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    1. in what area is critique to be sought?

    I have done some enhancement to the contrast of the photo

    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?

    Spooky feeling and the artisitic arua

    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)

    Stumble upon the art work while chilling out @ a critque's place

    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture

    The picture can be better in terms of compositions and lighting.

    I welcome all feedbacks as i am still new in photography. Thanks




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    imo, the image is not sharp & rather under-exposed. (is that on delibrate?)
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    Don't know what you are trying to achieve with this shot. And if you are really trying something, I seriously do not get it.

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    Hello, tanbingjie.
    Thank you for sharing your photo.

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    • There is vertical motion blur due to camera shake.
    • As a whole, the photo is rather under-exposed.
    • I looked closely to find the central theme of the story but it was not too obvious there.

    Your Camera Settings
    From the EXIF data, here are your camera settings for this picture:
    Camera Model: Canon EOS 500D
    Focal Length: 33.0mm
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Exposure Time: 1/4 sec
    ISO equiv: 400
    Metering Mode: Matrix



    Shutter speed too slow at 1/4 sec
    I suggest getting your shutter speed right to reduce shake. Especially when the camera is hand-held in a dark place like this, you got to bump up your ISO sufficiently high to achieve around 1/60 (some very steady photographers can hand hold at 1/15.. haha.. but most of us aren't that good!) sec without flash.
    If not, use a tripod. But of course, I can understand that as this may not be a deliberate set up, one may not have the luxury of a tripod.

    Aperture is too small at f/8
    You are shooting quite close up at focal length of 33mm on your zoom lens, and being in such a dark place, you may not really need the f/8. I feel that you can comfortably open up your aperture to f/4.0 or even wider (to f/2.8) if your lens allows it.
    This will allow better exposure with more light entering, and certainly allow at least a shutter speed of 1/30 for less camera shake.

    Try raising ISO to 800
    Your 500D can certainly deal with a higher ISO of 800 or even up to 1600 with still acceptable noise, especially if you are doing a low-key subject like this. Not to worry about it. I would personally recommend going up to 800 at least for this shot.

    Artistic Interpretation
    I think I understand what you are trying to acheive. You wanted that dark, spooky (in your own words) feel. In short, a slightly under-exposure, low-key, high contrast effect.
    May I suggest firstly doing all the basics correct as listed above to render your exposure right, and then the details of the intricate patterns on the mask would naturally come back. Use a wider aperture to isolate the subject, then adjust the contrast, brightness and white balance a little during PP.

    As always, all these are but my humble opinion.

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    If I could, I would get a tripod for this shot, whereby I can work ideally in the low light situation.

    Or if the tripod is not available, then i would opt for higher ISO, to reduce the blur in the photo.

    Cheers!

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    i dont know whats in the picture ..... can TS pls explain

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    Image Blur lah bro........and which part are you focusing ??? the head huh??
    Last edited by msz69ers; 22nd February 2010 at 05:40 PM.
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    Thanks for the critics ... appreciated ....yup the focus is on the mask ...

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