Architectual Photography Photo Critique
Staircase to Bethesda Fountain
by Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Architectual Photography
Lens: Telephoto: 50-200mm
Exposure time: 1/100 ,
Description: I was taken by the forceful architecture of this shot. Had to back up and take it wit see all >
I was taken by the forceful architecture of this shot. Had to back up and take it with a telephoto lens to get the effect achieved here. I was trying to convey the striking colors, ceiling detal, detail in the steps. Taken in Central Park, NYC...
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Depth of field
Wonderful subject - a favourite of mine also!
Your use of the telephoto lens was well chosen. Cropping to include the ceiling (and lamps), and the view of just the steps through those grand archways, has made this shot even stronger. The perspective is spot on - verticals and horizontals are level, which is a *must* for architectural photography.
Focus is excellent.
Exposure is very good - I love that you've captured the details, colours and design on the interior, whilst keeping the exterior from blowing out.
Good use of your DOF - whilst I enjoy images with shallow DOF, this shot needs it front to back so that the viewer wanders through the arches, up the stairs and left wondering what's outside.
I love this shot! Great impact and you've captured the scene beautifully. Your visualisation prior to pressing the shutter has paid off greatly. Well done!!
How to improve your photo
The only thing I would like to see changed in the image, is a PS job - remove the blue from the top LHS of the first archway, right at the top of the stairs.
This would be an ideal area to do a short "Photo Essay".
Next time you visit, maybe you can try out B&W film - always looks great for this type of architecture.
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