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Valletta Malta

Valletta Malta by TornadoTys

It's a good try, and Pamela and Willie have analysed why it doesn't quite come off.

I think I'd add that the leading line needs to be a bit longer than the telescope is here - maybe having it more across the frame (side to side and up/down) would help.

The simplest leading lines are things like pavements along a roadside, pointing to a distant building - then, they are really leading to the subject. Maybe part of the problem here is that you were creating a line by putting something into the frame which isn't always there. A good idea, but because it's a sort of virtual leading line, everything has to be perfect visually. If you use a physically real, permanent leading line, it's harder for it to go wrong in the ways Pamela and Willie describe.


"Sonia" by Jayar31

It's an 'is what it is' sort of a shot: something you'd do because you like it, as a technical exercise to prove you can do it, or because you are getting paid for the result. There's nothing inherently good or bad with constructing a shot like this, providing it isn't pretending to be reality.

I rather like the games you've played with the white line: it tickles my fancy. The only thing that makes my fingers itch to edit is the slight lean on the towers of the TM: I think they need to be perfectly vertical to mtch the formality of Sonia's pose.

Very attractive result, notwithstanding this small gripe.

Low Summer Sun !

Low Summer Sun ! by TornadoTys

And welcome from me, too. I am sitting in a waterside taverna as I type, so my spelling may deteriorate as we go...

I long to see the feet here - and the picture works, partly, because of the tension not being able to see them (and whether the subject is jumping or standing)...

This isn't very far from true, but I agree with everyone else - having straight lines at the edges of the frame invites the viewer to inspect them to the degree. The Skew and Perspective tools in Elements and Photoshop beckon. It's very simple indeed one you've found them an tried them out.

Enjoy the site, and I hope we will see more of yoru work soon.

in mi gran of the w orl d

in mi gran of the w orl d by Bernabedellamattia

With apologies - I'm coming to this a few days late.

I reckon the colours are intentional, because while the skin tones are very yellow-biased, the spots on the dress are white...

I can see why Paul's suggesting a crop at the sides - the sliver of the model's arm on the left is potentially distracting. I see no need to crop at the top, though - the out-of-focus skirt is fine. I might even have been tempted to shoot this at full aperture, for a really extremely narrow band of sharpness on the eyes.

The highlights in the necklace seem blown, but I'm sure you know that, and aren't worried.

A gripping portrait.

Expressions never be explained

Expressions never be explained by Adnanafzal

Belatedly, welcome from me, too.

A lovely daughter: take care - she will grow up far too quickly, so enjoy every minute that she is so young. Later, enjoy your relationship with a grown-up person who used to be a child... (My 'little daughter' I no 32!)

The only real problem with a bridge camera is getting it to wok well with studio equipment: the beauty of a studio is that it has wonderful soft lights available, and all you need to do is set your camera to manual exposure, and snap away. The light is potentially so much better than direct flash.

Most studios will help you with all of his, including how to set your camera to exploit their lighting. Don't forget to reset it afterwards for general use!

If you find that this kind of photography really appeals, you may want to change you camera: but for now, get the most you possibly can from it - including shooting RAW files, if it offers that facility.

One final suggestion - a big logo takes attention away from a little girl: picture usually look better without one...

I hope we'll see more of you here soon - and maybe some more shots of your beautiful little girl.

Dont get to close!!

Dont get to close!! by Bigdenbo

I tend to agree with Paul about using only the central spot, ever.

I'm not sure what arrangements there are on Canon bodies - my Alpha 900 has a wonderful button that disengages the AF - so you focus, press the button with your right thumb, and recompose. You can keep focus locked fro several frames, if you want.

If it makes it easier to use a good aperture (allowing some focus error - at least f/5.6, and possibly f/8 or f/11), don't be afraid to raise the ISO setting a bit. Grain/digital noise is better than unsharpness...


Dijana by MyOwnWonderland

The big challenge is to get focus precisely on the model's eyes.

Good work!

daily life

daily life by Rousseau

Really characterful - a fine shot.

For the record, the EXIF data suggests that the 50mm lens was not a modern one - I'm guessing a manual lens with an adaptor? I've tried this myself - no, usually, with such fine and sharply detailed results. So, on a technical level as well as artistically, well done!

Colours of the wind

Colours of the wind by DB_Photography

And welcome from me, too.

This is one of those 'Must shoot. Must shoot now!' moments, and well done for nailing it. As Paul says, the only thing missing is a really compelling subject, or an arrangement of the clouds that provides a formal composition to hold the viewer's interest beyond those lovely colours.

Nothing you can do about that, and it would actually make a lovely large wall print as it stands - art that is a background to life needs less content in some ways.

You say that you didn't have any ND filters with you: good. They wouldn't have done anything positive, as far as I can see. A graduated filter would have allowed tonal detail in the foreground, but that would have detracted from the power of the colours (and maybe allowed us t see the car park: not usually a positive!) filter affecting the whole of the picture would simply have altered the exposure, and reduced overall quality slightly. Better without, I reckon.

After 45 years taking pictures, I still can't resist a shot like this. One day, maybe, I'll dig them all out, and drop in a silhouette from a studio session, or project them onto a model's back. But they remain irresistible!

No Sales!

No Sales! by paulbroad

As you say, Paul, this wold stand quite a bit of change - this is certainly far from being the 'fully-informative' version with a tonal range that would be perceived as normal.

I'll see if I can do a mod - but a laptop with an iffy internet connection and working on a sunny balcony may work against me succeeding in doing anything worthwhile! Holidays can be very hard...

Ice cream man

Ice cream man by devlin

The EXIF data seems very odd: screamingly high IS for an outdoors shot, though the shutter speed and aperture suggest very low light levels...

I would have expected some plus compensation to work, here, to give detail in the man under the shade, but it all seems a little odd. (I'd also expect to have to do some work from a RAW file to recover highlight detail, but not to the extent that both the mono version and the colour original suggest was needed.)

So there's something funny going on, I reckon, though I have no idea what.

Was this shot in full daylight? Or was the light actually low? That may give some insight into what's gone awry.

n, as others have said, it's a well-caught moment.

Queen of the sky

Queen of the sky by Ishita

And welcome from me, too.

I have nothing to add technically, except to encourage you to explore all the options your camera offers, as Moira suggests. Do this one variable at a time, so that you can see the effect that changes have, and do it in easy conditions (this shot was taken under extreme conditions!)

So learn by doing exercises - and continue to experiment at the edges, as you have here. Gradually, the exercises will make your results more predictable, help you to get precisely the results that you want.

I love your quote, by the way. I am on holiday in a foreign land, and I am finding things that are new to me... Was I put here so they can be seen, or were they put here to instruct me?

Once there was a barn owl - far, far away...

Once there was a barn owl - far, far away... by liarsdance

This sort of issue comes up regularly in the Critique Gallery, though most posters lack your realism!

I think there's little more you can do, assuming you don't want to go the very expensive route involving a top-of-the-range DSLR and super-tele lens.

However, I would say that I really like V1, as a pictorial shot, which gives me (as a total non-birder) a fine impressionistic view of a barn owl in flight, and makes a pretty image.

That may sound like faint praise - it's not meant that way. Many others have tried, and lacking your knowledge of bird behaviour, and your fine-tuned camera settings, have come nowhere near this technically, and orders of magnitude behind artistically.


Colibri by WimpyIskandar

I think that others have said all that can be said on the technique side: I can only add that however good modern cameras are, they aren't perfect: the things that achieve the ultimate shots are the same as when wildlife photographers used plates instead of sensors - Practice, Practice, Practices; combined with Patience, Patience, and more Patience.

In those days, the only technique was to focus on one plane, and wait until the bird was in it. I've read, relatively recently, that some people, at last, still do that... I wonder if manual focus and perfect timing are a good way to go?

Julia, 2015

Julia, 2015 by BrianHenry

Coming late to the party, I think that most of what I feel has been said. This is a very powerful portrait.

The cigarette tip is a niggle: and the amount of Julia's arm on the left is a distraction - it also pushes her eye to the centre, rather than the more powerful left third in the frame... Or was that intentional?

Could it be even more powerful? I think so, and wonder if you like the mods that others have offered.


Bliss by olamii97

Notwithstanding the lack of EXIF data and sharpness, this is a lovely and joyous picture.

Two important thins - the horizon is dead level, as it needs to be; and the girl is nicely placed, looking back into the frame.

OK: there could be a tighter crop at the bottom, but it's arguable, at best. EXIF data would make it easier to give technical advice, but that's largely irrelevant here.

Delightful as it stands.

TopicDate Contibuted
Have to write it down...23/03/2015 - 8:51 PM
Portrait/model camera holding advice.03/02/2015 - 8:30 AM
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Why a very high resolution sensor?11/06/2013 - 10:12 PM
Art Nude = female nude?05/06/2013 - 7:13 PM
Skin tones...29/09/2011 - 3:11 PM
Closing the Pupil26/09/2011 - 4:43 PM
Model turns Photgrapher! Hello - New here :)23/06/2011 - 9:35 PM
a blast from the past03/04/2008 - 10:29 PM
Lenses with Image Stabilistation - are they worth the extra cost26/02/2008 - 7:37 PM
Whats your favourite portrait lens02/01/2006 - 1:19 AM
Lens Hoods01/01/2006 - 10:44 PM
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!