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Globe Bonus Critique: Erin Hart

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  November 2, 2009 09:05 AM

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This month, we have a bonus critique from Globe staff photographer Barry Chin. As he looked over the portfolios of amateurs who had submitted photos for a Globe review, he came across photos submitted by RAW regular Erin Hart of Boston, and said, "Hmmm. She doesn't need much help."

So I thought, what if Barry just took a moment to tell us what was good about Erin's photos, rather than always hearing about what needs fixing. He readily agreed.

First, here's what Erin wrote when she applied for a critique back in February:

"Although it was only six months or so ago that I picked up a digital camera for the first time, I knew right away that this was going to be more than just a simple hobby. It has been an exciting six months, and the camera has helped me see and experience life with a greater clarity. The images I attached are from a recent workshop that I went on with an "F8 and Be There" group in the desert Southwest. One is from Death Valley, and the others are from the Page, AZ area. I would like these critiqued simply because I would like to learn more and would really like to take my photography to a higher level. I am looking to improve my composition as well as my post-processing skills (which are still quite basic). Thank you."

And here are the photos she submitted:

Erin Hart 1

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Erin Hart 3

Erin Hart 4

Erin Hart 5

Erin Hart 6

Here's what Barry Chin had to say:

"What struck me initially in looking at these photos is that every image demonstrates a good use of composition, light, and color all in one image. There also are varying angles and the use of different focal lengths – she gets tight with some, and uses wider angles with others. Not everything is taken from the same perspective. For example, in one picture she’s looking down on the water, but in another she’s zoomed in.

"Warm light is best, especially for landscapes, and you get that early or late in the day -- that's also when you get shadows that accentuate shapes as well as details and color saturation. She has that in all of her photos.

"She does a great job capturing the details and swirls and shapes of nature. She has a good, consistent eye and is clearly on the path to succeeding in consistent, good photography."

Check out Barry Chin's portfolio on the Globe Photography site.

Read more Globe Photo Critiques.

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