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« on: September 01, 2009, 08:42:42 PM »
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Good day, new to the forum, looking for some feedback etc, im attemting a portfolio and could do with other photographers opinions..be gentle!

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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2009, 09:14:24 PM »
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Nice, thanks for sharing.

I like the first one best. I understand that you are showing us a variety of work, but it can result in a certain of lack of unity or style.

That's one thing to watch for.

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2009, 10:52:16 PM »
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Theme's I see have their advantages, I sort of wanted people to say that's technically wrong here, or should have done that there etc. I am a beginner you see.
But duly noted Bernard.
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2009, 11:37:37 PM »
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First image, I like the stormy mood and the monochromatic color palette (saturation may be pushed a bit too far though). I also think this is an example where breaking the rules and placing the horizon center-frame works. The water is a bit choppy though, I think the image might have been better if you could have used a longer exposure to smooth out the waves some.

Second image, I like the way the ocean seems to be reclaiming the wreckage. I think the tide level is important here; higher or lower and the image wouldn't have worked as well for me. The piece of wreckage/rock on the right edge of the frame is a little distracting; it's usually better to keep things like this away from the edge, or out of the image altogether (sometimes there just isn't a 'clean' cutoff point for the image though so we have to do the best we can). Post-processing wise, the sky seems oversaturated to me, although I do like the greens and blues in the water.

The last image just doesn't do anything for me. The detail in the birds head/eye is good, but the image is just way too cluttered, and selective color doesn't solve the problem.
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009, 12:08:53 AM »
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Thank you JeffKohn. I understand your reasoning, I think I know why I was overdoing the saturation. I must not push the image too far in order to attempt to make it 'interesting' as inevitably it spoils it. Composition and lighting should make the image I guess. Im trying to uneccesarily make up for my lack of equipment..I think.

That's a good idea on the first image with lengthening the shutter speed, I should always have my tripod handy!
The crop (or lack of) on the second is so obvious now!
And the 3rd, well I appreciate it isn't a very clean image.

I sincerely appreciate your feedback. Onwards and upwards!
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009, 02:38:15 AM »
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Mike

Thanks for sharing.

#1.  What Jeff said about the long exposure.  Also, you might try out a version in B&W.

#2.  Good subject but the light isn't very interesting.  I think this is crying out to be a dawn or dusk shot.  Also, you might want to have a go at trying out a long exposure to give the waves and wash a misty effect.

#3.  Did you selectively desaturate the foliage?  If so, good idea because it brings out the subject in what is a very cluttered image.  However, it doesn't look too natural in what is after all a nature shot.  Desaturate by all means, but not all the way to monochrome.  I would also suggest  using a shallower DOF which would blur out everything apart from the head.  And on that, I don't think the subject is 100% in focus, you seem instead to have nailed the leaf just in front of the bird, to the right.  This is never a good thing in a nature shot.

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2009, 02:49:44 AM »
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Good day, new to the forum, looking for some feedback etc, im attemting a portfolio and could do with other photographers opinions..be gentle!
Welcome!

I like the first one a lot, although I do agree that a longer exposure would have improved it. I'd be interested to see a b&w version, but I suspect that the colour really does add something. The second seems to me to have the horizon too high: I'd prefer it with something cropped off the bottom as well as the right, but that's just me.

Jeremy

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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2009, 03:31:34 AM »
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Welcome!

I like the first one a lot, although I do agree that a longer exposure would have improved it. I'd be interested to see a b&w version, but I suspect that the colour really does add something. The second seems to me to have the horizon too high: I'd prefer it with something cropped off the bottom as well as the right, but that's just me.

Jeremy

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Ha good shout! Cheers eagle eye.

Yeah Jeremy I did check the b+w but it seemed a little more atmospheric in colour as per Kikashi's assumption. I thought someone would point out the focus thing, I didn't realise for ages and it was the only shot I could get.
Thank you again people im gonna go PS and relax.
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