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Evan Carpenter's picture

Feedback on 10 Months in Landscape Photography

10 months ago I picked up my first camera, a sony a7ii. Coupled with my first lens, a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, I began shooting anything and everything. Since last November I have taken several photographic trips (living like a hobo out of the back of my car) and have produced some images I am very proud of. These are a few of my most recent images from my last photographic trip. I would love some feedback, I want to continue to progress at the rate I am at but would love some critiques on composition and post processing. What could I do better?

I'm glad to be on here and engaged in a community of like minded individuals!

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Karl Storbeck's picture

Great job Evan! Really nice images.

Jordan McChesney's picture

Overall, these are really good. I have a few comments for each one to help you going forward, but as they are, they are still really good. Keep in mind, these are just my personal preferences, thoughts, and nitpicks for the sake of nitpicks, so do with them what you will.

First image - I like the soft light, but I can't help but feel it's a tiny bit flat. I can't be sure, but I feel like a touch of contrast could help add a bit more. - an additional note. I'm not sure if the person in the picture was intentional, but if it was, it's a good idea to have them in clothes that contrasts the location they are standing in, so they pop a little more.

Second image - I'm not a huge fan of the whole "person standing in a dark environment with a bright light" thing. It's really popular here in Japan, but I often find the light more distracting than anything else, as my eyes are drawn towards the brightest part of the frame. I'm also not huge on the harsh light it's casting onto the tree.

Third image - classic location, overall well shot. I feel like the pillars could use some more processing to help them seem less washed out, though. Perhaps bit of selective de-haze, in post. That being said, it's a keeper for sure.

Fourth image - Overall, I love it. If I had to nitpick, I'd say I might have opted to get closer to the water and tilt the lens down, using the waves going back into the ocean as a leading line of sorts. That being said, this one is my favorite. I can feel the power of the location from the shutter speed alone.

Fifth image - Another very solid image. If I had to nitpick, I'd say I could go either way on the bird. Part of me loves it, part of me doesn't. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but I'm finding it a little distracting because it's a little too dark in an otherwise bright part of the frame, so my eyes keep going back to it while trying to enjoy the landscape.

All of that being said, I think these could be money making images, and they're all worth being proud of. Nice work.

Evan Carpenter's picture

Jordan, I appreciate you taking the time to write out some thoughtful comments on these images. You've brought up a few points that I hadn't thought about and I will be going back to adjust the final images. Again thanks for your time, I greatly appreciate the thought you put into your critiques!