Fine art Photography Photo Critique
At the Beach
by Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Fine art Photography
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
Description: I took this photo to convey a different approach to a common object.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Wonderful colours, a nice choice of abstract subject.
It's a bit too symmetrical - I think if the central pole had been placed off-centre somewhat it would have been more dynamic. I like the angle though, with the camera tilted up.
Focus seems good at this size image.
Although you have stated that you are trying to convey a different approach to this subject, I'm not sure what is actually different about it! Certainly the exposure is good, with even tones throughout and a speed of 1/400 is fine.
White balance is good, and the colors seem quite natural however the colors look like a watercolor painting - was this intentional? Did you apply a filter in post-processing? There is a mottled effect to the colors which is not altogether pleasing.
F8 gives a good depth of field for a subject such as this and it seems everything is in focus.
It's an ok shot for me, not that excited. I don't feel it stands out from all the other beach umbrella shots I have seen although the colors are particularly pleasing.
How to improve your photo
Hi Leonard, I'm not sure what you think is different about your approach here. Perhaps with your next shot you could be more explicit so the Gurushots pro can comment more fully.
Your title suggests this is was shot on the beach and I would have liked to have seen a bit of beach in the background, maybe soft focus by using a smaller aperture, with the umbrella in the foreground in sharp focus and to the left or right of the frame.
The main problem I have with this shot is that it is neither fully abstract nor fully representational. I think it is important to decide in advance which it's going to be. Then push the shot more in that direction.
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