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27/11/2013 - 6:00 PM

Sand Castles

Sand CastlesA simple S curve contrast layer would give this a lift - as it is the lack of any tonal contrast lets it down.
14/11/2013 - 5:38 PM

Watching The Detectives

Watching The DetectivesLike this in part, Nick. Lighting is good and the idea of the photo with the bullet hole crack is good.
The key is a nothing for me and the telescope is a bit out of time with the photo....and I don't think there's a need for the 45. Ashtray is good but....no ash!.. Whats the coin on the book...is it a coin? Needs a whisky glass.

Just a few off-the-cuff ramblings.
20/10/2013 - 5:02 PM

Dad

DadA touching and honest portrait. Full of character and life.

Just to finish it off it needs the white mark removing in the negative space.
03/09/2013 - 6:52 PM

Early Start

Early StartAs lovely as it is, Bri, I can't get away from the red/green aberrations that appear down the side of the lighthouse along with what I have to call an inverse halo, or shaped vignette that also frames it.
29/03/2013 - 7:33 PM

Laviticus

LaviticusAhem.

Right. Here we go.

Too many Book Clubby books and the candle wax has been dripped there rather than dripping and it shows. But you've hit the nail on the head with the reading glasses.....it needs dressing. It needs those little touches which are incidental but very important. In a word, its too clinical.
29/03/2013 - 9:31 AM

Family Ties

Family TiesThe problem with this to me is that once you introduce a very specific storyline, the egg timer becomes obsolete.

Like the technical but not keen on the content.
26/03/2013 - 8:08 PM

It was the best of Times ...

It was the best of Times ...Yep, forget HDR....keep it simple. Light it with flash or light and have enough light to use f8. The clever bit is to make it appear that the candle is the light.
17/03/2013 - 8:03 AM

Two Tribes

Two TribesMmmm? I started looking at the elements first. The death tarot card which rarely means death, the snake eyes dice for bad luck, the apple (malum) signifying sin, the extinguished candle all ok if a little disjointed compositionally but then the giant chess board with the horses heads popping out of drawers.

For me they don't work. I'm guessing they are knights battling on the board... but in drawers and they couldn't look less like a knights horse. The board overpowers everything below it. Better to set the whole work on a chess board and tighten up the composition.

When I step back and look at the whole I get the feeling of two ideas joined in one work. Sorry, Nick, an idea that needs pulling apart and rebuilding.
15/03/2013 - 7:17 PM

Corfe

CorfeClassic Corfe view but Composition-wise you needed to come left a touch, as the castle is more important than getting the cemetery in.

On the tone mapping front I feel you should put back the non-mapped sky as it is now carrying noise and has gone flat.
12/03/2013 - 8:10 PM

Above the waves

Above the wavesI'd clone those OF birds from the background but what a cracker
10/03/2013 - 9:33 PM

Urban Sprawl

Urban SprawlNot a bad go. Couple of things. Your figure could be less ghostly and look more attached to the rock. The birds are obviously one bird copied and you need a better bird as they look like a bit like giant pigeons. Plus three of them are looking away from the scene...better for the majority to face the subject.

But very promising and the idea is excellent.
06/03/2013 - 6:27 PM

True Light

True LightCompositionally this is a bit stilted. Those generic foreground lumps of stone needed off-setting to open the image up, especially with a fairly un interesting background.

On another point, again the levels need lifting.
25/02/2013 - 5:16 PM

Lava Beach, Lanzarote.

Lava Beach, Lanzarote.Sorry to go against the grain but to my eye it's all a bit bland and without any tonal contrast and there's very little going on within the image.....plus there's that halo above the headland.


I get the impression that you were hunting for a composition and wouldn't be surprised to find a few more very similar shots on the same memory card.
22/02/2013 - 10:30 AM

Eggy Splash

Eggy SplashThe hotspot highlight needs toning down on the egg to keep the focus on the splash. Really good work.
13/02/2013 - 10:38 PM

Jade critique upload

Jade critique uploadYour flash needs diffusing, both to soften the light and to lessen it. Your colour temp is a touch warm as well giving your models skin a faint yellow appearance.

If you can, I would make a cheap snoot from some black card to keep your light directional and then put something like a translucent shower curtain between light and model to soften the light. Cheap but worth a bash.
13/02/2013 - 10:06 PM

Jade critique upload

Jade critique uploadAgree that the light is way too harsh but in fact you have to much light and with it far too many over-exposed areas for the image to be low key.
06/02/2013 - 1:04 PM

Hot Chocolate

Hot ChocolateTonally this is just very flat. It needed one stop less grad (if used) when shooting and the levels sorting out in post-production. You can choose to ignore this advise by all means but it will improve your work.
29/01/2013 - 8:03 PM

The Lamp

The LampTwo things strike me immediately. It would be better lit and I'm left wondering what it is next to on the wall.

Competition-wise it's going to be easily forgotten. Sorry.
24/01/2013 - 6:53 PM

A Family at War

A Family at WarVersion 1 (cos I'm not going through all of them Wink )

First thing is the big blue rectangle at the top of the image.

Second the angle is too low which means that all the main elements are at the wrong viewing angle and grouped across a central line.. Then there are silly things like - does the cigar type box fit the scene ...looks a bit Asian...but if everything came out of it, then why is the blue ribboned medal trapped beneath it. But mostly it's the big blue rectangle.
03/01/2013 - 7:05 PM

Sometimes..................

Sometimes..................I like the 'work' but it suffers from a sense of false perspective and perceived size. The corridor makes the pram look like a full size one to our eyes and even then about two feet too high but because of that we see the bricks as being the same size, if not bigger, than a pram wheels and that is just wrong.

The biggest problem in any composite is perception and expectation, Mum.

Happy New Year!