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So here is another image from the video shoot that I didn't want to put up because I think it could be improved compositionally. In the interest of encouraging friendly, constructive critique, I'll start off by saying what I would change about this picture. Add comments if you want, or post your own pictures with your own thoughts.

I wish I had moved to the right and perhaps raised the camera a bit so that the converging lines of the ceiling support and the sidewall thing with 2 lights would converge on her head more clearly. One of the 4 spot lights also wouldn't have been obscured, and her head would have been placed on the upper-left-to-lower-right diagonal of the picture.

I don't like how the shelves are kind of growing out of her right arm, and perhaps some kind of lighting thing could have gotten more separation. The far left of the picture has a dimly lit strip that I wish wasn't there either.

But I guess it's not too bad as it is, because the picture emphasizes her verticality and places the focus on her upper back --- often one of the most beautiful parts of a ballet dancer. If only it wasn't so dark! The lines in the compositional analysis were drawn by hand in Preview, so the lines that are perpendicular to the two main diagonals may not be perfectly at 90 degrees.

I'm happy with the tonality of the picture, as it represents the limits of my current (meager) skills for post-processing into B&W.


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The first rule of composition is there are no rules. Now I say that with a grain of salt. The main problem I see with your pic is the lights. The eye is drawn away from the dancer to the upper right area of the pic. The reason is simple. The eye is drawn to the brightest area of a black and white photo first. I would have moved so there was no lights in the background. All of your attention would then be on the dancer. Basically a classic off angle full length shot. You could have also turned off the two lights closest to her head and the two along the wall as well. Yes those two lights would be the first place your eye would settle but the lights are flaring and that flare is throwing a diagonal that leads right to the dancer's face. The eye will follow that right to your main subject. There's also a sense of interaction because it looks like she's looking out towards the lights. This is a very good thing. Once the eye is drawn to her then it would follow along the highlights and more or less be captured. in the image and not easily lead out.
post #3739 of 4186
Had to go out and burn film. One from today.


Gasconade County Courthouse by DYSong Photography, on Flickr
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Paris from a recent trip...

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Paris from a recent trip...


Top of the Printemps cafe/cafeteria?
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^^Indeed. Great view but it was freezing up there. I was going to try for views from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and Eiffel Tower but it snowed the next day and I ran out of time. Next time.
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^^Indeed. Great view but it was freezing up there. I was going to try for views from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica and Eiffel Tower but it snowed the next day and I ran out of time. Next time.

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Friend recently commissioned me to take a panoramic of Chicago from the West. Here's what I came up with:

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Ahh the memories of the Chicago skyline. I like it well done.

I have been approached by the editor/owner of a local news publication about whether or not I would be interested in doing a bit of writing and photography work for him. I was basically offered my very own column and what goes in it is pretty much up to me. That's an offer I'll take any time of the day. Sounds like fun even though it's still "work'. Perhaps a Pulitzer Prize is in my future. LOL!
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Georgeous shot of Chicago skyline! Love that city. I managed a couple of shots with a point-and-shoot when I was there a while ago. Can't wait to go back.

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I just went through six pages - nice work guys!

Where is Foo with his pics? I know he wants critique but throw them up and let us appreciate them!
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Phone camera (Lumia 920)

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Haven't posted in a while, here are some randoms
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Haven't posted in a while, here are some randoms Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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Like the fire stump.



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