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Neeka 8 16 Wales
21 Jun 2009 10:50PM
Gorgeous image.

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Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
22 Jun 2009 1:41AM
Great focusing, a wonderful shot.
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
22 Jun 2009 2:38AM
Superb green on green! Has such a cool feel and at 93' here today I could sit here and look at this till night time! God bless, Patti
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
22 Jun 2009 5:23AM
Good luck in the wine-making! Well captured and love the green on green. Carol
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
22 Jun 2009 8:39AM
Delcious! Lovely gentle looking image.

goso 11 2 1 Australia
22 Jun 2009 9:12AM
Well done Sandra - .......Bill
Picture_Newport 9 659 19 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 11:50AM
Nice chioce of subject.

Despite the Grapes being a similar tone and colour to the background they still stand out as being separate and the diagonal the Grapes are set at is nice, I do feel you cpould have gone for more of a diagonal though, perhaps with the bottom grape being in the bottom left corner of the frame and the brown stem being in the top right corner.

I am struggling to find the point of focus though, it does not leap out at you (which I am surprised at because looking at your PF you seem to like macro work and your focusing is spot on in your other piccies). I think you could have maybe been bolder and gone in closer and concentrated on a single grape rather than the bunch, either that or have tried to get the entire bunch in sharp focus with only the background out of focus.

Lovely colours and I like the little highlights on each of the grapes.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 2:59PM
they would look better in a bottle Wink

Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 10:45PM
OK, here goes my critique, never done it before so ....

I love the colour green but I would prefer a darker background to make the grapes stand out more, not necessarily a black background or anything but just a few shades darker than it is already.

I love the fact you've used natural daylight and not an on camera flash, I have such a hatred for on camera flash I feel my blood physically boil when I see it in photos.

I feel the grapes are a bit 'soft' without much texture and no definite sharpness of focus, maybe wetting them first to catch the light and brighten them up could be an idea and I'd also like to see you go in a bit closer too or else change the composition of the grapes rather than having them straight down the middle in a line.

Hope that was OK, please don't hate me!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 10:46PM
Sorry, Sandra, I nearly passed this by, which is what I often do if I don't particularly like a picture, which is not a good thing, and you know that I usually say what I think. I feel bad about that. Then I saw that it was in the buddies category, so here goes. I, like Paul, was looking for a point of focus, but it looks to be all very much the same. There is definitely a small depth of field because the back grapes are blurred. I don't think the background does it any favours because it's the same colour as the grapes. I'd like to have seen some good light on this, with some bouncing off the fruit and making them shine, giving them some life. There is some there, but it doesn't do the trick. I feel that if these were placed on, say, some black velvet, and shot at an attractive angle, the impact would be improved. I still feel like apologising for being so negative. I think a mod option would have been good, by the way.
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
23 Jun 2009 9:40AM
Great contrast work on the green on green, excellent DOF
blackbird 11 159 15 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2009 10:13PM
Hello sandra,
You have already had some good critiques and I will try not to repeat the others.
Looking at your portfolio I can see that you are already very adept at macro work and you have some very good flower and butterfly images. I get the impression that you tried to do something a bit different for the buddy upload but didn't move far enough out of your comfort zone, by that I mean your subject is different but the approach is similar to your previous work - that's easy for me to say but I'm also trying to do something different to my usual style, and I know it's much harder to actually do satisfactorily.
You could perhaps try getting in closer with a wider aperture to get a more impressionist view of your subject, or alternatively try a more 'studio' approach by controlling the lighting with reflectors and using a tripod to maximise dof.
I hope that provides some food for thought
crookymonsta Plus
10 836 10 England
25 Jun 2009 11:21AM
A very big thankyou to new buddies and old friends for some excellent critiques and advice. Since posting this image I have been looking at some of the other buddy images and Merille is absolutely right - my choice of subject was too close to familiar territory and I didn't even do that as well as I could have.
GazW 10 15 5 Wales
25 Jun 2009 4:06PM
There 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 ?


PS just read the other crits - they seem to say much the same only they've phrased it better !!
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2009 8:15PM
Hi Sandra
I'll try not to rehash some of the exisiting "buddy" critique; although I think I agree with most of it with the exception of the green-on-green which I personally really like as it's still distinctive enough that the grapes stand out.
My big question to you would be "what were you trying to achieve" with this image. With the grapes central and cropped fairly tight, all I get is "here's a bunch of grapes" which I think is where the others are saying it's missing a point of focus. A little bit of play with the DOF, POV or composition could have lifted the shot entirely and given it a bit more of a story to tell.
But none of this is to say that it's a bad shot and it's not a critique I'd level at your shots in general either - almost as though you uploaded a shot to give us something to say Wink

crookymonsta Plus
10 836 10 England
25 Jun 2009 8:41PM
Ah, Tim, you caught me out! Seriously though, give me a flower or a butterfly and I think I know what I am doing now, I was looking for something I wouldn't find so straightforward and it seems I succeeded. I have had another go today with another unfamiliar subject and hopefully have learned something from all of you.
Les_G 10 148 4 Scotland
28 Jun 2009 1:06PM
Love the colour, good idea to have same overall tone. From the thumbnail image I thought this would be a good kitchen poster.

Maybe some stronger lighting to give greater definition to some of the grapes at the front would help.

The main problem I have with this image is the main centre grape is not sharp, which I find distracting. I would also remove the small bit of twig at the top right which being lighter draws the eye away from the main bunch.

Not a bad image and these are really 'picky' points.


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