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29/12/2010 - 8:45 PM

[mark found some light II]

[mark found some light II]Terrific piece of photography Carsten, like an emerging anti-hero sent to defend us from evil, very well worked.

I would like to see the light on the left side taken out though, iI can't help but look at it rather than concentrate on Mark.


29/12/2010 - 5:49 PM

Walking up the Aisle

Walking up the AisleSurreal and beautiful, nicely done.

Maybe the beacon is a tad on the tight side in the frame causing slight imbalance with the main subject. Also I think it could do with a bit more contrast in the clouds to punch the dress up in the shot IMHO


29/12/2010 - 5:39 PM

The player

The playerFantastic piece of work, really has a nice gritty feel to it.

I do find however the 'dirt' on the hands and face a bit too much and the lack of colour throught the clarinet looses some impact on the shot IMHO.
29/12/2010 - 3:10 AM

Mr. Lizard

Mr. LizardRoberto, great image, nice mix of macro and abstract. Love the texture of the plant leaf and the shadow of the lizard, well spotted and captured.
Shame about the intruding shadow though, could do with a bit of a crop to remove the top right hand corner, it contrasts badly with the rest of the image IMHO.
29/12/2010 - 3:02 AM


MinimalHi Matt, i like this shot, but feel it is compositionally flawed IMHO.
The bench is lost being just under the horizon and under the tree, a lower viewpont and a move to the left to bring the bench on the horizon and nestled between the trees I think it would give more impact, especially with the title.
I hope you don't mind?
14/12/2010 - 9:34 PM

Water and Talc

Water and TalcArt is what you make it, if you think this is art then it's art, simple.

I think it is a powerful image in its concept but does need refining to give it a more disturbing edge methinks. I find the clean kitchen work surface out of place alongside the tiles in the B/G (attention to detail) It needs more grit, like an old grubby arm chair or a coffee table strewn with fag ends and bits of tin foil. The mono treatment is right for this image, but i do feel it needs more depth and darkness to it, a play with levels, contrast and curves can help here IMHO.

Hope this helps?

11/12/2010 - 8:53 PM


KINGFISHERYep, there are so beautiful and you have captured it well.

I think a closer crop would help as the amount of B/G is quite distracting along with the lower branch, also a slight boost in contrast and levels just to bring some depth to the shot would also help, IMHO.


11/12/2010 - 2:58 AM

water in the words

water in the wordsI like the idea and it hasn't come out that bad, the water has made a nice abstract out of the words in the book.

However it is let down by the spine not being vertical also the top and bottom left hand corners, a simple use of the crop tool would have removed these, or a bit more attention to detail in your set up / composition would have given a more pleasing, cleaner image IMHO.


11/12/2010 - 2:50 AM

Dragon Fly

Dragon FlyA difficult subject to photograph, but, not a bad effort.

With Dragonflies the wings are the hardest bit to get right, focus wise, which is whats happened here. The apeture at f2.8 gives great DOF but limits the amount of sharp focus across a Dragonflies wingspan, nothing better than getting that beautiful pattern in full focus!
Early morning is the best time to get them before they start to move about, stealth and patience also needed so as not to disturb them. Observe their behaviour, see if they have a favorite resting spot, if so, wait for them to move off, then move in, set up and wait, be prepared to set up in the water (only if it is shallow) paying great attention to the B/G, nothing worse than nailing a really good sharp macro shot and then find you've got a stick or a blade of grass spoiling a clean B/G. Exposure is another factor, as most Drogonflies like sunny warm conditions, set up your cameras exposure on a mid tone, again nothing worse than getting a good sharp shot and finding the branch its sitting on is over exposed and blown. It all sounds tricky, but with practise and patience, you will succeed. I'm still trying to get that elusive shot, I will one day, get it, but it is fun trying.
I hope this helps in some small way, and good luck.
10/12/2010 - 6:34 PM

Chesterton Frost

Chesterton FrostGreat image Colin, good use of the furrow as a lead in to the windmill.

I do find the composition a little wrong though. The horizon in the middle has pushed the windmill up into the top corner making it tight in the frame. I think a minor adjustment in your composition would greatly improve this shot, put the horizon on the lower third line, this would give the windmill the space needed also would bring in much more of that wonderful sky, IMHO.
09/12/2010 - 11:58 PM

Herd Groyne & Storm Cell

Herd Groyne & Storm CellI like this lots, great angle and the contrasting colours work so well.
However, I feel that something is missing to tie the whole image together.
There is nothing in the F/G to hold it all together, the black strip is adding nothing for me and makes the lightbeacon seem to be floating. I looked at cropping that part off and it seems to help slightly IMHO
09/12/2010 - 9:44 PM


LamplightSuperb minimalistic image Doug, nicely converted and presented.

I do find the lamp a bit tight on the left side though, difficult to judge the set up but maybe using landscape instead of the square crop may give the lamp more room? IMHO.


29/11/2010 - 10:05 PM

. . . dock of the bay

. . . dock of the bayFantastic shot, love the warmth and calmness.

If I can though, it is a little on the dark side, a slight lift in levels or exposure just to bring that post to life, and maybe just a bit on the boats, just to reveal some colour on them? Also I feel the post is a tad central and low in the composition a slight shift to the right and a degree or two lower and would be perfect IMHO.


29/11/2010 - 12:35 PM

The Mask

The MaskBoth are good in their own respect Andy.

V1 is a mystery, what is the mask, who does it belong to and why is it there?
V2 gives the answers. It symbolises freedom for me anyway.

I do think that a slight lift in levels on the mask, just to bring a bit more detail to the fore may help and in V2 the lens flare is a bit strong, IMHO. Very, very minor things Andy, hope you don't mind the critique? Hope this does well, deserves it mate.
26/11/2010 - 10:38 PM


ZebraSuperb piece of work Ian, the selective use of the filter on the manes is very clever, doesn't over power the image in fact really enhances it, shall shortlist this, so fingers crossed.

Only one thing Ian, the leg does look slightly out of place, so would suggest removing it so the focus remains on the heads IMHO.


26/11/2010 - 12:49 AM


NUTHATCHA perfect Nuthatch capture, especialy with the snow on the branch, really adds to the shot, sharp and good detail, very well done.

I would have a go at cloning out the branches in the B/G though, as I feel it does distract from that beautiful bird. Also there is a slight halo around it, I am on my work monitor, so it may be that, so I do apologise.
25/11/2010 - 11:13 PM

The chain

The chainHi Steve, great bit of macro work here, good subject and nicely composed across the frame.
The low apeture has given good isolation on the subject, the wording 'JAPAN' I presume, I think it needed to be a bit wider to get it all in focus as the JAP part seems a little soft, also the light blob under the chain is a distraction, possible to clone out but better to check when composing the shot, a couple of minor niggles, but apart from them, good detail and lighting, well done.


Choose RENOLD chain next please......Wink
25/11/2010 - 9:41 PM


cobraThe 2 things I admire, great car and the finest arobatic team in the world, lucky man.

I do feel however, there is more potential to be had if you have the chance to do this shot again?
I like the selective colour, but care is needed, the open canopy on the nearest Hawk has colour on it and makes it look odd against the rest of the sky. tricky I know but attention to detail makes a good shot much better.
I also feel the Cobra is to close to the Hawk, and with the others in the background tends to muddle the image slightly, maybe taking it at a sharper angle and the Cobra slightly forward or have them both pointing to the camera at different angles, I feel this would give the shot that 'edge'.
The work of ambient life on here is class car photgraphy and may give you some ideas on taking your shots further.
I hope this helps in some small way.
Kind regards
22/11/2010 - 9:52 PM

After the Storm

After the StormLovely colours and capture of the waves.

I do find the red blob a distraction along with the houses in the top right, maybe a step to the right may have taken them out of the frame but still keeping the composition just so. Or , as I have done in the 2 mods, cloned out the distractions or a slight crop to remove them and tightening the composition a tad, hope you don't mind?
Twycross Giraffes - A little X-tra help from My FriendMaybe not to some peoples liking, but I like it and I think the fractillius filter works on these Giraffes, nicely done Ian.
I do feel however that a small white stroke border would help to frame them due to the black B/G and the black EPZ B/G and maybe a bit more central in the frame, IMHO.