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    Arrow My First Portfolio: "Phases of the Mind" (open for critique)

    I started off photography in January this year. Equipped with a Fuji 602Z and a Canon EOS300, I began to venture into the world of photography. I have chosen diversification as I have not found a field to specialise in as of yet.

    My first portfolio is aimed at showcasing the various positive states of the human mind, while concurrently exploring some of the various fields of photography: Architecture, Action, Macro, Silhouette and Sunrise.

    Enjoy!

    Transition


    Grit


    Love


    Chastity


    Warmth



    Would certainly appreciate frank critique as I am striving to improve. Cheers!
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    frankly speaking, within 4 month have such results is very good....

    I like the last one, the skateboard not focus, but very good angle, maybe can try smaller apature with fill in flash....

    just my 2sen opinion....

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    Originally posted by longman
    frankly speaking, within 4 month have such results is very good....

    I like the last one, the skateboard not focus, but very good angle, maybe can try smaller apature with fill in flash....

    just my 2sen opinion....
    Thanks! I think you mean skater..
    Guess I should have used a faster shutter speed for that shot.

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    Hi there thoa,

    Alright, like longman highlighted, four months is a short span of time, and you seemed to have learned some things. Thats good.

    I've been looking at your pictures, and speaking from a general perspective, you've got talent. You've got great exposures, good composition, although theres space for improvement, and an understanding of communication through the various aspects of photography.

    Let me start by saying i really detest the fact that you've got words on your photograph. Please do not disrespect your own photography like that. ok, i can see that you are trying to communicate with the viewers, trying to share a feeling you felt when you took that picture. But try doing that with just the pictures, a series of them. 5 or 6 ought to do it. Communicate without words, thats what a photographer should be capable of doing.

    When i look at your sunrise or sunset, i feel warmth, not transition, i feel an utmost respect for the land and for the God that created it. Thats why photographs are so beautiful, they're unique to each individual. But if you're trying to communicate, then you need to specifically define your message through the pictures. A photographer takes the pictures, the artist in him paints the message. That goes for all the pictures.

    On technicalities, i really disliked the blur behind the skater, i believe it digital manipulation, or digital imaging (DI). It ruined the picture, if you wanted a thin depht of field, dont shoot digital. It'll often render you a huge dof.

    Also, i haven't seen alot of your pictures, but from what i see here, its abit flat. Its not bad, but try moving around abit, that would help get you abit of a variety of angles, that way its refreshing to see new things. That will also aid your building of a series.

    best regards
    yanfeng

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    Thanks for the pointers! I was really looking for advice like yours.

    Actually I added the words as a sort of copyright symbol cos I didn't want to put my name there. But point taken anyway.

    Yeah, I agree that my angles are rather bland, will try looking out for new angles from now on.

    Cheers!

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