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Critique Requests

What do you like/dislike about this image? How could it be improved? I took this photo in English Bay, Vancouver.

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Added by Derin S.
on Aug 7, 2010.
 

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  • Derin S.

    I took this photo in English Bay, Vancouver when we had a dramatic storm with lightning and thunder. Please feel free to critique it. I'm looking for any feedback and I'm not sensitive about any critical comments. Actually, I'm open to any brutally honest and accurate remarks since I find that it helps me to improve my photography and all aspects of life.

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  • Trish

    Hi Derin, please state your question so that others can respond. Thanks.

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  • Russ K.

    To me, this picture reads "quiet sunset", not "dramatic storm". To get storm, I'd say the colours need to be much cooler, with more dominant blues and greys, the sky needs to look roiled, and there needs to be some suggestion of wind (perhaps with a slightly long exposure in the tree) or rain or lightning. I like the position of the tree, and it really is a nice quiet sunset, though. cheers, Russ

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  • Bonnie W

    I have a comment that I'm not sure is applicable, especially now that I've read your profile, but if it does not apply in this case perhaps others will learn from it... my own largest challenge is to see my images for what they are instead of for the emotion they feed me. For example, when you, the photographer, look at your image you may be remembering the excitement and the energy of the storm, hearing the water slap on the shore, feeling the breeze, re-living your experience. To get away from that memory, it helps to give a score to your own photo, out of a possible 10 what would you score yourself? I do not see any sign of a storm here, but you have managed to capture some lovely colors and maybe that's all that's important in the end. I can't see that you have a specific question so perhaps we are sidetracked by your mention of the storm. I especially like the highlight on the shoreline and the bench, creating extra interest in the photo.

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  • Derin S.

    Hi Trish. Thanks for your comments. What do you like/dislike about this image? How could it be improved?

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  • Derin S.

    Russ, thanks for the comment! :) I was merely describing the place and time when I was taking this photograph. It's not meant to be the name of this image. I agree that it looks more like a quiet sunset but actually there was rain, thunder and lightning happening throughout my photo shoot. It's kind of hard to see the rain and storm in the photo. You can see another similar photo with a couple holding an umbrella that I took if you click on my Profile and look through my photos.

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  • Derin S.

    This is an example that makes me think about the abstract nature of photography. Sometimes, photography can be quite misleading in a sense that it shows the opposite of reality. Things don't accurately reflect the situation or don't look nearly as good in real life which can be good or bad depending on how you interpret it. I had to stop taking photos shortly after I captured this image because my clothes were soaking wet and I didn't have anything to cover my camera.

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  • A former member

    I've had that same problem many times, where the photo just can't capture what I am seeing and experiencing in person. But it's still a good photo.

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  • Derin S.

    Hi Bonnie. Any and all comments are applicable and appreciated! :) To me, photographs should convey some type of aesthetic pleasure, message or emotional response. A photo should tell me a story, make me think, feel shocked, happy, laugh or be visually pleasing in some way. If I had to be rate the photograph out of 10, I'd give it 8/10 simply because I love the colours and scenery. It would be difficult to capture this type of scene again. Rarely do I get to see these types of thunderstorms during a beautiful sunset. Personally, I love the colours of this photo due to the unusual lighting. I like the shape of the shoreline, tree, leaves, etc. I didn't mind getting soaking wet standing in the cold and rain to capture this photograph. Yes, maybe I shouldn't have mentioned that it was taken during a thunderstorm as we may be focusing too much about the weather instead of the photograph. It's not an HDR photo. I only slightly sharpened the image. That was about all the post-processing I had to do. The rest was done by mother nature. :)

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  • Derin S.

    Andy, I'm sure those of us who have taken many photos can relate to that situation. Thanks for the comment! :)

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  • Gail S.

    Hi Derin- it seems to me that the boats are framed by the tree and the shoreline, which could mean that the boats are meant to be the centre of interest here. If that is the case, then I think they are not as well defined (in focus), as well as the foreground (tree and bench) is. The pinks are very nice... especially how they are different on either side of the tree. There is a "softness" of the water at the shoreline that is very appealing too.

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  • Derin S.

    Hi Gail. Thanks for the comment. My focus was the pink/orange sunset, tree with leaves and the shoreline. The boats were not meant to be the centre of interest as they were too far away anyhow. However, they do add a nice touch to the background.

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  • Trevor G.

    I agree with most of the points people have made. I like the tree and the silhouette the leaves make, which adds dramatic contrast. But I feel the need to elaborate on Gail's suggestion. That the boats almost get in the way a bit. It's not like you can move them though. But I was thinking if you were to go back to this location to re-shoot. Perhaps you could pre-focus on the leaves or tree, to blow the background out of focus a bit. Leaving things to the imagination. I'm not sure how to pull that off, but I think it would be really nice if you could.

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  • Derin S.

    Trevor, thanks for the comment. I'll try shooting it another way and play with depth of field/focus points more when I have a photography session in that area next time.

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