Nature Photography Photo Critique
by Stephanie Hensley
Category: Nature Photography
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Lens: Standard: 30-50mm
Description: This is a picture of a swimming hole in the George Washington National Forest in Virg see all >
This is a picture of a swimming hole in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia where my family went for weekend camping trips when my siblings and I were young. It always seemed large and daunting, but never frightening.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
Great subject, it is really looking appealing to me. Never been in Virginia, but I really hope to able to visit the state one day. Been in the states several times but more to the mid-west mainly Tennessee :)
The composition is great and you have gone above and beyond to get a nice perspective, Job well done. By getting so low the image is really pulling me in, nice !
Nice focus, on the right place. I love it when a picture like this has the focus on 1/3 instead of really on the foreground
The picture is slightly overexposed at the top of the image. It is not really bothering me, but you really loose structure at the top, it becomes a bit too much white which draws a little too much the attention.....
converting this one to black and white is a great choice. Taking this image with light headfront is challenging but you managed well
There is no remark I can make on the DoF. Not quite sure with which f/x value you choose, it blurs just a little in the back
Hi Stephanie, this is a nice and appealing image, the type of image that makes my head turn. Making it black and white takes of the atmosphere and makes you really look to the scenery. And by choosing the composition you did it makes you follow the lines to the back and draws you into the image kind regards, Bart
How to improve your photo
Always expose for the shadows. I am not sure if you work in RAW or JPEG, but exposing for the shadows gives you the structure in the shadows. Exposing for shadows will over-expose the highlights, but with a canon you are able to get the details back in the highlights very well. This is done in Photoshop or any kind of other photo editor. The main advantage of exposing for the shadows is that you have sharp details in the shadows, they don't become fully black. At the moment you expose for the highlights and want the details back in the shadows you will introduce noise in the shadows, which degrading the quality of the image.
Always convert black and white afterwards. The reason why I am telling you this, is the fact that your camera can convert it in-camera but that makes just an average B/W. I personally prefer strong contrast in B/W so real black and real white in a B/W that makes the image stronger and more meaningful. So capture the scene in color and convert it to B/W in photoshop or in your favorite photo editor
try to shoot this kind of images with a tripod and start from f/16 as your apperture this gives you the best DoF.
This kind of images is pretty hard to shoot since there is a lot of light in the air and less on the ground. What you can do is make one with the lighting for the sky and one for the ground. Cross process them into one later. This will give you a very balanced image. In the old days this was done by using a ND grad filter, now you do this with Photoshop. If you like you can use the Gurushots post process service to give me the change to post process it for you With kind regards
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