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A moody shot John with the dramatic sky and the strong trees. For me all the action is in that top part of the photo. I find the teasles a bit of a distraction. I can see why you wanted some foreground interest but even so you have a large expanse of water to the left with not a lot going on.
It's a good strong tree to set off against the sunset Krasimira. Usually we don't put objects right in the middle of the frame but in this case it might have worked better to have the tree central. If you had moved to the left it might have been possible to cut out the tree on the edge of the frame and place your main tree in the middle.
You have to have endless patience Steve to do the blending really well especially where you are using a black background and a much lighter subject you have done a reasonable job here but the hard bits are the whiskers and the hair coming out of the tiger's ears. Zoom in so you are working with a very small brush, maybe even just one pixel and keep on going back and forwards with painting on the layer mask until you are satisfied. You can always get creative which means that you black out the area and then paint your own whiskers. I would use a graphics tablet rather than a mouse but I know lots of people can't get on with them.
Definitely love the boat, good composition. Not sure at all though about all the light grey round about. Have you converted the shot to b and w and then added the coloour of the boat back in? The problem is that your eyes always get pulled to the lightest part of a pic which in this case is the "foliage" not the boat. So I think it would work better either all b and w or all colour.
The reason the photo is dull and boring Peter is that there is no light to work with. You need some light playing on the hills or lighting up the grasses in the foreground to bring it to life. Preferably the soft light of early morning or late in the afternoon. I think processing can make a difference to an image but you need to have something decent to start with or else it will always be second best.
It caught my eye as well Laszlo I really like the crunchiness of the salt and the textures of the bread.
The light is very nice but I agree that the horse does look very sad - thin and it's head is a bit down. Also the horse's head is in shadow so doesn't take advantage of the lovely light. It would have been better if the light was shining on the horse's face, but I know that you cannot always control these situations. Let's hope the horse recovers well.
Kinda works for me. I can certainly see that it is a landscape and I like the abstract feel. But what I find distracting is all the lens flares on the mountain area - they pull my eye strongly to that part of the pic and away from the edge. I suppose your problem is that you need to have some sort of differentiation of tone in the hill area or else it will just be a dark space. Also the mountain area is very large and dominant in relation to the edge. But it's interesting work and I would say keep going with it.
Some interesting textures here with the snow and the leaves plus the blades of grass. The depth of field is very shallow - just a thin line a bit lower than half way up where things are in focus. Otherwise it's pretty much out of focus. I am not sure what you want me to look at - in other words what the most important part of the shot is for you. The best photographers guide you round their photographs by identifying the most important elements and then drawing your attention to them in a variety of ways - making an element sharp when everything else is blurred, possibly using colour, position in the frame etc. It can be quite subtle sometimes. Otherwise the eye just roams a bit aimlessly round the shot.
Looks good to me Jack. It's nice and bright with a variety of colours and textures. I agree with Nick about losing the pestle and mortar though. It looks a bit out of place both compositionally and with the theme of veg prep. Plus the oversharpening is apparent in the grain of the wood.
I think the composition is fine. You have got a triangle going on with the ducks in three positions which helps to move the eye around the picture. The flying ones are a particularly nice as they are just that little bit different and provide some movement in all the stillness.
The light is lovely which really helps a lot. Nice reflections as well. I can see it is a lovely evening. To take your shots to the next level though needs a bit more attention to the composition. there's a lot going on here, all the boats and then the buildings and the rather nice tree at the back. But nothing stands out as being the focal point of the composition. With successful compositions the photographer directs where the viewer looks. It's about being more selective rather than trying to capture too much in one scene. To me it's about the boats, so if possible you have to get amongst them and look for some particular aspect which you like and then arrange the composition around it.
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