Jada in the Gardens
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|“Jada in the Gardens” is the name of this photo taken today at the Botanical Gardens on an overcast day using natural light and a small aperture of 6.6.|
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The concept here Is great and Jade is beautiful, but I think a few photographic elements let this one down.
To start with, she is too small and too insignificant in the frame, and the garden competes with her for attention. I know your title refers to both, but I think it's a mistake to try and make two different things the subject of one photo. It doesn't work.
I suspect also you wanted to include the arch above Jade as a framing element in the shot. However I think it is too high above her, and the resulting composition is too spaced out for it to work. It would have been better to exclude the arch for this shot.
A tighter crop around Jade - maybe more zoom - would not only create better-proportioned composition and a more singleminded portrait of her, but it would create a better DOF (a more blurred background) - which would really improve the shot. .The garden is pleasant but this photo is about Jade. Singleminded always works best.
Lighting and tone-wise there is also an issue, Jade's arm is brighter than her face and the resulting imbalance gives the shot an amateurish feel. There's a reason why the pros take assistants with reflectors abd it's so these kind of imbalances can be fixed. As non professionals (me at least) the best we can do is keep an eye out for that kind of light issue and use angle and pose and location to avoid them happening.
Just my thoughts on this shot, I hope you find something useful in my critique.