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  • Austria
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I'm into nature, landscape, and cityscape photography. Be sure to check out my gallery. I hope you find something you like there.


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thank you for this critique :)
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Although jars combined with bokeh lights have been around a while, this composition feels refreshing and new in comparison to many other photographs using this motif.

The setup is thought through well (if it was not achieved by trial and error - which does not matter by the way), the lights are far enough in the background to not shine through the glass jar too extremely using a 50mm prime lens at f/1.8 and the dark cloth on which the jar is lying fits very well.

Vision: 5 stars
The artist shows a lot of vision in how this photograph is composed, using a wider format than the APS-C sensor's 3:2 aspect ratio which, in my opinion, makes the photo even more interesting (even though I'm usually a fan of the 3:2 format). The lights work well in the center of the horizontal axis. The jar's positioning a little lower improves the image's overall aesthetics by not intruding into the upper third. The focus on the jar's lid-winding bit works extremely well, too even though the "rule of thirds" was broken in this aspect. Additionally, the colorful background (above the lights) feels soothing.

Originality: 3 1/2 stars
As mentioned earlier, the motif is not new but the composition redefines the "jar and bokeh" theme and feels revolutionary.

Technique: 4 1/2 stars
Wheter this setup was shot using a tripod or by hand does not matter. Using a "fast" prime lens with a high aperture was the right choice as it gives the image a shallow depth-of-field and reduces the focus plane and gives a beautiful bokeh.

Impact: 4 1/2 stars
All in all, this photograph really caught my eye and even at "full size" it does not disappoint. In contrary, the longer I look at this picture, the more I fall in love with it.
Let's catch dreams
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

The setting and composition of this picture are simple yet marvelously chosen. The original (3:2) aspect ratio was cropped appropriately to have the vanishing point follow the rule of thirds - placing it a third into the picture from top and left. The photographer chose the angles very well to place the subjects - person and trolly - into the center and the opposing side of the vanishing point and having them (especially the trolly) not cut off on any side. Also, the selective color - which is the first thing anyone will notice - was chosen wisely to have a blue and yellow working well together. Note the person is wearing blue and the graffiti on the trolly is blue too. Additionally, the brown of the trolly nicely matches the person's shoes. It also seems very appropriate that the trolly's interior is not in color thus not stealing any attention from the outside and person.

At a longer glance, the spectator begins to notice the black and white that actually takes up more space of the photograph than the colored subjects. He starts to notice the fine detail in the cobble stone pavement in the lower left, the door on the right, the cables working toward the vanishing point at the top and the people down the street.

To me it is amazing how well the only real vertical line in this picture works out not being in the center but to the right of the person that takes up the center.

If the picture was taken by another person, I have to congratulate to the wonderful photograph. If the picture was taken by the subject using a tripod, I am in awe of your vision to see yourself in a setting that does not implement you at the time of setting up.

I have never been to Lisbon or even Portugal but this photograph got it on my bucket list.
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hey, thank you for the critique :) nicely worded and very fair in my opinion! :nuu:
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