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04/08/2013 - 10:35 AM

Comparing the Meerkats

Comparing the MeerkatsThe meerkat is beautifully sharp and stands out well from the background. I do like the expression too.

I would prefer to get rid of the distracting wooden post on the left. Cropping that out would call for a crop on the right-hand side as well, to restore the balance of the composition, and a little bit off the top would also help. The result is a nicely filled frame with all the emphasis on the subject.

I have done a mod but for some reason I can't get it to upload, so I hope this description is enough.
31/07/2013 - 11:23 AM

What I see

What I seeThe wonky verticals do spoil the effect somewhat, and could easily have been corrected using editing software. Apart from that minor criticism this is a lovely image. The composition is good, the colour rendering very pleasing and the viewpoint has been well chosen to provide a nice lead-in for the eye to follow and also to make the most of the different colours available in the subject.

I would crop out the slightly awkward stuff on the extreme right of the image. It would mean losing that nice lamp as well but that is perhaps a price worth paying. In any case, some of it would go in the course of correcting the verticals, so one might as well go the whole hog and clean up that bit of the image completely.

But these are small matters. It is still a fine effort.
02/09/2011 - 8:51 AM

however, it can

however, it canThe row of vines makes a nice lead-in line to the shed, and the colour rendering is great. I wonder about the pathway at bottom left, which is not contributing anything to the compostition. Maybe a change of viewpoint would either have eliminated that or made better use of it. The real problem is the burnt out sky, which is often a source of difficulty in shots like this. Exposure compensation might have helped, but only at the risk of underexposing the rest of the image. Short of going down the HDR route, perhaps the best solution would be a crop to get rid of most of that glaring burn-out at the top of the frame. Try it and see. I have not done a mod because the extent of such a crop is really your decision and not mine.

I do like the idea of this image as expressed in your description and title.
Brecon Beacons - Upper Neuadd reservoir with Pen y Fan and Corn Ddu in the backgroundI was going to give this a vote, the I saw it was in th Critique gallery.

I love landscapes with water, and my first reaction to this one was one of sheer pleasure. The view of the mountains through the haze is beautifully captured and the sky is pretty without being overdone.

On second thoughts, though, I wonder if there is a bit too little landscape and too much water. Consider whether you think the balance is better with the bottom 20% or so of the image cropped away, as in my mod. I have also tweaked the contrast just a wee bit to give the sky a bit more prominence. Tell me what you think.
31/05/2011 - 8:08 PM

Scary Guy?

Scary Guy?Very dramatic and atmospheric image, with a good deal of scope for individual interpretation. The elephant in the room, though, is the uncorrected camera tilt, which ruins the whole thing, making it look amateurish (in the worst sense of that much abused word). That really does need seeing to, and it is a lot easier than the other DM work you have done, and done very well.
27/04/2011 - 4:29 PM

A Pure Heart

A Pure HeartNow that really is interesting. I think you were right to manipulate the highlights to bring out the detail in the blooms, but wrong to do the same thing to the background. The dark background, it seems to me, is better. Nice image, though.
27/04/2011 - 2:26 PM

Rainford Station

Rainford StationMy local station used to look like this, until they took the footbridge away. I like your composition, using the tracks as lead-in lines and using the bridge to cut them off sharp before they fracture the picture plane. The colour rendering is lovely - you have picked the right moment from the point of view of lighting.

The main visual interest lies in the shape of the bridge. Since you were a bit unlucky with the sky it might be a good idea to crop about 15-20% of the image at the top, which gets rid of most of the uninteresting sky and gives the bridge more prominence. Another problem is the red notice and the "no pedestrians" signs. Red is a very eye-catching colour and little bits of it in the wrong places can be disproportionately distracting. One answer would be to clone out those features, but if, like me, you dislike that sort of falsification then a more radical solution would be to convert the image to monochrome. With care, you could conserve the nice lighting effect and there would be no distracting details. Of course, you would lose that lovely colour rendering but you might still like the result better. Try it and see.
28/03/2011 - 8:12 AM

spiders day out

spiders day outYou obviously understand when it is right to break the rules. It would have spoiled this image to put the spider on the intersection of the thirds. Actually on this occasion I would have put the spider dead centre to emphasize the creature's skill in creating a near-perfectly symmetrical web, and a slight crop at the bottom would get a bit nearer to that ideal. The out-of-focus background is fine, but a little underdone, and a wider aperture still would have helped. Failing that, a closer viewpoint would have achieved the same effect. Positioning the spider on the middle of a highlight area was a good idea, though.

I don't wish to be too destructive. It's a nice image as it stands.
15/12/2010 - 1:12 PM


VallettaI like the strong foreground interest, the lovely cloudscape and the interesting skyline.
I don't like the uncorrected camera tilt.
With a trivial bit of digital manipulation, to correct the tilt, this could be a great shot.
26/10/2010 - 11:03 PM

Still waiting...

Still waiting...I'm not sure what this is trying to achieve. The boat in the foreground would make a very interesting shot in its own right, whereas the red object at top left is very distracting and difficult to identify. The birds, facing (some of them, anyway) in opposite directions tend to confuse the eye and the sealions break up the grouping rather.

Nevertheless I keep coming back to this one. It has a fascination I can't quite explain, perhaps because of the ambiguity. Is it the sealions that are waiting, or the birds, or both?

Nice one, despite the flaws. You have a seeing eye. Try cropping out that red thing and see if you like the result better.
18/10/2010 - 8:49 AM

any port in a storm

any port in a stormVery dramatc shot. It would perhaps have been more fortunate if the boat had been a trifle ccloser to the shore, but of course there was no possibility of zooming in on it without losing some of that thundercloud. You have done the best that could be done with this scene and a very good best it is, too.