Re: Re: Cityscapes – Istanbul, Beirut

Duncan Rawlinson

Hi Erja,

Let’s be honest here. I am really not worried about how you do the work! It’s up to you 😉

You have shown that you are a very keen student and your work is outstanding, you just need more practice.

In terms of these images specifically:

The image: Beirut Corniche at Polluted Sunset is nice and I like that you’ve shot it at a time of day where the color is interesting.

Was this shot on a tripod? It doesn’t appear to be as razor sharp as it could be. Also, to ensure maximum depth of field in an image like this you’ll want to ensure a you should at a higher f-stop if possible.

I’m not sure I like the composition with the boardwalk in the lower right hand corner. I feel like it should either be included more or not at all.

That said it’s a nice image. Just make sure you use a tripod when shooting stuff like this and that it’s stable.

Your Sunset, Istanbul is not a very strong image. This is beyond sunset and it’s underexposed. Had you been shooting a little earlier you’d probably have been there for the right moment.

It looks like you are using a pattern / multi-segment metering mode on your camera. Next time try to set the exposure yourself and see how you go.

Finally your last image Fish Market, Istanbul is the strongest of the bunch. The light is wonderful and you’ve got a really dynamic scene here. Top notch image Erja!!

I would have liked to be a little tighter in terms of composition but it’s the strongest image of the three. I’d also have liked that seagul in flight to be in the white space in the top left but it’s a nice image that’s for sure.

Don’t forget to feature people’s faces. More people! Photograph people. Did I mention that you should shoot people? 😉

Don’t worry about feeling like your assignments are homework. If you don’t get inspired to do lesson 8 you don’t even have to do it! We’re all adults here. This is about learning not homework!

I don’t want to course to be limiting you creatively. I want the course to inspire you and to make you enjoy shooting more photos.

Thank you.