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| p.1 #8 · Maryland vs UCONN: NCAA Football |
Agree with the lack of eyes. Love the message of get low, get close, get the eyes and get the ball. I'd add that every now and then you should go wide to communicate a sense of place and moment, but Mr. Black pretty much nailed it. FMers tend to want very tight crops and I'm not always in agreement with that sentiment, but in my mind if you don't crop tight, there has to be a reason. I don't really understand the reason behind some of your wider crops.
The biggest issue I have with your set (aside from the lack of eyes and the lose crops) is that the colors on all but #4 seem a bit washed out (could be my monitor).
#1 - not bad, like the movement inherent in the shot. bummer that the arm of the tackler obscures the runner's face. due to the movement it doesn't ruin the shot, but almost does. The color also seems a bit washed out - add a little contrast or black and I'd guess they'll pop a bit more.
#2 - I think I understand your attraction to this one - the ball in the air, almost about to be caught...but the lack of a face kills it. Russ Isabella once said to me that unless I had a face, the shot really had to be capturing something special. To me, this doesn't reach that threshold.
#3 - The crop on this is really wide. Cool moment that might reach the threshold for no face, but it's hard to say because you've got so much distracting space on the left.
#4 - This is a nice sports portrait, profile style. Your colors aren't washed out and you've got a nice clean background.
#5 - As I think someone else commented, get on your knees and you might have more face from the ball carrier. However, you've included way too much on the left again. And *gasp* on this one your horizon seems a little off.
#6 - Again, I think I see why you like this one, but for a moment like this you have to have the face of the guy scoring, not the face of the defender (in my opinion). I think you also have to have the feet not get cut off.
Hope I wasn't too picky! I've learned that when folks really pick apart my photos I get better faster.