Here’s another photo critique request from one of our readers – Barbara Harris. Tell us what do you think about this photo and what would you do differently to improve this photo?
About This Photograph
Below are some details about this photograph from Barbara.
I’m attempting to concentrate on the rule of thirds when composing my photos. This was an attempt which I feel didn’t quite live up to what I wanted. To me the composition seems unbalanced. I’d appreciate advise on how others would attempt it, to give it a balanced look. I used muslin as the background. Maybe a plain or embossed linen would have been better.
Update: Barbara commented with more information about her goal and thought behind this photo here it is.
I was attempting a white on white photograph as I’ve admired several of this style on Flickr. The items were not intended for any particular recipe. I gathered together a series of white shapes from the cupboard. I used the onions as they were a white food. It could be replaced with a scoop of vanilla icecream, the spices with fruit and nuts. I used the lines in my camera view finder to place the items.
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Lens used was standard one that came with the camera Nikkor 18 – 70
Focal length 46.0mm
F Stop F4.5
My Two Cents
In my opinion, this is a great photo in many ways. I love the different shapes that are in play here. The oil in upper right adds a special element to this photo. On one hand I have to say that this is a great photo and is very creative. If I were to shoot this, I would first think about my subject. In this case, I am not sure if Barbara wanted all the dishes/bowls in this photo and whether some stronger subject could be added to this photo. In general I would play with placement of the bowls a little bit. For example, move the central bowl a little towards right and move it a little up. Another thing I may experiment with is, placing the top most bowl. Yeah! the small one… I would move it a little towards the corner.
Again without knowing what limitations you have with experimenting, I would love to know what was the main subject and what was the thought behind it. Was this photo to show the different bowls? Or the sliced onions? or something else. Did you want to show the color? How about turning it into a black and white photo? How about filtered black and white?
After looking at the filtered black and white, I feel this photo gives a effect of selective coloring because of all the element being white and spices in small bowls being black.
Again, I think overall, this is very interesting concept. Love the arrangement and overall thought behind this photo. As with most things, critiquing a photo is a personal opinion and I think the more information you have about the photo and the thought behind it, the more helpful the critique can be.
Update: Following Barbara’s comments, some of my comments won’t apply… specially those related to color.
So dear readers, it’s your turn now. What do you like about this image and how would you improve it? What would you add to this image? What would you subtract? Tell us in the comments below.What would you change in this image?
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Photo copyright: This Still Photo taken by Barbara Harris and is her copyright property. You should consult her if you wish to use this photo.