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After the snow storm

After the snow storm by Richsr

\I did Danny - a good 6 inches near Malham!

Was there any snow at all when we stopped here? I think most of it fell whilst we were stood there!

Rough seas

Rough seas by Dallachy

nice sharpening on those rocks

St.Albans Cathedral.

St.Albans Cathedral. by peterthowe

with a Nikon D800 I'd have expected a far far better picture from you


Mosque reflections

Mosque reflections by ColleenA

it's an impressive place isn't it Wink

Millennium Bridge and the Baltic

Millennium Bridge and the Baltic by windymills

I'd let the highlights in the water burn out on this - they look a bit dirty and grey with the HDR, so if oyu just up the White Clip a little you'll get a bit more oomph in the shot


D E T A I L S by INK74

other worldly vibe to this one

Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi

Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi by Cotswold88

I'm going there next month - woo hoo!

Amanah ku

Amanah ku by ipoenkgraphic

Hats off if you've lit that scene with flashes etc.

A fine pair

A fine pair by Richsr

god was it cold!

Hand That Rocked The Cradle

Hand That Rocked The Cradle by Nick_w

probably not the intended audience for this stuff Nick - but do quite like the lighting - how you've got the cradle lit extra to the surroundings etc. looks good.

I don't "get" all the subtexts and horror you are trying to imply... I just see a lass with a case in a room with some writing on the wall and a cradle...


Show Stopper

Show Stopper by Stumars

nice mono, scarborough? - though bit bottom heavy maybe?

A Guiding Light

A Guiding Light by pgoodwill

Wow - what a view to see.

just thinking that the big dark area at the bottom left could be cropped a little - maybe cropping up from the bottom - so you get more impact from the rays and less of that empty dark space

Still winter's day.

Still winter's day. by Mactogo

is it me, or does it need a slight rotation to the right to get that lake level?

lovely view though - wow - could sit there all day I bet!


everlastman by Uppercut

remember not to take the pi$$ out of Uppercut Wink

Great composite, loads of attitude Smile


Danka by MyOwnWonderland

great model and feel

just not quite sure it's working for me as the model (who's in dark clothes etc.) is in front of a dark background (the shed) and then to the right you have the really bright sky. Just feel that were she positioned so the sky was behind her, she'd stand out a lot more - and balance the bright/dark mix. I just find my eye's more drawn tothe bright sky than to her in this composition.


warmth by amanda0102

not 100% sure about the pole on the left... just seems a little out of balance with that there

maybe try cropping off a bit of the right to balance it up - or perhaps a further crop with that removed and just the smaller sticks.

get 3 shots for the price of 1 there Smile

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Added Date: 13/12/2011 - 12:23 PM

Cheers guys

variety keeps it interesting, and you learn loads more than dwelling one on thing, so branch out Smile


Added Date: 21/04/2010 - 9:58 PM

Quote: Aid when I grow up I want to be as good as you

.....now I'm worried! Wink


Added Date: 17/02/2010 - 1:10 PM

Great to have you on board Karl, some inspirational work here

I've photographed many pints in my time, but never managed to shoot a full one.... somehow they seem to, well, get consumed.... by me Wink


Added Date: 20/06/2009 - 12:56 PM

1. What do you like of their PF (if you do)?

This shot just stands out to me - lovely processing, quirky angle, makes you smile instantly. Sadly overlooked cause it's mono I fear.

Not really seen this portfolio before, and from the thumbs you initially think "another colourful sunset tog - yawn".

But on closer inspection you start to find clever foregrounds that have more than many of the genre - things like this old farm impliment make me look twice, it's far more interesting than the usual rocky outcrop foreground we're so used to.

The use of the little fault line in this rock is pretty impressive

There's still life in there, very nicely done and a genre that I certainly struggle with.

Finally, I was impressed with this little series on some old derelict looking houses - - brave to put post shots of such a challenging subject (for EPZ).

Another thing that stands out is that the shots look "real", not fallen foul of the Saturation slider in Capture one! Also, the white balance looks like a real scene, not artificially warmed for effect.

2. What do you think is lacking in their PF?

it's not missing a great deal - I don't think we should all be covering every genre of photography by default after all. the landscapes are fairly uniform, formulaic maybe. Lately they seem to concentrate on the colour of the sky reflected in water (which is a really nice thing to capture of course, I do it) which deprives us of the clever foregrounds that I pointed out in section 1.

3. How do you think they can improve their PF?

One thing with the watery reflections is that the foregrounds can look really dark relative to the sky, so maybe you're not getting the most from the genre. I know it's a cliche, but maybe some more grad would even up the scene a bit so your water and sky are about the same brightness/colourfulness.

there's a clear improvement in the portfolio - stands out a mile when you go back 4 or 5 pages to the page with loads of boat shots on.

The bleached wood shots are great, the mono brings out the textures really nicely, so I'd think there's a flare for seeing detail that's maybe not so obvious - so more of that may be a route to think of.

Finally - the landscapes are obviously the main feature, I'd suggest just keep trying to make them that bit different than the crowd - not sure how you'd do it, but just keep thinking "have I seen this before" when looking through the view finder. If you have, then you're not being individual and following.

4. What do you like to see in their PF?

Natural mono abstract and detail shots (see bleached wood shots)

5. Whose work would you recommend them to have a look at (if you know any)?

I'm really bad at this question... I never really look at other people's stuff! Terrible I know, but honest!


Added Date: 19/02/2009 - 12:44 PM

Quote: Ade, please help.

Your Mum is a lovely looking Lady and your Dad is a handsome Bloke, there is no doubt it. So what happened to you?


they often ask the same Wink

though I do look like a 30 year younger version of my dad!


Added Date: 02/01/2009 - 2:00 PM

Good to see a creative portfolio that's made up of everyday objects most people would just walk by without noticing.

Shows a keen eye and creative imagination


Added Date: 03/07/2008 - 11:32 AM

Quote: Portraits are something I really struggle with (as my pf shows).

you've not got any! Smile

some nice work with waterfalls - post your portraits though, often best to post things you want to improve upon rather than playing it safe.

Patricia Fenn

Added Date: 03/11/2006 - 5:42 PM

So good to see a portfolio of such high quality that covers such a wide spectrum of subjects.

A great reference point us all.

Keep the good work up!


Added Date: 21/12/2006 - 3:51 PM

Cheers everyone.

On New years Eve 2006 I celebrate 3 completed years of DSLR ownership Smile

Been a long old learning experience, mostly from books then it was all polished up hugely by using this site.

Without it, I'd be 3 years off the shots I'm producing now - so my advice is to:-

keep an eye on the forums - all sorts of knowledge gems in there

ask questions - most togs are happy to answer

don't waste your time writing pointless comments on peoples shots. e.g. "Great colours and DOF". No one benefits from this.

do spend time looking at shots and making meaningful comments - they don't have to be technical, but show that you've looked at the shot and thought about it. Looking and thinking = learning.

Use the critique gallery - post your own shots into it and read other people's comments on other shots.

most of all - it's not to be taken too seriously, written text is often read out of context and people get upset. Don't fall into this trap cause only you loose out.