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    1. in what area is critique to be sought?
    In terms of composition/feeling/colours/sharpness and angle..what's your say??
    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    I've only begun this journey 4 months ago (1st post here) after owning a DSLR, so here i would to seek frank opinions in this shot..The beautiful colours of the shophouse blending in with the sky that captivated me.
    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    Weather contemplated well with the clear clouds/sky though humid.
    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
    PP was at it's bare here, a little touch up and crop.

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    Focal length 24mm
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    Need some critiques here, anyone... your humble comments will help me a great deal to pursue further my passsion.
    TIA..

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    too many distractions in your photo?

    actually if i were u... i will focus nearer to the colorful building and perhaps just show a small part of it to make it the whole photo. Hope you get what i mean.

    rem this rule (and dump your pns snap shoot style of cramping as much things into your photos as possible):

    less is good.
    Last edited by sinned79; 23rd July 2010 at 11:19 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    too many distractions in your photo?

    actually if i were u... i will focus nearer to the colorful building and perhaps just show a small part of it to make it the whole photo. Hope you get what i mean.

    rem this rule (and dump your pns snap shoot style of cramping as much things into your photos as possible):

    less is good.
    I agree. i felt that cropping away the tables and potted plants will be prettier.

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    because of the angle you took i cannot crop it to my suggestion but here's an idea.

    I find the colorful window panels more interesting.

    so if i were you, I walk closer to those window panels (just below and shoot upwards), i will take a tighter crop photo of it.


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    Those marked in red circles are consider distractions to me, cos they dun feel like the photo subject to me.

    and please reduce your watermark by 75%, its very unsightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    too many distractions in your photo?

    actually if i were u... i will focus nearer to the colorful building and perhaps just show a small part of it to make it the whole photo. Hope you get what i mean.

    rem this rule (and dump your pns snap shoot style of cramping as much things into your photos as possible):

    less is good.
    Got it, less is more..will heed the advise. thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intikhab76 View Post
    Got it, less is more..will heed the advise. thanks for the input.
    just to share with you 2 photo i took. i am not a pro. so this photo may not look nice haha.





    i didn't do much editing here, its straight from cam. I took it ard 4-5+ pm where the sky is bluish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    just to share with you 2 photo i took. i am not a pro. so this photo may not look nice haha.





    i didn't do much editing here, its straight from cam. I took it ard 4-5+ pm where the sky is bluish.
    Indeed i must say, simplicity focused on the subject is best. No distractions.
    Get what you mean N yes your pics above are actually NICE...

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    Quote Originally Posted by intikhab76 View Post

    Hi there,

    I am sorry to say that your pic fits the "more is less" mould exactly. There are simply too many subjects in the entire frame and they do not complement one another. Besides the subjects, the colour vibrancy also fell prey to that.

    While it makes sense to push up the colours of the shophouse (to accentuates its rich details), I would be careful on not applying the same to the rest of the picture (which I believe, you did). The resulting ultra-rich colours of the sky/pots of plants/housing block is very distracting. Even the vibrancy of the shophouse is a tad too much, rendering it very unrealistic.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lekech View Post
    Hi there,

    I am sorry to say that your pic fits the "more is less" mould exactly. There are simply too many subjects in the entire frame and they do not complement one another. Besides the subjects, the colour vibrancy also fell prey to that.

    While it makes sense to push up the colours of the shophouse (to accentuates its rich details), I would be careful on not applying the same to the rest of the picture (which I believe, you did). The resulting ultra-rich colours of the sky/pots of plants/housing block is very distracting. Even the vibrancy of the shophouse is a tad too much, rendering it very unrealistic.

    Hope this helps.
    Got it, thanks for the frank remarks all, will take note of it. Appreciate the tips given. Cheers.

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    hi ts,

    1) why did u include the tables, chairs & pots of plant in the foreground?

    2) have u consider going near to the colorful building to exclude the hdb at the back & those mentioned in (1)? was it because the lens is not wide enough?

    3) i assume ur subject is the man in blue on the left looking up at the colorful designs of the building, including the few guys walking pass is good idea enhance the contrast, but it failed in this case because they are blocked by the plants.
    Last edited by denniskee; 26th July 2010 at 06:14 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee View Post
    hi ts,

    1) why did u include the tables, chairs & pots of plant in the foreground?

    2) have u consider going near to the colorful building to exclude the hdb at the back & those mentioned in (1)? was it because the lens is not wide enough?

    3) i assume ur subject is the man in blue on the left looking up at the colorful designs of the building, including the few guys walking pass is good idea enhance the contrast, but it failed in this case because they are blocked by the plants.
    I second this.

    TS, the colours were definitely vibrant and interesting to take a picture of. I find that the extreme left strip of your photo, where the man looks up... he would have been a very good subject to 'merge/showcase' your shophouse, HDB and the sky.

    Currently there are too many distractions. Before taking a picture, you can try asking yourself, if there is any purpose for this "thing" to be in the frame (in this case, the tables, trees, signboards, people etc). If not, you can eliminate it and this should give you a cleaner picture
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    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee View Post
    hi ts,

    1) why did u include the tables, chairs & pots of plant in the foreground?

    2) have u consider going near to the colorful building to exclude the hdb at the back & those mentioned in (1)? was it because the lens is not wide enough?

    3) i assume ur subject is the man in blue on the left looking up at the colorful designs of the building, including the few guys walking pass is good idea enhance the contrast, but it failed in this case because they are blocked by the plants.

    Hi dennis,

    Actually this was a general PNS type kind of shot as i was walking along, just squatted down and took a shot. Didnt realize abt the man in blue looking up there..lol.

    I did take other shots where i was close enough but in this case i wanted to the whole building in the pic but failed to stay close enough. Distractions failed the entire mood here..

    Thanks for the input seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gymak90 View Post
    I second this.

    TS, the colours were definitely vibrant and interesting to take a picture of. I find that the extreme left strip of your photo, where the man looks up... he would have been a very good subject to 'merge/showcase' your shophouse, HDB and the sky.

    Currently there are too many distractions. Before taking a picture, you can try asking yourself, if there is any purpose for this "thing" to be in the frame (in this case, the tables, trees, signboards, people etc). If not, you can eliminate it and this should give you a cleaner picture
    Thanks bro for the CC's...

    Actually thinking abt it, i shd have used the man in blue as the subject and cropped out the distracting "Flat/plants" etc...will take note of it in future...

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    Quote Originally Posted by intikhab76 View Post
    Hi dennis,

    Actually this was a general PNS type kind of shot as i was walking along, just squatted down and took a shot. Didnt realize abt the man in blue looking up there..lol.
    i feel abit sad here. if u have read the sticky in the critique corner, this is not the place to post p&s shots and ask for critique.

    here in this sub forum, we encourage members to post a shot that they had put in effort, be it on composition, parameters setting, or something they feel strongly that they want to express.

    for p&s shots, there is always other sub-forum within CS.
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intikhab76 View Post


    1. in what area is critique to be sought?
    In terms of composition/feeling/colours/sharpness and angle..what's your say??
    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    I've only begun this journey 4 months ago (1st post here) after owning a DSLR, so here i would to seek frank opinions in this shot..The beautiful colours of the shophouse blending in with the sky that captivated me.
    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    Weather contemplated well with the clear clouds/sky though humid.
    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
    PP was at it's bare here, a little touch up and crop.

    EXIF..
    Cam-Canon 550D (kit lens 18-55mm)
    f/4
    ISO-100
    Focal length 24mm
    no flash

    i must say for a 4 months old photographer u hav an eye for things. i jus started last year as well and at 4 months i know nuts except the shutter button.... anyway i kinda like your pic. well u cant remove the distractions. the big picture is the big picture, its all in the package. street photography is not about the perfect shot, sometimes imperfection tells more story than the perfect horizontal lines and vertical lines on buildings. it gives a more human touch, something that shows purpose and intent.

    keep the good work up n hope to c more. cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denniskee View Post
    i feel abit sad here. if u have read the sticky in the critique corner, this is not the place to post p&s shots and ask for critique.

    here in this sub forum, we encourage members to post a shot that they had put in effort, be it on composition, parameters setting, or something they feel strongly that they want to express.

    for p&s shots, there is always other sub-forum within CS.
    So as above, just to clarify and pardon me for my posting if it has landed here(as a wrong place)...that i shd not be posting them here for critique and shd post to relevant sub forums for Viewing instead?? As my 1st post here, rather then getting "Flamed" at, i rather be directed at or advised accordingly. Frankly i'm quite amazed at the protocols that occurs at most Forum here in SG that being a newbie you are bound to get "Flamed". Probably this is one of the reason that most of the newbies are afraid to churn out their 1st post here for the critics.
    No punt intended but this is my frank opinion based on the comment i received despite the P&S method applied in this pic. As they say, there are no rights or wrongs in any pic taken but how we see it.
    I do respect your comments and feedback and am moving on but would definitely consider posting again here for critiques..
    Thank you..

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbsolutKev View Post
    i must say for a 4 months old photographer u hav an eye for things. i jus started last year as well and at 4 months i know nuts except the shutter button.... anyway i kinda like your pic. well u cant remove the distractions. the big picture is the big picture, its all in the package. street photography is not about the perfect shot, sometimes imperfection tells more story than the perfect horizontal lines and vertical lines on buildings. it gives a more human touch, something that shows purpose and intent.

    keep the good work up n hope to c more. cheers.
    Well i have to agreee to what u said bro, thanks.. In street photography if this is accepted or not unless some pro street/candid photog here might give his 2 cents worth only will i know if i'm on the right track. It's the reason why i posted here for critics in the 1st place.
    Appreciate your comments, thanks very much..

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    Quote Originally Posted by intikhab76 View Post
    So as above, just to clarify and pardon me for my posting if it has landed here(as a wrong place)...that i shd not be posting them here for critique and shd post to relevant sub forums for Viewing instead?? As my 1st post here, rather then getting "Flamed" at, i rather be directed at or advised accordingly. Frankly i'm quite amazed at the protocols that occurs at most Forum here in SG that being a newbie you are bound to get "Flamed". Probably this is one of the reason that most of the newbies are afraid to churn out their 1st post here for the critics.
    No punt intended but this is my frank opinion based on the comment i received despite the P&S method applied in this pic. As they say, there are no rights or wrongs in any pic taken but how we see it.
    I do respect your comments and feedback and am moving on but would definitely consider posting again here for critiques..
    Thank you..
    For a picture to receive critique, first of all.

    Have you critiqued the photo yourself? What did you think about the photo in the first place? If you yourself deem it as a point and shoot picture, how would others view it?

    While we do encourage users to post their pictures for comments and critique, the onus is on the photographer to be harsh on themselves and see if the picture is worthy of his own image or rep before you put it up.

    Give yourself a few more moments before you take a pic, think about it in terms of composition as well as distractions. See if you can find the flaws and how you can work around it if possible.

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