Photography Critique Edition #8

photo critique

In this edition of “photo critique” I received more photos by Eric Cheung. Let’s see them.

DSC_3113 DSC_3118

DSC_3181:Eric’s explanation: I focused on the timer, there’s a spectator standing on the left, the refee stood at the middle of the photo.
I just have to wait for a runner to pass the road sign and simply took the shot. I am very happy to see the runner was applauded by the spectator, that made the photo looks more lively.
My question is :  Anything I have missed?
DSC-3118: Eric’s explanation: In this photo, I tried to express a pliceman was monitoring the steam of runners. With a straight line on the left, and the policeman is standing still, this composition represented a sense of steady. On the other hand, the steam of runners was out of focus, that creates a soft flow.
My comments:

I like the composition of all these photos, the emotions and the motion captured, all except for one thing: image DSC_3113, the blurry runner. This runner does not balance the picture, but rather captures all the attention – and it is an unwanted attention because he is not in focus. The steady-motion balance is present by the simple fact that you have the police officer in the down-left part and the running crowd in the upper-right part.

Also, thinking about DSC_3113 & DSC-3118 together, I believe the idea of the police officer faceing the incoming crowd (3113) is better than facing the passing crowd (3118), given the angle of the person who looks at the photos and not the race itself. When we are on the field, we tend to see in 4D (4 Dimensions) and an 180 degrees eye-view, but in the pictures we take, we only got a 2D and a limited frame – this is why it’s so hard to determine the right angles all the time.

Eric’s explanation: In this photo, is it a mistake to put another runner on the right hand side? trying to keep the balance of the photo.
My comments:
I don’t think you missed anything in here.  It’s a good shot! You can, maybe, improve it by removing (in photoshop or some software) the orange cone in the down-left corner.

By Laura

I started photography as a hobby in 2005, during college. My passion slowly became a more important part of my life since 2008. Because of using a combination of my photographic knowledge, with those of internet marketing, I like to call myself a "photomarketer".

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