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08/03/2014 - 9:15 AM

Open Air Gallery 2

Open Air Gallery 2I like both Helena but this one has more of a sense of a gallery rather than one picture and I prefer the position of the man in this one.

Can I make a couple of suggestions though? Are you able to soften the edge of the grass just a little as there is a dark line around it and the other thing is that you need to crop a tiny sliver off the top to get rid of the black line top left.

Good luck in your CC comp.

06/01/2014 - 8:14 PM

Mackeral Sky

Mackeral SkyStunning Brian, as you say, just what we need after all of this awful weather.

Might I suggest as slight crop? Keeping the same format I would bring it in from the bottom left to just under that central stone. You would then lose a little bit of surplus water on the left as well as the stone that is cut in half. Also the line of rock on the right would come in from the corner leading your eye to the little island of rocks in the middle which is now off centre. My opinion only of course!

04/01/2014 - 3:16 PM

It's a bit like golf ...

It's a bit like golf ...Philistine, you sound just like my husband, in his case though, there are only so many Telegraph crosswords he can do while I'm taking photographs!

Composition is good with 'the Domestic Authorities' nicely placed a third into the frame and I like the diagonal lines of the road leading into the picture. It is a little bit over exposed and there is a bit too much sky for me. In my mod I have reduced exposure and increased contrast also cropped to a square format so that your good lady is still on the 1/3rd but there is less of the sky and trees.

03/01/2014 - 4:58 PM


HONDURAS MIGRANTI really like the composition and the way that the background is thrown totally out of focus. I feel that the light areas are too light though and the dark ones too dark, so I have reduced the highlights in my mod and also the shadows. I have also tried to brighten his eyes a little too. I was finding the light area behind his head a little distracting too so have tried a closer, square crop.

03/01/2014 - 4:26 PM

Pensando na e sobre a vida

Pensando na e sobre a vidaHello Henrique,

As Martin has already said, the image is very bright, although I do like the silhouettes against the sparkly water. For me, the horizon isn't quite straight though and when I straighten it, I lose most of the fishing boat on the far left and the girl ends up right in the middle of the image which isn't great. If I was any good at Photoshop I would move her to the left to give a better balance but that is not my forte so I'll leave that so someone else! I do very much like the letter box crop, perfect for this image I'd say.

25/12/2013 - 8:27 PM

Split interior

Split interiorThis is one of those images that get you guessing, as Peter says, what is real and what is reflection? Or are we looking at part of the scene through a coloured screen? I'm not sure! I really do like the split, roughly 1/3 way across the image and the fact that the split comes right down to the corner of the table. I like the diagonal lines leading into the lights and them my eye comes back to what I think is the 'real' or unfiltered or unreflected area. I have tones down the highlights very slightly in my mod and cropped square to lose a small area on the left. I really do like it though.

25/12/2013 - 8:13 PM

Church in the Forest

Church in the ForestIt is certainly a very dramatic building and I'm sure worth the trek in the 'wheezy' taxi! I have to confess to not being a huge fan of HDR although it certainly gives this image the 'wow' factor. The sky is fantastic, though for me there is maybe just a little bit too much of it, hence the crop in my mod. I have also brought the highlights down slightly and straightened the vertical a touch.

08/11/2013 - 4:50 PM

Incoming Tide

Incoming TideI like the composition here Chris, with the rocks in the foreground leading round to the spray on the right then round again and out to sea. I also like the milkiness, just the right amount for me. The problem I have is the colour. The picture looks under exposed, a bit too warm and the colours are quite flat. I don't detect a great deal of noise although the edges of the rocks are quite jagged so maybe a little over sharpened?

I will upload a mod in which I have used curves to brighten the mid tones, highlights have been increased as have clarity and vibrance (all in Lightroom). I've also reduced the temperature a little and used the adjustment brush to bring out more of the detail in the rocks on the left. See what you think.

04/11/2013 - 8:17 PM

Foreground Motion

Foreground MotionI think you are being too hard on yourself Ben, this is a lovely image.

If I was to do anything to it I might rotate it very slightly counter clockwise as I don't think those flat rocks at the top are quite level, crop an inch off the bottom so that the brown area of water leads the eye into the picture and maybe try to lighten up the top left corner a bit.

Having said all that, I would be happy to have taken this picture.

03/11/2013 - 9:18 AM

My Neighbourhood

My NeighbourhoodReally good shot, I like he subtle colours, lines and the way the light catches the edge of the bricks and the steps.

Personally I would crop about half of the wall on the left of the picture though. It will still provide a frame but put the emphasis on the main area to the right of that.

21/10/2013 - 10:58 AM

Golden Temple, Amritsat, India

Golden Temple, Amritsat, IndiaWelcome to Ephotozine Jayanta, I hope you get as much from it as I do.

This is a lovely shot, a night scene full of activity and really well done.

I have uploaded a mod, scroll up and click on modification where I have brought the highlights down a little, straightened it slightly and cropped to lose the bright light on the left.

I look forward to seeing more of your images.

21/10/2013 - 9:33 AM

Head of dove

Head of doveI love the colour and detail in his shot Martin, also the constant between the colour of the bird and the dark background. I'd like to see the bird further to the right though so that it is looking I to the frame rather than out of it and also a bit more space above the head so that he is not quite so cramped.

17/10/2013 - 12:12 PM


generalThis shot has some potential, the birds add interest to the sky and the buildings to the foreground.

There are still some issues though. I find the large building on the left distracting and I would liked more separation between the sun and the tree. Maybe if you had been able to stand further forward and to your left you would have managed a better composition. I would also reduce the amount of sky to just above the birds as I have done in my mod, and the bottom in line with the bottom of the building on the right. I have also warmed it up a bit as I felt the colours were quite cool.
Wild Exciting Beautiful British Columbia!Not much wrong with this at all Polycarp, beautiful mountain scenery. All I've done in my mod is crop the trees a little, reduce some of the highlights and increase contrast.

08/10/2013 - 7:14 PM

Talacre reflection.

Talacre reflection.You certainly have a high contrast mono shot Jed and the whole range of tones in between. The processing is lovely from the ripples in the water to the texture of the sand and the light in the sky. The only thing that I might change about this shot is the position of the lighthouse. If you had been able to move to your left a little the lighthouse would not be quite so central. I've applied a crop to my mod so that you can see what I mean.

24/09/2013 - 6:44 PM

Fly agaric

Fly agaricHi Richard, there are a couple of things that I think may have contributed to the lack of sharpness on this image.

The first is the shutter speed of 1/15 sec. My guess is, having just been on my hands and knees taking photos of fungi myself, that you were too low on the ground to use a tripod and even if you had the camera on a beanbag, 1/15 is very slow to get a sharp shot. A burst of flash would have made all the difference and would have added a little glow to the subject.

From the exif data above, I can see that you were using a 24 - 70 lens but not what focal length the photo was taken at. I'm just wondering if maybe you were a little too close to the subject for the autofocus to work properly? I too have this camera and lens and find that if I'm quite close, manual focusing is more likely to get a sharp image than autofocus. Just a thought but it might make all the difference.

Keep at it, practice makes perfect!