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Please critique my kiteboarding shots

 
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Mar 17, 2008 14:05 |  #1

Took some shots of my brother in Key Biscayne the other day. Please tear them apart, I like constructive criticism. Shot with a Pentax k10d w/kit lense (ditched the xti to use the moms new camera for a day)

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Mar 18, 2008 10:19 |  #2

I would say that number 6 is the best. Well done. I also like number 3.

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Now for the hard part.

Horizon is off in number 1, 4, 5 and 8. You can *often* get away with that in an action shot (although I tend to try and sort it out) - see the difference between 1 and 8 for example.

Number 4 is a mess compositionally - it looks like a near decapitation or that the subject is nearly out of the photograph, mainly because well, he is. To counter that I would normally have cropped the photograph left and bottom.

I think if you straighten number 5's horizon, your brother's trick will look a little more extreme. He will definitely like that.

I like 7 even allowing for the board being chopped. The angle at which you shot it is interesting - I would look at intensifying the blue of the sky a little if you use processing software.

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Some general notes: one of the key issues in kite photography when I was starting off was learning to avoid what I call BOTH syndrome - that is - it's far too easy to get the back of the head and not that easy to get the personality of the kitesurfer. Thing is, if you spend any time at all shooting kitesurfers, it gets easier and :o very addictive.

I don't know a whole lot about the Pentax kitlens but I'd also say that the photographs look just a little bit soft to me and in some shots there's some weird vignetting on top left screen which I find distracting.

I spend a lot of time looking at other people's kite photographs because that's where you learn most. You'll find quite a few of mine here (external link) if you want somewhere to start looking; also recommend the magazines (and particularly the ads in said magazines). Feel free to ask any questions and I apologise in advance if this seems to be a little harsh but thanks for sharing the shots.

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Mar 18, 2008 11:11 as a reply to  @ Calina's post |  #3

PS - also have a look through some of the posts on here by user Roy Webber. He is well worth learning from too.


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Mar 19, 2008 09:39 |  #4

Wow thank you so much Calina, I really appreciate it. I'll definitely work on my horizon a lot more next time. Also one question: When shooting subjects that come toward you, how do you focus, automatic or are you a whiz with the focus wheel? That was my biggest difficulty when shooting this. Also would it be wise to stay away from continuous shooting since it doesn't auto focus throughout?




  
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Mar 20, 2008 06:31 as a reply to  @ ProjectL's post |  #5

I use autofocus because it's faster than I am. I also do use continuous shooting for building sequence shots.


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