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Duncan_E's Gallery Comments
Sounds like one of those situations where it has all the elements that you want - water, sunset, lighthouse, but it's difficult to get them into the right composition for a great shot. Sometimes there simply isn't a best position and you have to get what you can. I like the sky, though it's a slightly on the bright side (on my Mac which makes things look bright btw), the lighthouse is perfectly placed but the water isn't really helping the cause here. The best I could suggest would have been to get some serious filtering going to slow the exposure right down and flatten the water out, but that may not be what you were looking for. You could try cropping off the left and bottom some more, including more sky, but then i don't know if you had any more photo to play with. All that said, I think this works and it's a good shot with a nice sky and plenty of interest.
I prefer v1, think that 2 is too dark on the face and 3 is okay, but not as good as 1. What I would do is crop it from the square shape into a 2:3 aspect portrait as i feel the pose is square enough as it is. There's a little too much shoulder and the head kinda floats in the middle. By cropping off the right, it balances the photo better, so he's then looking over to the left. But it's a good shot regardless and there's plenty here to experiment with.
Great shot, lovely heather and the tree really adds to the scene. The sky is a little bright, maybe worth toning that down a bit, and the area behind the tree on the horizon is a little white than the surrounding area, so maybe burn that in a bit. But a great landscape shot nonetheless.
Okay, so there's a lot of UV haze in the top of the photo, so maybe a UV filter might have helped a little with that, but far more use would have been to have had a graduated neutral density filter because the sky is much too bright compared to the ground. The water nearest the camera isn't really adding anything to the image because the reflection in it is basically white. A polariser might have helped here. The composition looks okay but I think with that watery lead in to the background it would have been worth shooting this in portrait orientation as well. Just some suggestions anyway. cheers!
Nice composition and it's nearly there but I'm a little confused by what you were trying to achieve with the settings. The f/22 says you wanted a slow shutter speed to smooth the water out, but then the ISO has been ramped right up to ISO6400 which has increased the shutter speed. The end result is 1/15th sec which isn't slow enough to smooth the water out, or fast enough to freeze it so you can see the droplets. Can you comment on what your intentions were?
I like this. It's an image about layers of colour, like a cake. There's nothing particularly dramatic in the foreground, but the layers of colour invite you to look further, spotting more detail in the distance, until you arrive at the icing on top, the sky, and what a treat that is. Good stuff!
Well, I'm going to go against the grain here. I think the lighting is very nice, the model is obviously beautiful and the vintage apparel and silk sheets all go together marvellously. But... I don't think the composition works. Her head is right at the side of the photo and she is looking out and across to the advertising board, just off the bed. It makes everything cramped into that corner. The arm positioning as well signifies being held down or pressed against, yet with no-one there it looks too forced and square. All the elements are there, but I don't feel this one works. I'm sure there will be others from the shoot that work together much better.
By: A Booth
Great, fun expression - well seen - and perfectly composed for what they are doing, so great timing as well. The processing though... there's too much of a distinct border between the area surrounding the people and the background. In my opinion, this is too harsh. The actual photography is spot on.