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08/06/2011 - 3:26 AM

Into the Light

Into the LightI really like it. If I were to really nitpick I would say the contrast is harder on the bg than the figure, which doesn't quite add up. I might try to really push the figure, but I like it as is too.
09/01/2011 - 3:44 AM

East meets west

East meets westI think Joel Grimes strongly backlights his subjects for this type of composite so that the blend is more natural to the eye, especially if you follow the logical path of the light from behind around the edges of the subject, and then some kind of global change to tie both elements in. Notwithstanding that I really like the portrait. I think this type of image needs to be shot with this end result in mind, but I am clicking for the lovely portrait.
22/07/2010 - 11:54 PM

Laurenscape

LaurenscapeFor me it's the sharply defined edges around her that give the game away - maybe shooting at a larger aperture would give some fall-off on the model and look more natural. Also for me the colour temperature is different for her and the bg. Maybe try a film emulation (exposure 3) over the top would tie in the two more effectively? Plus a little burning in on her left hand side to bring it in line? Please feel free to ignore my ramble but I got the feeling from the above that you would welcome some comments. The work on the bg looks good.
22/05/2010 - 12:08 AM

I am not bothered

I am not botheredI really like this.

If you have lightened the shadow and you still have the original file try working it again letting the shadows fall deep. You may a stronger finished shot, however I like the moment and expression very much.
24/01/2010 - 10:33 PM

Bridget

BridgetOverall I love it.
There's an area above her ear that needs attention.
The blacks are not dense enough for my taste, but easily sorted.
The vignetting is a little heavy at the bottom of the frame.
This is probably the first shot I've critiqued maybe ever on here so it means that I like it a great deal.
20/09/2009 - 4:08 PM

Boxing glamour

Boxing glamourFantastic, great colour, contrast and the moment and expression are brilliant.
04/07/2009 - 3:50 AM

Enchanted V2

Enchanted V2I much prefer the previous, this one looks as though it has been overworked. It is much less real and less natural, which detracts and takes attention way from your daughters natural beauty. For me, a touch too much, but this is only my own myopic opinion.
14/11/2008 - 4:52 AM

Kannemeyer: Naomi's Pose

Kannemeyer: Naomi's PoseIt's interesting to hear your view on cropping, as I virtually never crop any of mine, and ordinarily knowing that something was severely cropped would be sufficient to stop me clicking. However I am drawn to this very engaging warm face and your mono work on it.......Maybe I need to get my head around the fact that not everything needs printing?
I see strength here, and some resignation. I like it very much.
26/05/2008 - 5:52 PM

Young Rider

Young RiderI don't know the camera you are using, but unless it's an SLR you may have shutter lag, meaning that the subject has moved from the point of focus by the time the shutter is released. You could try manually focusing on a point that you know the subject will cross and with a small amount of anticipation trip the shutter as they arrive. You will also need a shuter speed of at least 1/500 for a sharp shot, maybe more depending how the subject is moving relative to the camera. HTH. BTW your viewpoint is good, try the above and see how it goes.
20/05/2008 - 5:43 PM

Sleepy

SleepyVery powerful image, nice crisp processing and for me the central positioning works well. The figure will impede anyone walking through here and they will be forced to face something potentially unpleasant or outside their won comfort zone. In that respect this is quite confrontational. I really like this.
18/05/2008 - 3:11 AM

Halong Bay

Halong BayI would possibly crop just above the hills on the left and just below the bottom boat for almost a panoramic? I think there are lots of options here.I would possibly add a touch of highlight contrast in the sea to give it a bit of a shine, but it's all a matter of taste. I would like to have this file on my hd to work with.