Hanging On – Critique


This week’s photo critique is on “Hanging On.”  It is a photo of three dead leaves on a branch.  The photo was taken in February at a small park in my neighbourhood.  Let’s discuss what works well and what doesn’t.

I like the shape that the three leaves impart.  The two outer leaves are the two sides of a triangle and the tips of the leaves form the base.  Alternatively, each outer leaf forms a triangle with the middle leave.  Either way, I like the shape they form.

The branch that the leaves are attached to provides a nice leading line.  It takes you from the left across the photo to the right.  Diagonal lines across the photo often creates interest and a sense of movement.

One of the things that doesn’t work is the focus.  As you can see the middle leaf, the one farther away, is not in sharp focus.  It should have been as it forms the triangular motif.  Again, I will have to work on my focusing and depth of field.

Related to the focus, the recognizable background isn’t blurry enough.  You can clearly make out the other branches of the tree and also the house on the left.  This is another issue with depth of field.  I need to pay more attention to this when I’m out shooting.

Please let me know what you think.  Thanks!


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