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24/01/2011 - 8:33 PM

Sunset on the Amalfitano coast

Sunset on the Amalfitano coastLooks better if the horizon is level, and if the glare in the centre is toned down (done in the mod by moving a cloud over to the left). Also crop to place the sun off centre.

Loaded in a mod.

Hope this is helpful,


24/01/2011 - 8:02 PM


FabriceHi again Bernie.

It appears a little underexposed to me, so Im not certain if youve done any post processing to achieve a particular look.There also no exif data available so I dont know you shot settings

I like the pose, though I think it can benefit with a tighter crop; Ive brightened the face, and lifted his eye detail assuming you didnt do anything special in processing.

Great eye contact, and having him look just behind works very well.

I hope this is helpful for you,,- and since this is a new format, click the modifications tab at the top to see any mods performed.

Best regards

24/01/2011 - 6:28 PM


***Emma, I find this one overly saturated, and fairly red.

The pose is nice, though Ive tried to show two different versions.

I would try to get rid of the bright areas on the left, work on the skin tone

Take a look at the mods, hope they are helpful.


23/01/2011 - 4:53 PM

The Generals

The GeneralsA delightful shot, well captured. As you say, also fun to play with.

Ive loaded a simple mod just to move that bird on the left in from the edge, and moved the flower down a little, then cropped. Slightly brightened the birds, ans thats it!


23/01/2011 - 1:46 PM

Rock Guitar

Rock GuitarA very good effort under poor circumstances. Its extremely difficult to get the really good shots when the musicians are moving around so much.

Ive loaded a mod, suggesting a tighter crop with soace tremoved top and bottom; sharpening brings out highlights and sparkles; and for fun Ive added a 105mm lens flare.

Hope you find this helpful.


21/01/2011 - 2:29 PM

The Church of St. John 2

The Church of St. John 2Its nicely balanced Phil. Would I be wrong in guessing that you have applied that Topaz filter again? I ask ony as this has a quasi-HDR appearance, and it isnt an HDR shot.

Theres some lens distortion left to right, with the top og the church roof falling downwards, and the bottom closer to horizontal. being am old church, I dont know if it is actually falling down, or its the lens, but I took a shot at correction in the mod, having spent 15 minutes trying to figure out how to download the shot.


20/01/2011 - 4:35 AM

Lifeguard Station at Dawn

Lifeguard Station at DawnI like it, though its quite minimalist. I find the colour over saturated quite a bit, and I would prefer to see this cropped to the Rule of Thirds to give it some measure of interest.

Im not sure about the blue cast, - Iver never been there and dont know if that door should be white or not, so I will defer to Stephen on this point.

I have loaded a mod, and I hope you find it helpful.


19/01/2011 - 3:52 AM

Bald Eagle

Bald EagleA fantastic shot, great detail. I dont know whether to be annoyed or impressed by the comment about reading our essays.

So I will start with a mod that clearly shows the yellow line above the eagles head, and pray that youre impressed. This is likely caused by chromatic aberration in the lens with a yellow shift. The Tamron is not know to be a stellar performer with controlling chromatic aberrations. I can clearly see it in the normal sized version as well as the large, - so maybe your monitor is due for a calibration?

And the the piece de resistance, - the shot itself which is suberb.

I suggest in the mod that the whites can be a tad whiter, and I would crop to place the eye on a third, cropping space off the right and adding canvas to the top. I loaded this in mod2, and mod3 is the same reversed, - some people prefer the left to right "read"

Hope you enjoyed the essay,


18/01/2011 - 3:39 PM

Barn Owl

Barn OwlHI Lillian,

This is less an issue if the whites are right, than it is the exposure.

The Owl s shot against a very bright background, and depending on your metering mode, the overall scenes brightness might have caused the camera to stop down a little.

The brightest area by far in this shot os the area behind the Owl, bottom right, - almost twice as bright as the lightest part of the Owl, so the camera has very helpfully decided to allow tis area to influence its exposure, resulting in a grey white.

In my mod, where I use a combination of the threshold tool to identify where the beginning of white and black are in the shot, mark them, and then use curves to set exposure using these marks, theses a very significant difference in the resulting image.

Note that when using Threshold to mark the beginning of white, the first whie that appears s that bottom right area, which I ignore until i see the white in the Owl appearing, and this point is just at the front of his face, - the one I used for curves.

Apart from this, theres a little noise which I removed from the background only, and lightened the frame a little.

I hope you find this helpful, and if you have a good handle on Photoshop CS or Photoshop 7, and want to know how to do this approach, send me a PM.



PS, and to Tims point, always convert to sRGB as he says. But your browser is also important. If you use Internet Explore, Chrome, Opera it will not display colours properly. Only colour managed browsers such as the latest Firefox, or Safari 5 do perform colour management and display colours correctly.

heres a really good link you can use to check:

17/01/2011 - 11:17 PM

Petal Lights

Petal LightsCertainly looks like the new lens is performing well.

Its a very nice low light shot, attractive and sharp with very pleasing tones.

I would suggest to crop into an 8 X 10 format to place the focal points on thirds by taking space from the top; very slightly tone down the highlights in the centres (highlight tool in CS4); and though quite sharp, it can stand a small amount of added sharpening.

All done in the mod, and I hope you find this constructive and helpful.

Now go print it and hang it on a wall!


17/01/2011 - 10:58 PM

The Amateur

The AmateurWelcome to EPZ Bernie.

This is a very nice shot, gritty, full of character. Mono was certainly a good choice for this subject.

The framing is nice, - youve got just the right amount in the frame to focus attention on his face.

If you look at you upload, you may notice its a little soft. Assuming your original is sharp, you may have lost sharpness through the process of re sizing, so always check the re sized image and apply more sharpening as needed.

I did sharpen my mod, in addition to retrieving some shadow detail in the glasses, and in addition added a small amount of canvas to the right, just to move him further right for a better composition.

I hope you find this helpful, and constructive,


16/01/2011 - 8:39 PM

Audi A6

Audi A6A technically competent shot, and I love the reflections.

I would suggest you get down lower for a shot like this which can make the car appear more aggressive.

Colour, exposure, are all really good.

I loaded a mod which has absolutely nothing at all to do with assisting with your shot, I just could resist showing what is possible with a god shot like this.

the basic approach was to perform perspective distortion and size distortion to make it look as if you were lower, and the rest is just atmospheric stuff.

I hope this fuels you creative juices!


16/01/2011 - 1:21 AM

cancer cannot cripple love

cancer cannot cripple loveIm glad I read the description, because I wasnt sure what was going on. Now I get it.

Ive uploaded two mods for review.

However, I suggest, respectfully that the pose does not look endearing or poignant, and is a tad too sexual for what you intend.

Try one with the woman looking at the camera, leaning her head against the man, who is aslo looking at the camera, or with his head tilted slightly towards her. I think it will portray you message in a much stronger way.

Hope this helps,


15/01/2011 - 5:58 PM


SultryHi Colin,

Youve captured sultry in spades in this one. I really like it, especually that slight hit of light on the shoulder, and the skin detail.

I know from experience you not a big fan of mods, but this shot for me is mesmerizing, and I could help loading a few iterations.

As you know, Ive always thought your white balance or skin tone was a little off, - and it looks the same here, being a little too cyan/blue - so if you happy with it, then thats the end of it.

take a look at the mods, - tell me if you like or hate them, and Ill be a happy man!


Another Masterpiece in Lime stoneYou need to be an E2 member to be able to load larger images mario

This is a little dark as you were shooting uoward, and the camera was effected by the sky, probably needing you to overexpose by about 1/3 stop.

Its not possible to get vertical straight when shooting up from the ground, unless you get on the same level as the subject, or have access to specialist architectural lenses called tilt/shift lenses.

Ive loaded a lighter mod, and Ive also replaced the heave border with a very thin black border, then a wider white one that might work better.

best regards


14/01/2011 - 4:22 PM

Woodland Kingfisher

Woodland KingfisherA really good shot.

Hope you dont mind a few suggestions.

the bird is a little underexposed, - very slight, and that dark plumage when lifted out of the shadows is just gorgeous.

I would also crop space from the left, and add a little canvas to the top and fill with sky for a better placement of the bird.

A little extra sharpening brings this beauty to life as in the mod.

Best Regards

14/01/2011 - 3:15 PM

My little pony

My little ponyWelcome to EPZ Daniel.

This is a very nice first shot. Youve done well with what look like poor lighting conditions. The child's expression appears a mixture of terror and excitement which is well captured.

Youve loaded this for critique to learn, and its a good place to learn.

Youe done well to load all the shot settings, but we would also need to know the focal length, and as its a mono conversion, - how you converted it. There are many ways to do this, some better than others. Also, the camera mode, - Aperture priority, Shutter Priority, Auto, etc.

Back to the shot. It can look better if your son is placed on a third, i.e 1/3 the way in from the right, and 1/3 from the bottom, and I have cropped into this format in the mod.

The light and contrast is a little dull, so brightening his face, sharpening a little and increasing contrast very slightly give the shot a boost.

I laced him lower in the frame by adding some space to the top, - you add canvas size and fill it in with the background, which in this case is easy since its grey sky.

Ive loaded a second mod with a slightly aged look you might like.

Last tip, - in critiques, you can mark feedback as constructive by clicking the link under the comment, but please reserve this for comment that are constructive. A comment such as "great shot" would not qualify for example.

I hope you enjoy your time with us, and learn, and look forward to seeing more of you work,


13/01/2011 - 6:31 PM

Flower Arrangement

Flower ArrangementExcellent home made studio work here Phil.

I think you may have placed some of the texturing over that top flower bud, and the vase bottom appears to either be straight and square, or the sheet covers the front of the vase,

The light overall is very good, though a little harsh on the leaves facing upwards, which can be toned down easily.

I would suggest you have the background just a tiny amount less sharp that the subject as in the mod, where Ive toned down some highlights, added some darkening in background areas for a little more depth.

Hope this is helpful,


13/01/2011 - 4:00 PM

Woodland Kingfisher

Woodland KingfisherWelcome to EPZ Daniel

Its a decent shot, though underexposed

When composing the shot, try to place the bird one third the way in from the edge, and one third the way up from the bottom, or down from the top, and not central. To di this you will have to become familiar with how to select individual focus points rather than the default middle, and then place this point on the bird.

Cropping, as in my mod places the bird for a better composition.

You havent told us you shot settings, so I cant provide and suggestions here, - so always let us know your settings

Also, remember in re sizing, that you may lose sharpness, so applying sharpening to the re sized image may be necessary, so check first.

Ive sharpened the bird, and Ive aso increased the exposure by brightening overall, while keeping the background a little dark.

I really like those blurry flowers by the way, very nice.

So Ive mentioned most of the rules for uploading, - another is to let us know if you had applied any post processing changes, - what your intent was, and in shot details, include focal length, lens, ISO.

If you find any feedback to be constructive, you also have the option to mark the comment as such by clicking the link below the comment. Only do this if you feel its warranted.

I hope you find this helpful, and enjoy the site.


13/01/2011 - 4:25 AM

Seagull and Sky

Seagull and SkyThe horizon is slanted which really lets this down. Its a little flat and soft. so straighten the horizon, crop to place the gull on a third, sharpen and add a little contrast as in the mod.