Night Photography Photo Critique
by Debbie O
Category: Night Photography
Canon Digital Rebel XSi
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Description: Love taking pics of northern lights, it is a challenge, and when you are out in -35 o see all >
Love taking pics of northern lights, it is a challenge, and when you are out in -35 or -40 all by yourself, only the sound of a dog or wolf in the far away.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
You show me a picture of the Northern Lights and given some sort of calamity, I'm going to love the subject. I also love the clouds being lit up by the Aurora Borealis.
This image suffers a bit because of the composition. The image looks tilted from left to right and the partial inclusion of some buildings in awkward.
Focus appears to be well done.
Excellent colours in the Northern Lights. The city lights though are a bit distracting. The way the human eye works is that our eyes are automatically attracted to the brightest part of an image. In this type of image, we usually want our viewer's eyes to wander around the Northern Lights, perhaps rooted to some sort of foreground object. In this image, our eyes are distracted by the band of city lights at the bottom of the image.
This looks well done.
This is a great effort that suffers from the lights of the city and the tilted horizon.
How to improve your photo
Assuming I'm right about the tilted horizon in the image, get yourself a dual-axis bubble level (http://www.jobu-design.com/catalog/item/2592421/2043325.htm and use the code "BURWELL" to get a discount) and use it to make sure your camera is level.
Watch for the brightest objects that you are including in your image and plan the image to take advantage of these areas to lead your viewer's eyes through the image.
I don't know the situation, but getting away from the city into the surrounding country-side may be a consideration when attempting to isolate the Norther Lights without including too much of the glow from the city.
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