stumps
by: © Freda Paterson
7.2
Overall
Rating
7
General
impression
9
Subject
of photo
8
Composition
& Perspective
7
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
5
Depth
of field
7
Color &
Lighting
NA
Focus
General
impression
You've started out with a very strong story, compelling subject, and excellent composition. Well done, Freda! With some minor adjustments to improve the quality of light and broaden the depth of field, you'll be able to easily take this picture to a new level. You're certainly on the right track, Freda!
7/10
Subject
of photo
Very interesting story here, Freda! I enjoy the implied relationship between the stumps and the colorful trees in the reflection. Excellent work keeping the content simple and clean, which allows the viewer to focus on this great subject without distraction.
9/10
Composition
& perspective
As a result of using the Rule of Thirds, you've achieved great balance and emphasis on the lovely reflection. You might have tilted the camera up and to the left just a touch to give the top stump and left-hand side rock more space above and to the left respectively.
8/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
Because of a couple of brighter areas in the stumps that don't have much detail, the frame might be a little overexposed. Subtract a little bit of light (which will make the shadows darker with this kind of light) and keep a close eye on your histogram for spikes on the right that indicate blown out highlights. Also, a smaller aperture, e.g. f/11 or f/16, would have broadened the depth of field for this landscape scene (see additional comments below).
7/10
Depth
of field
The focus point here is not on any subject in particular, but rather falls in the middle of the photograph, while the stumps in the background and the reflection/water in the foreground - both critical parts of the frame - are out of focus. Because of the telephoto lens and a wide aperture, the depth of field here is a bit too small. Use a smaller exposure, e.g. f/11 or f/16, and move the focus point to approximately 1/3 of the way in from the bottom of the frame to extend the depth of field more appropriately for this scene.
5/10
Color &
Lighting
The reflected light in the water is beautiful. You've rendered nice shape in the stumps by using sidelight. To improve the color saturation and capture less contrasty light, return to this scene either in the early morning or late evening as the light. An overcast day would especially bring out the colors in the reflection.
7/10
Description
It was a moment in time. The water level in this little pond was very low & had exposed all the stumps, and I just loved the reflections & the light. I went back to the s  see all >
It was a moment in time. The water level in this little pond was very low & had exposed all the stumps, and I just loved the reflections & the light. I went back to the same spot about a month later & the water was higher covering the stumps.
Technical Details

Nikon D90

Lens: Telephoto: 50-200mm
Exposure time: 1/1600 ,
F-stop: F5.6
ISO: 400
Flash: None
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
12 Years
United States
Nature
8 Jobs
How to improve your photo
1.
To broaden your depth of field, use a smaller exposure, e.g. f/11 or f/16, and move the focus point to approximately 1/3 of the way in from the bottom of the frame. Consult the DOFMaster online depth of field charts at http://dofmaster.com, where you can see the actual depth of field specific to your camera, lens, aperture, and focusing distance.
2.
Use a tripod for landscape photography, as you'll be photographing with slower shutter speeds to help render broader depth of field via smaller apertures. This will also provide added stability to ensure a sharp, in-focus frame.
3.
Visualize the light for your chosen scene by using the Photographer's Ephemeris to determine the optimal time of day to capture this scene (sunrise/sunset) to improve the color, contrast, and shape. Then watch the weather and in this case, the water levels, once the lighting conditions match your vision. It sometimes takes many visits and many pixels for everything to come together perfectly.
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Experience: 12 Years
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