For Your Critique: Image #15 « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

For Your Critique: Image #15

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This image was created with the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens and the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV). ISO 50. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop; 1/4 sec. at f/29.

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For Your Critique: Image #15

The image above was created at LeHardy Rapids, Yellowstone National Park. It was converted to black and white using NIK SIlver EFEX Pro. It is presented for your critique; feel free to praise it or rip it to shreds. Would you keep it or delete it? Let us know why either way, what you like or what you hate. What would you have done differently?

Over the course of the next few weeks I will present five additional images in this series for a total of twenty in all. The last will be followed by several revelations including two major ones.

One of the very best ways to grow as a photographer is to look at as many good images as possible. I do that often in books, by checking out contest result web sites, by critiquing images on Bird Photographers.Net (BPN), by visiting the web sites of the world’s best photographers, and by encouraging image sharing during Instructional Photo-Tours (IPTs).

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Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. Man, I am loving this lens on my shoulder with the 2X III teleconverter. I also use it a lot with the 1.4X III TC as I did here.
Canon 1.4X III Teleconverter. Designed to work best with the new Series II super-telephoto lenses.
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV professional digital camera body. My two Mark IVs are my workhorse digital camera bodies.

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8 comments to For Your Critique: Image #15

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Thanks all for sharing your thoughts. I gotta say that I love this one and agree totally with Ted and Andrew :). artie

  • avatar Alan Lillich

    This one doesn’t appeal to me, but I’m not very sure why. It seems busy. I have a sense of looking at a small part of a larger image and wanting to see the whole.

  • avatar Myer Bornstein

    Nice but something is missing nothing grabs my eye

  • I remember this one well and I still love it! I like the way the darker water frames the top and bottom edges of the composition, drawing attention to the flow in the middle. I could shoot these all day long. I think you captured a lovely section of river detail here. Nice one!

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    I like it. If you look at the enlarged version you can feel the water flowing. You can see the foaming caused by the water backing up after it has gone over the rocks. I also like the little splashes here and there, to me they really add to the image. A keeper. Check out the larger version, in this case bigger is better.

  • I agree with the two posts, it has too much detail to be an abstract, not up to your “high standards” I like B&W of H20 though.

  • avatar Ron Sprunger

    I’m afraid I have to agree with harvey. Nothing special. No strong subject, and maybe too much detail to be considered abstract. I do like the BW conversion, but then I always prefer BW if color doesn’t really add anything to the image.

  • avatar harvey tabin

    Nice, but nothing special. There are tons of shots like this around. For someone else it might be a saver, but for someone like you,no