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SPOT LIGHT by trungvo

Unfortunatley not a great shot ... or at least it doesnt appear to be so at this low res. The issue is primarily the vignette which adds nothing and actually distracts. The idea and this type of image works really well when its done well but this one jsut doesnt feel spot on.

It's certainly far from a bad shot ... and it is very evocative in many ways but Id like to see this larger and without the vignette. Of course it may be the case that the vignette wasnt added and could be natural however it appears fake either way.


Cool Kids

Cool Kids by peely

This is a bit of a trciky one to critique in some ways as I actually quite like it ... love the poses of the kids, and the overall shot in many ways but whilst I can see what you were aiming for ... I feel the yellow acid face just fights a touch too much for attention.

It's not just the big splash of colour but also the composition here. If it were in the top right or left and had been used to create a diagonal across the frame then it might have been a touch more subtle. Also I'd have liked to have seen the top of the head of the girl in the centre not breaking the outline of the circle above her.

The expressions and fun displayed in the shot are great.

The other issue here is that the kids have different toned tops on .. not always an issue but when you are shooting balck tops onto black backgrounds there is the tendency to get blocks of black .. which doesn't look good generally. So ... a few tweaks and you would get a better shot but it's certainly not a disaster as it stands.

Hope that helps.


Blair Witch

Blair Witch by yellowmunky

Great idea and concept .. love the camera angle but the shape in the foreground is just too bright. For this type of shot to be truly effective it really needs to retain the detail in there ... in all honesty I'd bin this one and go back out there and re-do it. I apprecia\te it can be tricky with the exopsures here but keeping the 9 minutes in similar light and running with a bit less flash and torch work would do the trick. Would be nice to use some ground markings to keep some additional seperation between the strands of light too .. making it a bit more uniform.

I think a polished version of this would be great.


Light and Dark

Light and Dark by PaulHolloway

Excellent image and well worthy of a click. Despite some of the minor niggles this is superb. LAndscape photography is all about the light and in this capture you have certainly managed to show that off to its full extent.



Emma by TRUEX


This one does need the crop to remove that top left but the lighting is pretty good. The flash to the right is a touch too high which has left the left (our) in shadow a touch more than desired. The detail on the jacket is excellent and the left flash positioned accurately.

Despite looking like 2 flash units this was 3 as I recall and that extra light has just given a bit more separation on the right shoulder which was needed.

I'd crop into the hair here land take a strip of the left to rmeove that bright patch without going to close to the eyes. Still worthy of a click as with a few tweaks it could be significantly improved.



franka by hook

Not bad at all Smile

Beautiful things in Paris

Beautiful things in Paris by onebeautifulmoment

Nice work .. just playing catch up on your portfolio - would have liked to have taken this one myself ... second time Ive said that in the past day or two Smile

Yendi III

Yendi III by ARJones

Mad .. and underclicked. Love it .... nice work all round.


The Shopping List

The Shopping List by Nic_WA

Shortlisted ...

Laura Leaves

Laura Leaves by layts

Shortlisted ... excellent set up and image.


Laura Leaves 3

Laura Leaves 3 by layts

Excellent ... agree with Neal here ... some imrpovements of late which are starting to show some reward Smile


Yellow Buoy ...

Yellow Buoy ... by sut68

Stunning. Compositionally simple and great light .. can't ask for much more than that. The slightly longer focal length certainly helps here ... great image.


Puppy Friendly Pano ...

Puppy Friendly Pano ... by sut68

Well a lot of praise for this one Paul .. unfortunately for me it's not great. Nowhere near your usual high standard. I was expecting a lot from the thumbnail it has to be said but overall it feels very flat.

As you say not being blessed with great light doesnt help matters and at the end of the day you can only shoot whats in front of you at the time. On that basis Im sure you;ve done well with the conditions ... but it really needs more spectacular light to light to lift it.

The colour in the mid distance sky is reminding me more of colour cast than anything else. Maybe thats not the case but thats the overall feel for me.

Compositionally the right quarter feels barren too ... I dont mind space being included in pano's to give a sense of scale or isolation but it adds little in this case. The formations on the water do lift the foreground somewhat tho and I would probably have liked to have seen a tighter shot rather than the pano used here.

Having read through that it sounds a bit harsh but that's not intentional. Just offering a longer comment than I have had time to do recently ...

Hopefully you'll take it the right way, but if not then it's a bit of bad luck Im having Wink

Belén Outtake

Belén Outtake by birsec

A square crop would ruin it .. the flare needs space to work and the backdrop suits this perfectly. Nice to see a flare image actually doing well on here ... I love playing with flare Smile


Apples by shortski

I have to vote on this one simply because its so bloody mad Smile

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Added Date: 03/07/2008 - 4:14 PM

Good to see you back on the site ... !!



Added Date: 23/03/2008 - 12:00 PM

Just spent a very enjoyable 20 minutes browsing the images on your website. Some really good work on there and a pleasure to view ... agree that its quite hard to place your work into a genre and thats probably the reason I like it so much ...

Shame you dont post some of your more thought provoking work on here too though.



Added Date: 22/03/2008 - 1:43 PM

One of the best landscape photographers on the site in terms of technique and processing. I always enjoy viewing your work which is inevitably very beautiful. Always pleased to see your willingness to experiment compositionally too.



Added Date: 25/04/2007 - 12:30 AM

Thanks for the comments. Some nice work in here and a variety of HDR and tone mapped images ... see you are getting to grips with it more and more! Keep the variety coming .. Dan


Added Date: 24/04/2007 - 12:31 AM

A huge improvement since you first apeared on EPZ. Some nice work in here, with a variety of very easy on the eye landscapes. Just enjoyed browsing for a while.



Added Date: 16/01/2007 - 1:34 AM

A commentless portfolio .. not a good thing!! So here goes ... some interesting and diverse ideas in here .. let down slightly by technique rather than creativity. Some interesting concepts that with a bit of development would prove fruitful!!! A very strong foundation on which to build your photographic skill ... Dan


Added Date: 29/09/2006 - 7:19 PM

Superb portfolio. Full of vibrance, colour, vitality and life. Keep up the good work. Dan


Added Date: 04/06/2006 - 2:52 AM

I really enjoyed your portfolio ..excellent work throughout with superb compositions, nice lighting and well executed!

john short

Added Date: 07/06/2006 - 1:00 PM

I noticed a few shots from your gallery a few days ago ... and tomorrow when i get chance im goin to take a closer look at it ... some fabulous work in there .. really, really like a lot of your stuff!


Added Date: 05/06/2006 - 3:05 AM

Fabulous portfolio .. excellent work throughout ...


Added Date: 09/09/2006 - 9:10 AM

Hi, just to say its been a a pleasure to browse through your portfolio this morning. Variety and thought throughout and some stunning landscape photography. A pleasure to view.


Added Date: 03/10/2006 - 10:17 PM

Firs time visit to you PF. Great variety, thought, and skill employed throughout. Enjoyed browsing. Dan


Added Date: 06/10/2006 - 6:08 PM

Superb portfolio. A viewing pleasure. Dan


Added Date: 09/03/2007 - 12:31 PM

You're making huge improvements of late! Some nice work and getting much better with the HDR. Enjoying watching your work develop. Dan


Added Date: 15/03/2007 - 10:44 PM

A nice in some of your shots .. some are a little over processed for me but you have a bit of talent which with some training on processing could result in some really nice work. Dan