Photos and Critiques

From an on-line photography class by Carol Leigh

Developing Your Creative Edge #2

Assignment # 2: Primary Colors

From:  caroleigh@c...
Date:  Sun Oct 17, 2004  9:58 am
Subject:  Critique: Rich Baker (Primary Colors - 3)

Open Open Open
Good red color -- both dark and light. I like the composition in that you didn't center the handle and that there's a slight diagonality to the shot for movement. Would it have worked as a straight horizontal line and not a diagonal? Yes. This is a very spare shot . . . some might look at it and think, "so what?" But I kind of like its simplicity and cleanliness. When I take photos like this, I've gotten comments like, "I wonder why you took this," which in the past I've interpreted as a negative statement, a slam. Now, I don't care. I like really simple things like this and I know that most other folks probably will not. So off we go, Rich, marching to the beat of our different drummer . . .

Window Corner
Hmmmm . . . Great yellow, great red, great verticality. Two things are sort of bugging me here, and that's that the colors look very muddy and muted, getting very dark there where the diagonal red line comes down from the horizontal line, which I'm finding sort of busy, too. Kudos to you for even noticing this, but then you do notice little things that the rest of us just pass by. Interesting photos, Rich, as usual. Thanks for posting these.

Capped in Blue
Sharp focus, good depiction of the color blue, frame-filling, dramatic image. I've got to go to one of these chalk festivals -- they look pretty neat. How could the picture be improved? I don't think it can . . . maybe that grease spot there to the left of the person's face could be gotten rid of, but otherwise, it pretty much stands alone solid as is. Nicely done, Captain Bleu.

Glass Bubbles: I'm going to talk about both photos together, since the concept's pretty much the same. And it's a very cool concept! The red one is more appealing to me simply from a design perspective. There's a feeling of movement in the red one; more of a static feel in the blue one. Why? I think it's a matter of composition. In the red photo, we have the two larger elements there on the right-hand side of the frame and it looks as though the red bubbles are either emanating from or heading toward the gap between those two elements. A couple of the bubbles are sort of elongated, too, as though they were moving or flowing. In the blue photo, although you have the one larger element, there's not the same feeling of flow -- more like raindrops on a waxed car! Interesting photos, both, but I'm liking the dynamism of the red over the serenity of the blue.

Carol Leigh


Red door

Window Corner

Capped In Blue


Red Plate

Blue Plate

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