Architectual Photography Photo Critique
Transfixed - reworked
by Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Architectual Photography
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/200 ,
Description: The exquisite architecture and the staute .....I know this is not Jesus on the Cross see all >
The exquisite architecture and the staute .....I know this is not Jesus on the Cross but it fooled me for starters........Reworked to bring the statue onto the rule of 1/3rds. Hope you like it
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
An interesting take on this type of subject.
The lower perspective makes this shot more interesting than if it had been shot straight on looking just at the cross and not including the upper areas. Compositionally, I feel it may have been stronger as a symmetrical image, with Christ being centred and the the cross arms branching out left and right.
Focus is good - detail is evident in both the doors and the other religious figures higher up on the cross.
Good use of exposure to keep detail in the statues without losing detail in the darker areas.
Colour balance is consistent and I actually like the diffused lighting - it doesn't restrict the details that are evident but perhaps slightly front 3/4 would have helped with texture and shape on Christ's robes.
DOF is a little lacking in the foreground - you can see that the lower part of the door is not in focus.
Leonard, overall you've captured a nice image and it's great to see you experimenting with compositional elements. I think it would be stronger if captured symmetrically, with the perspective remaining the same - looking heavenward.
How to improve your photo
Experimenting with perspective, can often give you a much stronger image. Don't be afraid to really press the viewpoint - really low down looking upwards, or high up looking straight down.
Try to shoot at different times of the day or spend a few hours photographing the subject. Watch as the light changes and how it effects the final image.
For this type of shot DOF is very important. Hyperfocal distance will help you gauge your focus point to get the very best out of your selected aperture and DOF. http://www.dofmaster.com/hyperfocal.html
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