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03/03/2014 - 8:46 AM

Kitchen stuff No2

Kitchen stuff No2There are some beautiful shapes in this still life composition. I like the way the eye can move around them in the upper part of the photo. I think the lower half could be improved by reducing the number of items and having clear edge shapes - e.g. the tea-pot handle to the right. So my suggestion is that you remove whatever is on the left, and eliminate the possibility of the eye coming into the picture at that point and moving across and out the other side.
Helen
14/09/2013 - 9:45 AM

Fading Sunset

Fading SunsetDid you add the second image as a masked layer Darryl? The beauty of doing so is that you can erase detail and then paint it back in again if it doesn't work - and I think it would solve the sky over the tree. I can send more details if it will help
Helen
windows of the world 1 - St Petersburg, RussiaI like this very much - might I suggest cropping from the right to the vertical line, and then from the left to create four equally sized "panels" and just a tiny crop from the top to remove the tiny darker bricks. I know that you haven't asked for critique but I feel this is really worth working with and with a little more contrast it will look great SmileSmile
Helen
25/11/2012 - 9:58 PM

Morgan Cars Collage

Morgan Cars CollageA splendid selection of images here - I think it would be worth making two collages with them - one with nine and one with twelve shots. They are well taken and we would see a lot more detail with fewer in each.
Regards
Helen
21/04/2012 - 1:10 PM

Ode to Spring

Ode to SpringYou've done really well with this Joline, and I imagine that now that you will be considering all sorts of subjects to present in this manner.
I see you have already commented on Pam's upload. She has edged her pictures with a colour and there are no overlapping images - another idea to try. When I first started putting images together in this way, I spent a lot of time looking at images in the Gallery and noting what worked well and what didn't. Once you have started using a grid it will really jump out when you see images that are not aligned well. However - that's just the technical side - the important thing is still to take good photos - "you can never dress mutton up as lamb" comes to mind WinkWinkWink
Helen
13/04/2012 - 6:30 AM

billy

billyI like the green tones - not sure about the right hand side - looks as if you have removed something with a hard brush and the outlines have remained It might be worth softening that a little
Helen
23/02/2012 - 8:38 PM

Rhinos

RhinosI like this very much. I would also try a crop giving three eyes and three horns in a row- so, just below the fourth rhino - just a suggestion, but I think it gives more punch SmileSmile
Helen
14/05/2011 - 8:32 AM

Pairs

PairsA thought provoking write up Arthur
Three excellent shots - I'm going against the flow and saying that the colours in the birds are wonderful in v3. They get a little lost in the composition, and I would be tempted to crop from the top and the left much nearer to the gate, so that the eye moves over to the right of the picture
Helen
23/11/2010 - 10:25 AM

Church of St Paul, Midina

Church of St Paul, MidinaExcellent detail Tressy. I'd be tempted to take out the line on the sides as it is a slight distraction. The clarity of the paintings is worth seeing in the nlarged version.
Helen
20/11/2010 - 5:27 PM

No Entry

No EntryA beauty - if it was me I would try a horizontal correction with that lower line - then the focus would remain on the water droplet and the web.
Helen
31/10/2010 - 7:01 PM

water and reflections

water and reflectionsI've had a go at sorting two things with a mod.
First of all I've used the lens correction filter to straighten some of the vertical lines.
Secondly I've used the shadow/highlight adjustment which bricurtis drew my attention to - really helpful in bringing out a contrast without such dark colours that results from using the contrast adjuster. Haven't attempted to do anything with the shadow though.
Hope that helps
Regards
Helen
15/09/2010 - 10:50 PM

Decisions !

Decisions !Good detail and a great pov.
The colouring down the left hand side I find quite distracting though, and it draws the eye away from the bird. Presumably that can be changed by altering the colours in the blurred layer, if indeed that is how you got the plain background. Would be worth a try in my opinion
Helen
24/08/2010 - 7:05 AM

Landing

LandingThis is a very attractive image- it shouts out as a thumbnail to be looked at. Wonderful shapes for silhouettes. As there are few elements in the image, the not quite vertical line is fairly obvious and could possibly do with straightening, but otherwise a great capture
Helen
17/06/2010 - 7:22 AM

Italian spiral stair

Italian spiral stairA fascinating shot - and well composed. The detail isn't the best on the steps, so a little more contrast may help there- I find the external details at the bottom [glass and ? on the right] somewhat distracting, but I think if they were cloned out it could be a really good shot.
Helen
24/05/2010 - 6:28 PM

Heligan Toolshed

Heligan ToolshedA splendid find with some excellent tones Pamela- the natural light draws the eye over to the right hand side of the picture where there are some interesting shapes and tools. The very dark bottom left by contrast is quite difficult to work out, and as such I find myself going back to that rather too often, so I wonder if a little lightening there would help
Helen
18/05/2010 - 7:07 PM

PRETTY IN PINK

PRETTY IN PINKLove the individual shots, and the colours are gorgeous - with a bit of extra work the pictures could be aligned better. If you go into PS and select view, then show, then grid, you can reduce/enlarge/move so that they fit together in a more uniform way. I may be teaching granny to suck eggs, or you may not want that anyway, but Dven showed me how to use that tool and I've always found it very helpful when putting a montage together. Hope that helps and if not no offence intended
Regards
Helen
18/07/2009 - 12:01 PM

Rusty Old Gate

Rusty Old GateThats a beauty on several levels- well composed on the diagonal, some colourful rust, interesting repeating pattern and also the inclusion of some shadows. Now I learnt from Moira that a diagonal from bottom left to upper right is a positive one, so my only suggestion to improve this would be to flip it and see what you think.
Helen