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Challenge: Free Study 2012-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon MF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AIS
Location: Seattle
Date: Apr 21, 2012
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2500
Date Uploaded: Apr 17, 2012

Curious about composition. Post-processing improvements. What did not work with this photo.

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05/11/2012 07:48:35 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

After a glance at your profile and glass available, I'd say you were underlensed more than anything. The 50mm is a great portrait lens and all-purpose lens, but just doesn't have the reach of a telephoto or zoom. This setting would have had me going for my 18-200, which is an amazingly versatile lens for about $600. Easy to come by now and very much worth it.

Apart from that I think that a combo of many factors hurt you in this case. B/W has its place but it just doesn't resonate with me this time round; the comp is ok, nice use of thirds with a high horizon and no centred subjects, but the pov is somewhat uninspired and seems to distance the viewer from the scene; I feel like I'm looking at a TV screen as opposed to being there on the bank watching them. I want to see water flying from the blades of the paddles and the racers' faces as studies in concentration.

Hope this critique has been useful, keep on shooting and entering. Feel free to PM me.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/05/2012 10:25:23 AM
Nicely arranged. I'm struck by the duck on the far right. Cool.
05/01/2012 01:23:30 PM
Jason, how do you do?
Somehow I came across your flickr page and recognized the photo.

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