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how to save a life

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Image size
1867x1867px 1.19 MB
Canon EOS 1000D
Shutter Speed
1/64 second
Focal Length
55 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jun 19, 2011, 5:04:12 PM
EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
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G-Mads's avatar
:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Vision
:star-half::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

Although I see the care taken to actually shoot the photo, the fact of the matter is, it is nothing more than a rather generic piece of nature photography with little creative energy put into it.

I feel that the composition is simple and well composed, however the shot really does not induce any feeling.

I understand the popularity of simple photos and the 'impact' they are intended to create, but this subject is becoming very tired and generic.
Maybe try to do something a bit more original next time or something with a little more composition or artistic merit.

Although this is a very 'nice' photography, that's just what it is. 'Nice'. Try to wow yourself and wow your fans and your art will become much more interesting and valuable to its viewers.

Although it has gotten you to this point, I don't feel that samey psuedo-emotional photography will 'cut it' from this point on.
AshitaUchiha's avatar
Not to be starting a fight, but maybe it's just supposed to be nice and simple. Sure. It's not so tough to take a shot like this, but hey. I don't see the need for such spite. This critique just seems a little harsh. A little. It seems you're more upset than you're letting on.

You do make valid points. I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you. But what would you do to make this better? I mean, if you're going to tell someone to do a better job, why not give a suggestion how? I'm looking at this, and I can't really think of how to make it better. Like changing the colors, for instance, would really only make it worse, if you ask me. But I'm not a photographer. How would you take something simple and change it to being slightly more complex without completely tarnishing the 'simple beauty' of it? Because things can have simple beauty without being "pseudo-emotional" as you put it.

It seems wrong to critique something without giving much advice on how to improve it. Sure, this could definitely be more origional, but you never made a suggestion as to HOW to make it more origional. Could the photographer adjust the lighting, or maybe play with some textures or something? What would you suggest doing to improve this? I really want to know. Because like I said, anything I thought of would probably just mess it up, even if it would be different.

I feel like this is a fair critique, but it's not really helpful. You're not wrong, but it almost seems like you're a little bitter that works like this are so popular, when they're simple. You pretty much said that yourself. I'm just saying that critiques are supposed to be more helpful, when yours seems borderline insulting. It's not aggressive, or openly flaming or anything like that, but if I was into photography, and I read that, I would have gained absolutely nothing about HOW to make a work more origional, or fix this or that. Or how to make it more interesting, or less simple, but REALLY saying something, which could tie into the "wow factor" you mentioned. You could have went into how to use photoshop in a more 'productive' way for instance. Or maybe use a certain tool; you know what I mean.

Anyway. Not trying to start a fight here. And I'm sorry if this comes off as a little more aggressive than I meant it to be. I always get accused of starting conflicts when I meant to do no such thing. I really just wanted to point out that you should include 'how' into your critiques instead of saying something along the lines of, "This sucks. Fix it." Because you're right. This piece does have its problems. But there was no real solution to any of them. Just "This sucks. Fix it", essentially. Which doesn't really help. And it makes the writer of the critique look more hateful than they probably meant to be.

(Sorry if this is long. I just wanted to explain myself correctly.)
G-Mads's avatar
I'm not exactly sure why you feel the need to defend this so vehemently. The artist asked for a critique and I gave a fair critique. I suggested ways to improve based on the artist's gallery as a whole. The gallery seems to be very samey and I feel like they need some variety.

I don't think the crit was harsh at all, personally, and there is no spite intended.
AshitaUchiha's avatar
Well, I get critiques a lot from people, who say I should change this and that about my writing, but they never really say how. And they're phrased a lot like yours. (But, maybe they actually ARE spiteful. People have gotten really pissed at my wordiness, but they never describe why they feel that way or how they would suggest I fix it. Like, an example would help. Or more than "This is too ___________. Change it." And I totally get the "she asked for a critique" thing-totally. But like I said, I'm not sure this was exactly helpful. It's definiely a critique, and you made really valid points, but again, I didn't learn much from reading it. You could have really dropped some wise photoshop knowledge, or gave some ideas about how to improve the work itself. I just got that people should mix up their galleries, but...That seems pretty obvious, right? How would you suggest mixing it up? What would you do to this piece to improve it? If you left a critique on my work like this, I'd be asking the same questions. And like I said, I REALLY do want to know how to make more origional works out of something like this. What you do to make it better? Because I couldn't think of anything. I genuinely want to know what another artist would do.

But it's like I said. People say this kind of stuff to me all the time, but it never helps. Anyone can sit around and say, "This is unorigional. It looks like the other stuff in your gallery, and it's a pretty over used style." Hell, I could say that much. And my photos are worse than the ones in this gallery. It's just useless to say that kind of thing and not give any advice. Because anyone can do that. And every time someone tells me something similar, I'm left to shrug and wonder WHAT I can do to improve. "Your characters are off" Okay...What should I do to improve them? Would the story be better if I made them different, or would it seem even more ridiculous? Again, they're just stating things that anyone else can say. What credibility does it give? That's why it seems spiteful. Anyone can offer negative words or a bad review, but not everyone can give legitimate help. And that's what critiques are for. Sure, you really did bring up points for the photographer to think about, and I agree with you on your opinion. But that's not real advice. Examples. Ideas. What you might do, for instance. Because if you're going to leave a critique, I really hope you could at least say what YOU would do to make it better. And if you can't, then what help have you really given? I'm sure you're not the first person to say this to the artist. She probably knows already.

It's just like I know my style is wordy, but I've almost stopped listening to critiques saying so because they don't actually give me any advice on how to fix it. And I know what you're thinking. "Well, just make it less wordy" But it's not that easy since I'm pretty much doing it unintentionally. If someone would grab a sentence and say "here, take out this stuff and maybe replace it with this" That would be GREAT. It's the same thing here. You're saying something that is...well. Obvious.

Not to internalize what you said to someone else. I promise, I'm not that stupid. I'm just saying that this critique isn't all too helpful. You just said something in fancier words that anyone else could say. (and probabaly has said in words that weren't too nice.) Ironically, that's not very origional either. I certianly wouldn't listen to your critique if I posted this picture. Or I would ask you how you would change it. Trust me, it helps so much more if you list things to improve and how to improve them.

But you're right. I guess I don't really have a reason to care. I've just had similar comments and haven't found them to be useful at all.

And why would you find it harsh? You wrote what you meant. You would only find it harsh if you were intentionally being harsh.
G-Mads's avatar
I love you, you know I do, but you need to pick your battles. This isn't really worth defending. I feel it's more of the artist's job to do that. The critique was left on her page and she can mark it as 'fair' or not. It's not somebody's job to 'critique' a critique. That sort of defeats the purpose. If she has a problem with what I said, she can tell me. It's not exactly your place to, as much as I respect you and your opinion.
CandyHeartSweetness's avatar
I love that song <3 :aww:
Madleenee's avatar
Soo amazing! Really, really good shot.
Giruveganus-aevis's avatar
Man, I really love this kind of photo! You're professional, dudette!
Lorenia3's avatar
Korfa's avatar
The colours are so vibrant! I feel like I'm there, outside, under the sun.
amorquebrado's avatar
simplistic but beautiful. nice use of depth of field and focus.
sukmybasilisk's avatar
This is such a pretty shot!
EeveeQueenJigglypuff's avatar
I love photos like this. X3
Oh, and that is an awesome song. ;D
love-or-not's avatar
sorry about this... i hate chain letters/comments but this is scary and kind of promising, i apologize about this..
Hi, I am Teddy. Once you read this you
cannot get out. Finish reading this
until it is done! As I said, I am
Teddy. I am 7 years old. I have no eyes
and blood all over my face. I am dead.
If you don't send this to at least 12
people I will come to your house at
midnight and I'll hide under your bed.
When you're asleep, I'll kill you.
Don't believe me?"no"
Case 1:
Patty Buckles
Got this e-mail. She doesn't believe
in chain letters. Well, Foolish Patty.
She was sleeping when her TV started
flickering on and off. Now she's not
with us anymore. Ha ha patty, Ha ha!
You don't want to be like Patty, do
Case 2:
George M. Simon
Hates chain mail, but he didn't want
to die that night. He sent it to 4
people. Not good enough George. Now,
George is in a coma, we don't know if
he'll ever wake up. Ha ha George, Ha
ha! Now, do you want to be like George?
Case 3:
Valarie Tyler
She got this letter. Another chain
letter she thought. Only had 7 people
send to. Well, That night when she was
having a shower she saw bloody Mary
in the mirror. It was the BIGGEST
fright of her life. Valarie is scarred
Case 4:
Derek Minse
This is the final case I'll tell you
about. Well, Derek was a smart person.
He sent it to 12 people. Later that
day, he found a $100.00 bill on the
ground. He was premoted to head
officer at his job and his girlfriend
yes to his purposal. Now, Katie and
him are living happily ever after.The
have 2 beautiful children.
Send this to at least 12 people or
you'll face the consequences.
0 people- You will die tonight
1-6 people- you will be injured
7-11 people- you will get the biggest
fright of your life
12 and over- you are safe and will
have good fortun

P.S. im sorry again...
DaniJune's avatar
:O. gawdgeous ;D.
simply, beautiful :D
Chinook84's avatar
So sweet and delicate. 'Saving humanity, one plant at a time.'
DaTypDa's avatar
Great Photo. Good Perspective. Like it :)
Echo-Cafe's avatar
The title brings a whole new aspect to the picture <3
PlasticDrawer's avatar
Simply beautiful! :meow:
Doodleniks's avatar
Lovely. I love that song. x3
Kajane's avatar
The title is just brilliant. Amazing shot! <3
bikeself's avatar
oh! it's cute!
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