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Historic Oakland Cemetery Photo Contest - Critiques

On this page you'll find more critiques from the submissions of our first photo contest - Historic Oakland Cemetery. This contest was judged by pro photographer, David Akoubian and sponsored in part by Tamron USA, Inc. The photos appear in no particular order. Below each image you will find the backstory, metadata as provided by each photographer and the critique by our judge. We'll be updating these contest pages on a reguilar basis until complete - so please check back for updates. To view the winners of this contest, click here
Perpetual Care by Sharon Allen
Perpetual Care by Sharon Allen
I took this picture several years ago after the devestating tornado hit Oakland, and cleanup had begun. When I spotted the glove that had been left behind and forgotten, it made me very grateful for the volunteers. If not for them, the graves at Oakland might also be forgotten. Each time I look at the photo of the glove hanging on the wall in my office, it inspires me to lend a helping hand whenever I can.
Nikon D200, Lens 18-200, Auto White Balance. Taken September, 2008.
Critique by David Akoubian
Nice capture with wonderful detail in the image. I think the white area, maybe snow, is a little bit of a distraction. I would probably crop it out. There is a lot of great stuff going on in the textures of the glove without including any of the area around it.

Quiet in the City by Guy Provenzano
Quiet in the City by Guy Provenzano
Critique by David Akoubian
I really like the composition and placement of the key elements of the foreground with the skyline in the background. I like the overall feel of the image and my only suggestion would be to increase the contrast of the image. It appears to be a little flat and I think a contrast boost would finish the image.

Austell by Jon Jeffress
Austell by Jon Jeffress
I found this scene fascinating with the sun peeking through the clouds and the rays reaching around the mausoleum.
Nikon D700 w/Nikon 16-35mm lens at 19mm. f/4.0 1/800 sec
Critique by David Akoubian
The HDR processing is very nicely done. I don’t think it is at all too surreal. Learn to ignore comments that are subjective like that. If it looks good to you…stick with it. I like the contrast and composition, but if I could make one change, I would probably have included more of the wall in the foreground. There is a distinct path to the subject so it would not hurt to add more of the wall.  

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