Tuesday, December 10, 2013

10 Critiques

Below are 10 critiques of photos from the ART 247 class.

This photo was taken by Riley Boyd at Basin Creek. Settings were f/4.5, 1/20", ISO-250. The longer shutter speed allowed for the water to start to blur, and the tripod kept the camera steady enough to keep the log and the ice crisp.  Overall, I think the photo is well exposed. I do think that the photo could have been framed/ cropped differently. The log is awkwardly close to the top of the frame. As the viewer traces the log in from the right, the eyes flow upward toward the green moss and then out of the frame, bypassing the beautifully lit ice crystals and rushing water. Giving more room in the frame above the log would help keep the viewers eyes in the frame, and hopefully get them to circle back down to the beauty below the log.

This photo was also taken by Riley Boyd at Mystic Lake. Settings were f/2.4, 1/980", ISO-?, HDR on. I am assuming that the low aperture is due to the limitations of the camera phone, and the high shutter speed was necessary to keep from over exposing due to the low aperture. Given the limitations of the camera, the product is impressive. The composition is great, utilizing division of thirds in the rocks and the tree line. The few rocks extending from shore into the lake draw the viewers eye inward, while the diagonals of the tree line draw attention to the mountains behind. I think this scene could make for great photo opportunities with a better camera. a longer exposure and higher aperture would give a greater depth of field, giving crispness to the mountains, while allowing some movement to be seen in the low clouds and fog. 

This photo, also taken by Riley Boyd, is a great example of night photography. Riley's settings were f/3.5, 30", ISO-3200, Manual Focus. These settings are probably the best possible within the restraints of the camera. I am impressed with how many stars the camera picked up. The only thing I would do differently is move the frame down to show some of the foreground in front of the liberty cap. I like the horizontal position of the cap, but I feel like it has been cut off because I cannot see the foreground. 

This photo of Mystic Lake was taken by Katharina Purgay. Her settings were f 11 1/100 sec ISO 200 20mm. These settings seem appropriate to me, especially if the shot was taken handheld. The photo is quite sound compositionally. The break in the trees on the far end of the lake falls about 1/3 from the left of the frame. The rocks lead the viewers eyes inward, similar to Riley's photo. My eyes tend to settle on the mountains in the background. It would be nice if there was some more clarity in the mountains, but the foggy aspect is nice too.

This photo was also taken by Katharina Purgay, in Yellowstone. Her settings were f 3.5 30 sec ISO 3200 20mm. These settings seem appropriate to me, especially to keep the stars bright without allowing them to start to trail and blur. Lighting up the Liberty Cap with the flashlight was very effective, giving an object of interest, but not detracting from the brilliance of the stars. I like the angle of the Liberty Cap, moving from lower left to upper right. However, I think it might be better if the cap was placed a little further to the right within the frame, giving more room on it's left side. 

This photo was also taken by Katharina Purgay. Her settings were f 16 1.3 sec ISO 100 18mm. The 1.3s exposure time allowed for blurry water, and the use of a tripod allowed for crisp rocks and ice. I like the black and white in the water, but it starts to loose contrast and clarity in the background. I think if the photo was taken from more of the middle of the stream, looking up toward the mountains rather than the opposite bank, there would be a lot more interesting layers to look at. Obviously this is a difficult and cold decision to make, and I ultimately made the same decision Katie did in this location. 

This photo was taken by Jon Brunn using the following settings: ISO 100, 80mm, f/4.5, 1/13 sec. The 1/13s shutter speed allowed for some blurring, especially around the edges. The low aperture adds to this effect. I love the effect it has in this photo, especially since the girls face is relatively clear. I don't know how well the photo fits for the subject matter of the class, but it is one of my favorite photos yet. 

This photo was taken by Anton Larsson in Yellowstone National Park. Anton's settings were: ISO 125 20.64mm f/11 1/125s. These settings seem appropriate for the most part, especially if the photo was handheld. The reflection is very full and vibrant. Compositionally, there is not a lot to complain about. The layers are nicely stacked. However, it seems like everything is very far away, and there is not really an object of interest. It would be nice if there were some rocks in the water closer up, to draw the viewers eye in. Throwing a rock into the water to create ripples may have worked as well. 

This photo was taken by Zach Witt with the following settings: ISO 200, f/11, 1/500s, 18mm. I think this is a great composition of color and line. The slabs of rock form lines that draw the viewers eye toward the center of the frame and into the more red and orange areas of the rock. The vertical lines in the background give balance and hold the viewers eyes in the frame. I think that the trees on the right hand side could be framed better, or else cropped out, to keep from distracting from the rest of the picture. 

This photo was taken by Tyler Reed with the following settings: ISO: 100 F/5 1/500sec. 22mm. I really like the gray trees in contrast with the blue sky and clouds. The tallest tree is nicely placed in the frame, using the division of thirds. It may have been better to use a higher Aperture,  to get a greater depth of field. This would require a longer shutter speed, but I think that would be doable, even hand held. 

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