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Kristie M. Conte
 

Critique of my gallery


I would love a critique of my gallery from anyone that has time. Please be honest - I would rather learn from my mistakes rather than make more.

Many thanks in advance


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5/20/2005 11:53:18 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Your pictures are terrible. You need to give up photography and find another hobby. If you believe that, I have some great beachfront property to sell you in Arizona. Actually, there is plenty of beach, just no ocean.

I am not going to comment on all of your photos, which are mostly very good. I will pick out three that I really like.

Las Casitas - I like the way the stream leads up to the little bridge. Good use of hyperfocal shooting.

Fairview Farm - Good framing. I like the view of the road but I would have liked it better if there had been something at the end of the road to lead the eye to. If you get to shoot this one again, try putting something or someone at the end to draw the eye. I do like the shadows on the road.

Old Church - Love the way you framed the curch between the flowers and the tree.

Red Church Doors - My favorite. Excellent detail and great use of the shadows. Really adds character toy the picture.

Keep shooting.


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5/20/2005 12:20:48 PM

 
Jennifer S
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2004
  I think your photos are gorgeous!!! Keep up the good work!!


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5/20/2005 6:11:22 PM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Kristie, I am looking through your gallery now and really like what I see with a couple small exceptions. I hope you are open to a friendly suggestion or two. It seems most responses to a question like yours are positive when, in fact, the asker is seeking real input. That said, your photos are very good; better that most. Let me suggest better use of depth of field on your macro shots. The DOF is perfect in "Lamp Post,." You have focused on the one thing in the picture you want the viewer to see. I would like to have seen the deck of cards in "texas Hold'em" in focus as well as the chips. Same with "Blue."

I agree with Kerry on his assessment with the exception of "Fairview farm." I find the curve in the road mysterous enough fot the viewer to ask, "I wonder where the road leads?"

Now, that said, If your shot captured exactly what you wanted it to, then you were successful. We each have our own ideas.

Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your talent with me.
John


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5/20/2005 6:38:12 PM

 
Kristie M. Conte   Thanks so much everyone for your comments..I appreciate them all.

John, you are absolutely right about the DOF in my macro shots. I'm having a really tough time with that. I've been studying the betterphoto macro winners and have noticed that most of them show everything in focus...so I'm working on it.

The Fairview Farm photo was done for my Creating Visual Impact class - a class taught here by Brenda Tharp at betterphoto. The point was to show exactly that, "Where does the road go" so it ended up being my photo of the week. However, I also agree that it would have made it interesting to have perhaps a person standing or walking away at the top of the photo.

Again, thanks and all negative comments are welcome!


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5/21/2005 3:31:24 AM

 
Kristi A. Howson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/22/2004
  Kristie, you already know that I really like a lot of your pics from the class. I particulary like Fairview Farm. You have a good eye for what is an interesting photo.

Sometimes what happens when we start learning the techniques is we actually may lose some of our creativity for awhile. I took a class at our local Photography School "Brooks Institute" and the instructor said the students always ask "why are my photo's getting worse". That's because they are concentrating so hard on getting the technique right. He said by the 4th year, their creativity is back and they are fantastic photographers who know how to get any photograph they want to get.

You seem to be questioning your own confidence. Just keep doing what you are doing. In the end you will be able to get any photo you want and you will know you had perfect control over getting it. (I'm pretty sure it isn't going to take 3 years either.)

I have photographers friends who can get the most perfect photo intuitively. However they don't always know the aspects they used to get it. I envy them:) So far I've taken over 10,000 photo's with my Rebel and I'm still learning.

BTW, the class is great...the information Brenda is giving us is what's considered "good" photography in the professional photography world. Sometimes the self-taugh miss some of that. They don't realize that a blurred background on a Macro from DOF adjustments is intentional to eliminate distractions. It's just a touchy thing that has to be just right for it to work. So it takes lots of practice to get the subject in perfect tack sharp focus, yet have the background blurred from DOF and not have any blur in the foreground that is distracting. What I've done in the past is take photo's at various F stops to see the effect. Digital's are great for letting you take a full range of photo's at different settings.

You just keep doing what you are doing. The fact that you have motivation is the best sign of all.


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5/21/2005 10:36:38 AM

 
Kristie M. Conte   Hey Kristi..

Thanks for the kudos. You're right...I'm forever questioning my confidence and always trying to find that "award-winning" shot.

Brenda's class is my 5th photography class. I have to say I've learned more in this online class than I have in the other 4 in-classroom classes. So, I'm impressed enough to take another.

Again, thanks...and we'll "see" you around

Kristie


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5/21/2005 2:50:14 PM

 
Tiger Lilly
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/25/2005
  I love the composition in most of your photos, my favorites being "Irish Coffe" and "Texas Hold 'Em."
The ones I was not fond of had nothing to do with your capabilities, just a matter of it not being something I was interested in. Don't give it up! You have a great eye and you're awesome with the titles too.


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5/21/2005 5:51:23 PM

 
Mike Carpenter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/9/2004
  Kristie,
I think you have a great eye for photography! I myself have asked the same question on this site and got great feedback. It really helps when people are honest.

Macro-great work just a little more DOF.
Landscapes- I love the road and trees and I think it's enough for the eye also.

Keep up the great work, and most of all remember to have fun. Don't get to caught up in what people think. Remember photography is supposed to be fun.

Mike.


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5/21/2005 6:52:22 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Kristie, I respectfully retract my comment on Fairview Farm. Sometime I get something in my mind as to what I want in a photo and I lose sight of what is really there. Whre Does This Road Go? would be a good title for the picture as it does indead make one wonder. You have captured that thought well. Keep on shooting.


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5/23/2005 7:02:08 AM

 
Kristie M. Conte   Thanks again everyone and Kerry, no apologies necessary. Personally, I thought it might be a bit more interesting with something at the end of the road myself.


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5/23/2005 10:33:07 AM

 
Elizabeth Coachman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/13/2005
  Hey Kristie!

I really like Secret Window, Red Church Doors, White, Kisses, My Hearts Bleed, and Old Barn Roof. However, Stair to Nowhere is my favorite. I like the composition, color, DOF, light, everything. The only thing that could make it better, maybe, would be a different background. I don't know, it is really good as is. Bravo!!

By His Grace and For His Glory,

Elizabeth C.


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5/23/2005 12:06:30 PM

 
Kristie M. Conte   Hi Elizabeth..

Thanks for your comments. I think stair to nowhere would have been better if someone was at the top walking or something of that nature.

Thanks again


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5/24/2005 11:01:18 AM

 
Kristie M. Conte   Hi Elizabeth..

Thanks for your comments. I think stair to nowhere would have been better if someone was at the top walking or something of that nature.

Thanks again


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5/24/2005 11:01:37 AM

 
Kristie M. Conte   Hi Elizabeth..

Thanks for your comments. I think stair to nowhere would have been better if someone was at the top walking or something of that nature.

Thanks again


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5/24/2005 11:02:09 AM

 
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