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Photo Critique #1
(Photo by Rich Grundy)
Firstly, right on with that crop and angle Rich! I wouldn’t change the composition at all. What I would change is the exposure on that cool tower in the background. You’ve done a wonderful job leading viewers’ eyes to it, and I recommend blending in a darker exposure in Photoshop if you have one. On a picky note, it looks like you have a bit of magenta in the stone work around the gate. Try using either a Selective Color or Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to isolate and eliminate that. Finally, the overall mid-tone contrast could use a boost. In my opinion that would remove any current dullness and really enhance the visual punch of this photo.
Photo Critique #2
(Photo by Rich Grundy)
Another really compelling image from Rich Grundy. My favorite aspect of this shot is the cohesive color scheme. Rich was really paying attention to what colors he was letting into his composition when he took this and the result was a photo that feels well put together. Another positive element contributing to the draw of the photo is the perfect symmetry. Although I love how grand the curved wall of pillars is in the background, the foreground facade is leaning backwards due to the wide-angle lens. I recommend selecting only the foreground and correct the perspective of only it using a simple Free Transform (easily done because of the straight roof-line separating it from the rest of the image.) As with the previous image, the contrast is good, but could be better in the mid-tones especially in the pillars and nearby windows. Lastly, there an unsightly dark spot on the pole in the middle of the shot. It would be worth 5-10min to clone this out in Photoshop. Overall, another great portfolio piece Rich! Thanks for submitting!
Photo Critique #3
(Photo by Tony Escobales)
Let’s begin with what is going right in this shot. I think the conversion to black and white was done very well. The darks are dark, detail and contrast are still intact, so I count the conversion as a success. Also, the subject is clear and in sharp focus. There’s a few small issues to addressed in the mark-up below (like the stop sign growing out of that lady’s spine, talk about a pain in the neck chuckle chuckle) However, the overarching issue for me as a viewer is that I’m not sure why this picture was taken. The people aren’t doing anything remarkable nor is the location noteworthy. Perhaps these two have an interesting back story full of mystery and intrigue that I don’t know about, but if so, that isn’t being communicated here. To me, it looks like two co-workers getting back from lunch.