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LucyA
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« on: September 21, 2009, 03:50:38 PM »
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In order to better support my partner who is now studying photography in order to make it a career, I want to learn how to critique his work fairly. He is submitting a portfolio of 12 photos in support of his application and I have posted two of the photos we chose. Please keep in mind that a specialist landscape lens was not used on these photos.

This first photo is of the Sydney skyline. I love the way the buildings are reflected in the water although the colour and light may need work.


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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2009, 06:42:59 PM »
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This is the second photo I mentioned. I love the colour of the twilight sky and the lines through this photo. Neither of these photos have been altered in any way.



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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2009, 09:10:18 PM »
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I prefer the second of the two posted.  Great light (twilight) and a view of Sydney that I have never seen before.  There is evidence of banding in the sky and jpeg artifacts (e.g., top of bridge in area of the flag) though that may be result of saving the photograph as a reduced jpeg for posting.   If not doing so already your partner should shoot in RAW rather than JPEG.

The first photo looks as if it was taken mid-day and the lighting is harsh - possibly converting it to B&W might improve things.

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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2009, 10:18:20 PM »
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Thankyou for your comments Andrew, they are very much welcomed and appreciated. From memory the shots were taken in JPEG. I spoke to my partner Mike and he is going to play with the first image tonight.

The second photo is taken from the north side of the Harbour Bridge at Milsons Point.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2009, 04:21:09 AM »
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Hi Lucy,

basically, I like both of these shots, but I see a couple problems.

In the first shot (as above) I see some blown highlights that you might be able to control better by shooting raw files and merging exposures or shooting when the light is not quite so harsh.

The second shot is a better view of Sydney (IMHO), though it's a little dark.

I'm not a landscape photographer, but I do know it's very competitive amongst the pros and that a lot of good shooters are doing it part time as well and that if your partner wants to get ahead, the shots are going to have to be very very good to be noticed.





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Jeremy Payne
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2009, 06:44:24 AM »
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One thing your partner should become familiar with is the impact of dust on the sensor.

Both images show at least one big dust bunny in the sky... this can be solved by keeping the sensor clean and also by fixing the image after the fact.

Unfortunate fact of life in the digital age.

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