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What a stunning image - not sure what the brief was (just a portrait?) but this is lovely. Just a niggling observation the portrait has a beautiful 'old world' charm - the lattice leaded windows and the girls dress and her look, all add to this - but her finger nails are too modern (I think)!!
Yes I agree with Salopian - there is a softness to the image that isn't really helpful. I think the overall composition can be helped by cropping using the lovely meandering fencing that echo's the coastline in the distance as your lead in - this makes the image much stronger visually (it leads the eye through the landscape).
Umm - for me this is great narrative there is a story here and quite a scary one I would wager - the benevolent smile on the rolly toy hides an awful secret - and just what is the frieze all about?
Well cool - such an amazing sense of menance and the bg looks just as if there is some massive fire burning away - the two main faces look extremely anxious which is wonderful and really adds to the menace - the title tees up the image nicely and really starts the story telling process before the image is even seen.
An excellent macro - personally I don't mind the hints of flora around the bottom of the frame - it provides a context and prevents the image becoming too much of a library shot. Stunning detail with good sharpness across the subject (it may get a little soft lhs but not a real problem).
What a very cool shot - the lighting is spot just enough to pick out the spider detail. Like the slightly threatening but featureless bg which serves to really set the subject up.
Was there something else closer to the lens (a blade of grass)? The detail around teh eye is stunning and that wriggly thing you call a yabbie - just caught in the bg is magic.
I think this is a really difficult subject - the white petals look a tad over exposed there is very little detail and definition left (I am note sure toning will solve this problem the detail is not in teh image I fear) - your focal point in any case appears to be the red stamen (?).
You get 'panned' for using a phrase like 'nice light' but the quality of light here is exceptional in both images. The two images are simple almost inconsequential and really are little more than vehicles for presenting such beautiful poetry of light. (Which is why I really can't choose between them).
This is a rather lovely summer shot but I am uneasy with all that fg merely to accomodate the full reflection - for sure I completely understand why and I think I would have tried to take the same shot.
Interesting image - but it would have been even better if the subject had been more off centre (you may be able to re-crop it to do this).