Saturday, June 11, 2011
Self Photo Bundle #1
"untitled" (2005 USA-FL Things-Nature)
A close up view of a large grasshopper. This shot places the skyscraper hotel against the grasshopper's own highrise. The motion blur and pose almost look like it's falling. There is a nice amount of detail on the insect, good colors, and surprisingly smooth bokeh for a point and shoot. This is the first picture I've taken that I really liked.
What sticks out to me is the composition. The creature is centered and takes up a large amount of the real estate. Eyes are drawn immediately there and then to the skyscraper. But the rest just seems a bit busy. I'd like it if the strand and grasshopper were smaller. The diagonal composition could be better. It's tilted a bit too much, I think rotated clockwise a bit would help the slight jarring effect. The juxtaposition isn't very strong. The focus is off the head of the grasshopper, and the picture didn't obtain the 3D effect outside of the in-detail section.
"untitled" (2008 USA-MA People)
I feel like the little boy in this photo is commanding the water and causing the ground to shake. The fast shutter speed's frozen water and tilt does a great job of adding this feeling of power. I like how the cracked patterned pavement is hidden when you get close to the young boy. The shadow and light on the buildings, especially on the top left, is pleasing.
The boy is close to center, but not quite, though I think the tilt and buildings balance it out a bit. I'd still like to see other compositions, and a stronger tilt.
The middle-gray dominates the photograph, so adding contrast in the non-sky areas could help add some dynamic to the shot. The issue is the water against the sky, but that could be brought out separately.
"untitled" (2009 Mexico Things)
This photo captures the glory and size of the Mayan pyramid El Castillo, with its dramatic sky and close perspective. The sky is dramatic and the clouds almost look like smoke, coming off the back of the pyramid. The detail on the structure is intricate, with lots of details captured. The harsh sun reveals the textures quite well.
I feel like a better perspective could've been gotten. To get the edge of the stairs, and the edge of the right side of the pyramid. I think a wider aspect ratio would've shown the massiveness better. More room on the top might be interesting, but the pyramid being so close to the top might be adding to the massive feeling.
I think more interesting shadows might've come out one the sun was less face on with the pyramid. Instead, only one sliver is really in shadows. The sky is a bit too overcooked, with such deep blacks. The stairs lose their 3D effect near the top and look like a slide.
"untitled" (2010 USA-MD Places)
It almost looks like it is in a snow globe that was shaken. The trees, the path, the snow, etc. all give a bit of a swirling feeling. The soft subject shadowy figure adds an element of mystery, and is complimented by the leading line shadow and the warm light and cold background. The depth of field is wide enough to reveal the interesting details in the background while keeping the foreground snowflakes larger to add variety. The flash slowed the snowflakes wonderfully, and the shutter speed's blurring of the man adds to the mystery of the photograph. The noise was cleaned up pretty well for ISO 6400.
The snow is dominating the upper left quadrant of the photo with, both in mass and frequency. The branches on the right, particularly the low sticking out ones, covers up a bit of the landscape and the second figure. In one sense, covering up that figure gives the dark figure dominance and also continues the curved line of footsteps from the bottom.
This iteration is much improved over the previous one here, with the toning and vignetting drawing the viewer in to the center of interest more. The vignettes
"untitled" (2011 USA-MD Thing-Nature)
The crispness and detail of the shot are eye-catching and provide the initial bite. The monochrome processing focuses my eye onto the texture and shadows created by my flash.
The tip and other vertical blade do take away attention from the clean similarly oriented grass, but I like this distraction. It breaks up the expected, and the shadows with the grass form a nice contrasting lines and keep my eyes lingering longer.
I did wish I had more room on the right to give the vertical blade some more space, and perhaps some more buttery smooth bokeh which congregates mostly in the upper left corner.