Your Photo: Our Critique

This photo, submitted by Jim Dietz, was taken with a Pentax K10D at 1/180 sec at f/3.5, ISO 800. At first glance it felt too dark and lacking in any real attention grabbing focal point. After a little more study I find my eyes bouncing back and forth between the spot light, the performer and the upheld hands in the audience. If that is the purpose of the photo it is a shame we have the red light trail that distracts from the rest of what is going on here.

This photo, submitted by Jim Dietz, was taken with a Pentax K10D at 1/180 sec at f/3.5, ISO 800. At first glance it felt too dark and lacking in any real attention grabbing focal point. After a little more study I find my eyes bouncing back and forth between the spot light, the performer and the upheld hands in the audience. If that is the purpose of the photo it is a shame we have the red light trail that distracts from the rest of what is going on here. Overall there is digital noise from shooting at ISO 800 but I think Jim has done a nice job capturing a shot with some mystery, with the performer not readily recognizable, you have a concert shot with some interesting light. Not your typical concert shot so I give credit to Jim for taking some chances and making a different shot. I think it would be greatly improved without the red streak but still a unique shot.
—Melissa Macatee
Contributing Blogger

__This photo gets four stars on the PopPhoto Flash rating system.

The PopPhoto Flash rating system.
*= This part of the camera is called the lens
**= Don't quit your day job
***= Good, but not yet great
****=So close you can taste it
*****= Yes, a thousand times yes!

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