People Photography Photo Critique
Determination of Pelatonia
by Laura Champ
Category: People Photography
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Exposure time: 1/1000 ,
Description: This was taken during the 2010 Pelatonia Bike Race for cancer research. The area tra see all >
This was taken during the 2010 Pelatonia Bike Race for cancer research. The area traveled was from Columbus to Athens back to Columbus.I caught this photo while sitting in my uncles yard in Carbon Hill, OH.I am showing the determination of the ride.
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
I'm a big fan of cycling, so I really like the subject. I like that you have two cyclists in the frame instead of one, it definitely adds to the race feel of the shot
With any sport that have fast motion it's important to scout the area so your composition with respect to the riders is the best. Positioning yourself near the curve in the road adds interest to the frame. Using a telephoto lens helps to blur the background, making the face of the rider the focal point of the fame.
Good use of focus, blurring the bushes and trees in the background makes a stronger graphic image. Allowing the front rider to pop out and be the main point of the image. I also like that you didn't try to have the second rider in focus, that would have taken away from the expression of the lead rider.
Choice of telephoto lens is key, exposure is pretty good, there is no different strengths of light so it is a bit flat on the exposure. Your use of shutter speed is fast enough to capture a shape rider and that is the key to this image.
Good colors the white on the green background works perfectly. I wish there was early morning light just to add another dimension to the image. Working at mid day is always tough but here you did a good job getting the coal point of the frame right on the riders face.
Great choice on the depth of field, it simplifies the image and helps create a stronger photo.
Overall I like the shot, and think you captured the moment on the face of the racer. Well done.
How to improve your photo
I think if you zoomed in more and got less of the road in the foreground the riders would have been larger and the expression would have really been center stage of the shot. Any time you give that much space to something in the frame you're telling the viewer that it's important and here I don't think it is important, the face is what is the key, not the roadway.
One thing that helps when ever you are photographing more than one person is separation. If you had moved a bit to the left and crouched down the two riders would have had a bit of space between them. This would have also made them a bit larger in the frame. I know it's difficult trying to get that separation when things a zipping by, so it's important to see where the riders are taking the corner and plan accordingly.
You could have increased the exposure a bit just to brighten the face a bit, and you would not have made any other areas too bright by doing that. It's tricky when someone is wearing a helmet or hat to get good light on the face.
Shooting early in the morning or later in the day really adds to the quality of light and with that another whole dimension to the image. I realize that you're somewhat at the mercy of the race schedule, but that I's something to keep in the forefront of any photograph. .
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