Black & White Photography Photo Critique
Stage diver- The big day out
by myles davies
Category: Black & White Photography
Lens: Wide: 20-30mm
Exposure time: 1/100 ,
Description: I took this photo to capture the anarchy of a big music festival.The sea of people an see all >
I took this photo to capture the anarchy of a big music festival.The sea of people and one trusting punter puts his leap of faith to the crowd.I climbed up on the roof from where they were jumping and wanted to capture the moment
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
This is a fantastic subject to photograph and has a great viewpoint - well done for getting the birds eye view.
By making this a wide view you get a great perspective of the immense volume of the crowd at the festival as well as many of the people in the crowd are looking at the jumper which draws they eye to the action in the image. However, using the rule of thirds you may have been able to make a more visually interesting image if the jumper was placed in the bottom left third of the frame - you could have got more of the landscape of the vast crowd as well.
Sadly your focus on the jumper isn't very sharp and it took me a bit of time to actually figure out what/where he was.
The action ie the jumper is a bit blurred - I don't know if that was a conscious decision on your part but if you used a faster shutter speed you could have captured him sharply and make more of the focus on him above the crowd. I also think the image is a little underexposed, which again makes you lose the focal point of the image.
I like your choice of black and white for this image as it would have been very distracting in colour but, again it's a bit under exposed so you lose a little in conveying what is happening.
A greater depth of field would have given you more definition between the jumper and the crowd making the image a little less confusing to the eye.
I like the wow factor in this picture. You saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, found the best perspective in which to capture it and you got the shot. A little more work with exposure and composition and maybe a little post production could help you draw the viewer's eye to the focal point of the image.
How to improve your photo
Use a faster shutter speed to capture the action better and use a smaller aperture (maybe 11 or 22) to better expose to get more detail in the picture - you may need to increase the ISO as well.
Frame the shot using the rule of thirds to draw your eye through the image. I know this isn't an image you get many opportunities to shoot but if there were a few different jumpers you could have tried a couple of different compositions.
Try working the exposure in photoshop to help separate the jumper from the crowd so you don't lose the action.
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