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30/08/2010 - 12:39 AM

Karol

KarolI don't know why Paddy would want to crop this photograph. I mean, I would rather see more of a pretty girl than less. Your model has an attractive midriff. If it were my midriff, I'd crop it every time. But, maybe, her midriff is too attractive and distracts Paddy, and other viewers, from your main subject, your model's face.

As a rule, photographs of young women should be in colour and photographs of old men should be in black and white. But then rules are meant to be broken.

All in all, I think you should be pleased with your photograph and your model should be pleased with your photograph of her.
31/07/2010 - 8:27 PM

Saxifrage

SaxifrageI like the way you have isolated the flowers from the background, by restricting the depth of field so that the background is out of focus. However, that said, I don't think I would have restricted the depth of field so much so that some of the flowers are also out of focus. Mind you, that is only my opinion; I am sure others would disagree.
03/07/2010 - 7:24 PM

1000 Yard Stare!

1000 Yard Stare!I think this photograph has been well-taken; it looks to me that the cat, the main subject, is sharply in focus and correctly exposed, making it stand out nicely from the blurred, dark background.

In order to improve the composition, I would suggest that, as the cat is looking to its left, it should have been placed more to the left of the frame. In other words, they do say that the main subject should not be placed centrally in the frame. Mind you, who they are, I do not know...
24/04/2010 - 11:27 AM

Daffodil...

Daffodil...I like the uncluttered composition of this image. I think the colours are warm and harmonious. In my opinion, this is an appealing photograph of a daffodil which would look good hanging in a frame on your living room wall - even if you aren't Welsh.

However, if I were to criticize, I would suggest that the focus on some of the petals is a little soft.
17/10/2009 - 10:00 AM

Maya at Samphire Hoe

Maya at Samphire HoeI don't like dogs. So I don't like photographs of dogs.

However, given my prejudices, I think this photograph is not bad. Well quite good, actually.

In my opinion, the exposure is correct as I can see details in both the highlights and the shadows. Also, I think the focussing is sharp.

I think you have done well to restrict the depth of field so that the main subject is in focus whereas the background is not. Whilst I am on the subject of the background, I might suggest a higher viewpoint would have been more apposite to the composition so that the background were all grey. Also, perhaps, you should have removed the dog's lead before taking its photograph?
25/08/2009 - 7:55 AM

Just The Two Of Us

Just The Two Of UsI'm afraid I must admit I agree with mudge. In my opinion, this is the poorest, by far, of your recent uploads of butterfly photographs. Having said that, it is still a far better butterfly photograph than I can take. When I try, the butterfly metamorphoses into a butterflown. Anyway, for a start, in my opinion, your photograph is correctly exposed and sharply focussed. Furthermore, I think the only problem with this photograph is the fact that the depth of field is too deep, so that the background distracts from the main subject. Usually, in close-up shots, the problem is the opposite: the depth of field is too shallow, so that the main subject is not completely in focus.
24/08/2009 - 11:01 PM

"are you lunch"?

"are you lunch"?Technically, I think this photograph has been well-taken: in my opinion, correctly exposed and sharply focussed.

Creatively, I like the composition. The main subject fills the frame. The tiger, especially its eyes, is tack sharp and the dark foliage in the background is slightly blurred. Indeed, the eye contact is good, if a little disconcerting. However, if I were to criticize, I would suggest that the photograph should have been taken from a viewpoint slightly further to the left, so that the tiger's front-right paw would have been included in the frame. This would also have had the added benefit of positioning the tiger's head according to the rule of thirds.
16/08/2009 - 10:35 AM

In a Flap

In a FlapI really like this photograph.

I think you have done well to select an appropriate combination of aperture, shutter speed and ISO rating so that the photograph is correctly exposed while the main subject is sharply in focus. In particular, I am pleased to see that you have chosen a fast shutter speed so that the water droplets have been frozen. And you had to make this decision quickly.

Also, I am glad you have selected a combination of focal length and focussing distance(?) so that the main subject fills the frame. However, that said, if I were to criticize, I would suggest that the photograph should be cropped slightly on the right-hand side, to improve the composition, in my eyes, at least. Anyway, it's only a suggestion.
02/08/2009 - 9:57 AM

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)First of all, it's difficult to tell looking through fifty-year-old eyes at a photograph displayed on a fifty-month-old laptop, but this photograph looks perfectly exposed to me. As far as I can see, there are details in both the highlights and the shadows.

Secondly, the fox's eyes appear to be razor sharp, so you have focussed on main subject. Your choice of lens, aperture and distance from the main subject has produced sufficient depth of field to render the rest of the fox sharply in focus, whereas the background is reduced to a blur. This draws the viewer's attention to the main subject.

Finally, I like the diagonal composition of the photograph. But, if I were to criticize, I would say that there is a little too much empty space on the right-hand-side of the photograph. I think the composition would be more balanced if a little of the right-hand-side of the photograph were cropped. However, that said, top of my wish list is to have seen Basil's brush!
25/07/2009 - 9:17 AM

Staithes 2

Staithes 2You warn me in your welcome message that I won't find technical perfection here. Well, I beg to differ: if this photograph isn't technically perfect then I can't see why.

If I were to criticize, I would suggest that your composition splits the frame into two halves, both competing for my attention. I think, no matter how much it would hurt to do so, you should crop some of that gorgeous sky, so that my attention would be drawn to the village.

Having said that, I like this photograph. I think it has the look of an oil painting. Which, in my opinion, is A Good Thing.
10/07/2009 - 8:54 AM

A hair-raising experience!!

A hair-raising experience!!Technically typing, in my opinion, this photograph is spot-one. The exposure is on the button, maintaining sufficient detail in both the highlights and the shadows. The focus is sharp throughout the photograph.

Moving on to typing about artistry, I think this is where this photograph stands out. I like the composition very much; in particular, I like the use of a restricted palette. However, if I were to criticise, I would say that in the top right hnd corner the background interferes with the the foreground.
16/11/2008 - 12:12 PM

Leeds Castle

Leeds CastleI think this photograph has been well-taken. In my opinion, the exposure is correct because there are details in both the highlights and the shadows. Also, in my eyes, the main subject is in focus. I like the composition. The river draws my attention into the photograph toward the castle, which has been placed off-centre in the frame. If I were to criticise I think I would say that I think there is, perhaps, too much empty blue sky.
16/10/2008 - 10:27 AM

Face from the market -1-

Face from the market -1-Male portraits look good in black and white, don't they? However, if I were to criticise, I would say that, apart from the fish cleaner's teeth, is the photograph of Ms Shilpa Shetty in the background, attracting my attention away from the main subject, the fish cleaner. If I were you, I would have "burnt in" (darkened) this area of the background in post-processing, PhotoShop or whatever.
28/09/2008 - 2:57 PM

winterbourne

winterbourneThis photograph has the makings of a very good landscape. You have managed to maintain detail in both the sky and the land, which, in my opinion, is a must for a landscape. The horizon does not split the photograph in half, which is another good thing, according to the pros. In order to improve this photograph, something in the foreground, such as a animal, for example, to balance the trees in the middle ground and the sky in the background. And finally, the halo, the white line, in between the trees and the sky may indicate that the photograph has been oversharpened.
13/09/2008 - 11:28 PM

The back stairway

The back stairwayIn my opinion, this photograph is well taken, correctly exposed and sharply focussed. I also like the photoshopping. However, that said, I would say that there is no main focal point to the photograph. My attention wanders aimlessly from stairway to display cabinet, from display cabinet to the flowers, from the flowers to the chair, and so on. My eyes are not led to one oject on which to focus my attention. It would be a different story if there were someone standing on the stairway.
13/09/2008 - 7:37 PM

backstage

backstageHere you have the makings of a very good portrait of the princess. The subject is in focus whereas the background is out of focus. In particular, the princess's (?) eyes ar sharply in focus, which is a must, according to professional portrait photographers. However, that said, I think they would also say that her eyes should not be looking at something out of the photograph, unless that something is the camera. Also, I think if I were you I would have changed my viewpoint so that the railing was not in the photograph.