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Water crashing onto Rocks, close up

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
19 Dec 2012 9:53PM
Firstly can I ask that if you want critique on your image that you give some EXIF information to help see how the shot was taken and the camera settings used.

I will try and give some feed back on the image as it stands. I think the image choice is very imaginative and I like the background colour of the riverbed showing through the bubbles, however for me the area to the bottom right dominates the shot and distracts from the more colourful areas. This area appears very overexposed, I assume it is the water breaking over the rocks but it is so blown out the detail there has been lost.

I have loaded a mod which has been cropped to remove most of this area and I have used levels to bring the overall contrast up.

When taking images like this you should add some exposure compensation to underexpose this area or you could try taking 2 images at different exposures and combining them, however this could give problems with matching due to the moving water. The overall best option is to compose the shot to avoid these areas in the first place.

I wish I could give you more advice but without the image information this is very difficult.

Hopefully someone moire experienced than myself can add more.


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paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2012 11:05AM
The idea is fine and the top part very good. The bottom, particularly the bottom right, is very over exposed. You need to darken it a lot, if it will take it without going muddy. As it stands, you need work before considering any further spend.

Sava 8 5 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2012 12:08PM
Many thanks for the constructive critique on the photo, it is appreciated as well as the re worked cropped image. Below is some EXIF data around the shot as requested.
Shooting Mode Shutter-Priority AE, Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/1250, Av( Aperture Value ) 6.3, Exposure Compensation 0, ISO Speed 800, Lens EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, Focal Length 300.0mm, Image Quality RAW, White Balance Mode Auto, Sharpness 3, Contrast 0, Saturation 0,

Reading your comments about Exposure Compensation, I can see that I did not cater for this in this image.
I did take a number of shots as suggested as this was - rather than a river bed, teh sea crashing over rocks and soft corals. But basically wanted that imaginative image you said. Something different.

Looking forward to some more critique.
Cheers Sal
Sava 8 5 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2012 12:11PM
Cheers and thanks, no idea why I never noticed the bottom bit. Had some people ask whether I was going to print off this photo as is, so they must haev liked it as was, however with the critique I have had, and teh "cropped shot" by Eric, I can see a much better option to think about.

Thanks Sal
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
23 Dec 2012 6:49PM
Your settings have captured the bubbles very well.

It needs to be a little sharper here, - dont forget to check the re sized image for sharpness before you upload, and apply a little sharpening as needed.

I like the format, 5 X 7, and to keep the format and deal with the overexposed splash, it possible to cover it with another spash copied from someplace else, and paste it over. You can change the shape, and look of the new splash to disguise it and make it look real..

Ive done this in the mod, and sharpened. I left you name obscured so you can see where I pasted over. Also increased vibrancy a little.


Sava 8 5 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 9:36PM
Thanks for your Critique.
Have modified the picture and would welcome some more critique on the revised view.

Thanks in advance

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