Portfolio Critique: Rubem

Updated on July 12, 2017 in Critique
13 on June 21, 2017

Hello Eric Kim and friends!

I’m from Brazil and an amateur photographer too a big fan of your photos and texts!

Please see my photos and my passion in http://rubemrocha.com  (and click in ‘galeria’)

Any comments are welcome.

Thank you so much! 🙂

 
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1 on June 21, 2017

Hello Rubem – perhaps you could select five photographs from your portfolio and post them here for us to critique?

on June 29, 2017

Thanks for the tips and I will soon!

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2 on June 23, 2017

I second Joe. Post photos directly here. But I’m your Flickr, I like your black and white work most. Perhaps use a flash to add contrast?

on June 29, 2017

Dear Eric,

Your message was a great honor for me!

Few photographers are so good in images and words like you.

I will try to use flash someday in new photos. In that photos in my flickr I never used flash. 

My setup now are a DSLR, an action camera, mobile moto G4+ and films cameras: Nikon FM10 and Olympus OM-1n what I like a lot! I’m using for now b&w films: fomapan, ilford and kentemere. 

Thank you again and sorry for my simple English. I’m a big fan for your blog and photos!

Greetings from Brazil.

 

on June 29, 2017

with a dslr. I like silhouette a lot.

with an action camera + ps

with a mobile moto g4+

with an Olympikus OM-1n old film camera

bigger in my flickr.

Thank you all!

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1 on June 29, 2017

Maybe it’s me and my vision of the world, but the cellphone photo is, for me, has the most impact of them all. Sure, the silhouette one is nice, but the Moto G4 cellphone shot is CLOSER, you can see her perfect and bring the spectator right there. Try it often!

 

And I will try it too if I have the time, BTW…I still shoot at certain distances 😉

PS: Try to use the background as a conductor to the sight of the spectator: In the cellphone shot you have a perspective of a building that could have guided to the face of her, but being so centered it’s cut and it doesn’t have that effect. Test it, play with the background and perspective.

on June 30, 2017

Thank you so much for the comment and tips!

With the cellphone is a quick and fast moment and sometimes I can’t compose better a scene.

Greetings from Brazil!

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1 on June 29, 2017

I really like the first photo, the way the figures are silhouetted against the buildings in the background. The tonal quality is superb. –Andrew

 

on June 30, 2017

Thank you so much. I like to use silhouette many times cause I live in front of the sea. See another moment that same family:

 

Greetings from Brazil!

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1 on June 29, 2017

My favorite is the second photograph.  I love the water, the gigantic pier and the way that it is aligned with the horizon, and especially the placement of the fisherman, exactly where a pole would be expected.  Very nicely done.

The first photograph is beautifully colored, and in particular the delicate rendering of the urban skyline is excellent.  This would be more effective for me if the adult’s head wasn’t intersected by the dark land mass.

The third photo is good, but would be better if the camera was turned to a horizontal (landscape) orientation, to capture more of the surrounding street.  As it is, the surroundings look intriguing, but there isn’t enough there for me.

I like the lighting of the fourth photograph, and the framing is very clean and well done.  The various geometric shapes are well grouped and provide a very nice setting.  However, I’m not sure why I should be interested in this particular gentleman.

I hope that helps — just my opinions, so take them or leave them!

 

 

 

on June 30, 2017

Thank you so much for the commentaries and tips!

I really liked your text and helps! I have anothers photos about the same and another pier in my flickr. I use the action camera (GoPro Hero Black 5) some times cause I practice hawaiian canoe and need a camera that I can use in water.  

See another photo that family above, please!

With respect to the photo #3, many photos in that using my cellphone I shooted in portrait mode cause is more ‘discrete’ and is more easy take the natural expressions the people! I will try more landscape mode.

The photo #4 I’m still training cause is an old film camera and the focus is always a trouble! 🙂 In the scene what caught my attention was the man was trying to sleep, but I delayed focusing because of the manual camera and he woke up!

I you can/wish, see more photos of mine in my flick. 

Have a good weekend and greetings from Brazil!

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1 on July 7, 2017

Ok so a good photograph is a four legged stool. A photograph is good because it has good:
-composition
-light
-moment
-color
If you can achieve 3 of the four “legs” you are doing really well.
The first two photographs are clearly successful. The toning on the first photograph works for me.
The third photograph: The old lady needs to gesture, make a face or do something, anything more interesting than stare into the camera.
Fourth photograph is entirely uninteresting. I mean it’s ok to take a picture like this, just edit it out.

on July 12, 2017

Thank you so much for the commentary! 

I really liked the tips and I will remember that in future.

The street photography is difficulty a little to control the people, but I love it!

Greetings from Brazil!

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