I’m yours – Critique


“I’m yours” is the focus of this week’s critique.  It’s a photo of bleeding hearts.  These flowers were growing in front of the Greek Orthodox church in downtown Kingston.   They were photographed a little more than a week ago.  Let’s go over it’s strong and weak points.

The simplicity of the photo is one of its strong points.  There is really just one element in this photo, and that is the bleeding heart flowers.  Nothing else takes away from these flowers.

I also love the colours in this photo.  There is essentially two colours, maybe three if you’re being stringent.  As you can see, the red and green complement each other.

One potential weak point is the very shallow depth of field.  I wonder if showing more of the flowers in focus would be better?

The photo almost looks like it is slightly underexposed.  A longer exposure might have worked better.  Or some post-production exposure correction might have helped.

Please let me know what you think! Thanks!

Nightlife – Critique


This week’s critique is on “Nightlife.”  It is a photo of Ontario Street in Kingston after sunset.  It was taken about three weeks ago.  Let’s go over its strengths and weaknesses.

The one thing I really love about this photo is the sharpness.  You can make out the exact time that this photo was captured on the City Hall clock.  You can also clearly see inside the drum of City Hall.

There is a bit of linear perspective in this photo.  The vanishing point is close to the bottom right.  I like the triangular shape formed by the buildings as they recede into the vanishing point.

One weakness of this photo is its complexity.  There is a lot going on.  We can see two people and a car moving towards the camera, the buildings, the street lamps and building signs, the flag and trees in the background.  There is a lot of elements in this photo.

There is also a lack of continuity in the car headlights.  The trail of white lights from the car starts and stops after a short distance.  It would have looked better if the light trail was continued across the photo.

Please let me know what you think!  Thanks!

Opening up – Critique


We will discuss “Opening Up” for this week’s critique.  It is a photo of a white tulip found in my backyard.  The photo was taken about two weeks ago.  Let’s go over what works and what can be improved.

I love that the tulip is the centre of attention.  The white and yellow flower jumps out at you from the darker background.

The depth of field here is quite flattering.  You can see that the important part of the flower, its centre, is in sharp focus.  Everything else is blurred.   The blurred effects create a very soft touch.

What could be improved is the background.  It’s clear that the background is very muddy, and jumbled with different colours.  If it was a monochromatic green or blue, it would have been better.

The composition could also be improved here.  There is quite a lot of negative space on the left.  But the flower leans to the right.  What would have worked better is to have more negative space on the right side so that the flower has room to “move in” or “look” in that direction.

Please let me know what you think.  Thanks!

Century – Critique


“Century” is the focus of this week’s critique.  It is a photo of a Century logo on a fire hydrant.  It was taken about two weeks ago.  The fire hydrant was close to where I live.  Let’s talk about the photo’s strengths and weaknesses.

The colours of the photo are very striking.  As you can see, the vibrant red is intimately set against a dingier yellow.  If you look closely at the yellow negative space, it looks like the top portion of a “5” or a “S.”

I also like the texture of of this photo.  You can definitely see the rough and bumpy texture that dominates on this fire hydrant.  The singular texture and dual colour scheme create a very simple composition.

One potential weakness is that the photo may be too simplistic.  Does the colour, graphic nature, or texture enough to keep your attention?  Or will you lose interest very quickly after just a glance?

If you didn’t know that this was a logo on a fire hydrant, would you look at the photo and give up on it because you had no idea what the photo was?  Is it too abstract?

Please let me know what you think! Thanks!