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08/07/2010 - 8:49 PM

Shaugh Bridge Devon

Shaugh Bridge DevonIt's definitely a pleasing scene, restful on the eye. I'm not sure about the inclusion of the grass at the bottom of the picture; I don't feel it adds anything so personally I would crop it out.

On a more general note, I suspect that photos of rivers and streams, when they include a drop in height as this one does, are likely to be more appealing when the view is upstream with the water flowing towards the viewer, rather than downstream, as is the case here. The reason is that you can then see more of the detail of the little cascades, which are a useful element in the composition.
04/07/2010 - 10:56 PM

pretty basic

pretty basicThe idea of providing a plain background is a sound one, to avoid the distraction of a busy background. In this case, though, it's a little too obvious so that the figures appear like cardboard cut-outs.

I'm no expert in this technique but I think that use of more "feathering" in your brush and then smoothing the edges of the foreground selection are needed to increase the realism.
29/06/2010 - 3:54 PM

foxglove

foxgloveThe picture is nice and sharp with sufficient depth of field to maintain focus on all of each of the flowers - often a problem with closeups. Where there are a bunch of flowers, it can be difficult to know where to set the boundary of the composition ... my view is that if you can't achieve a view which has no partial flowers at the border, then those partial flowers should be just a hint of the edge of the flower. In this case I feel that there is too much of the bottom two flowers to ignore them, but not enough to satisfy the eye. So, you could either pull further back, or get in closer.