Study Group Two

David Somali-Chow

Title: Beautiful UW coral in West Papua
: The beauty of UW world
Source: Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Technique: 16-35mm, Canon Xti
Processing:  Resized by Photoshop

Study Group Comments and Scores (N, T, P, E, Total)

Critique Image (only members of Study Group Two may critique this image)

Review by Les L., 3-14-2014
Very good image. Like color contrast, uniqueness, positioning of subjects.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=1, Total=10

Review by TomB., 3-25-2014
David, Wonderful image.The colors of the corals are vibrant and pleasing to the eye. the reds of the corals lead to the aqua burst. There is a clarity, bold and yet softness to this image. Details are sharp and wonderful. Lovely image.
N=3, T=3, P=3, E=0, Total=9
Review by RickC., 4-7-2014

I find the image to show a good exposure on the primary elements along with a pleasing color harmony between them. Focus and DOF look to be good as best I can tell with the smaller image. The way you have composed the elements in the frame also works for me. The one area I would be inclined to deal with is the intense blue color of the upper regions of the water. While this may be what you actually see when diving, it is too intense IMO as I find that my eye wants to move to that upper right corner. I would desaturate that color somewhat to lessen its intensity. Note I am saying desaturate, not darken.

N-2, T-3, P-3 = 8


I was born in Indonesia with a Chinese ancestry. I am a businessman who is an avid scuba diver, adventure traveler, and someone who enjoys exploring the eclectic flavors of the food world.

Merging these activities with my love of photography, I am learning to create an array of photographs from under the sea to up on the land.