Nature Photography Photo Critique
by Kyrik White
Category: Nature Photography
Pentax Optio W80
Exposure time: 1/800 ,
Description: I took this photograph on a nature walk after the rain. I was trying to convey that t see all >
I took this photograph on a nature walk after the rain. I was trying to convey that there is beauty in all of nature.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Water droplets are beautiful subjects, but also unusual subjects. Most people don't look this closely at their environment, so they miss small details such as this. Rain does frequently bring out the beauty of nature, and this image is a great example of that.
The droplet is clearly the dominant subject. Normally it's a good idea to place the main subject off center, but not always, and this is a good example of a centered composition that works well. The arrangement of the leaves around the dewdrop frame it, and the vein of the leaf it's resting on is a strong leading line.
The image on the surface of the droplet is sharp, rather than the surface of the droplet itself. Well done. The moderate depth of field is good, as it allows the edges to soften, while the centerpiece of the image is sharp.
The range of tones is broad, due to the bright highlight on the water's surface, while the surrounding leaves are fairly dark. No part of the image is clipped due to overexposure, and only the shadows on the left are too dark.
The colors of the leaf the droplet is resting on help to frame the droplet, but also strengthen the leading line formed by the vein.
As mentioned in the focus section, it's fairly shallow, helping to keep the eye on the droplet.
This is well seen and well executed. Paying close attention to details such as this allows one to reveal some exceptional beauty that many people overlook. Macros can also be very challenging to execute. Well done!
How to improve your photo
Using a tripod and a focusing rail would enable lower ISO, which would allow you to print images such as this larger than ISO 800 will probably allow. A focusing rail also makes it a bit easier to get the focus plane exactly where you want it, though it requires quite a bit of patience.
Letting the surrounding leaves go even softer with a still shallower depth of field would emphasize the droplet even further, and at the same time let the colors of the leaf it's resting on become part of the frame.
Angling the leading line off of vertical could add dynamism to the shot, which is something worth experimenting with.
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