Editor’s Note: Our Flickr Group Critique today comes courtesy of Ana Matos, a talented longtime member of our Flickr group who posts under the handle ‘fiuinha.’ Ana wrote and told me how much she enjoyed the critique, and wondered why I had let it lapse: could it be that I was tired of it, too busy with work or other projects, or what? The truth is the last two reasons, and when Ana asked if she could host the Critique this month I enthusiastically agreed! Let’s see what she has come up with, and please, as always, add your comments about these photos in the Comments following the post. The goal of the critique is always to help everyone improve artistically as photographers, so share your thoughts!–DiscerningPhotog
The Flickr Group Critique is back! Since it´s been off for some time the theme this time emerged from dozens of photos before October 2012. And the theme is “Photographing against the sun” with the sun/sunlight having a major focus in the photos. You will see how the direct sunlight through the day affects the photos.
‘Gold Sun – Rua das Regadias – Pombal – Portugal’, by Vitor JK.
Vitor usually plays with low points of view and this photo is a good example of that. Here the blown-out highlights from shooting in direct sunlight makes for an ‘against the rules photo’. Do you think that breaking the rules like this example makes sense to achieve a more dramatic and unusual picture? This photo is rich in detail but I´m not so sure about the final saturation. Vitor, what was your inspiration here?
‘_DSC5852_edited-1.jpg’, by Cindie M…Lakeshore Photography.
A very simple seascape with a silhouette and a sparkling flair. It is possible to see the rays of light from the sun which is nice too. I like the reflections on the water. Maybe the foreground is a bit dark? Do you think the photo is well balanced in composition? Cindie, do you want to talk about the capture of this photo?
‘Le Dôme de Florence’, by Mathieu GUY.
Architecture is not easy to photograph but here I think Mathieu adds an interesting detail. The direct sunlight and the flair created in the cathedral gives the image a spiritual feeling, doesn’t it? The low foreground is a bit dark but I think this is a straight-out-of-the-camera shot. Mathieu, tell us about taking this photograph.
‘Panorama of the Ötztaler Alps with the Similaun peak in the center’, by belimbach.
A panoramic landscape including direct sunlight showing how much higher the men have to go. I think that it’s valuable detail in this photo and makes sense. But on the other hand I believe that it competes with the main subject. The author, at flickr, has two notes about the sun and the flair, he comments about this with some humor. Belimbach, was it intentional shooting this panorama including the sun?
‘Drakensberg Gardens Sunrise’, by Julian Schroeder
Partial rays of light from a sunrise and a green line that leads the eye to the sun. It´s also possible to see the golden light in some rocks of the river. I think the spirit of the morning is well represented in this shot by all the elements of nature represented here. Julian, did you try out other points of view or was this the only angle?
‘Foggy dawn 2’, by Enivea.
Enivea has other three photos at this location; I choose this one because of the composition. The fog and the available light do give a mystic feeling to this picture. This photo speaks for the simplicity but still I would do some editing to it. Enivea, this a straight out of the camera, right?
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