Photos and Critiques

From an on-line photography class by Carol Leigh

Developing Your Creative Edge #3

Assignment # 1: Finding the Photo

From: caroleigh@c...
Date: Fri Jan 21, 2005 5:58 am
Subject: Critique: CJ Middendorf - 1 ice photo

CJ, despite your crankiness and frustration and thinking you've not come up with something good, I think this is terrific! There's a sort of National Geographic "now we look into the volcano" feel to this photo. There's a darkness, a somberness to the photo, alleviated by the lighter look of the "stream" running through it. Your foreground ice is in focus, which is important. The lighter blue part is out of focus, but that makes it look like a long exposure of running water. I like the diagonal line . . . Also notice how the photo is broken into three elements: top, middle, bottom. Rule of thirds. I'm not sure the little golden glints on the ice help and I'm trying to visualize them gone. I don't know about that . . .

You should be pleased. I know your kitchen's a mess. But you did good here.

Carol Leigh

From: caroleigh@c...
Date: Mon Jan 24, 2005 12:38 pm
Subject: Critique: CJ Middendorf - 2 ice photos

Out for a Swim - How very, very interesting. I like the circular form. I like the synchonized "swim" of the yellow and orange elements. The focus is good. I think, too, that centering your main subject worked very well (in TOTAL violation of the "rule of thirds"). With a circular subject such as this, centering seems to be the only way to go. So, way to go! Very good shot. I'm wondering if the highlights in the bubbles there in the left part of the orange section are too distracting. My eye went there first and only THEN moved around the frame. You may wish to clone them out, since they detract from the impact of the entire photograph. Kudos.

Scuba Diving the Arctic - Oh, yes. Akin to John's "Horsehead Nebula" in its mystery. I like the deep, saturated colors. I like how there seems to be three discrete elements in this photograph (and I can just see Carol Davis rushing to the dictionary, looking up "discrete!"). You've got the blackish-blue section there in the lower right, then the soft "waves" and then the smaller ripples of the ocean. Very eerie. Very weird. Very good. I hope Rich was taking notes . . .

Carol Leigh


A Peek Into The Crevice

Out for a Swim

Scuba Diving The Artic


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