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Thanks for looking at my portfolio. I hope you find some images you like.
I read all your comments and look through the gallery, but because of time I may only vote rather than comment.
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  • Smug ...or...What!

    Another cracking capture Lilian.
    • 23 Nov 2017 8:50PM
  • Waiting.............

    Very nicely done.
    • 23 Nov 2017 8:46PM
  • The Eternal Crunch

    Fords weren't referred to as Dagenham Dustbins for nothing.
    Maybe no longer made in Dagenham...
    • 23 Nov 2017 8:43PM
  • Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

    Looks good.
    • 23 Nov 2017 8:39PM
  • Horses whisper - original

    The mistiness is attractive, though I like your contrastier version too. There is a common factor in both your V1 and Willie's mod and that's the lightening of detail on the horses which i feel is necessary to fully appreciate them.

    I find bringing out the best in an image, or creating manipulated versons, just as involving and pleasing as darkroom printing (which I last did over 30 years ago).
    One downside, if you like, is that it's easy to produce numerous variations much quicker which makes choosing 'the bes' or a 'favourite' much harder!
    • 23 Nov 2017 8:20PM
  • last of autumn

    I really like woodland scenes and I prefer the moodier look of your original. It's about the impending short days for me.
    It just shows how personal interpretations can vary.
    • 23 Nov 2017 8:05PM
  • Pembrey

    It's good to see you back in the Critique Gallery Charlotte.

    This is a very attractive scene and I can see that you had to capture it.
    The person and the dog bring the scene to life as they provide a strong focal point even though they are small in the frame. Without them, the scene is very empty even though the sky looks good.
    I cropped the image slightly so they are less central, so there's plenty of roo for them to 'walk into'.
    I removed the bit of debris on the beach using the Clone tool just to simplify the composition and make it just about the walker and dog.

    These are extreme lighting conditions and many cameras would struggle with this let alone a phone. We're talking graduated filters at least to get a better balance of exposure between the land and the sky.
    However, we can use post processing to enhance what's there. Having a better balance in the original capture would allow finer adjustment and reduce any degradation.
    But something like this that's about mood can still be very appealing even if it's a little 'imperfect'.

    So I made seperate feathered selections of the land and sky and put them on separate Layers. The sky was set to Multiply Blend Mode and the land to Screen Bled mode. Both layers were set to around 80% opascity.
    The result was darkened sky and lightened foreground but with detail retained.

    It's not the only way of doing such adjustments.

    I thn warmed up the Colour Balance for my first mod.

    I then thought a 'moonlight' effect may look good, so reduced colour temperature for mod 2.

    Mod 3 is a gritty mono with added grain, created using the Nik software.

    Of course, other people will have other interpretations.
    • 23 Nov 2017 7:51PM
  • You do have some amazing images in your portfolio.
    • Posted on maures53's profile
    • 10 Mar 2006 12:57PM
  • Just had a scan through your portfolio, some really nice images there. I see there are some big gaps between posting, but hey, quality rather than quantity eh!
  • You've a really stunning landscape portfolio here. I thought I'd comment here rather than individual images. I really enjoyed looking.
  • Yo've got a great portfolio here, some lovely bird images. I can even forgive the fact that the squirrels are grey ones as the images are good lol!
    • Posted on SueWB's profile
    • 15 Mar 2007 6:20PM