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Forum Topics:1
Forum Comments:240
Photo Comments:14936
Competition Entries: 6
Modification Uploaded: 1583

Movement by markst33

Keith's mod works well by removing a 'complicated' area.

A diagonal movement doesn't seem usual, at all, and it takes a moment of looking at the result to decide what to make of it... I like the result, as an abstract image of woodland: the more conventional vertical sweep would give an impression of travelling through the woodland, I suspect.

The streaking on the trunks suggests, to my eye, a twining of ivy and creepers around them.

Complex, and rather lovely.

Salt transporter

Salt transporter by mmz_khan

I rather agree with Keith - it's unfortunate that the heads align more or less along the horizon. A lower camera position would have given them more dignity: and a higher viewpoint would have made the point that they are not important to the company that employs them... I think I might have tried to find something to stand on to get that higher angle.

Black-and-white is a tradition for reportage, though there is nothing at all wrong with the colour version. Just for interest, I've done a mono conversion, using the Nik High Structure filter.

Chris and Gareth

Chris and Gareth by ade_mcfade

Aka 'The Management'?

New York Vintage Photographer

New York Vintage Photographer by JuliaHolland

Now, that Vivitar gun on the side is definitely cheating - but the cost of the flashbulbs must be huge, and I'm sure no-one makes them any more...


Astrantia by MaryJH

I like the use of limited depth of field to give context without overwhelming the main bloom.

My Love, My Wife, My life

My Love, My Wife, My life by kuipje

This is a lovely record of a strong and brave woman - and you know that far better than I.

'Critique' is meaningless in this context - beyond, perhaps, us seeing that Bianca is at the centre of your universe, and surrounded by nature's wonderful beauty.

+++++ love is like gentle morning light.. +++++

+++++ love is like gentle morning light.. +++++ by peekay2001

Very effective use of a processing technique that is often not a success. Good work.

DC Sirens: Batgirl out on a ledge....

DC Sirens: Batgirl out on a ledge.... by KennyP

Wow! The lovely Amy! I thought she looked familiar...

My shots of ehr are quite a bit older than this, but she is such a sweet person, and has a beautiful face...

Hair Explosion

Hair Explosion by kaybee

I know, Roy, I know!

We grew out of it, though, didn't we?

Can't see the Fog on the Tyne....

Can't see the Fog on the Tyne.... by NDODS

Of course you can't, Nathan.

It's al, all mine!

And I've hidden it in Heaton...

Taking sides 3

Taking sides 3 by mrswoolybill

For once, I think the colour version ahs more reportage impact...

The coldness of the stare.

Taking a dip.

Taking a dip. by shishidog

A really good combination of model and costume... I'd be tempted by cropping off the left side to make a square image.

The City Below

The City Below by martinda46

Anthony, this is rather appealing: it suggests a hot, muggy day, perhaps with a storm to come...

I think that you've overdone the burning-in round the clouds: if you use the burn tool set to shadows, it won't affect the clouds much - and, indeed, you can brighten them by using the dodge tool set to highlights. I'll do this in my mod...

For my taste, the horizon is a bit too central: I've cropped at the top, losing that lovely cloud, top left, but tightening the composition. I don't think the trees are excessive, as they add to the feeling of a city surrounded by lush growth.

Books Knowledge world

Books Knowledge world by Sandipan

Books are a very honourable trade: in many ways, I feel that having, reading and respecting them is a mark of civilisation. A wise man said if people burn books, they will soon be burning other people, and I think that's true. So I like this man already!

If you could have stepped back a couple of feet, you could have framed the whole shot with the arch over the door, I think - I'd certainly have tried to do that. Also, you could lose a foot or so at the bottom of the shot (I've cropped in my mod, though this loses the shadow framing the shot, and I had to burn in the pavement a lot).

The bright triangle on the right is a problem, as it's distracting. I've done a long (but crude) job of cloning it out, but a better solution would have been to take the picture 20 minutes later, when the sun had moved round!

You could correct the verticals in software, but that's beyond me. I don't particularly object to the curves, anyway.

For me, the very best things about this shot are the respect the man has for learning and books, and the respect you have shown to him in the way you've shot and described this picture. Thank you for sharing them.

I Rule

I Rule by Lensup

Welcome to Ephotozine, Kate, and in particular to the Critique Gallery. This is where you give up the possibility of getting votes and awards in exchange for focussed feedback on your pictures.

You've uploaded with full eXIF data, which is helpful. Most of the settings look sensible - minus a stop compensation, given the dark background, and raised ISO because of relatively dim light.

I'm less sure that Program mode is a good choice - most wildlife togs go with Shutter priority, and a few with Aperture: either gives you a bit more control, rather than having to look at both to ensure that they are sensible for your intended image. Is there a particular reason why you use Program?

As Paul says, there seems to be a very slight softness about this shot, lovely though it is. And I wonder whether the breast feathers are a fraction sharper than the head and eye, which would normally be the part to focus on.

Maybe a little dodging around the beak, to bring out the white in the feathers there - but otherwise, i don't have any processing suggestions.

Some of the other Critique Team members are more involved in wildlife and will be able to say more about the technicalities of using long lenses.

And I hope you enjoy the site, and find help, friendship and inspiration here, as I have.


cake by justahobby

It's always hard to tell with older buildings quite what is truly vertical, but this seems half a degree off vertical to me.

Rotating it was easy, but the crop is so tight that I had to do a lot of cloning to fake some of the edges into being! (Rotation leaves a slender white triangle on each side of the frame...)

And, generally, a slightly more generous crop giving a bit more context would be nice, unless there are things just outside the frame that spoil the mood.

I'm quite surprised at the exposure: when I've shot scenes like this without compensation, I've got (and been very pleased with) results that would be underexposed for a less-bright subject.

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PortfolioAdded Date/Comment


Added Date: 25/10/2014 - 10:54 PM

Some lovely observations here - and all seen through a finely-tuned eye!


Added Date: 01/04/2014 - 11:37 AM

Marian -

You have a rare talent, infusing every picture with emotion and resonance. You see the relationships between things and people, between thoughts and emotions, and yo ushare them through your pictures.

Thank you.


Added Date: 29/03/2014 - 11:24 AM

A portfolio that never disappoints. A long series of lovely views, beautifully shot.


Added Date: 28/01/2014 - 2:48 PM

I love Rhodes, and particularly Lindos.

This portfolio reminds me why I want to go back there for another holiday - the warm sun, the ancient buildings, the friendly people and the lovely food and wine...

George - you're so lucky to live there - and I am so glad you share the view!


Added Date: 03/11/2013 - 1:57 PM

Careful, hard-working and methodical. Beautiful and thoughtful results.


Added Date: 24/04/2013 - 3:16 PM

They say artists transform suffering into beauty.

You are a true artist.


Added Date: 26/02/2013 - 6:53 PM

Some lovely, old-fashioned reportage here. Zappy colour and a lack of time and thought are popular these days: this is a wonderful antidote - especially from a young tog!


Added Date: 18/02/2013 - 8:26 AM

Pauline -

You have a quietly stunning portfolio: better than some who are full-time pro dance photographers.

I've tried, once or twice, to photograph dancers: it is not simple, and doing it as well as you do needs knowledge, experience, and precise timing.

I shall keep looking at new work as you post it...


Added Date: 10/01/2013 - 9:36 PM

After months (years?) of loooing at and usually voting for your pictures, Dave, I've played around with one in Elements.

This has given me evidence for what I sort-of saw anyway - you are a technical perfectionist, and get tones, colours and sharpness exactly where they need to be.

I wish I could do that...


Added Date: 19/11/2012 - 9:59 AM

An exceptionally lovely selection of pictures, and all wonderfully seen and shot.

Not many people have such a good eye and such a sure touch...


Added Date: 23/10/2011 - 2:58 PM

It's hard to know what to say about your portfolio, Rebekah - you do, with complete assurance and a wonderful flair, all those things that usually don't work. For you, they succeed!

There are a lot of people who bring digital art into disrepute, and I never fail to comment to that effect. But I'm always humbled by the way that you do it so differently, and so well.

It makes me think that it may be valid for some people (though not me, obviously) to use digital instead of film, all the time.

Keep it up. It's wonderful.


Added Date: 07/04/2008 - 7:24 AM

Your portfolio is, simply, one of the best on the site. Consistently inventive, humane and technically just right - it deserves vastly more votes than it has so far.

Keep it up - it's inspiring!



Added Date: 01/07/2007 - 9:18 AM

Wonderfully varied portfolio!



Added Date: 11/11/2006 - 10:51 AM

Wonderfully observed pictures - classic slow-burn reportage images.




Added Date: 31/05/2006 - 10:38 AM

Thanks for many interesting mods - I wish I could use PS as well as you do!

But your portfolio isn't "PS-heavy" - talent plus restraint is a really unusual combination!