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Falling by catchingfyre Falling by catchingfyre
:bulletgreen: Editing by curves



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Hello :wave: This is a critique for the #FeedbackFrenzy Week!
I'd like to start off with saying, that I really like this piece. It stood out to me amongst the other pieces, and I was instantly drawn towards it. I enjoy still life photography and I see some really nice pieces in your gallery!

What I see here is an old and vintage pocket watch flowing in the open air. It's almost as if I can feel it moving and hypnotizing me as I write this.
Your colour scheme is really powerful but still subtle. The golden watch is in great contrast to the green bokeh-background.
However, I wish that the whole watch was in focus and not just the bottom. The golden reflection on the bottom is beautiful and intriguing, but the chain from which the watch hangs is out of focus, and I feel it would have worked better for the whole expression of the picture, if it had been standing out more. Sadly I'm unsure about it even being possible without changing the angle. The chain creates an effect where a part of the picture is blurry and I feel like I'm already going under as if I was being hypnotized.

I'd suggest that when want to take these kind of pictures, be aware of the light on the setting. Here, I feel that the light is hitting the top of the watch in an unlucky way, so it creates a very strong reflection.

These images can be super hard to nail, because the angle is untraditional. Either one can place oneself in an awkward position in order to get the desired picture, or one can let the watch dangle from side which I think is the desired effect of this piece. Especially moving targets are tricky to catch, and that's sometimes the great thing about still life pictures. It's when you can sense movement! :clap:
I think a position such as this: [link] would have worked better for your golden pocketwatch because the whole watch is sharp and very detailed.
Many photographers has tried their take on the infamous pocket watch, and *lieveheersbeestje has done a lot of these kinds of images, for example this one: [link] where the angle is directly onto the subject. This way the whole watch is in focus and is in great and sharp contrast to the rest of the picture. The thing to be careful of if you want to try out for this kind of picture as *lieveheersbeestje is the background. It can easily get boring! You remind me a lot about this deviant. Maybe it's the similar avatars, but also your galleries are very similar in key aspects! :)

Your picture is anything but boring, though and this is truly a great photograph. I hope you will keep taking such pictures in the future, and I hope this was somewhat helpful for you! :hug: Please keep in mind, that these are my personal opinions, and that I only am a photograph-hobby-enthusiast and not a professional photographer :love:

If you have any questions, please don't be afraid to ask me to elaborate or go even further into my statements and the rating, I've given. :hug:
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Hello! First of all, I let you know that this critique will enter the :FeedbackFrenzy:'s comment contest :)
As a still life photographer and pocket-watches freak myself (XD) I love this picture! But let's take this step-by-step :)
The composition is very nice, I like it! The fact the clock isn't perfectly centered makes it look better, and gives the idea of movement. The colours look very natural and subtle, I can pereceive a lovely vintage atmosphere. The dark green together with that light brown are a very good combination. The depth of field is almost perfect. I see you used a very low aperture, and the bokeh that way looks bigger and - in my opinion - nicer. I love that kind of bokeh in the background :love: And the watch is on focus, which is a hard result to achieve when it's swinging back and forth. I like the fact the upper side is a bit fuzzy, though, because it really helps to create the "motion" effect, which, looking at the title of the picture, I assume you were aiming to. :) The angle is quite unusual for a photograph like this, but I think it works pretty well ^^ The perspective looks original and overall awesome.
Now, I have just a few critiques for this piece. Although it doesn't really bother me, I would have used a bigger aperture: all the clock face would have been clearer and focused, and the bokeh wouldn't have been too small however :) Also, I think there is too much light on the upper side of the watch, it looks a bit overexposed. Sunlight sometimes can be a problem with glassy surfaces... But I guess you couldn't avoid it with this angle, though. And, last but not least, sorry for the low rating in "originality", but you know, we all seem to love pocket-watches and this subject is becoming banal :giggle: I like your picture, however, and you made it look more original with the execution, despite the subject isn't at all. That's a great thing :clap:
I really, really appreciated your photo: it has a great quality and it has a good impact for sure! :clap: Keep up the awesome work, you're talented! :aww:
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skywalkerdesign Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this photo!
Its magic for me :)
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LaszloNemeth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lovly detail shot :)
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jxsnyder Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice image.  The bokeh is great but I feel that the colors are a little muted.
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tPiter Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That looks just stunning, may I ask what gear&software did you use? Again, perfect!
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ChaosOfGods Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Photographer
Beautiful focus! The bokeh is really beautiful.
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Nataschaa Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
That is gorgeous
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jatomlinson Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I love love love this photo.
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catchingfyre Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:huggle: Thank you for commenting on my pieces thank you thank you!
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jatomlinson Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
:)
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Silvermoonswan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!

I founded a group called "Passion of Photo"! And i want to invite you, to be a member! I love your photos. I would be proud of you, if you are a member! I would be grateful! You can show all of your photos!

xoxoxo

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