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I really like the compositional qualities to both of these images. They both could use some attention to specific areas (to be discussed below), but overall, the composition is great. Also worth discussing, is the fact that this assignment asked you to showcased your ability to create depth and to exaggerate movement. You’ve done a superb job on all of the technical elements that were asked of you for this assignment.
That being said, there are a couple of issues I would like to discuss in relation to each photograph. For starters, in your first photograph of the bird, I would like you to pay attention to how primary and secondary objects interact with one another. You’ll notice the brown object in the background (a tree branch I think) is intersecting the bird’s neck and head and it looks at though this secondary shape is somehow attached to the shapes in your primary object.
In your photograph it’s not as noticeable as say a man sitting in a couch with a white wall behind him and a potted plant appearing to stick out from his head, but the idea is the same. There is an interaction between the different layers, shapes and elements of your photograph. You need to be aware of how they impact your image. Changing your positioning is the easiest way to fix these issues.
In your second photograph you’ve done so many artistic and technical things perfectly. For example, you have used a strong yet simple color palette, you’ve incorporated a strong sense of shape and line, you’ve shown movement within the water etc. That being said, this image appears a little flat to me. Most of the objects are in 1 layer. There is no sense of depth.
There are a couple of things you can do in this case. First of all find an object (like a plant) and place it in front of your camera lens. The result will look as follows
Alternatively, you can find naturally strong foreground, middle-ground and background elements which will result in a stronger sense fo depth. For example look at the following image.
You can do it all in one layer of depth, but there must be such a strong element of atmosphere, shape, texture or 1 other element that REALLY stands out to make it work. For example, look at the following example of a 1 layer image
Overall… great work!