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29/06/2009 - 6:27 AM

Strawberries

StrawberriesNick,
Great subject and it's very well executed. The lighting is just right for most of the image giving attractive highlights and backlighting on the leaves, the depth of field is spot on with the rear strawberries just starting to fade out and the front strawberries and leaves are perfectly sharp.

The composition is good but the distracting gap in the top left and the lesser one in the top middle might have been avoided by a fractionally tighter crop.

The sliced fruit should work but, for some reason that I can't figure out, doesn't quite do so for me. I think it's because the angle of light on it has removed any shadows so that there's no texture on it though there is more in the large version. Andy's suggestion above of water or juice droplets might well work. Perhaps a very slight rotation of that fruit to catch more light would have worked but then you'd have to be careful with the dof !!

Anyway, I really like the image so please don't take the minor criticism the wrong way. As you said on my image - it's not easy this critiquing is it ? Smile

Gaz
25/06/2009 - 9:53 PM

stick insect

stick insectI really like the simple colours and composition in this - the green and yellow against the black background work well. The leaves at the top left don't add anything for me and destroy the simplicity which I liked. I tried cloning them out and rotating it very slightly to the left which gave much more interesting lines in the diagonal but that was just personal choice.

I guess that comes down to what you're trying to do here - do you want to show the insect in some surroundings or as an abstract pattern - if the former then keep the top leaves in, if the latter then get rid of them.

Having said that - I really like it either way and would have been proud to have taken it.

hth
Gaz

PS like the presentation of the frame and black setting as well
25/06/2009 - 4:49 PM

Bubble

BubbleA number of other "buddies" have beaten me to it so I'll try and do mine before reading theirs to avoid being influenced by them.

Anyway, it's way outside of my usual area so my first reaction was "what the heck do I say !" - it's tricky this critique stuff isn't it ? Smile Of the three versions the 2nd one is the one that works for me. It has a great contrast between the two elements whereas V1 doesn't contrast in the same way and V3 has no contrasting elements at all so doesn't hold my interest for as long. The image is well-executed with perfect sharpness in the right place and the colour contrasts well.
Also, the dof of field is too great in V1 (for me anyway), but I assume that's a limit of the lens that you used. Because there's so much face showing you can almost imagine it in focus which isn't what you want here. In V2 there isn't enough of the face showing so the out of focus nature is emphasised in the right eye and the mind can't interpolate (is that the word I mean ?) the focus there.

It would be cheating to PS it but I think it would look good with the left eye totally sharp through the plastic.

hth
Gaz
25/06/2009 - 4:06 PM

Grapes

GrapesThere are a number of "buddy" crits already so I'll do mine without reading them so that I'm not influenced.

Anyway, I like the idea but it doesn't quite work for me. since the grapes don't stand out enough I think it's because the background is too similar and the depth of field either too small or too large. What I'm trying to say (I think !) is that a smaller depth of field would have emphasised a few of the grapes with the rest fading out whilst a larger dof would have kept most of the bunch in focus against the background. Either would have worked better for me.

Also, the line is quite right, perhaps a slightly more diagonal composition would have led the eye better.

Finally, if you could just clone out the tiny distraction in the top right ?

Having said all of that - I still like it and am being ultra-critical. Hope that's OK ?

Gaz

PS just read the other crits - they seem to say much the same only they've phrased it better !!