Discussion in 'Critique Forum Archives' started by RobinChen, Jun 6, 2007.
Just want to know about the composition of this picture.
Love the action in this shot. Tell us why you decided on Bw. Also not sure why you decided to include the dock and all the houses in the background.
Love & Bass
Seems like every line in the photo is running to dead center. Why is the subject all white and with his back to the camera? Judging by the title, this is a promotional photo? Nice stop on the action but it does nothing beyond that. IMO.
Now ordinarily this would have been a classic veritcal composition. Now it is the classic reason to break the rule. The picture is not a portrait. It is about an attitude based on the place. The person is relatively unimportant to the shot except as an element. The human who is usually the main element in the shot is not here, hence the horizontal shot. Makes no sense at all im sure.
I added a dark red filter effect then did a little contrast increase and cropped it a little tighter not sure it is any better, but I like it more.
The 'What Happens At Big Bear Stays At Big Bear'...interesting title but how does it relate to the photo? I think the guy would be better shown naked from behind. Then the title fits the photo better. Was the guy photoshopped into the image? The shadow on his left leg is distracting. You are on to something...just need to develop the concept a bit more.
To me, the composition works very well, except for one thing. With the subjects arms/legs spread like they are, it lends itself to a symmetric composition with the subject, however, the subject isn't parallel with the camera, and the slight angle of the subject throws off the symmetry.
The docks and houses actually didnt occur to me that it would be a distraction. I thought by including those there would be a sense of where I was at. I thought BW would help with the picture focus on the subject. I was wearing a white Tshirt and shorts so I thought by getting rid of the other colors, it would help. This was set up on a tripod and I just told my friend to hold the shutter while I ran and had it set on continuous mode.
I jumped that way because I wanted to show sort of a "I'm about to jump in the water kind of shot" If I shot it from the front I dont think it wouldve looked as cool because the photo wouldve just looked like I was jumping 1 foott in the air. lol I'm not to sure what you mean by everything looks like its running to the dead center. Is it that the subject, house dock and everything tends to be in the center and distracts from the subject itself?
I'm sorry but can somebody please break it down for me? [confused:er: ]
The only thing that I did to this photo was crop it alittle and bw. I didnt really want to run naked so I guess the title is alittle wrong then hehe. I didnt photoshop myself I really ran and jumped while the photo was taken.
Would it have been better if shot right behind me?
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