The Snake Tips

Thinking Critically about Photographs

Critique 21


Here's an interesting shot, great work on getting up close and working the subject. Only a few minor tweaks I would make.

  1. The image is out of kilter just slightly. Since the handles aren't even you need to look at a vertical. I used the center seem to line it up. Though it's so close you don't really need to.
  2. This is the prefect type of image where the uneven symmetry makes it perfect for dead on. The old saying is "dead on (center) is deadly". This breaks that rule. I want to see the symmetry in the image, the best way to do that is to put it dead center of the frame.
  3. OK, so this grey metal is there in real "life". As a fine art shot, I'd take it out (if it's supposed to be a historical representation, leave it in. I am fine taking things out of an image (power lines, people, bits of crud) if I am working with fine art.

I did a little cloning, cropping and used Nik Color Efex 4 to punch it up using Tonal Contrast. It was a good image to start with.