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fauxtography
16 Jun 2009 - 10:21 AM


Quote: ....I'm sure someone will beat me to it, got a 2 hour meeting now

Sorry Ade Wink

For Cheryl

1. What do you like of their PF (if you do)?
Consistency and excellent technical skills. Cheryl has good expertise in the areas she shoots.

2. What do you think is lacking in their PF?
Variety. However, knowing her chosen field this is not such an issue, I would also like to see more emotive work.

3. How do you think they can improve their PF?
Again for her field, not a great deal to improve, it would be good to see her throw her personal rule book away and shoot casually and quickly on a variety of subjects

4. What do you like to see in their PF?
It's good to see shots like this one and this one I'd like to see more like this where the viewer and subject relationship is of a greater prominence. I'd also like to see Cheryl drop the specialist kit and shoot with some different (and some would say inappropriate) kit to push her into finding new ways of getting results (see next answer for an example... oh and get out there with that T&S Wink)

5. Whose work would you recommend them to have a look at (if you know any)?

Hmmm for her chosen specialism I doubt I could offer anything new, though how about Nick Brandt? I like the much more portraiture style he has for animals.

Knowing Cheryl's sense of humour I'd suggest Elliot Erwitt as a complete change... see if she can engage that in a visual medium.

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fauxtography
16 Jun 2009 - 10:30 AM

Oh and I've got my running shoes on ready... Wink

Plus no one gets points for saying "more colour" for answer 4 for me Tongue

NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 11:30 AM

ok Mark , here leaps the brave.!!
a good selection of quality images and varied folio that covers most subjects.
a folio that looks as if it should start at the back and work to the front as if you have undergone a phase of experimentation with style and street imagery which is still in flux. the earlier work shows more confidence and considered approach.

the recent street photography (colour and mono) is in fact very interesting but is more hurried in approach and need more instinctive lines of composition to make them outstanding. the earlier work including the landscape shows an instinctive approach to composition. moving or transient work is more difficult and like Cartier Bressons style its all about the decsisive moment when everthing falls into place before vanishing for ever.

perhaps have a look at ellieedge on epz she seems to have a knack of mastering these situations.

enjoyed looking at your full folio Mark and there is some super stuff in there.

whoevers next please be kind. honest but kind. Wink
Phil

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joolsb
joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 12:11 PM

OK, I'll bite...

Some well-shot landscapes, up together technically but doesn't really stray too far from his comfort zone - for example, shooting landscapes in vertical format or shooting at times of the day other than sunrise/set. There have been sporadic excursions into new territory but it's as if you don't really like what you see there and come scurrying back to the familiar.

Try shooting something completely different - street or PJ, perhaps. Someone mentioned Ellie Edge and I'd also recommend you check out her work. It's quite different from your usual.... Also Ron Tear - he shoots a variety of subjects but brings a distinctive approach to each. His landscapes are especially noteworthy for not fitting the EPZ mould.

(At least Slurry can't have a go at my pf.... Wink)

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014794 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 12:17 PM

....moving off Cole's 5 questions here chaps, lets try to be consistent Wink

got a incident on the go now...

Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 12:22 PM

Yeap, cheers Ade.

1. What do you like of their PF (if you do)?
2. What do you think is lacking in their PF?
3. How do you think they can improve their PF?
4. What do you like to see in their PF?
5. Whose work would you recommend them to have a look at (if you know any)?


Next, Joolsb's PF.

joolsb
joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 12:38 PM


Quote: ....moving off Cole's 5 questions here chaps, lets try to be consistent

To misquote the great Eric Morecambe, "I was answering all the right questions but not necessarily in the right order...." Or the right format. Wink

martin.w
martin.w e2 Member 12352 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 1:01 PM

Magadino Dawn 5 and the latest upload with the hut stood out, but some other gems in there too....even a visit to the Peak District Smile

More drama in the landscape to invite the viewers imagination and hold the attention past the first view.

Lots of trees and waterfalls, few with any light and the tree shots seem to lack composition.

People, sport and reportage.

Can't really recommend anybody as I'm not influenced by other photographers, but no doubt a good look through EPZ is inspiration enough Wink

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joolsb
joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 2:09 PM

Cheers, Martin. Fair points, all.

BTW, I don't know whether you noticed but Magadino Dawn 5 needs but one click from a kind person such as, ermmm, your good self, to put it into three figures. Seeing as you were so complimentary about it, and all..... Wink

Last Modified By joolsb at 16 Jun 2009 - 2:09 PM
fauxtography
16 Jun 2009 - 2:12 PM

Do you want some bait for that hook Jools? Tongue

cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96032 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 2:15 PM

oh damn - my finger twitched uncontrollably for a second!

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 2:17 PM

You are so weak, Alison...Sad

Now, Martin.W's PF please.

cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96032 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 2:18 PM

No - not weak - just incredibly kind and giving Smile

Unfortunately also working but shall try to come back later this evening if I'm feeling brave enough.....

ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014794 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 2:25 PM

I started this on Jools earlier, but been very busy ever since, and can't complete, but here goes


Jools Jools Jools Jools Smile

1. What do you like of their PF (if you do)?

I think the main thing you see when looking through Jools' shots is that he is very much his own man, not pandering to the opium of popularity by doing colourful sunsets and using cliched composutional aids like the EPZ rock. though this one's pretty close Wink

I also admire the way he sees patterns in nature that work - patterns like this that most of us would never really spot as it doesn't stand out.

This shot has little to no thumbnail appeal yet seems to work nicely when opened up; you can see the thought that's gone into the composition from the position of the line in the frame.

So someone who's shots avoid the obvious and appear to have had time taken over their production (and i'd take time if I were paying for that film he uses!)


2. What do you think is lacking in their PF?

He's a lansdcape photographer, so you can't start saying it's lacking photos of tractors, buidlings and nude models!

You could argue that it's consistent, but also that it's a pretty "safe" portfolio - also, I'd say that it's probably one that works better on large prints where you really see the advantage of LF cameras.

Also, there a lack of impulsive photos - photos that capture a rare moment or an emotion that passes. Again, if you've looking through a LF camera, which can take a while to set up, this would explain why these shots are missing.

Rather than "capturing the moment", you get the feeling that he "waits for the moment" - not a bad thing, just an observation

3. How do you think they can improve their PF?


4. What do you like to see in their PF?
5. Whose work would you recommend them to have a look at (if you know any)?

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martin.w
martin.w e2 Member 12352 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2009 - 2:55 PM

I did notice Jools, but I voted for it when it was uploaded. I see it's reached 100 now anyway....deservedly so too Smile

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