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Stocks Reservoir, Lancashire

Stocks Reservoir, Lancashire by SeanTelford

Hi, Sean -

Welcome to the Critique Gallery - this seems to be your first upload here, and I hope we provide what you ant in terms of feedback.

I suspect you found this a very encouraging start - it certainly looks a good way to begin!

There is a gritty look to the picture - is this the result of processing, and perhaps too much sharpening, I wonder?

Possibly the ISO didn't help - you might be able to experiment with longer exposures and lower settings: though obviously, too much change will give star trails instead of point sources.

The one thing that I am certain of is the need to lose the logo. They give little protection from theft (mod coming, to show what a minute in Elements can do with them), and, more importantly, they are really, really distracting - especially large and light in a dark picture.

Spectacular, and you have both a good location and a good night for shooting.

I look forward to the next picture...

Messy Flat 1

Messy Flat 1 by mattyepz

And welcome from me, too, Matt.

The two things that struck me for possible change are the logo (as Moira has said) - and the Fairy Liquid. I'd have moved the bottle in the foreground a fraction to the left.

But this really conveys a feel and a mood: a student flat, maybe? (I may have to show this to Mrs Dudler, to show how lucky she is with me...)

A mod, to show how little use the logo is for security. And I might try a monochrome version, as well...

Sparrow in Action

Sparrow in Action by mitrashamik

I'd have shot with the camera pointed a little to the left and down, to put more space in front of the bird than behind.

Ideally, I'd have shot to place the bird against the green - it's darker, and contrasts more with the feathers. I know this may not have been possible for you!

And focus - at 300mm, there's not much depth of field, so you need to focus on the eye - so you need to be using a single AF spot. Were you, I wonder? (Sharpness is pretty much OK, but could have been slightly greater.)

Big Wheel

Big Wheel by yorki50

And I'd probably have underexposed and used a polarising filter...

I did a crop a bit like Pamela's, though instead of moving the moon ('Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth!'), I went for a bit of dodging to make it more obvious.

The treasurer's house 3

The treasurer's house 3 by xwang

Are Sigma fixed focal lengths beckoning, Jasmine?

Where to crop is always an issue with interiors, and many other pictures: I'd like to see all of the picture on the left, and the chair below it. But you can't get back beyond the corner of the room...

And I think the crop at the top balances things better. The ceiling's amazing, but not all needed for a shot of the room in general.

Thaousand trishaw.

Thaousand trishaw. by WimpyIskandar

Composition - a higher viewpoint would have shown the thousand rickshaws better. Moving to the side would have allowed you to include more of the front rank.

White balance seems fine.

The colour is too saturated, for most tastes. And while the exposure is good for the colours, shooting into the light has given you blown-out reflections on top of the rickshaws. Shooting from the right of the line instead of the left would have reduced this, I think.

sparing stallions 2

sparing stallions 2 by PETERMAYES

Amazing... Are they performing a living tableau of The Kelpies?



The texture's OK: the shot and hte model are superb!

LoOoking at art

LoOoking at art by Drummerdelight

Going voyeuristic... But in an artful way!

Don't move

Don't move by Gavin_Duxbury

Very convincing...

Wooded Sprint

Wooded Sprint by MattB1987

Now, that really hits the spot!

From the Old Man of Coniston

From the Old Man of Coniston by Andy80F

The touch of HDR adds a 3-D quality. I'm still trying to decide if an even more sublte touch of HDR would be even better...

But this is very good indeed. Very 'wish I'd been there' - though I'm glad i didn't climb that far in what look to be chilly conditions!

A walk in the country.

A walk in the country. by shishidog

She'll not be walking far in those shoes...

Abbey Road

Abbey Road by rontear

Does that make it 'fanfitti'?

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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!