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10/06/2013 - 10:03 PM

Break of Day

Break of DayWhilst I do like the processing on this one mate, I find the composition a little jumbled with nowhere for my eye to settle. There is a much stronger portrait crop starting between the jetty and the lower boat and finishing on the outside of those buoys. Leads in and around and back to that fabulous bright patch of sky nicely Grin

Hope you and Bee are both well mate!!!

You can have a virtual vote for getting up for dawn ... that must've hurt Wink
11/04/2013 - 5:54 PM

Rhythm 'n' Blues

Rhythm 'n' BluesWhilst the lines from the boats are subtle and do provide a lead-in to the boats and their movements, I can't help feel there's a lot of empty space in the fg and there's a much stronger letterbox crop in here screaming to get out Grin

Still like this aspect ratio, but the pano crop works better for me.
27/11/2012 - 9:19 AM

Secret Room

Secret RoomPersonally it doesn't work as a whole for me, though there are some bits I like. The door on the tree works best of all, but that said I would like to see it slightly less rotated. This will make it less on the same angle as the tree and therefore possibly stand out a little more, but should also feel more like a usable door by being more vertically orientated [not perfectly vertical though!!!] Smile The window possibly needs the same, though I would suggest varying the angle slightly from the door too.

The main door doesn't work for me as a lower opacity as I'm not sure why it's faded? For me I would like to see this full strength as I reckon it would feel more abstract. Do like the base though and the way you have integrated the leaves. The light coming through the ajar door doesn't quite sit with the background that is visible through it as there's no light there, I think you need to lighten the landscape behind to make it feel that the door is retarding the light - hence the shaft coming through.

Just my initial thoughts mate ... I appreciate that these things may or may not work as you intended, but they are areas that i would probably explore!!!
07/10/2012 - 11:32 AM

In Time

In TimeLike the mono treatment and the cloud movement. Not so sure of the border [minor point] but the verticals really do need adjusting as he's falling backwards mate!!!
10/09/2012 - 5:23 PM

The Three of Brandlehow

The Three of BrandlehowLike it Andy, nice and tranquil.

If I may be so bold, I can't help but feel there's possibly an opportunity missed to get slightly closer and slightly lower too so each of the three rocks 'slots' into the reflected gaps of the mountains a little more ... do you have any like this? Just tried a quick PS cheat and it does look better for it [for me]!!!

29/07/2012 - 12:13 PM

Harmonies ..

Harmonies ..I agree with Les in that it's good to see a different angle from here Nick and I can also see what Simon is saying as it does feel as if it needs a 'tad' or CW rotation. For me the main telegraph pole is the one that I might've been tempted to take my verticles from as it's more prominent than the others. I do appreciate that it is probably more an optical illusion by the shapes and angles all tricking the eye though.

For me though mate, there are too many 'dark patches' in the finished shot. Bottom left has pretty much filled in and the two darker areas of the sky [tl and tr] just feel a little heavy for me. The one top right moreso as it seems to be at odds with the lightness of the reflection in the water surface on the Quays. If you had to make one adjustment, then for me it would be to bring up the darkness of the bottom left corner.

Vote for the comp though Wink
04/07/2012 - 11:14 PM


Alone..Lovely mate ... just one very small niggle, that grass touching the sail of the windpump.

Fine light indeed, but that little gripe keeps drawing my eye ... still worthy of a lot of attention though, don't get me wrong, me likey Smile

12/06/2012 - 11:05 PM


DawnSorry, without trying to be rude at all ... I really don't get this.

For me, the processing on this shot represents most of the things I hate about poorly handled HDR and ToneMapping in that there are some fairly obvious blending halos that need addressing. Personally I feell far too much information has been resolved through the shot as well. It also feels like a shot of two halves, the weight of the shot is unbalanced in that the right 50% is much darker than the left, experience tells me it's more likely to be be the opposite in reality and therefore visually it's unbalanced.

The saturation slider could've been moved a little more to the left for me, if feels a 'touch' nuclear. The composition is fine, but the processing just seems way over the top and could be much more restrained here.

You have a definite style to your work Boris, but this - in my opinion - falls woefully short of some of your previous shots.

26/04/2012 - 8:54 PM


BreakthroughFabulous light, with a great moody sky too Bill - composition works well too although the colour could possibly be a little too hot for my tastes [literally a percentage or two - very slight].

BUT [you knew it was coming, didn't you? Wink] ... as you know I'm a fan of trying capturing movement in shots, particularly with water and this feels a little too frozen for my own personal tastes matey. You haven't shown what shutter speed you've used, but for me it needs to be at the very least double what you have here just to add a little more movement into that breaking wave - I find the sharpness of it competing with the pier.

As I mention, personal choice and a fair few will probably disagree with me ... probably even you too, but I know you're always happy to have honest feedback at all times mate!!!

Incidentally, a big stopper on this one would have worked a treat by softening out all that water and cloud and making the pier pop.

Gets a vote for the light and conditions - but not shortlisted for the frozen water!!!

As I say, just my twopennethworth Smile

26/03/2012 - 8:05 PM

The Trapper's Tally ...

The Trapper's Tally ...Blimey ... flak jacket is equipped and I have taken to a comfortable chair Bill Wink

Firstly, cheers for taking the time to give me your in-depth thoughts, as ever it's much appreciated mate ... now, this is where I get my opportunity to respond, though maybe not quite as eloquently as your good self.

Technically, it was more of a grab shot in that I didn't use a tripod [which might've just been a little too grizzly to some folk passing by in their cars and walking their dogs] and therefore I had to settle for hand-held. Compositionally though, I'm happy with the shot as a whole, but I do take note of your comment regarding the trimmed nose. In my defence though it is actually on the original shot, but I did trim it off a touch trying to remove a rather ugly line of fencing that was intruding into the shot, being as the mole in question it's out of focus it didn't bother me but I can understand your stance.

The colour must be a personal thing as the pink on their feet was what I noticed first about them on inspection and therefore makes this for me and it was a deliberate choice to keep it as is ... the mono wouldn't be half as effective - for me.

Quote: Another side effect of the very short DoF is that what I assume to be a background tree appears very like a smudge on the lens and therefore a mistake. I'm sure it isn't a smudge, but that's what it looks like! A consequence of viewpoint and shooting wide open and being close to the subject, I reckon. Perhaps f/4 or 5.6 may have helped with this issue; or a slightly different viewpoint?

Yes it's a distant tree Bill, not really much I could do there - good spot though. The shot however was taken at f5.6.

The mole in focus sits on the upright third and was a deliberate point when 'composing' the shot mate ... we'll have to disagree here Tongue

Not negative at all Bill, quite the opposite in fact and I hope that others who see both our viewpoints get to decide for themselves whether we are both right and/or wrong ... what I set out to achieve I did, whether it strikes a chord is another thing. That's the beauty of subjectivity Grin

Cheers once again mate ... welcomed as ever.


EDIT: Took me so long to type Ange I missed your comment ... my answer still stands though Tongue Wink x
24/01/2012 - 12:45 PM

An air of magic

An air of magicNot quite as sold on this one as the others mate. Tends to feel a little dark in the middle ground, I think this could've been lifted tonally to reveal a little more detail!!!

EDIT: Just spotted the portrait version and that's more like it!!!
18/01/2012 - 6:12 PM


Mud...Doesn't really float my boat this one Bill, there's little for the eye to focus on and it wanders around the scene. For me, there's an obvious letterbox crop which is a little stronger and also a portrait crop that concentrates the eye on them gorgeous middle-ground striations.

Wellies mate ... they're the future Wink
13/01/2012 - 12:48 PM

The Upper Lake

The Upper LakeA brave crop/composition Gary. The idea to not include the left part of the fallen branch and to place the right part so close to the frame would not occur to many, but it works here and frames the lower portion of the shot well for me.
06/12/2011 - 10:43 PM

Standing tall

Standing tallI've shot this range finder a couple of times myself, it can provide a great focal point looking away from the lighthouse. I like the fact that you've caught the wave motion on it, but in optically 'straightening' the lean on it you've inadvertently thrown the horizon out a few degrees which just lets it down a little for me.

04/11/2011 - 1:24 PM

Little Langdale II

Little Langdale IILike the comp on this one too but the disparity between the dark sky and brighter fg just lets this down a little for me. Maybe balancing them in PS [or similar] would help - the landscape version feels much more balanced. Probably more a case of matching the fg more to the sky to keep that broody mood.

29/09/2011 - 12:57 PM

Early Bird

Early BirdStrange, I didn't see the giant you speak of, I must've been concentrating harder than I thought ... I'll ask Fran if she saw him!!! Wink

Some fine detail in there mate, well caught. Looks like a curve adjustment would just help it a little, still seems a little dark and flat. Add curve adjustment layer, click 'auto' and then set it to Luminosity ... just did a quick test and looks better IMHO.

Take it easy mate,
07/09/2011 - 8:58 AM

Light Fusion

Light FusionI do quite like this one Tom and I know you'll probably say you want to keep the bell, but the impact of the shot is all in the right side of the frame for me. That ridge and foreground texture with all that golden light ... maybe a portrait crop from the right is another option ... or dare I say it ... a SquareScape [obviously under copyright]? Wink
27/06/2011 - 9:01 AM

Rock Soup

Rock SoupAs Bill says, a lovely seascape Andy ... levels/curves feel like they just need a slight tweak just to remove some of the grey from the lighter surf and add a little more contrast. I put a curve layer on, set it to auto and then set the layer to 'Luminosity' and it just gave it enough boost - for me that is ... tell me to shut up if I'm rambling Wink

Still a good 'un though, me likes.

...Sorry Seems To be The Hardest Word (Death of a Salesman Part 1)I personally would like to see one of the pill bottles with the lid off myself, just to help make it feel a little more desperate. That said, I do like the shot as a whole and the thought behind it. Lit and processed well too, I would say.

01/06/2011 - 12:59 PM


NabbedMe likes mate ... worth the trip over indeed. Superb light and a cracking sky, love those ridges in the fg catching the low light too. Only very minor niggle is the pinnacle of the nab not being bang on dead centre ... but as mentioned, a minor niggle indeed.