Photo Critique – A Pair from Glen Taylor.

Cherry Pond by Glen Taylor

Last week’s photo tip explored the nuances of depth of field, so for this week’s critique I chose two photos by Massachusetts-based photographer Glen Taylor. In the above photo of Cherry Pond in Jefferson, New Hampshire, Glen opted to maximize his depth of field. As I mentioned in the video, this is ideal for big landscapes shot like this. By using a wide angle lens and a large depth of field, in addition to placing his horizon in the top third of the frame, Glen was able to create a photo with good visual depth that is further accentuated by the converging parallel lines of the walkway. Converging lines like this are one of the few composition elements I don’t mind placing right in the middle of the frame – it seems natural – and in this case they serve as nice leading lines that point the viewer to the pond and distant mountains. What’s keeping this shot from really being great is the mediocre light. Add some nice side lighting and/or some colorful clouds and this shot would garner a lot of attention.

Wild Turkey by Glen Taylor

Glen’s close-up of a wild turkey shows the advantages of shooting with a narrow depth of field, created in this case by using a longer focal length and a large aperture. That shallow depth of field blurs the background nicely, which is important because it is composed of similar earth tones as the turkey and could have been very distracting if the shrubs and trees back there were well-defined. I love the way the turkey’s head is framed by the curve of its body on one side, and the diagonal lines of its tail feathers on the other. It gives the photo a graceful look and seems to give the turkey a little “attitude.”

Wild Turkey (cropped version) by Glen Taylor

I took the liberty of making a couple of small tweaks to the turkey photo, which I think improves the overall look. First I cropped it slightly, moving the turkey’s head a little off to the right side. I then brightened it up a little and added some contrast with a tone curve in Photoshop and then added a bit of color saturation. Do you like the change?

Keep up the great work Glen! You can see more of Glen’s photography on his Flickr stream, and his website, Mountain View Photography.

If you have any thoughts on Glen’s photo or my critique, please post them in the comments section below.

For having his photo selected, Glen will be receiving a copy of The AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography. For a chance to win your own copy, check out this week’s assignment, Capturing Motion, and post your photos to our Flickr Group. I’ll be choosing a photo from this week’s assignment next Wednesday.



P.S. Here’s a look at what’s currently in the Flickr Group:

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