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14/10/2011 - 10:28 AM

cafe

cafeShouldn't there be a Nardini's sign over the Cafe one? I'm sure I've seen a picture before of it.

Excellent composition here, although it's a bit lacking in contrast for my taste - I personally feel that if I'm going to go B+W I want my tones much stronger, and this seems a bit too grey overall.
That's just me, of course, and I fully accept I rarely know what I'm talking about.
14/10/2011 - 10:19 AM

WONDERS IN ALICELAND 1

WONDERS IN ALICELAND 1I love the main image here - it seems to tell a great story of her shopping the poor rabbit after a night of passion, when he admitted he didn't want to settle down but intended to continue his life of high adventure without her !
(perhaps I've had too much coffee this morning)

I'll admit I don't think the background image adds anything to this, but of course I'm usually wrong.
13/10/2011 - 6:23 PM

Golden Moor

Golden MoorThe colours and light are indeed very nice.
Personally I'd have moved in a bit and used the boulders as the foreground, rather than the flat rock.
I'd also have got a bit lower and used the boulders to break up the line of the background hills.
04/10/2011 - 10:19 AM

Train to Shimla

Train to ShimlaPersonally, I'd crop right down to just the girl in the open window frame, everything else here is unnecessary.
You've captured a nice expression, and very fine light.
Admittedly that doesn't give any real clue to where she is, but I think that hardly matters here.

It might also be worth trying a B+W conversion - the contrasts would work well.
20/09/2011 - 8:45 AM

Grandma's Bird House.

Grandma's Bird House.Welcome to EPZ.
A great first upload.Very nicely taken.
Great focus, with the background nicely blurred, and nicely captured light and colour.
If I may suggest it, and if you get a chance to take more shots there, try moving a metre or so to the right, the green post immediately behind the birdhouse looks wrong (in that it looks as if it's supporting the birdhouse, but yet it's clearly on a different plane).
Moving would also lose those branches to the left, and yet still keep that tree in the background.
I hope you don't mind my suggesting it, but I've often taken photographs and later wished I'd taken a bit more time assessing the background and composition rather than just concentrating on getting my subject/timing right on my actual subject.
15/09/2011 - 10:50 AM

Tony Benn

Tony BennA fine portrait, he looks relaxed and thoughtful.
I know very little of British politics, and indeed have very little regard for most politicians as a species, but I do believe Tony Benn is genuinely one of the good guys - and this image does have a trustworthy decent feel to it.



( A small criticism - I'd have been tempted to remove the curtain to the side - it's a bit distracting. )
15/07/2011 - 11:44 PM

Concentration

ConcentrationA fantastic portrait, You've really captured a wonderful expression, and the light is really nicely treated.
I would say that I find the angle a bit off-putting - to me, if this was tilted so that she appears to be looking up a little bit, it would be a far more effective image. Nonetheless, excellent work.
28/04/2011 - 10:06 AM

late afternoon

late afternoonI'd have split this in two, Aldo - one of the streetlight, and the other an abstract of the blocky building shape.
An amazing blue...we're actually lucky this week in Ireland and are having some clear blue skies ourselves - I must get out and take a few shots...
25/03/2011 - 5:33 PM

Through the automatic door

Through the automatic doorVery nicely taken, Jasmine - lovely details and colours.
As for the door, you could have perhaps put a bag or something in the doorway - they usually have sensors that would have kept the door open for you.
25/08/2010 - 10:42 AM

Summer fields(2)

Summer fields(2)Hi, Xiaoli. I did a little mod on this as I think it had a lot of potential, it's a very nicely-seen shot, and I love the dog in it !

Firstly, I cropped it, quite similar to the other two mods, although I kept the bit of green in the foreground, just to keep some colour. I cloned out the roll of hay in the background (the light on the plastic wrapping was a bit too distracting).
Then, simply using the basic contrast/brightness and colour saturation sliders in Windows Picture Viewer, I brought up some warmth and colour.
Finally added a simple border to frame the shot.

I hope you like it.
19/08/2010 - 5:50 PM

Rhian

RhianI know I'd be delighted with a result like this.
Excellent work, and certainly fits the brief you were given, in the circumstances.
It might have been better to have a small space between the Guiness sign and her head, and as mentioned above, the sign is somewhat too strong (although you could always pitch this to Guiness too for their own use ! )

Also, if you could remove that wall-join to give a cleaner background, that might improve things.
Nevertheless, this is really a great shot, and I'd love to see what else you came up with from the shoot.
21/07/2010 - 9:47 PM

Running away from the rain

Running away from the rainHi, Xiaoli.
I love this image, a slightly less modern car might have been nice, or maybe bicycles, but sometimes we just have to take what we can get, although Dave does seem to have solved that problem here !
I straightened the image a little, to level up the three-wheeler car, and added a b+w filter in Picasa, but kept it very subdued, as I do like the sepia tone you already had.
I really like the sense of rushing through the rain you've captured here, and think you did a great job of giving us the sense of that.
07/07/2010 - 10:33 AM

Light on and off

Light on and offPersonally I find a Polariser is most useful for images with lots of sky, clouds or water, and not a shot such as this.
AS Sooty said, polarisers work best at a right angle to you, not directly behind or in front of you.
The best way to work out when best to use one is practice really.
27/05/2010 - 12:37 PM

Tulips

TulipsLovely light, Dave - I think you've nailed getting a natural-looking colour and toning.

But...

I don't know if it's the white background - actually I personally like it - I think it's that the flowers just start half-way up, if that makes sense.

Now I appreciate you may be ashamed of the filthy dusty old bucket you've got them sitting in or perhaps it's your filthy dusty wrinkly old hand holding them you don't want to show, but I do feel these flowers need some sort of base.
24/05/2010 - 1:20 AM

Flowers in May

Flowers in MayBeautifully taken, Xiaoli.
It's obvious you've put thought into this - it's hardly a 'point and shoot' effort.
The only thought I had was about the smaller flowers, particularly to the left - they seem clipped by the edge of the picture...
You might consider carrying a small bit of string or something - I've often used it to gently pull any stray branches, leaves, etc out of the way for a shot.
15/07/2009 - 1:10 PM

Concrete Jungle

Concrete JungleIt works for me, although I might dare to suggest cropping off at the bottom to bring a bit more attention to the people without losing the effect of the lines.
13/06/2009 - 1:19 PM

Climb with me

Climb with meAnother lovely shot - quite dream-like especially the way the trees have come out.
This would be a tricky shot to get right on 'auto' settings, there's quite a range of light for one thing.
I don't know your camera, but what settings are your photos saving at ?
To me, this looks like it's not set to save at the highest quality, so that might be something to consider?
29/05/2009 - 12:48 AM

Fontygarry

FontygarryGreat foreground, managing to get such clear blue pools of water really make a big difference.
You've also got nice detail in the cliffs and while the sky is perhaps a bit too pale (particularily as the pools are such a deep blue) I think this still a fine image.
No doubt amongst the experts on here there's help available to correct any percieved faults you see in this. Maybe you should post it in the critique gallery, where you can allow mods done.
19/05/2009 - 2:51 PM

self

selfExcellent portrait - good light throughout, background nicely out of focus, great tone detail in the face, and a rather interesting looking bit of head-gear.

My only very very slight criticism would be the eyes which, while sharp and focused, seem to me to be looking slightly behind the viewer, which is a bit disconcerting...
01/05/2009 - 1:46 PM

portrait

portraitI really like the tone and light of this, but two things caught my attention -
She's not looking to the camera (not always a rule to be followed slavishly, of course, but I think it might have worked here) and also, I think this would have been much stronger if she'd not stood in front of that black corner of the wall.
The wall itself with the cracked paint looks like a fantastic background, and could have been better used.