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One Man and the Sea by billmyl

One Man and the Sea


Unfortunately my modification was too small to be uploaded, it consists of a vertical frame that contains the man and the sea but it uses the rock formation just above the man sketching a fictional jaw, an open mouth, a nostril and an orbicunalisoris (the part between upper lip and nostril). I tried various different frames but this was the most interesting I could find. You are right to believe that rules can't make a picture. I think you have attempted to frame the man within the frame made by the rock formation; but the question that needs to be a starting point would be ''what is my main subject''? ''The man and the sea'' seems to have been your answer but you seem to have forgot to apply the ''golden ratio'' 1.618 which describes the relationship of width and length. The man is too small within the picture and although his size works as a measurement of the size of the rock and the sea, the overall picture does not look engaging. I think the issue is a matter of proportions mainly and secondarily it is a matter of light direction and volume. I shall agree that the man is lit perfectly. most of his body is described by the light but I shall compare his total volume with the amount of light on the bottom foreground of the picture (which is coloured beige) attracts most of our attention. (Our eyes, examine first the lightened areas rather than the dark ones). Staying on the man studying at his clothing we can safely assume this is an impromptu image rather than a prepared one. His blue clothes seem to be close to the colour of the sea, as if he wanted to be camouflaged rather than distinguished in the picture.

I would explore the longest focal length of the lens, the 70mm, rather the 17mm to see if there could be a frame wth more interest. Do not fall for the notion ''aww it's landscape, let's go wide'', you need a strong theme and a subject that is depicted immediately by the viewer. Sizing up the subject in the frame correctly should be your priority.


By: billmyl

Bonnet Bug by Toobi_Won

Bonnet Bug

Nice graphic theme there. I think the focus of the camera has been either on the top of the plastic ''monster'' or on the right spraying hole. In fact my guess was that you used the widest aperture of the lens but this wasn't the case as I confirmed with the metadata. You might have heard for portraits ''focus on the eye of the poser closer to you''; I think this advice applies here as well.

By: Toobi_Won

sei finestra by bliba

sei finestra

Hello Ollie,
Is this picture just one frame?
It's impressive how much width is filled in this frame by you Ricoh camera.
I see towards the top right window a second series of bricks fitted above the window
in contrast with top left window that has only on series of bricks above it. I suspect is
barrel distortion of the lens on its widest and I hope the software you used to turn the pic in black and white
can help you correct it. Ricoh GR is a gem and I hope it serves you for a long time well.

best regards

By: bliba

A Blast From The Past by TelStar

A Blast From The Past


Nice idea to shoot this in black and white. It seems that the convoy from Cuba bringing the cigars had been having problems, as the PM is smoking a ciggie instead of his cigar.
The picture could be trimmed from the right somewhere between the girl and the lamp-post on the background to exclude the entourage on the forefront and the tourists at the background on the right so it leaves us with the historical figures on the left.


By: TelStar

New Hampshire's Spring Horizon by trentg23

New Hampshire's Spring Horizon

Hi, and welcome to ephotozine (epz for short).

I shall congratulate your courage to do out and take pictures in the snow, I suspect you are not new to the element and you were dressed accordingly.
Which is only a benefit as I would ask you to knee on the snow and shoot from a low view point with the lens tilted upwards.
Shooting from so low would make the silhouettes of the trees on the left standing above the horizon.

Do not assume shooting from your eye level solely and don't take photos horizontally all the time. Try to focus on something specific rather than a whole of space - vertical frames can help you with that. Experiment and discover.


By: trentg23

- by Margherita77


Big bravo from me as well; excellent framing and capture of genuine joy.

By: Margherita77

moon by seymareh


Hi, impressive picture, did you use the digital zoom of the camera to achieve this close-up?

By: seymareh

Dont get to close!! by Bigdenbo

Dont get to close!!

my advice is ''keep it simple''.
I will explain myself: you present a swan's neck, head, hair, eyes, beak and body (partially); your picture contains four colours, white, black, orange and cream-orange(?) -it's hard to describe the colour on the right top part of the head- do I make them sound too many? it's because they seem too many for the frame.
My attempt has turned the attention to the eyes mostly as I have allowed for the flexible neck to appear. Why did I try an oblong shape? It's because I didn't need to show the body on the bottom left to display the bird's grace. The more away the body is the more you perceive the neck to be tall and elegant. Horizontal because I thought to give credit to your original picture, or suggest you might needed to zoom in or ''get closer'' but that might had prompted the bird to defend itself by attacking you. I made use of the diagonal white part separating the two black parts (and notice I cropped the head on the right, rather than leaving it to appear fully) and I have allowed empty black space on the left in an attempt to balance with the white.
And I would urge you to attempt to see my mod in black and white as well.

By: Bigdenbo

Dijana by MyOwnWonderland


Hello Maya.

A Japanese woman had told me once upon a time ''if you think too much you won't have time to take pictures''.

Most people liked your picture the way it was and all the 4 modifications prior to mine accept and follow the framing you have done.

You must have noticed that I tend to discuss too much about framing, and here lies the benefit of the critique gallery and the people involved in it, we (including the photographer who submits the picture) offer many interpretations and discuss for the picture in more ways than just the technicalities such as the exposure and the focus.

I am offering you my mod and I would like to take the opportunity to discuss how does the framing can create a story-telling-picture. Yes you have an old car and a model and you want to show retro. But her pose and her position offers you the opportunity to build up a story. A young woman in an old car desperately stuck in traffic. (Well, she looks as if she has been stuck as she does not drive anymore). Now I shall ask you to examine your image again, or closely and notice that the rear window does display an open road, no other cars are jammed in the traffic behind her, the road looks clear somehow... so.... you either take the picture as a car fills up the space back there or.... you reduce the height of the picture - reframing it- to a tight composition that is in tune with her despair and her action of giving up driving and crossing her hands over the steering wheel.

I hope my modification and my train of thought make sense to you and they make you understand and photograph the world in meaningful ways.
The thinking person's imagemaker.

By: MyOwnWonderland

Why doesn't this appear vertical? update: Issue fixed! by pablophotographer

Why doesn't this appear vertical? update: Issue fixed!

Magic! it does now! Thanks Ephotozine for fixing this issue!

By: pablophotographer

Titanic Quarter entrance by zwarder

Titanic Quarter entrance


I must admit steps added some drama elevating the sign (as you normally see sculptures being places on an elevated basis). Did they need to stay in the fame? I pondered a bit about it and did my modification to see what you think of it.

The choice to shoot in colour did surprise me, as I reckon the ''orange tint'' introduces an imbalancing factor to the picture. I would suggest you to modify it in black and white and judge for yourself. For me, black and white was the way forward. The building is modern but the ship was built a century ago and as a tribute to it black and white suits it best. I am not surprised at all that you visited while it was night and the place had no visitors, it's a good thought if you don't have a big stopper that would ''vanish'' the people in a long exposure during daytime.

I disliked the idea of these panels near the right corner of the sign, I am not sure if they serve as announcement boards but they obstruct the sign; a light that lights the internal wall of the wall on the left would work wonders also as the light would fill in the second ''T'' letter if the sign. Obviously the light specialists didn't think of us photographing it from the point you have chosen to do so.

My modification attempts to deal with the issue of these annoying panels, so I cropped from the right as many as I could. Regarding dark part of the second ''T'' letter of the sign I would try to ''burn'' the spot.

The most important thing I had in my mind when I attempted my mod is to bring forward the proportion of the sign within the frame so it echoed the titanic proportions of the ill-fated ship.

Hope you like it,

By: zwarder

Colour Portrait by sunsetskydancer

Colour Portrait

beautiful face, hair and lighting... but her look looks like her mind is not in the picture, it does not seem engaging...or ''eyecatching''

By: sunsetskydancer

colour of nature by jerryyousaf

colour of nature

hello from me as well;

the fact that you have been seeing the world with two eyes one next to the other horizontally since childhood, should not stop you trying to ''see'' things vertically; study your subject before you press the shutter release button, examine its shape and come with a frame that matches subject's shape and follows its contours.

As in this picture since the two flowers are one above the other why not going for a vertical frame? Your camera I think does not offer you the chance to shoot straight-away square frames... they can also be useful, keep that in mind as you keep in the frame only what it should matter


By: jerryyousaf

Portrait of the artist by KingBee

Portrait of the artist

Well, his painting skills are superb (he has even succeeded making his frameless glasses appear on his self-portrait); his hand-writing to my surprise, isn't. I think his hat looks Afgan and the writing on the back of the cardboard is Greek so was that shot in Turkey? This world never stops to surprise me, lol

Nicely seen and shot. Bravo.

By: KingBee

The Red Bridge by quork60

The Red Bridge


I think I can see the picture not being level; the bridge part on the right seems higher than the bridge part on the left. Does your camera come with a level assistance? I would expect so...
I don't see anything else that needs fixing.


By: quork60

Economic divide by olamii97

Economic divide


I understand what you wanted to show with the use of selective colouring.

The pink house is distinguished by its nice roof which has a wooden white framing all around it, in striking contrast with the buildings on its left which have thin tin roofs. The pink building seems to be made by proper building materials (as bricks) in contrast with the building from the left which seem to have been put together by using discarded advertising signs. The pink building has a covered veranda, decorated with white ceramics while the other buildings lack any of these. The pink building seems to have a pavement that allows a car to come closer to the house, as garage, while the building next to it doesn't.

I see the divide you wanted to show, and I know it must be hurting when you try to make a point that the others fail to pick. It is hard to distinguish the poor from the more poor when they all look poor. You can't blame the people for not seeing your point and I sorry that I can't think of a way to help you on this. But I will say you did a pretty good attempt there. Bravo.


By: olamii97

Bottega del Pane (2) by davelivesey

Bottega del Pane (2)

Terrific painter !

Good picture too


By: davelivesey

resting beauty by Rousseau

resting beauty


What I find amazing is the fact that all three of them sit on these branches, they don't come in groups in other pictures. This seems a first.
I am not surprised seeing butterflies in black and white. 60 years ago newspapers in colour existed in poems only (B. Vian, ''I wouldn't want to die''). I don't mind about the wing issue at all, it seems the butterfly had a lucky escape from a predator.

I suspect you have used an old lens that does not communicate with the camera but simply fits on it. I think that this is the reason that the picture does not look sharp to me, probably it would be hard for you to tell also. Aesthetically the subjects are close to the edges of the frame so you'd have to step backwards since the lens couldn't zoom out. It has been an adventurous gamble to take a prime lens for this kind of subject as I would think it would be better used for landscape and portraiture rather than macro/wildlife. Has the gamble paid off? Not on this occasion.


By: Rousseau

Magic Eyes by Trevhas

Magic Eyes


May I recommend a cropping of the top part that would exclude as much from the sky as possible (airliner traces disappear that way); you can have a version which includes the sun and one without it; the landscape then becomes almost non-terrestrial... (if you manage to get rid of the airliner trace in the water that is).

Fantastic pictures, bravo

By: Trevhas

Sit by the Window by lyusifon

Sit by the Window

Congratulations for the picture to you and to her for the dynamic pose, bravo.

By: lyusifon

NIKKI by Rossi208


I can say that it doesn't look like it's going to be the last, bravo.

By: Rossi208

Just Walkin' by Kurt42

Just Walkin'


Thanks for uploading it. Black and white seems to be appropriate to express the weather on the day it was taken. It surely isn't a picture of a Mediterranean summer beach. I decided to crop it leaving just the ''couple'' in their solitude (I couldn't say what there is in the sea on the right). I could have also had a vertical cropping from the left but I feared leaving a picture not big enough to be uploaded in the site.

best regards,

By: Kurt42

Bliss by olamii97


the image brings out that feeling you are describing, especially as you have caught her mid-air.

Now on the technical part, there are some issues that could have been taken care of, such as the straightening of the pathway to the sides of the frame; the inclusion of the top of the trees at the loss from some tiles on the bottom of the frame, etc.

Yet, if this picture was made neat, it could have looked as too much ''prepared'' photo.
The imperfections of it reflect a spontaneity.

Capturing the moment can not be always as neat.
Capturing the feeling, to my books, is always treat.

By: olamii97

Roger Shard Over and Out! by WendyEhoff

Roger Shard Over and Out!

you need to take a big breath to take all this in. Yes it is amazing and congratulations for doing this. Yes, the framing looks well done and I shall applaud Sooty's idea to splitting it in three parts. I like the idea you have turned this to black and white.
But before you think putting up on our wall THE 7'x4' PRINT I would urge you to put up on your wall a mock black cloth that big. Will it look alright? Is your wall white to create a contrast? Will it look nice when it will blend with the wallpaper? I may sound a bit extreme but I reckon it would cost dearly (not only financially, but psychologically) to put it up and then understand it would need to come off. For me the picture is too dark and the amount of light is not sufficient to make it really engaging. It does remain amazing accomplishment on its own right (yes, bridges do linger) and I can not see it on the screen you are viewing it so I might be wrong, but be careful with this amount of white light, that amount of black and the 50 shades of grey. And, you'd need to make sure that your glass is ultra clean and arrives ultra clean, I'd put a membrane in front until I take the picture because in darkness you can't distinguish spot marks.


By: WendyEhoff

The yellow trunk by Sillu

The yellow trunk

hello Sillu,

I will answer to one of your questions with the joke about an elephant:
''-Have you seen the elephant hiding behind the poppy?''
''-No, what elephant?''
''-See? he is hiding really well''

Yes, I think you can crop the picture so there is no green background; it might be hard for the leaf to be perceived as a leaf, but that will reveal the predator's ability to blend into the environment it lives, it is natural camouflage... it is a nature photography.
On the other hand green and orange as well green and black can make a nice contrast so I am not surprised with yoru decision to frame it the way you did, it is also acceptable.

From what I can gather, (noticing the reflection on the spider's body) you have used a flash, a ring flash if I am not mistaken. The metadata appears as if ''flash did not fire'' because information got lost somewhere... probably between the photo and your phone as you imagine.

I do like your picture, if only as Paul says if you needed faster speed you could open up the aperture to f/2.8 for more light to come in or you could increase your ISO to 400...


By: Sillu

Cat in B&W by kyleparr

Cat in B&W

Hello Kyle.

I like your picture but I would suggest a slight trimming from top and bottom that changes the frame proportions from 3:2 to 4:3; cats love tight places.


By: kyleparr

Lots Going On by Kurt42

Lots Going On


My modification is not in line with your tittle but I could not stop thinking that you could have got this shot vertically to include the feet of the three people at the bottom of your frame or having a square crop like the one I uploaded for you.

It shows less but it looks sufficient. Aww by the way, it keeps competition out also Tongue


By: Kurt42

Audrey Hepburn inspired by Martyna

Audrey Hepburn inspired

Hello Martyna.

I am happy you are doing black and white portraiture and your lighting seems good to me.

I do not know what sort of eyepiece your camera has (if it has any at all) or how much of the frame this covers.
It is a sure bet that your camera has a back screen that displays the image fully. Taking this advantage I would suggest you to examine your pictures as you arrange your frame, before you press the shutter button. I know it is not as important now with the use of digital cameras, because digital frames come with a cost lower than film ones but it is a good habit to develop.

It seems pity for having the arm and the hand cropped at the base and the left of your frame while having given up useful space for gaining empty white space above her head.

The expression of the poser looks o.k. with the clothing worn but it would have been far more engaging if it was shot in a public space room;
yeah I know smoking is not permitted indoors so that expression would just fit like a glove as her attitude looks she doesn't care. For a posed picture against white background, I don't perceive it as engaging.


By: Martyna

Portrait 2 by IshanPathak

Portrait 2

I agree with Otinkyad, although initially to me your friend's skin veered to green (I might had been fooled by the foliage).
I don't mind the halo created at the back of your friend's head and I shall congratulate you for having succeeded in making him feeling relaxed.
You won't have a major problem with young people having their chin pointing down but if you start shooting elders keep in mind that this pose shows off their age more and it can create a shadow, so you would better start practicing of asking people to raise their ''chin up''!
Best regards

By: IshanPathak

S.S. Haverford by justwilliam

S.S. Haverford

Great piece of family history, nice picture as well, bravo

By: justwilliam