Ornaments – Critique


“Ornaments” is our photo for this week’s critique.  I believe the photo shows Canadian Buffaloberries, but I’m not completely certain.  They were found in a wooded area near our place.  This photo was taken in July.  Let’s pick out what’s good and what’s not so great.

What you may not realize at first glance is the repetition of the number three.   What is obvious is the three bright orange berries.  Less obvious are the three leaves facing the viewer adjacent to the berries.  In this one area, the number three is repeated.

Another subtle element in the photo is the bokeh in the background.  There are a few circular bokeh on the left side that makes the background look interesting.

To me the right side of the photo is a bit of a clutter.  There are branches and leaves that are superfluous.

The berries look they may be slightly overexposed.  You can see there is too much highlight on the berries.  I wonder if I should have spot metered the exposure on the berries to get a better exposure.

Please let me know what you think!  Thanks!

4 Replies to “Ornaments – Critique”

  1. Agree with everything you’ve said here, the berries are slightly overexposed and could be brought down, I also think they’re straggling that awkward line between being ‘centre’ and being ‘off centre’; they just look a little uncomfortable to me. I’d rather bring them slightly right and make them the centre piece, or take them left and make them truly off centre (the latter would be my preference!)

    Still, critique aside, it’s a great photo. I love the bokeh, I love the depth of field, and I love the colour.

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    1. Wow! I’m so happy that I’ve met a really critical reader! Thanks so much for your insightful comment! I try not to put things in the centre as it tends to be a bit boring. And I didn’t want to place it too far to the left either. So that’s why they are in that uncomfortable zone. I didn’t realize the placement can have such an effect on people. Now that I know I will keep it out of that awkward zone. Thanks again for your positive comments!

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