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13/07/2012 - 12:20 PM

Looking into the light

Looking into the lightI really, really like this image. The crossed shadows behind the figure; the fact that it looks like there's a hidden staircase going downwards in front of him/her (which is quite spooky with connotations of the 'underworld'); and I even like the fact that you've left the verticals converging - lends itself to the abandoned 'falling in on itself' atmosphere. For me, the view out of the two windows has too much clarity, and pulls my gaze when my eyes actually want to wander round the interior. I would love to see a darker, more brooding B&W version (but then I love black and white!). Very well thought out and executed.
12/07/2012 - 5:28 PM

The Baker

The BakerOkay, I've taken a completely different approach ... maybe a bit radical Grin

It's a good character image but the background is very 'busy' and as Willie says above, doesn't really show a baker's environment, except the Hovis poster on the left hand side and I had to look twice to realise that's what it was. (Personally, I like the tongue - I think it adds a sense of humour to what could otherwise be a very worried looking baker!) Also, the colours in your shot seem quite saturated (might be my screen, although it is calibrated). As you don't say what aperture you used, it's hard to guess, but the background is neither in focus, or sufficiently out of focus not be distracting.

Soooooo ... I thought that with a face as full as character as that, I'd turn Mr Wilson B&W (see my mod). I also did a quite tight, roughly square crop, and took out the background completely. I added a very slight S curve to give Mr W a more gritty feel and boost contract a bit. It seems sufficiently sharp to my eyes, so I didn't do anything there. And yes, I did crop the ear on the left deliberately ... don't know why, just looked better for some reason than the whole ear *shrugs*
12/07/2012 - 1:40 PM

ofbeldisfull festingin

ofbeldisfull festinginGreat legs!! Grin To be honest, I didn't like this when I first looked at it, but the more I look, the more I like it - it's very 'otherworldly' with that brooding sky. I think your blonde hair blends a little too well with the rubble behind your head, so almost gets lost with the similarity of tone, and your black dress also gets lost at the left hip/right elbow with the holes in the rubble behind. I keep thinking that the red hue on the stones and the foreground don't look natural, but on reflection it does suit the overall feeling of the image. Interesting one.
11/07/2012 - 10:10 AM


KippersHi Brian. I love the simplicity of this image, and the fact that all bar one of the kippers seem monochrome, which really highlights the one that does have colour. The only thing I'd personally do is to boost the colours a bit of the one fish, and do a slight crop on the right hand side (and maybe at the top to remove a little of the black up there). I've uploaded a mod to show what I mean - probably not the best mod in the world, but hey! Grin