. Certain aspects of the sport do create less than ideal composition of shots :-/

Thanks for the feedback thus far.


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May 28, 2014 18:16 |  #9

It benefits you to have standards that are higher than your clients.

Even if you disregard the compositional (artsy ?) stuff, the moment you chose to capture wasn't great. It doesn't show him 'enjoying the game'. It shows someone bending over behind him to--I don't know, adjust something ? It's like getting ready to shoot someones portrait and then pressing the shutter just as they bend down to tie their shoes.

Sorry man--don't mean to harp. It was probably a tough shot to grab.

paintcheck wrote in post #16936690 (external link)
The watermark is rather large because I've had an issue with people on Facebook stealing the photo and not giving any credit for my work. My next step for the watermark is to place it over the image itself, which I'd like to avoid if I could. I'd forgo putting watermarks on things if people would just give simple credit where its due :(



I guess this image is targeted for a specific audience more than an art gallery. The image is of a disabled player who is out playing paintball at an event in Chicago. The original caption on this photo was something to the effect that even though this player has a disadvantage, he is still out there enjoying the game/sport and has refused to allow his condition to limit his ability to have fun.

The original image was a rather wide shot, this just happened to be a gem that was hidden in the image, and I wanted to bring focus to that.

I was going to cut the ref out of the image all together, but I felt that he was an important part of the set up of the shot. I did crop rather close as I wanted to eliminate some of the clutter in the background. I was in a rather bad position to get a straight on shot of the player, hence the back end of the truck in the way, however the truck is actually a bunker to hide behind, so it was my thought that it made for a decent image.

I was mainly looking for feedback on the post edit qualities rather than the composition, as all of my shots deal with the sport of paintball and are marketed towards them rather than art galleries or picture books. Certain aspects of the sport do create less than ideal composition of shots :-/

Thanks for the feedback thus far.



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