Fine art Photography Photo Critique
by Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Fine art Photography
Lens: Telephoto: 50-200mm
Exposure time: 1/400 ,
Description: Liked the abstract nature of the bscklit leaves......Was picked because it was backli see all >
Liked the abstract nature of the bscklit leaves......Was picked because it was backlit............
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
You say this subject was picked because it was backlit but unfortunately the backlighting is overexposed.
The strong diagonal from top left to bottom right is good although it might be better running upwards rather than downwards - more dynamic that way.
Focus is soft but I quite like that although it was probably not your intention.
1/400th of a second is adequate to freeze movement - even on virtually still days leaves are usually moving a little and it can be hard to choose a speed fast enough if the sky is overcast.
It is a difficult shot to expose correctly, precisely because it is backlit and instead of capturing the quality of the light, the image only shows us a white blur around the edges of the leaves where the light leaks through.
An aperture of f8 is quite ok for this shot although there isn't much depth-of-field, the subject sits on virtually one plane.
Sorry Leonard, not mad about this one. Overall I find it unexciting - it doesn't particularly stand out for me as a photograph.
How to improve your photo
Try flipping it vertically in Photoshop so that the diagonal is running upwards - which do you prefer?
Have you tried silhouettes? Expose for the sky and make sure the foreground leaves are very dark. Tweak in Photoshop afterwards. Play around and you will find the right settings and maybe get some pleasing shots.
I still think you need to simplify, even with compositions like this. Two or three leaves at most would have been better I think, and would have emphasised the dark overlapping areas of green which are one of the nicest elements of the composition
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