Green Go – Photo Critique


This week’s critique is on “Green Go.”  It’s a photo of a maple tree branch in the autumn.  This tree was found in my neighbourhood.  The photo was taken a little more than a week ago.  Let’s go over its strengths and weaknesses.

I’m immediately drawn to the colours in this photo.  Two colours dominate here: green and red.  I love the lively green set against the fiery red.

There is a framing effect that is evident in this photo.  The green leaves near the centre is nicely framed by the red leaves surrounding it.  It really draws attention to the green leaves.

One glaring problem with this photo is the focus.  Since the green leaves are the focal point, they should have been in sharp focus.  You can see in the photo that the focus is just slightly below the centre leaves.

There is also a distracting element in the picture.  On the upper right there is a bunch of green leaves.  These green leaves compete with the green leaves in the centre and effectively take away the spotlight from the green centre leaves.

Please let me know what you think!  Thanks!

Classy – Critique


“Classy” is our photo for this week’s critique.  It captures the glass facade of the Scotiabank building in downtown Kingston.  This photo was taken in August.  Let’s talk about the good and the not so good aspects of this photo.

This photo is all about geometric shapes, rectangles to be more specific.  We see it everywhere.  Rectangles are found in the glass, and the red metal structure. They are repeated in the design, creating a regular rhythm.

I love the leading lines created by the repeating rectangular glass.  What I’m talking about is the middle, light grey, smaller rectangular glass that transverses the photo.  It guides the eye from the right side all the way to the left side.

The photo looks unbalanced.  The red colour of the structure on the left has so much visual weight that takes a lot of the attention from the remaining photo.

The inside of the glass facade isn’t very interesting.  There isn’t much going on inside the building.  I think if the glass was more reflective and showed what was outside that it would be more interesting.

Please let me know what you think!  Thanks!

All Stages – Critique


For this week’s critique, we will look at “All Stages.”  It’s a photo of what I believe is bush mallow flowers.  They were found in the Greek Orthodox Church’s garden.  The photo was taken in August.  Let’s discuss what the photo excels in and what needs improvement.

In this photo we see all the stages of the flower on display.  At the top are buds.  Then we have an unopened flower at the bottom.  In the centre, we have a fully bloomed flower, which takes the main spotlight.  It shows nicely the different stages of the flowers.

I also like the leading lines produced by the flowers.  It starts at the bottom with the closed flower.  Then you head up to the opened flower.   Then, the rear-facing flower and buds draw the eyes further up.

The photo is slightly underexposed.  I have done some exposure correction, but you can definitely see the darkness in the background.

The composition could have been improved.  The very top bud is cut off and the bottom part of the photo looks like dead space.  The photo could have been moved up slightly to get the bud in.

Please let me know what you think!  Thanks!

Pollution – Critique


“Pollution” is our photo for this week’s critique.  It depicts the sculpture entitled Pollution  by Yves Cozin.  This art piece is located in MacDonald Park in Kingston, Ontario.  The photo was taken in August.  Let’s go over its strengths and weaknesses.

What is immediately apparent is the simplicity of the photo.  There is really just a few elements in the photo: the sculpture, the grass, the sky, the lake, and the trees.  The small number of elements doesn’t distract away from the focal point.

Here, there is a real contrast between geometric and organic shapes.  You can see circular, and rectangular geometric shapes in the sculpture.  Organic shapes are also represented in the sculpture in the amorphous foundation, and also in the tree and shadow.  There is a real dichotomy of shapes in this photo.

The clear sky takes a large percentage of the photo.   Although it’s a nice background, there isn’t much going on in the sky.  It looks like a lot of dead space.

The cylinder in the foreground forms a very interesting circular frame.  Could I have taken advantage of this and recomposed an entirely different picture?

Please let me know what you think!  Thanks!


Praying – Critique


This week’s critique is on “Praying.”  It’s a photo of a purple Cosmos taken in August.  The flower was found in The Greek Orthodox Church garden.  Let’s discuss what works well and what needs improvement.

This photo has beautiful colours.  You can see the gorgeous purple and bright yellow in the flower.  They look good together because they are complementary colours.

I also love the details in the photo.  You will find when you look closely at the stamens of the flower that they are star-shaped.

It’s very clear that this photo is just slightly underexposed.  I think it would have looked more cheerful if it had more light.

The background is a bit of a mess.  There is a lot going on.  I think if the background was more out-of-focus it might have worked better.

Please let me know what you think!  Thanks!