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19/09/2008 - 6:46 PM

ambyr and steven

ambyr and stevenHi Alicia.
I see you have just this minute joined ePz. Well you made a great choice!
Seems you jumped in at the deep end by trying a composite and I'm sorry to say it bottomed out.
Why not start with a single image taken on the best quality your camera will allow and take it from there.
It's obvious that humour and portraiture appeal to you, and you have an eye for a good image. There are many friendly folk on this site that will help you to reach a really high standard.
It's good to post in the crit gallery, but when you are starting out perhaps it's good to post in the regular gallery too and just ask for help with every image.
Anyway, welcome to the gang. If you enjoy half as much as I have you'll have no regretsSmile
18/09/2008 - 6:02 AM

Sunrise

SunriseThere is another way to boost the colours if it's vibrant sunsets you're after.
Make a layer.
Top layer. Image>adjustments> channel mixer.
RED: Red: increase to 150. Green: decrease 25. Blue: decrease 25
GREEN: Green: increase to 150. Red: decrease 25. Blue: decrease 25
BLUE: Blue increase to 150. Decrease red and green by 25
(you can save the settings)
This will give you a really gaudy top layer which you can either reduce the opacity until you're happy, and/or in Hue/Saturation you can reduce the saturation of any individual colour until you feel it's right. (red is often just too much)
This will give really punchy colours yet avoid the problem of break-up or posterising that occurs with simple over saturation.

Have fun! And whatever you do don't post it if JT's been on a bender, LOL! Just kiddingSmile
P,X
17/09/2008 - 8:39 PM

Pennington flash

Pennington flashNice texture in the bench, silhouettes also add to the sunset.
I'd have been tempted to crop a bit off the top but I have kept it the same for the mod.
All I've done it lift shadows 20% and strengthened the colours with the channel mixer.
Hope that helpsSmile
17/09/2008 - 6:46 AM

Peace And Quiet

Peace And QuietI think you have captured a beautiful scene here and the composition is great!
However, you've asked for mods and from that I suspect you want to improve and hear the truth. There are some basic tricks that would turn this nice pic into something special.
I've done a mod with the recipe.
The 2 basic things that I see are, a blue cast, and lovely reflections of the sky in the water and windows, but I guess the sky was overexposed so you added blue but it doesn't match.
Please don't send me hate mail, LOL!! just trying to helpSmile
if you don't understand anything in the mod recipe please let me know and I'll explain.
P, X
16/09/2008 - 9:22 AM

Paradise Sunrise

Paradise SunriseNice foreground and silhouettes. I like the way the island and palms connect the sea to sky.
As you've asked for crit I'll do my best Smile

Can't help feeling if the sun was that high it would be lighter.
Also, with the composition, if the island was on the third I think it would make a stronger image.
Done a mod and lifted the mid tones in levels, and enhanced the colours in the sea with the channel mixer.
Changed the viewpoint in transform>scale.

And dodged the foreground and clouds a bit to give more depth (forgot to put that on the recipe, sorry).

Hope that helps, if there's anything I haven't explained please let me know.
good luck, P, X
16/09/2008 - 7:02 AM

R. jacobeae caterpillar

R. jacobeae caterpillarSuper angle to capture the most interesting detail. The muted background sets it off very well, gives it a sense of place and habitat without intruding on the subject.

Colours are strong and bold and the angle of the stem adds even more interest with the slightly larger space in front of him to show he's going somewhere.

I'd like to see him when he's a butterfly too.
Nice work Gill!
15/09/2008 - 5:28 PM

still life

still lifeIt's all very nice, an interesting collection and well taken, but...

The 3 things essential for a good image, IMHO, are subject, composition, and light. My eyes race around this and I can't find a resting place, a subject/focal point.

Still life isn't easy but needs to look uncomplicated. A story about something. Here we have a very nice collection but what's it about? That's where the subject or focal point need to appear.

It's a good exercise to mess about with a group of related items until they say what you want them too, each enhancing the other and all of them leading the eye to the main subject.

Hope that helps,
Good luck, P, X
15/09/2008 - 1:29 PM

king charles spaniel

king charles spanieljust enough light on the white fur and a FAB expression make this a picture worth working on. I've done a mod with a brief recipe. If there is anything you don't understand please email meSmile

The composition benefits from a slight crop on the right so that the eyes appear to be looking into a space rather than out of one.

There's not much wrong with the image, just that the background is a little distracting and perhaps the shadows a little dark, but these are all remedied in photoshop. The great thing is you have a good eye for a pic, and you didn't burn out the white fur.

Hope this helps,
Best, P, X
15/09/2008 - 12:30 PM

Child and teddy bear

Child and teddy bearit is beautiful! just the background. The background should always enhance, or at least not detract from the subject. So I've done a mod, hope you like it.
Another point when photographing faces. You see the red glow under his chin...he was wearing redSmile
If he was wearing white it would have reflected some light into the darker parts of his face.
For the background I've taken two colours from his eyes so that it subtly enhances them. And I used a soft de-saturate sponge on 100 to de-saturate the red under his chin.
Apart from that I think it is a really beautiful photograph!!!!
hope that helpsSmile
15/09/2008 - 2:43 AM

Sunrise

SunriseI love the colour, just shows how different we all are.

While you have stuck to the 3rds rule with your subject, the sun, being perfectly placed I personally feel that in this case it's better to break rules and go for an almost central sun and an almost central horizon to give the focal point more strength and add depth to the image. I also feel the image is two busy and the eye searches for something to anchor onto as it is.

I've done nothing but a hard crop in the mods.

Sun burnout will always be a problem. I bracket 1 stop either way and layer the best image over one with only the sun perfectly exposed. I then erase the burned out sun from the top image and merge down.

Hope that helps Smile