Lesson 6

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  • #18321
    MichaelS
    Participant

    Hi,

    here we go with some outdoor pics. 馃槙

    Thanks,
    Michael

    #20129
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    Hi Michael,

    This lesson is really about simplifying your frame. I’m not sure you’ve understood what this lesson is all about. You’re one of the best students that has been through this course but this lesson wasn’t your best submission. Your last photo is really the only match for this assignment and even it has distracting elements. Try to think simpler. Cleaner. More minimal images.

    I want you to shoot this lesson over again. Here are some examples of things that would work for this assignment

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/yogendra174/4931561906/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3651807335/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fdecomite/358634247/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/powi/765681050/

    Some of these aren’t great photos but I hope you understand what I mean.

    If you don’t want to shoot more photos I understand and I will critique these. I’ve just come to expect more from you!

    Push yourself here!

    馃檪

    #20130
    MichaelS
    Participant

    Hi,

    Yes, you are right. No simplifying on these pics. I will post new ones soon. :mrgreen:

    Thanks!
    Michael

    #20131
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    Cool I look forward to seeing them.

    馃榾

    #20132
    MichaelS
    Participant

    Hi,

    so here we go again. Did some shots on the weekend and focussed on simplifying things and on the complosition itself.

    Guess what – I now got the underwater housing for the Canon EOS 550D… 馃榾 So in a couple of weeks I shall be able to test it…

    Thanks for all !
    Michael

    #20133
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    UNDERWATER HOUSING!!!! YES!!!

    I was just snorkeling on the great barrier reef the other day and it killed me that I didn’t have an underwater housing.

    I was just there for fun though and not shooting anything seriously.

    Onto the assignment itself.

    Now this is what I’m talking about. Your first image is stunning. 馃槸 It is positively beautiful! I have nothing to say to improve it. It’s gorgeous. The pattern in the reflection is delightful and the overall feel of the image is wonderful. This is sort of the embodiment of this quote:

    If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” -Robert Capa

    You got close and you shot a stunning photograph that is perfectly composed.

    Your second and third photo is also nice and clean as well although the subject matter isn’t as inherently interesting.

    I’ve come to realize that nobody really likes photos of seagulls and yet everyone likes taking pictures of them! Funny right?! I do this all the time. I take photos of sea gulls and then I regret it later. They’re just not that interesting to look at and they are everywhere…

    The footprints in the sand is also a classic image and it’s nice but beware that people have seen this type of photography many times.

    From a compositional standpoint both images are excellent although the gull could be tighter/closer.

    You’ve proven that you understand how to simplify your frame and remove ALL distracting elements here.

    You get a 10 out of 10 on this one Michael! 馃槈 You’re raising the bar of the quality of work here, and that’s good.

    馃榾

    See you on lesson 8.

    #20134
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    Also have you had any problems with the forum/course?

    Another student was saying she was having technical problems here…

    #20128
    MichaelS
    Participant

    Hi Duncan,

    thanks for the very positive feedback. And yeah, seagulls aren’t that nice later on photos I agree. Great barrier reef must be amazing, every diver’s dream to get there. We will spend some time for diving mid of May in Egypt and start soon here in Spain, but the weather is still changing…

    Besides, I bought this housing which is also available for the 5D…. 馃槈

    http://www.ikelite.com/web_two/can_550d.html

    I have never had any technical problems with this site, everything works fine. The only thing I have noticed a couple of days ago that the quiz for lesson number 7 shows the right answers marked with ** (see picture attached). I think it is the only one like this…

    Cheers!
    Michael

    #20135
    Duncan Rawlinson
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the heads up on that mistake!!

    I have fixed it now.

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