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Photo Critique 5: ‘Colombia’s Endless Mountains,’ by Gabriel M.

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I love critiquing photos. It’s the best way to learn and get new ideas for photo shoots. Today, we’re going to critique an image made by Gabriel, a friend of mine in Miami, Florida from his trip home to Colombia.

'Colombia's Endless Mountains,' by Gabriel of Miami, Florida.

'Colombia's Endless Mountains,' by Gabriel of Miami, Florida.

General Overview:
Gabriel, this is a great idea for a landscape image. You found a beautiful location and you waited until the right time to make the image. You have a great eye for natural beauty and it shines through in this image. I know landscapes are relatively new for you since most of your shots are portraits so it’s nice to see you branching out and trying other genres.

I like the idea of using the barbed-wire fence in the foreground. I think it helps set an interesting contrast. You have the fence, which depicts captivity and then the background of mountains that seem to never end. I think it’s a nice play on the theme.

Very well done.

There are a few improvements I will suggest. First, the sun in the right corner is too distracting. In order to capture the dark background, you needed to use a slower shutter speed, thus causing the sun to appear overexposed. There’s a few ways around this. On camera, you could use a neutral density or a split density filter to help offset the overexposure or you could have selected an area where the sun was not so imposing. In post production, you could have cropped out the sun or used the dodge tool to help bring it back into proper exposure.

Second, the mid-ground is a little too underexposed. I think you should have dodged the sun, burned in the mid-ground and it would have made a better image.

For your reference, I did a quick edit. See if you like the difference or not.

A quick re-edit by Jeremy Schneider. (Photo Credit: Gabriel M. of Miami, Florida)

A quick re-edit by Jeremy Schneider. (Photo Credit: Gabriel M. of Miami, Florida)

You always do a great job. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing some more images from you.

Thanks for the submission, good luck and keep shooting!

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Written by jeremyparce

February 24, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Canon U.S.A. Renews Sponsorship Agreement with the New York Yankees

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A., Inc., on Tuesday announced that it has extended its sponsorship with the New York Yankees, one of the most storied franchises in professional sports, through 2011.

As part of the agreement, Canon will be the “Official Digital Camera, Copier, SLR Camera and Printer of the New York Yankees.” The sponsorship will include signage on Yankee Stadium’s left field wall as well as a home plate rotating advertisement. Additionally, as part of a special Canon promotional day, scheduled for May 20, the first 18,000 fans in attendance will receive a cap featuring both the Canon logo and Yankees logo.

“Canon and the New York Yankees are two iconic brands that have complemented each other well throughout our partnership over the last decade,” said Jack Suzuki, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications Division, Canon U.S.A. “Being partners with the Yankees as they usher in a new era with the opening of their new Stadium is going to be a gratifying and a proud moment for both brands. We hope to see many Yankees home runs hit over our sign throughout the season.”

“We are excited to be continuing our long term alliance with Canon. It is a fully-integrated relationship from premium signage and a giveaway day, to the installation of Canon copiers in the Stadium’s offices,” said Michael J. Tusiani, Yankees Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales & Sponsorships.

Written by jeremyparce

February 24, 2009 at 11:30 pm