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09/12/2010 - 9:10 PM

Scooter

ScooterI really like this... the lighting in it is somehow very inviting, as are the colours. The classic blue and terracotta are very italian!

There are a few things I'd change... I'd crop closer on the RH side to exclude the saddle. Including just a tiny bit of it is a little distracting I think. I'd also move the twigs from the bottom LH corner as they distract a little from the nice round wheel.

Finally (and this is very picky of me) I find it a bit of a shame that the white marks on the pebble dashed wall are at the same height as the handlebars. Is there anything you can do in PS or LR to get rid or make those less obvious?

There's something about this image that does make me smile... just not entirely sure what it is Smile
02/07/2010 - 10:37 AM

Stairway to heaven

Stairway to heavenThe gritty urban feel is definately there and really Iike the light you have captured. I think you can afford to lighten is just a fraction, and I think this will 'invite' people into the photo just a bit more.

I think it's a great spot - we must all walk past scenes like this all the time, but you've done well to see the image.

What the image is missing I feel, is a touch of drama. If it's near where you live, could you try to go back and repeat the exercise but lying on your belly on the ground with a slightly wider angle? I'm not sure if this is a particularly savoury idea because I don't know the place Wink but what it would do is give you a more dramatic perspective I think. You could then include the top of the steps without losing the dark underpass and the grafitti...

Being able to see a little more of the dark underpass and then being able to see the top of the steps would really make them seem like an escape route - a true stairway to heaven Smile

Altogether though, this is a great idea and I like it.

Thanks, Lianna.
18/06/2010 - 9:12 AM

Knowehead

KnoweheadFantastic sky. Personally I think I'd leave the colours as they are in the sky rather than boosting them too much. They're subtle and peaceful rather than vibrant and stormy, but I prefer that for this image.

I'd change the composition just slightly by moving yourself to the right a bit. That way, the furthest hill would be a little more seperated from the trees which I think would make for a cleaner image - the midground in yours is a fraction bunched and messy for me. I'd love to see the ridge of that furthest hill almost leading out of the trees. Also crop the bottom as the others have suggested.

As you said though, your aim was to concentrate on the sky and the sky in this is cracking!