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kenmc's avatar

Will you please critique the photograph linked in the details section?

Asked by kenmc (11773points) June 11th, 2009

How’s the contrast? The composition? The subject matter?
I’m looking for a critique on anything.

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applesaucemanny's avatar

I think it’s great :)

DeanV's avatar

Looks good to me. I would crop some off of the left side, but that’s just a stylistic thing.

willbrawn's avatar

I just looks like a snap shot. Nothing special to me. When photographing non-people objects looks for unqiue angels and unique lighting to make it really stand out.

kenmc's avatar

@willbrawn I actually did look from many different angles before I chose this one. This was on film with (an unadjustable) 50mm lens so I had to be conservative along with having limited views.

Jeruba's avatar

I don’t see how it adds anything to what we know of the Munch painting it references. I’m afraid it does nothing special for me. Sorry, @boots.

kenmc's avatar

@Jeruba You can’t please all the people all the time…

dynamicduo's avatar

The contrast is very low, I find it washes out the picture a bit. Did you use B&W film or digitally B&W it in post?

The background is very plain and boring. As well, the focal distance makes the leaves blur and it makes me feel a bit nauseous, as my mind interprets it as moving a bit. Then again, considering the subject matter, maybe this is a plus.

If I could reshoot this shot, I would move the camera a tiny bit to the left to eliminate that white bubble in the lower right hand corner. It only distracts from the picture. As much as I like the rule of thirds alignment of the face, there must be some way to get rid of that white interference without sacrificing the thirds.

All in all though, it’s much better a shot than most people take. You have a good eye for photography, I very much enjoyed your shots “Tractor with Flowers” and “Turtle and Frog”.

kenmc's avatar


This was taken on Kodak Professional BW400CN which is b&w film that can be processed like color prints. I can see what your saying about the gap caused by light on the other side of the tree. To be honest, I didn’t even notice it.

Thanks very much!

Bri_L's avatar

@boots – Hey boots. First, love the icon.

I like it.

Did you hand develop it? Did you play with it after it was scanned in? Are you on a PC or a Mac?

I agree with the bubble. That would also set up a little more obvious relationship with the Screamers eyes and that perspective going on there.

Keep it up. I am excited to see what you do next.

kenmc's avatar

@Bri_L Thanks very much!

I did not hand develop it. It was done at the local camera store. And I did not edit it in any way on my pc.

Bri_L's avatar

@boots – more impressive in my book. People forget how hard it is to do that.

No processing control and no computer manipulation. That is a great result for straight shot in my book.

prude's avatar

I love it!
I like it when you choose the b&w, very nice.

derekpaperscissors's avatar

It could use a bit more contrast. A play on hard light and shadows on the black and white film could create quite striking photographs.
As for composition, it was right to put the attention to the face but the background feels a little bland. Perhaps you can reframe the background to something the face can react to while still using the depth of field to put stress on the face. You can play with colors to do this as well. With the face being black n white, the background could be colored or only some parts of it colored, like say a red balloon or a little girl or a piece of unexpected whatever. It’s these things that can make a photo stand out more. They tell a story of how the main subject can interact with what’s behind it.
btw, this is a pop up stand of the van gough screamer? Nice haha, where’d you find it?

kenmc's avatar

@derekpaperscissors I found it in Old Town, Lansing, Michigan.

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