by Olga Carrion-Santana
(Lone Tree, Colorado)
(c) Olga Carrion 2003
Patio shooting. A broken clay pot, pretending like creature, all is well.
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This strikes me as one of those occasions when photographers get twitchy shutter fingers.
I know the feeling – you want to get out and take some photos, but maybe the weather isn't co-operating, or you might just be too busy to go too far.
So what happens? You try to see something photogenic in what surrounds you.
Nothing wrong with that. In fact, I'd encourage it. There is often lots around us that is worthy of a few snaps, and we simply overlook it a lot of the time.
With Olga's photo though, I'm just struggling a little to see the point. It just appears to be a broken pot.
I'm writing this early in the morning, and without the addition of a strong coffee maybe I'm being a little harsh!
I'm sure there is a winning shot here, I just don't think this is it.
Here's how I think this could be improved . . .
Firstly, I think the pot itself is the main part of this photo. The space around it just distracts from the pot itself.
How about getting down close to the pot, at ground level, and filling the frame with it. Try the macro mode on your camera too, to get the pot in sharp focus, but to blur out any background distractions.
Second, I think this photo lacks colour. This can be improved by doing two things. The first thing is to try to photograph objects like this during the golden hour. At this time of day the colour in the pot will be much richer.
The other thing to do to improve the colour would be to boost the saturation control in software. This is dead easy to do and would take seconds. I think it would result in a better photo.
I'm really sorry if I sound negative, but I hope there are some useful tips here. Thanks for the submission Olga,
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