Critical Appreciation – 004

Critical Appreciation – 004

The final pic in the series of which are pics I already commented on Maria Bernadette’s Fb, is |this image of a “fire fighter”. She captioned it as “Fire as weapon” #martialarts #kerala

It reminds me of the fire dance in Hawaiii and other Polynesian or Caribbean countries and cultures. I think you did the right thing by not firing a flash. Many photographers attempt to capture the streaking and light trails of spinning arcs and sparks. It may take more than one viewing to make test shots and to figure which shutter speed works best or to predict the movement. Spinning fire is always dramatic when captured right. Maria’s original pic (lower pic) didn’t capture the motion or dynamism of the “fire fighter”
Remember to always respect or abide by the boundaries set by the performers for safety reasons

My original comment:
“Moving fire is an excellent chance to show dramatic streaking of light. Try a different shutter speed the next time”

I used Photoshop’s motion blur filter to add some trailing to suggest motion (top pic). I didn’t like seeing the static moment of a martial art fighter standing still. The opportunity is rare and I feel it was a missed opportunity. A new subject is always a learning process so better luck next time.

See series 2 and 3 on my Fb or IG.


Fireworks Shooting Tips For 4th Of July

Happy 4th of July to my dear American friends. Here are some fireworks shooting tips for you. If you are taking a break, you can still find many hotels via MyCen Hotels at Every American city and town is covered.

I am tagging Malaysian friends residing there too. Sorry if I miss out anyone inadvertently.

Share with a neighbor, classmate or colleague. Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day To The People Of USA.

Happy 4th of July to my many followers and friends from the land where Ikea is known as Eye-Kea :-). Hope you enjoy photographing the fireworks later tonight. Thought I’ll share with you some tips on shooting fireworks.

As beautiful as each burst is going to be, it is less meaningful if each is photographed in the sky by itself. When someone look at the pictures later, the fireworks could have been photographed in Dubai, London or Hong Kong. The black sky is the same anywhere in the world. Try to also frame some shots with a recognisable landmark where practical.

To do that, it means going out early, finding out where the cannons are erected and walking around to scout for a suitable vantage point. There are no short cuts. Good fireworks photography requires research, planning and legwork.

Where there are no landmarks, you may want to include the celebratory ambience such as the surrounding crowd. With moving humans you need to increase your shutter speed a bit. But doing that will also reduce the streak effects of the fireworks. The trick is finding an optimum balance for both the ground and sky action. Have fun!

Olympus OM-D, ISO 3200, f4, 1/40 sec.

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#fireworks #landmark #fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #usa #celebrations #photographytips #independenceday

Critical Appreciation – 001

Maria Bernadette ( sent me this message;

“Hi Terrence, I hope this is not too much to ask for. I’ve uploaded some of my photos from Kochi and Munnar. Your comments will be much appreciated and please feel free to criticise as your comments would make me do better the next time”.

I am always hesitant to critic somebody’s work. When I was starting out I used to buy American and British photography magazines in which they had a column in where an expert or panel reviewed pics sent in by willing readers. The expert or panel will explain what he or she liked or didn’t and why. Also suggestions for improvements.

I felt I learned and benefited from it. With that in mind, I asked Maria if I can share the pics and my comments for the benefit of more people. She graciously agreed.

Send me a link or the pic if you wish to participate. It must be yours and not someone else’s. Don’t send a perfect pic just to show off. It is not a contest and done in fun.

Update: Found out the comment don’t show via Fb sharing,

So here it is: “I like that it isn’t overexposed adding to the air of mystery. Also the selective framing and cropping is clever in not revealing all. The trick with this scene is getting the exposure correct. Helps that the speed is slow enough to see the flames blown in the wind.”