Architectual Photography Photo Critique
The Angel in a different light
by Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Architectual Photography
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
Description: Still trying to get the perfect "staight" inverted photo of the angel.......Think I g see all >
Still trying to get the perfect "staight" inverted photo of the angel.......Think I got the right exposure this time and took photo from the right spot.....Tell me what you think
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Statues with lots of texture - very nice subject material.
I like the low perspective - it matches the angel perfectly - and the symmetry of the plinth anchors the subject really nicely. You've almost nailed the composition as well - I would have liked to see a little separation between the rear wing and the face - not a lot, but just enough to see a little sky behind.
Focus looks spot on.
I think you've nailed that exposure too, Leonard. Nice detail in the highlights as well as the shadows - well done!
Lighting is very good as well - I can see the detail and texture in the wings and the robe. Looks to be side lighting which works really well with the subject.
DOF is good - nice and sharp front to back and for this shot, the rear wing tip is just as important as the front one.
I really like this image, and the PS manipulation actually adds to feel of the original photo. The red of the sky works nicely with the angel - almost monochromatic in feel.
How to improve your photo
Once you get the angle that you think works best, don't be afraid to step a little right, left, backwards and forwards to adjust the view slightly. Sometimes it makes the image stronger, and other times it doesn't work at all - but by trying different things, you learn regardless of what makes a photo stronger and/or weaker in the process.
Seeing this shot, makes me want to attempt it myself in B&W. The original is a little dull in colour - so the PS technique you chose has really set it apart. Give B&W a shot in PS, and see how you can improve further on that original.
Leonard, you've done really well with this image - exposure, lighting and composition have all come into play and you've executed your technique beautifully. Well done - this is certainly a favourite for me.
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