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Discussion in 'General Critical Analysis' started by just x joey, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. just x joey

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    Hey, I don't know if this photo is too dark or not. I tried to lighten up the flowers but was afraid of ruining the quality of the photo. What do you guys think?also give me tips on my composition and everything, thank you!

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    This photo is very boring to me. It is underexposed, composition is highly questionable with lots of dead space, no sharp focus, absolutely no pop to the colors, and doesn't want to tell me anything interesting about where they live.

    I seem to remember a critique somewhere that said that "anybody could have taken this photo". In this case, it has a ring of truth to it.
     
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    wow i have to say i HIGHLY disagree with you. maybe you posted this out of spite?
     
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    The critique was objective. But then again, it's just my opinion.

    As an example I can give for a flower:
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    In the example above, the focus is on the one flower. Granted there are opportunities were a managerie of flowers are quite exquisite. However, your photo does not seem to be focusing in on a single subject (the single subject can include multiple objects. Sorry I don't have an example at the moment)

    The last sentence may have been a bit of just deserts. But I stand by it - average at best.
     
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    i was going for soft focus. Also, this is weird but i liek this one better then my "Withering Away" photo, lol. And, i do not believe any one could have taken this photo. I feel it doesn't need sharp focus as the yellow flowers stand out greatly compared to the background. I also find my image amazingly better looking the the image you posted as an example. Maybe i am being biased towards my work. second opinions?
     
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    Okay, you have your opinions about you work, which is a good thing. However, you did post it in the GENERAL CRITICAL ANALYSIS forum. What do you expect, for everyone to ooh and ahh. I don't think that's the point here. Unfortunately, I am the only one to have taken the time to give any point of view and then you attack me for my opinion of having a critique?

    Although my immediate response would normally be for you to grow a set, I feel it would be much more constructive to say that the critical analysis is not directed towards you personally, but to the photo you decided to put on for public display. And I will repeat, it's just my opinion. Others may have theirs, but as of yet, I am the only responder out of some 20-30 viewers. Does that give you a clue?

    Art is in the eye of the beholder. If you only want opinions that are agreable to yours, then what's the point of asking for opinions of others that are anonymous? At least here you should get an honest assessment of your work. Take what is good and learn. Take what is bad and learn. Take what is indifferent and forget about it.
     
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    I'm not mad at you comments, i just don't understand how u say nothing is in focus, when the flowers clearly are in focus. whatevs. i do appreciate your time and effort to comment.
     
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    My comment was "no sharp focus". You have a 50mm f/1.8. It's the exact lense I too "Morning Glory" with. I focused in on the one that is to be, not on what has already happened. That is an attitude that might do you well. You've taken a shot of your "yellow flowers". If you try it again, keep in mind what is to be and gain understanding from what has been.
     
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    Hey, i don't really understand this: "I focused in on the one that is to be, not on what has already happened. That is an attitude that might do you well. You've taken a shot of your "yellow flowers". If you try it again, keep in mind what is to be and gain understanding from what has been" I want to take this advice, so can you put it in terms that a not so smart 20 year old can understand? Please? THANKS!!! i really do appreciate all your time and effort you are spending on me! also, i took a look at your flickr, the first 2 flower photos are nice.
     
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    wow, nice shot kundalini... love the colors and th... oh wait, wrong person to critique...

    umm... i agree with what kundalini said (i don't normally like to just chime in with a i agree, but feel it needs to be said here) there is a lot of dead space in your photo joey, the flowers are fairly sharp, but the edges still maintain a softness to them that makes them not really pop as they should. they aren't out of focus mind you, but they are just soft. perhaps increasing the sharpness might help it a bit.

    but even still composition wise, it's not so great... random flowers with random grouping in the image capture, and they don't really elicit an emotional response of any sort from me (and apparently kundalini too)

    i think given the subject you've chosen, i'd have zeroed in on that group to the right and excluded that solitary flower to the left, it really only detracts from the focal point of the image... more isn't always better. have a reason for it... it'd be more interesting if that one on the left was a different flower or different color... you could go so far as to stretch a story about how that flower is a loner because it's different from the group. blah blah blah.... but your image, i can't even make up a silly story to go with it. again, it just elicits nothing.

    more detail in the texture of the flower petals and the centers of the flower (pistol?) will make it more interesting. why did you choose to go for a softer look? i don't understand that choice, but perhaps if you explain it, others will see your vision?

    in regards to seeing what is to be and not what is, or however it was stated, i think that in their image, they show a flower that's opened and one that has yet to open... it shows a little bit of what will be given enough time... it's like 2 separate points in time, all at the same time. in theory you could get the same type of image in yours by just focusing in on the bud and the opened flower, but the bud isn't very interesting yet.
     
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    I shoot a lot of flowers in a fine art format. This is a nice photo. Why? The contrast between dark and light. It appears rich to me in colour. I like it. The only suggestion I could make is perhaps a bit of cropping to really hone in on the flowers. A bit off the top. A bit off the bottom. It is a little bit soft, but I think it lends to the mood of it overall.

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    thanks for the comment digital diva, i like your crop best. is this a 'standard proportion crop'?
     

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