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Turtle Zoo

By dan23
Hi guys

I'm uploading a picture for the first time since recently starting my new hobbie in photography, this picture was taken at perth zoo on my first trip out with my new camera, as there's so much to learn when first starting out i'm beginning by concentrating on composition and I was after critique about the composition of this picture



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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2011 6:16AM
Well done and welcome to ePHOTOzine. You will learn a lot here. I am no expert - a member of the critique team will give you pro advice, so these are just personal observations. There are lots of interesting elements in this picture, the turtle, the huts, the fence, but I'm not sure what I am supposed to be focussing on. Its a shame that the turtle is placed so near to the edge of the image. It would be better if it were 1/3 into the image (read about rule of thirds). It also needs straightening and some of the highlights are blown out.

I have done a modification that attempts to address some of these issues. Can't get the turtle in a better position though.

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Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
6 Dec 2011 6:41AM
I think Lynne has pretty much covered all the bases here. The only thing I can add is that the line of posts tends to draw the eye out of the image too the right.

Good first upload though and welcome to EPZ.


strokebloke 7 493 17 England
6 Dec 2011 12:02PM
Welcome to ePz Darren.
You'll receive lots of good advice (as you have from Lynne & Andy) on the critique gallery from the members of the Critique Team plus, as Lynne says, personal advice from non-Team members. All critique is worth receiving, in the spirit in which it is intended & offered.

Your first shot is better than the first one I put up, GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin so well done for that.

I look forward to seeing some more of your work in the future.

Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
6 Dec 2011 9:28PM

Quote:Your first shot is better than the first one I put up, GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

. . . . I can't remember that far back!

Welcome Darren and has already been said, you'll receive plenty of honest, worthwhile fedback on your work in here.
This shot does need rotating slightly and it's a shame that you couldn't have concentrated more on the turtle.
With regard to the composition, I take nearly all of my shots down on one knee and if you'd tried that here, you could have got a shot between the posts which would give the whole thing a different perspective and the posts which Andy mentions wouldn't be in the shot and neither would the highlighted roof.
Also looking at the shadows, I guess this was taken in the middle of the day when the light is at its harshest which is why there's such strong contrast between the shadows and the highlights. Probably not much you could have done about that but the light is much kinder later in the day.
Sorry if that all sounds a bit negative, it really isn't intended to; it's suposed to be helpful!

Keep 'em coming. I shall look forward to seeing more of your work.


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