Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Berlin, Germany
Re: My photography attemp
The second one is alright, although I feel like you need to guide the viewer towards what you want to show him/her. The way you position the tree makes it seem like there is something in the background that we are meant to see, but it's not quite clear what it is. The stone is there, but is sort of obstructed by that thing in front of it, so maybe another angle would be more optimal if that's what you want to show us.
Now, the first picture - nice theme, but some issues with the composition. First of all, your friend's head and that tower in the background blend in. If you close your eyes slightly (or move your monitor back if you're using a laptop) and the colours are less visible it looks like your friend has a giant nose.
Another thing, the part of the stone, and the "stick" thing in front sort of "enclose" your friend in this picture. There is no "balance" to the picture - for instance your friend is looking at something, but the way you frame the picture, there is nothing to "look" at. Your friend looks stuck in a box of sorts...
Of course there is no "rule" for composition. You can make things look "wrong" on purpose etc. as long as you are achieving some sort of an effect, which doesn't seem to be the case in this photograph.
Sorry for the criticism, but for me composition is as important as purely "technical skills" and I think it's important to address it at an early stage. I am not claiming to be an expert either, I know I am a lousy photographer, but I have looked at enough pictures get a bit of a "feel" for it.