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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1794 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2012 5:09PM
Welcome on board Jack! This is a very appetising starter. Ticks a lot of boxes for me - b&w concentrates attention on pure lines and composition. And it's a 'found' abstract, which I like. I suggest that you add the Specialist/abstract tag (Click on the Edit button under the image, and you can change things like that). It's worth doing, some people filter the Gallery to just show uploads in their particular areas of interest.
One major suggestion regarding the picture - I think it would be stronger with the diagonal of the spine of the feather hitting the top left corner of the frame, it just misses it here. Also, try the contrasting effects of rising and falling verticals - they can produce very different pictures!
Looking forward to more.

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woolybill1 Plus
11 22 70 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2012 5:58PM
Welcome from me, too, Jack. A black & white close-up is an adventurous first upload, while the choice of subject is most unusual in winter. The photograph is nicely presented, too, though you might consider reducing the width of the rebate to allow the image itself maximum size within the permitted pixel count.
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
17 Jan 2012 6:10PM
Welcome from the US, Jack.

I love abstracts, and this is a good one. I don't find the diagonal not in the corner at all disturbing, in fact in this instance I rather like it. I'll be the drop falls pretty close to the golden spiral, which is a fine compositional position.
Looking forward to more.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
17 Jan 2012 6:28PM
The graphic qualities of this image are quite astonishing-----all sorts of options appear with different crops, etc, but as it is, there is much to look at here!

It took a keen eye to see this and its possibilities!

I have favorited your portfolio and look forward to more-------Welcome!

Jennnnn, USA
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2012 6:53PM
Welcome to Epz, now this is right up my street the composition is excellent, though I would agree with Moira the central spine would be better if it ran from the corner, but that really is nit picking, no disrespect to Moira Smile It really works very well as a mono too, and I do like the water droplet. I look forward to seeing more of your images, I have Favorited your portfolio. If I can be of any help in the future please don't hesitate to PM me, and I will do my best to help.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1794 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2012 7:34PM

Quote: but that really is nit picking, no disrespect to Moira
That's me I'm afraid... It comes from a working life in accountancy and taxation.
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1962 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2012 7:40PM
Welcome to EPZ, Jack. This image makes an excellent opening to your portfolio, and I am looking forward to seeing more of your work, as are others above. I am a great fan of diagonals, but try to place at least one end of the line in the corner. It looks like you have an understanding of the rule of thirds because the droplet is nicely placed and the contrasting parts of the feather show about one and two thirds either side of the centre. I therefore would not place the right hand end of the spine in the corner. The lines, contrast and detail are strong, the mono is good, and I love the abstract style of the image. My only suggestion would be to try for a slight angle on the water drop, simply because it isn't immediately obvious that this is what it is. To be honest, at my very first glance, I thought it was an item of corduroy clothing with a button on it. That isn't a criticism, it's just what I saw, without even reading your title. I would be interested in seeing the colour version, if indeed you did take one.
franken Plus
15 4.4k 4 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2012 9:14PM
Excellent first upload to EPZ Jack. I look forwards to seeing more of your work.


SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
17 Jan 2012 10:31PM
I like the placement of the diagonal just proud of the corner as I think the composition looks more unconventional this way. Well balanced components with the water droplet just in the right place and quirkily (is that a word? It is now Smile) exaggerating the size of the lines and breaking up the uniformity. Tonality is nicely handled with the darker, smaller segment receding into the background. A well executed mono. What a great start.
luceombra 6 27 5 Italy
18 Jan 2012 4:53PM
A bit late but you have my welcome too!
The picture is outstanding, very clever and creative. You seem to be very talented
I do hope to see more from you soon as you seem to be a B&W fan Smile
JawDborn Plus
5 1.1k 1 England
18 Jan 2012 4:58PM

Many thanks for your kind comments. This image is almost identical to the colour version, being a blackbird's feather. The original image showed a very slightl brown tinge to the water drop.

pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1962 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2012 6:11PM
OK, Jack, thanks.

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