Plus Minus - Critique theme - Creative Use of Shadows

July 18th, 2016
The goal of this weekly thread is to help us hone our composition and editing skills, as well as improve our ability to provide helpful constructive criticism.

This week's theme is "Creative use of shadows"


Posting Rules:

(1) Post a photo that fits the weekly theme. It may be a photo you just took or a photo you took some time ago that you like.
(2) Do NOT post a photo if your feelings get hurt easily.
(3) Also keep in mind the comments are often someone’s opinion and their opinion may be different than yours so you may learn something or not.
(4) TAG your photo "plusminus-creativeshadows"
(5) TITLE the photo you post so others can refer to the title when commenting.

Commenting Rules:

(1) You will make a plus & minus comment on as MANY PHOTOS as you would like to comment on. Minus should probably best be thought of as "Suggestion for Improvement" and as such is much more subjective than the "plus" idea.
(2) Your comment must include at least One positive comment of what you specifically like about the photo (No More than THREE positive). Generic comments such as “great shot” does not count as a positive feedback.
(3) Your comment must ALSO INCLUDE One improvement suggestion (NO More than THREE suggestion of improvement per photo per person). Generic comments such as “I don’t like it” doesn’t count as a suggestion of improvement.
(4) YOU MAY NOT COMMENT ON A PHOTO IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO SAY A PLUS AND MINUS ON THE SAME PHOTO. In other words something positive AND an improvement suggestion.
(5) Keep comments to photos relatively brief
(6) REFER TO THE PHOTO TITLE if provided when commenting

Previous themes:
1. architecture
2. portraits
3. black and white
4. landscape
5. pets
6. night time
7. green
8. creative use of shadows
July 18th, 2016
@Northy - I think you would have some good in put in this one
July 18th, 2016
This is not my strong suit - hoping to do more and learn but here is my photo:

Hello 2016
July 21st, 2016
@myhrhelper I am new to this ... I would say + love the "high key lighting"?? .. but maybe lighten overall a smidgen ???
July 22nd, 2016
@sarahdennehy go to the photo you wish to post. On the far right of the date bar are three dots, click on them, copy the code in the box and paste it in the reply box pf this thread
July 25th, 2016

July 25th, 2016
@sarahdennehy First of all welcome to 365!! You will find the people on this site are very encouraging and you have the opportunity to improve your craft if you want. I love the patterns and texture in the sand and the shadows are what really makes this cool. For an improvement suggestion I would say to add more sky following the rule of 3rds would help the composition even more. Also I am wondering if you showed just a little more of what is to the right and a little less of what is shown on the left - just a thought.
July 25th, 2016

Just beginning to photograph people... lots to learn. CC welcome. I called this A Boy's Dream Day... I love this age group. CC welcome.
July 25th, 2016
@myhrhelper Thanks for critique.. love that about this site !!!
@stefneyhart Love this .. I want to be in that cool water with him ! but oh MAN.. he he going to walk off a cliff ?? looks amazing ! Great title !
July 25th, 2016
@grammyn thank you so much for info about how to do it !! Hopefully once I add a few more .. I will remember what and how to do it !!!
July 26th, 2016
@stefneyhart Love this one - the shot tells the story, the shadows add to this shot just so well done. I'm not sure what you could have done to improve it because I think the angle is good. The only thing that comes to mind to improve it would be if you didn't have that large shadow on his shoulders or light up the eyes a bit more but I don't think either of those would be an option unless it is a planned shot.
July 26th, 2016
@myhrhelper Thanks... I will lighten up the eyes, I didn't notice until you mentioned it. I was indecisive about the shadow on the shoulder as its angularity mirrored some of the other shapes. I'll play with it just to see how it looks. Thank you so much that was very helpful.
July 26th, 2016

I was trying to do a silhouette but the shadows and lighting wound up being better shots.
July 26th, 2016
@granagringa I've never done anything like this - so awesome - love the silhouette and shadows - This is so creative and I think the use of shadows is done well - Perhaps bringing the light source slightly closer would have just a tad more of the body outline -
July 26th, 2016
@myhrhelper What a lovely photo. Aside from the dancer herself and her pose I really like the way you have done the lighting in this shot, coming in from one side. Ok, so here is suggestion part, which actually would make a totally different shot: being that the theme is shadows, to emphasize the shadows what would you think of cropping off the top half of the picture, eg: framing from the hem of the tutu down. Anyway, just a thought and only because of the theme.
July 26th, 2016
@myhrhelper thanks for your comments, and good idea about the light Maybe aiming a bit higher would have gotten more definition, too. Thanks. And these are fun to do, I've been finding odd bits at the local Dollar Store.
July 26th, 2016
@sarahdennehy Hi, and welcome, I've been here a few months and am really enjoying this community, hope you do as well.

The texture and patterns because of the shadows of the sand slopes really gives this dimension and your point of view makes it really interesting. I agree that a bit more sky might help, but the challenge I think would be to keep that long view of the sand and not lose that to get more sky. Looking forward to seeing more.
July 26th, 2016
@stefneyhart Beautiful choice of black and white here, really works. My suggestion is to consider some cropping. One crop would be to eliminate the bright water in the foreground as my eye is drawn to it just because it is light.
July 26th, 2016
@granagringa Thanks for your idea, I'll go back and try that.
July 29th, 2016
Shades of youth:

I'm totally new here, This is my first time submitting for critique.

Thanks for looking!


July 29th, 2016
Welcome to 365!! @mistfallphotography Such a lovely portrait - You captured such a beautiful expression and the soft shading and shadows works so well.
When I zoom into the photo I can see you have nice sharp eyes in this photo but I would lighten up the eyes a bit more to be able to see them better - If you have Lightroom I would use the shadow brush and just take the eyes out of the shadow just a bit. I know it is my pet peeve but for me portraits are always about the eyes - well not always but the majority of the time.
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