Poor Kite

Nov 2, 2009
1. in what area is critique to be sought ?
Composition and Lighting

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

3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
In the evening one of the tree near east cost

4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
Can not produce more color in the kite with black tree background .



Senior Member
Jan 19, 2004
Although pictures against the skies could make the loveliest image possible, they could also be the hardest to take. This is mainly because the exposure are the hardest to refine, with most camera giving average metering of certain points in the scene. What that means is that, the camera will detect that there is a very bright section (sky) and a very dark section (the object and the shadow) and just give a safe average metering settings. While that would work for most scene, the average would just leave the scene looking either obscure, incomplete, or even plain.

For scenes with the skyline background, it is highly recommended for you to consider using spot metering and manual settings for exposures. Usage of that is another topic however.

Anyway, here's the critique:

1. Composition: Give a tighter crop to the image. There are too much tree to the left, giving you stray elements you need not in the subject matter. Portraying it in portrait would also give you height perception, i.e. the feel that the kite is actually high up.

2. Subject: With the current composition, the feeling of lost isn't felt. If you really need to have a feeling of lost, it might be good to do some postprocessing. A generally darker tone to the image will be easier to convey such feeling. Also, if you ever happen to take another similar image, try to have more sky (preferably with clouds). These would enhance the statement you are trying to make.

3. Colours: As explained earlier, the exposure is your main problem in this picture. Improper exposure will cause incorrect colouration in the picture. It is not beyond savage however. You could still boot up photoshop and try dodging the kite somewhat and play around with the colour intensity. Brightness would also help somewhat (if you could get the mask done right).

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