Duncan Rawlinson

These are two beautiful examples for this assignment. My initial reaction to both pictures was very positive. They both have the ‘wow’ factor. You’ve done a great job of showcasing your technical understanding of both aperture and shutter speed. On a similar note, your shutter speed photograph is also a very creative idea showing your artistic side. Well done.

Your composition in your last assignment was fine (although you used a formal balance for both pictures). However, now you’re experimenting with informal balance and placing your objects on the intersecting points of the rule of thirds and the outcome, in my opinion, is much more dramatic and interesting.

From both a technical and artistic standpoint I think both of these shots are very well done. Again, I can see your awareness of object and color simplification. It’s easier to accomplish in macro and flower photograph but I can see you’ve also incorporated the concept of simplicity in the picture of the dancing girl. Not an easy task. Congratulations.

My only technical concern is the background of the shot with the dancing girl. The top edge is a little disorganized. You’ve cut off part of a lamp and the top of a chair. You need to think (very quickly as a photographer) to find the best backdrop for each of your shots. It’s hard to do spontaneously as your main object in this case is moving, but nevertheless it’s important to keep an eye on the 4 walls of your photograph to see what you’re amputating. If amputation is unavoidable, consider using a shallower depth of field to make the amputation less noticeable and less distracting.

Other than that great shot!