thanks jade you are the only one that did what i wanted and probably the only one that would take the time to write that. everyone who wants to be in a proffession like this there whole job is to get good critisizem(idk how to spell that) and get bad so that they can inprove. now over the last week ive been taking pictures of hummingbirds as they have been coming back. so in a while when i have more i will post them. thanks jadeGreat job, Corey ... interesting subject! Now are you ready for an honest opinion? I'm not a photographer, but I can take good pictures (according to me, of course ... you'll be the judge of my pics ).
When I look at a picture, I'm looking for a 'focus'. Something that my eyes are drawn into, something that I can spot easily to be the theme and the reason why that pic was taken in the first place. I don't want my eyes to have to go around and around in the entire width and length of the pic just to figure out what the meaning of the pic is. Nature is not always easy, since your object is so widespread. But you could always find something 'interesting' to focus on, from your point of view. You are the photographer; you are 'speaking' to viewers through your pictures; you want to say something to the viewers with your pictures.
Based on that, I like #1 (morning dew on the leaves) and #7 (view to the sky over the tall trees) the best. #1 is very focused, and you blurred the background. You clearly want to say how fresh it was in the morning, by looking at that one leaf. #7 is a very interesting angle; you got the spot just perfect, all the trees were surrounding the sky in the same distance almost like a circle. It's dramatic because you see that every tree trunk goes outward, that makes them look very far away up there from where you took it. These two types of theme are pretty common (for instance, a leave with a butterfly on it), I've seen those angles before, but still good. And you do want to learn from successful photos/pics out there.
Now the rest of them:
#2 - The tree stump is not that interesting, unless ... there is "something" on it that is unsual (i.e.: fresh new sprout on supposedly dead stump, a squirrel/bird, or something). The background needs to be blurred to focus on the stump, and you can do way close up with this.
#3 - 'Almost' the same as the one that I like (#7), but it misses a lot of good angles, so it's hard to tell the meaning of the pic.
#4 - Again, a little out of focus what we are concentrating on. Too many distraction on the surroundings; you can bring it way close up with the fallen trunk.
#5 - Same as #4. I wish you could get a close up shot of those red things ... are those berries, flowers, or even different color of leaves? Focus on those.
#6 - I 'almost' love this one too; very interesting angle. And you did good with focusing the background, instead of the foreground (the leaves in the front). Very creative! However, it will be more meaningful if there is something you focus on back there, or even an interesting "thing" on the leaves. I've seen shots like this: a city scape taken from behind the veil/curtain. But the background that you focus on has to be really interesting though, so that our eyes are drawn to it.
#8 - The focus is good, but give us 'something special' on that piece of trunk over there. Pick a yellow flower from somewhere, or put a little ant on there. It would make it more interesting.
#9 - The focus is good, but my eyes go around and around, asking what am I looking for in this pic? If you focus on one group of grass, it might turn out better.
I know I'm beating you up here, but you have a very good potential, and you need to be pushed and challenged to get better. And I know that you can! EXCELLENT job, Corey!
lol well im only 15 and i just turned 15 on the 14th if that makes u feel any better and i had a hard time taking pictures but u just have to be creative even try to set things up for urself make it look interestingwell im only 13 so its not like i can go anywere to take pics. i mean i basically have 150 acres behind me of land and thats it. which i know sounds like alot but when its all the same...its not good for picture taking
i did give him some criticism but my veiws of photography changed when i was in a dark room with a girl who was a black belt that gave u a death threat every time u made a joke and one other guy (clearly we were all making jokes)I was like ... the only one who gave you 'negative' feedback ... .
I'd say they were "constructive criticism" (that's how you spell it - google it!); they 'sound' negative, but they way I communicated them, I did not use 'negative words' (such as bad, ugly, fail, etc). But rather, I gave you 'reasons' as to why they were not as good as the others. Also, as constructive criticism, my critiques had to have 'solutions'. It is very easy to judge something as 'bad', but that is missing the point of being a constructive criticism, because the point is to make you do better next time. Therefore we have to give you suggestions to make your work better.