Photos and Critiques

From an on-line photography class by Carol Leigh

Developing Your Creative Edge #2

Assignment # 4: Twilight

From: caroleigh@c...
Date: Thu Dec 9, 2004 12:08 pm
Subject: Critique: CJ Middendorf (Twilight: 2 photos)

I'm going to talk about your two photos simultaneously because they're sort of the same concept, same feel. These are difficult for me to critique. On the one hand, I'm saying, wow! Very cool images! Strong colors, intensity, drama, abstraction. My kind of stuff. And then on the other hand, I'm thinking I wish there was a bit more here -- a bit more of a "story." Very often, however, a story needs a number of photos to tell it, a photo essay. So I see these two images as not necessarily "standalone" shots but rather as shots you could include in a STORY about the streets, the colors, the mopping. The strengths of these images are their vibrant colors, their simplicity of composition. But I don't think they're strong enough to stand on their own. You know what might be cool? Take three of your street reflection images and frame them in one frame, creating a triptych. THEN they would tell a story AND have impact.

Subject: Comments: CJ's twilight mop shots

Well, CJ, it looks like you're going to have to go back to San Miguel de Allende and re-do these! (And I'd like to go with you!) The woman mopping the plaza is so very, very dark against the bright sunny walls there in the background that the impact is diluted. The buckets and watery reflections was a good idea, but the back bucket blends into the stones and doesn't really show up, while the white one stands out very plainly. Heavy sigh. If you have a third shot that's similar to your first two, that might make a good threesome. I'm afraid that these two won't do it for you. Thanks for posting them, however . . . it's good to see more of what the scene was.

Carol Leigh (lusting for San Miguel de Allende, hoping that Tucson will prove to be a satisfactory substitute this April!)


Early Morning at the Plaza

Early Morning Reflections

Mopping The Plaza


Wet Stones and Buckets

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