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09/04/2014 - 10:36 AM

In the Mood (take two)

In the Mood (take two)The warmer skin tones definitely work better with the mood of the image, although on my screen her blusher seems a bit too warm now, and is the first thing I saw! Looking at the image like this, I'm now definitely leaning towards taking that lower leg out completely (despite what I said yesterday). With the warmer tones, it now seems to have too much of a presence (even though comparing the two images, it's no more there today than it was yesterday - weird!).

I think with the lower leg not there, the line from the guy's arm, her thigh and that wonderful billowing blue dress behind her is then unbroken and makes a much better shape.

The more I look at this one, the more I'm liking it Smile
08/04/2014 - 10:18 AM

In the Mood

In the MoodPaul's picked up on the lighting above, and I also think that the skin tones could do with warming up a bit, as it's a very sensual image and the lighting seems a bit cool for that feeling. However, I really like the dynamic feel of the pose and the little things in this image (ie the suspender strap and the veins standing out on the guy's neck). For me, the woman's lower leg is kind of visible but not - and I'm not sure whether it needs to not be there at all, or brought out more so that it's more definite?

There's a real intensity about the connected gaze between the two that's incredibly intimate and passionate, and as an image I think it works very well.

Tanya
02/04/2014 - 10:11 AM

Andrea

AndreaA beautifully lit portrait. I'm finding that the bright white strip down the left hand side of the frame is distracting, and (playing with paper to see what it's like) I think that the composition would be stronger if it wasn't there. Is it natural window light?
28/03/2014 - 11:10 AM

urban cages

urban cagesHello Mario - I really like this image, and what you're trying to portray with it. I've uploaded a mod where I've adjusted the horizonals and verticals a touch, and cropped to both remove the scan bit at the bottom (which I think detracts the eye from the rest of the image) and to move the man himself over slightly to the left so that sits on a 'third' line (the composition 'rule of thirds'). The only problem with removing the scan bit is that it also removes the dark bar at the bottom, which I actually quite like as I think it adds a feeling of weight to the image. (Mind you, I didn't want to do any cloning of those bars, so the mod I've done is a bit of a quick one).

I haven't played with the tonal range of the image at all, as I like how you've done it here. It really does give a feeling of the daily monotonous grind, behind the walls and cages we all have to exist in sometimes.

Best wishes
Tanya
26/03/2014 - 3:40 PM

A Heart of Wood

A Heart of WoodI hadn't seen the previous two, so I've just gone and looked at them. My honest first thought on this one was that it was too contrived (sorry!) ... but looking at it in conjunction with the other two, it actually makes more sense now. I think that with this version, the two tones in the sky (the orange and the pink) and the overhanging branches at the top of the frame take away something from the heart for me. It's odd, but if I cover the sky in the image at the horizon line, and just leave that lovely tangle of tree roots and the cold blue tones of the water, the heart seems to blend in much more but also becomes a much more important part of the whole. That may not be your intention at all, though, and this is just my opinion!

I think that of the three so far, Heart to Heart is my favourite.
04/03/2014 - 12:18 PM

"Lipstick" by Antjuan DeCarlos

"Lipstick" by Antjuan DeCarlosBeautifully contrasty tones, softly curving planes and a very imaginative pose. I think the image would be stronger without the wall/edge of the mirror down the left hand side, so maybe an upright letterbox style format? (Yeah, I know it's contradictory, but I can't think how else to describe it - long and tall?) Given the title, I really expected to see the model's lips, with perhaps a hint of lipstick kept in for a splash of colour, but no. Now whether I'm missing something in your intention, I don't know. But as you also mention the lipstick again in your description, it would seem an important part of the rhetoric for this image ... ?? (Mind you, maybe that's your point and I'm just missing the bl**din' obvious!?) Grin Still a very good image though.
04/03/2014 - 10:36 AM

Girl with scarf (2)

Girl with scarf (2)This is a beautifully composed image. My only quibble with this is that the point of focus seems to be on the material of the scarf, not on her eyes (or even the eye closest to the camera). If that one eye was in sharp focus, then the rest of the image could be as soft as you liked and it wouldn't matter! I know hindsight is a wonderful thing, and we'd always do things differently after the event, but this is such a powerful image that I feel the focal point lets it down, which is a shame. Having said that though, the tonal range you've used is lovely, with just a hint of pinkness to the lips, and the catchlights in her eyes make it very compulsive and almost hypnotic.
03/03/2014 - 12:55 PM

Strange Commute

Strange CommuteI absolutely love the concept, the fact that her shoe colour kind of tones with her hair and the 'falling' leaves. But I think that the background image of the wood needs more punch. It looks to be a bit bland, and doesn't really do justice to the overall composition. I don't know whether you added the slight shadow underneath her, or if that's just a lucky colouration on the ground anyway, but I think it needs to be more pronounced. There's also a very slight halo effect round her bum and just underneath her back, which I think may be from cutting her out and adding her into the image afterwards? It's very, very good though, and with a couple of minor tweaks, could be very, very exceptional instead Grin
28/02/2014 - 3:45 PM

Fungus Rock

Fungus RockIt looks to be a stunning location, so I can understand why you don't get bored with it! I think this is a very good image ... you've got good foreground interest (the rocks), a lovely sweeping curve to the middle of the image which leads the viewer's eye to that huge rock, and then that dramatic sky beyond. I don't know what you did to it in post production after capture, but I'm finding that the image looks a little harsh. There's a fairly visible 'halo' effect round the top of the big single rock, and also along the top of the cliff coming from the left. Whether this was as a result of trying to tone down the sky and get a bit more detail into it and capitalise on those faint light rays on the horizon, I don't know. You could maybe try it again and use (depending on your software) a mask on the foreground, which would then let you adjust the tonal qualities of the sky without hopefully getting that halo effect. All in all, though, a very nicely composed shot Smile
24/02/2014 - 11:11 AM

The Artiste #2

The Artiste #2As a silhouette, I really like what you've done here and if your mind is thinking this creatively, then your mojo hasn't gone anywhere!

However, if I had to make any comments on the image, then it would be these ... the point of light seems to be slightly below her torso, rather than smack behind it centrally; the chair shape is a bit chunky - it could have been a more spindly type to show off the lovely shape of the body, but it could also have been the only chair you had to hand, so hey ho; the circle of light itself fades off a bit too soon, so her shoes (those wonderful shoes!) are not shown in their true shape, and (for me, anyway) the head of the subject is a bit upright and stiff. Maybe try it with the head/hair hanging down, or really thrown back to accentuate that sense of abandonment/sexuality that the rest of the image conveys? But, all that aside, I love the shapes you've achieved and that lovely cold blue tone really suits the image well. Grin
20/02/2014 - 12:55 PM

sales woman

sales womanIt is a wonderfully candid image, and very well spotted and timed. There's just two things that (for me anyway) could make it even better - the fluff of hair on the left hand edge of the image is distracting, it's neither one thing (a definite person attached to the fluff) or the other (no one there at all). And the right hand side of the image has a band of light running down it, which I think is the edge of a corner building behind her? Other than those two very minor points, I thinks it's a cracking image. At first, I thought she was an artist with a paintbrush in her hand, it was only once I'd read your description that realised she was a make-up artist! So again, the hair on the left is put into context by that knowledge, although a whole face could tell more of the story. Superb expression on the girl's face, and the handling of extreme highlights on her face and the darkness of both her hair and coat are well balanced.
20/02/2014 - 12:04 PM

What the tide washed in

What the tide washed inOkay, this is weird ... very well seen, though. It reminds me of the Skeksis in the old CG film The Dark Crystal (and yeah, they still freak me out a bit!). I think what you've done with this is really good, although the vignette with the blurring could do with being a bit softer at the top of the 'head' bit - the line's too visible. Also, given the dark nature of the subject (well, perceived 'dark' anyhow), the light's a bit too jolly (sunshine?). Still, as a creepy weird image you've definitely got it right ... a couple of minor tweaks and this could well be something out of the nightmare drawer! Grin
19/02/2014 - 1:16 PM

Pottery

PotteryDefinitely an image that catches the eye, and superbly captured at that! You can virtually feel the stickiness of the clay on the hands Grin If I'd have taken this, I may have been tempted to go with a square format, to counteract the circles of the top of the pot and the spinning base, but that's very much a personal preference. Doesn't matter though, it's excellent exactly as it is. And I just love the fact that the hairs on the arms are so visible ... makes it very 'real'.
28/08/2012 - 1:44 PM

Dancers

DancersI think this is a stunning image. I know it's inevitable in a situation like that that someone's head might just get cut off, but I actually don't think it matters too much in this case. Yes, there's a small bit of empty space bottom right; no, it's not a 'tidy' image ... but it is so effective. I love the implied motion of the dancers and the vibrancy of the predominant yellow colour. Oddly enough, without the bright highlight on the dark-haired dancer in the middle, it wouldn't be anywhere near as pleasing for me.

You could try different crops for a more 'tidy' composition (square, letterbox etc) but another part of me wants it to stay exactly as it is. It really reminds me of an Arther Rackham 'Fairy' illustration, and for that reason alone it gets a big thumbs up from me Smile
24/08/2012 - 5:06 PM

Guardians of time

Guardians of timeAlthough I really do like this, and standing stones are a fantastic subject, for me the large black block on the left is way too dark. Also, there's quite a bit of posterisation in the sky. I know this can happen when you do tonal conversions on a JPEG image in 8-bit per channel mode, so maybe that's what's caused it? I suppose the alternatives are to either shoot in RAW, or convert the JPEG into 16-bit once you're in your editing software. But I don't know how you processed the image in the first place, so don't know whether you've got that option or not?
24/08/2012 - 9:58 AM

Summertime

SummertimeI like the effect as well. It's a bit like one of those weird holographic postcards that you turn one way, and the subject is doing one thing; turn it another and they're doing something else. The right hand side doesn't seem quite so 'soft focus' as the left hand side - don't know whether that was intentional or not, but I prefer the left hand side. In fact, there's two distinct images in this one - the whole image as you've currently got it, and a squarer crop of the left hand side to just to the right of the band of the dark sand clump in the middle. Taking away the small group on the right, and the bright colours of their clothing, leaves the left hand side of the image strangely muted in colour but, with the walkers in the distance, gives a wonderful sense of isolation and a focal point on the horizon. Either way, I really like the way you've processed it Smile
20/08/2012 - 5:09 PM

Abandoned boats

Abandoned boatsI love the letterbox style format, and the subject matter. But for me, the soft focus effect is making my eyes hurt! I've got enough trouble focusing on things these days Grin The tones aren't particularly punchy, but to be honest that's quite nice - gives a lovely, gentle feeling to the image.
31/07/2012 - 2:05 PM

Soaking up the Sun

Soaking up the SunLovely atmospheric image, great tonal range and very dynamic pose. My first thought was to suggest that cropped to square format would be nice, without the shutters and the reflections ... but just spent a while playing with a couple of bits of paper either side to judge the effect and I actually prefer it the way you've already got it! The shutters provide a nice tunnel into the main subject - the girl herself in the window Smile So the other suggestion would be crop a wee bit off the bottom, say to the bottom corners of the shutters and maybe a bit off the top as well - make it more letterbox style?
27/07/2012 - 2:15 PM

welsh lake

welsh lakeHi Brian - this one of yours caught my eye ... lovely tranquil image, and I see you're a fan of the inserted light beam as well !! Grin Thanks for your comment on my 'Last One Standing' image, much appreciated. One thing that did interest me though, and not something I noticed until looking at this image of your reservoir ... you've done your light beam so it's wider where it enters the image, and narrows down as it gets closer to the water. I did mine so it was narrower as it entered the image, and widened as it got towards the bottom of the 'canyon'. It got me thinking ... which way would a natural lightbeam be - narrow top/wide bottom or wide top/narrow bottom ... ??
16/07/2012 - 10:46 AM

way out...

way out...Very well seen and executed image; given the contrast throughout it you've captured the range of tones really well - there's even detail on that very far wall, which is lovely. I think it would also work well in square format, as it would echo the squareness of the first opening and perhaps make the composition stronger? The chain across that last opening is a little distracting so I'd be tempted to remove it, but that's just my opinion and it doesn't actually detract from the overall scene at all.