Fine art Photography Photo Critique
by Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Fine art Photography
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
Description: Loads of people take this Of Image at Strawberry Fields in Central Park NYC.....This see all >
Loads of people take this Of Image at Strawberry Fields in Central Park NYC.....This photo was taken of the same "space" in a different way to look at the concept of imagine in a different way.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
It's a challenge to photograph something that has already been photographed by so many people, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris for example. What can you find that's new? Well all I can say is you have indeed managed to come up with something new, a new angle and a new feel, so well done.
There a casual, almost careless feel to these flowers as if they were strewn on the ground by the bearer, which is interesting. I don't understand the two blue 'eggs' - I like their shape and their presence but want to know what they are! They do seem to add to the composition and look like they were placed carefully but... ? I can only guess they are somehow connected with holding the flowers together, as a bunch - I don't live in the US so maybe these two objects are particular to your country Leonard. They are intriguing though. I also like the use of negative space and the balance between negative and positive space within the frame.
I don't think the subject (the flowers) is properly focussed - I can't find any one spot where the focus is sharp. The tiles look sharper but it is the flowers that are the most important element and they need to be as sharp as possible or else totally soft focus.
The aperture and shutter speed are ok but the lighting is not right for this subject and the hard shadows don't enhance the shot. The shadows lack detail and make the flowers look very 'hard'.
Because of the way the light is glancing off the tiles, the word 'Imagine' is not visible and that is one of the most important elements of the composition as it lets the viewer know exactly where we are standing when we look at the image. Without the contrast of the light and dark tiles it is not possible to read it. A higher angle might have improved this. Colors are good, harmonious, but the hard shadows don't add to the overall feel of this work - a cloudy sky acts as a giant diffuser and I think would have been better for this shot.
F/8 is fine and should give a good depth-of-field - hard to be really sure as the whole image is somewhat soft.
A well-balanced composition with all the elements working together, nothing superfluous. Simple, harmonious color scheme. Would have like to have seen the word 'Imagine' clearly as that is the title of the work.
How to improve your photo
Try a different time of day or when the sun is behind cloud and use a higher angle to shoot at.
Try to get the word 'Imagine' more clear - if not the whole word, then maybe just the first few letters and leave the rest to the viewer's 'imagination'!
Although 1/400 second should free any movement, perhaps it would be best to use a tripod as the focus is not sharp. As it's a stationary shot, a tripod would be useful here.
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