Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!

Connect to User

07/07/2009 - 6:38 PM

To the manor born

To the manor bornFunny but the thumbnail looks very theatrical and dramatic but slightly less so when opened large .... caught my attention though.

Maybe crop off that top window?
08/06/2009 - 12:38 PM


A TAINTED SKYI like it, but could like it more.

Good perspective from the 10-20, plus I like the positioning and size of the lead singer in the frame. For me though, my eye is lead down the path to nothingness ..... could'nt you have had the other band members in the distance down the path?
19/05/2009 - 10:36 PM

Head to Head

Head to HeadIt's the way that the yellow frames split the image into a series of different compartments, each with it's own interesting content that I like so much. And the figures ground the shot and provide the critical focal points.
06/05/2009 - 8:43 AM

End of the Season

End of the SeasonYes I like it. It's different and that's a very pleasing tangle of colours and shapes. I think you could have improved the composition by stepping to the left a little to provide some separation between the pile of chairs and the background lamp and stone base.
06/05/2009 - 8:36 AM


RED ROCKING CHAIR...Cleverly composed Jouko, with the doors within doors just pulling the eye into the shot. Well processed too, and a lovely focal point provided by the red chair and angled sunlight.
29/01/2009 - 2:26 PM

Lightning Rods HDR

Lightning Rods HDRI like the overall effect, but HDR can often leave an image slightly flat and lacking in contrast. If you duplicate the background layer, set blend mode to "multiply", "overlay" or maybe "soft light" then reduce the opacity to taste you can add back a bit of "punch".
19/12/2008 - 1:53 PM

Hawkcraig Point

Hawkcraig PointGood looking image and full of detail. Subtle rather than dramatic is the order of the day here. That little splash of red and white top left adds a lot to this shot.

Edit: Just noticed V2. I much prefer the landscape format but would have liked it with more foreground rock to anchor that version down. So on balance V1 I think.
10/12/2008 - 12:14 PM

My Back Garden

My Back GardenFor a first HDR attempt I'd say you've done pretty well. It's vibrant and quite eyecatching. A couple of comments on technique though. Did you take the 3 shots hand-held or on a tripod .... it's just there's some misregistration between the exposures. The branches could be explained by wind movement, but there's even a slight "echo" running along the top of the fence and the hanging brackets. The other point is that the sky is showing signs of being overly tone-mapped .... there's a blotchiness and uneveness in the tonality. Try to ease up on the strength of tone-mapping or perhaps blend back in one of the original exposures in Photoshop to minimise the extent of the effect.

04/12/2008 - 9:27 AM

Around the Rugged Rock ...

Around the Rugged Rock ...For me that rock is a little bit too big for a perfect balance and I'm not overly keen on it cutting across the horizon, but that said it's still a good looking pic with a very nice sky and water motion.
11/07/2008 - 8:22 AM

Kids in Belize

Kids in BelizeThe BW is far the better image for me. It just looks more like a "photograph" and less like a "snap" as compared with the colour version. It's a nicely photogenic background and the off-centre composition works well too. Probably worth spending a little time trying to lighten up the little fellow far right as he looks a little dark in the BW version.

There's a useful technique for non-destructive dodging you could try if you have Photoshop ....

a) Create a new layer above your image layer and fill with 50% grey.

b) Set layer blend mode of the new layer to "Overlay"

c) Select a soft edged white brush and set to low opacity, say 4%

d) Paint on the new layer where you want to lighten the underlying image. If you mess up then you can throw the new layer away and start again without any damage being done to the image pixels.

e) You can mix and match and do a little burning in with this technique too. Just switch to a black brush for burning.
05/07/2008 - 7:18 AM


BeneathAgree that V2 has the more natural looking sky Carl, but as you say you've lost the WOW factor under the bridge.

Time to get canny here and merge the two separate versions together as separate layers in Photoshop. Open V2, open V1 then holding the SHIFT key down slide the background layer from V1 into the V2 image. Holding SHIFT ensures that the two layers will line up correctly. Add a layer mask to the V1 (top) layer, activate the mask, and using a small soft edged black brush paint out the sky to reveal the more natural sky on the layer beneath.

I know of a lot of people using HDR who use this sort of technique to merge multiple HDR images to try and get the best of all worlds.

04/07/2008 - 11:55 AM

More Sky

More Sky
Quote: any coments on how to improve my work welcome

Just ease up on the strength of tone-mapping that you're applying and maybe desaturate the colours a little. If you pump up the volume too much then you start to get processing artifacts especially noticable in the sky. Evident in your shot by the halo around the tree and the odd colour gradations in the sky.

Heavy-handed processing aside (and that's a very subjective thing) I do like the simplicity of this shot though.
19/06/2008 - 12:17 PM

Red Hot Poker II

Red Hot Poker IIAn appealing image. Sliced and presented like this adds a lot of value to what would otherwise be a pretty ordinary flower shot. I think it would work better if the background was black rather than that murky green colour though. Black would contrast better with the slices and perhaps add a little extra punch to the image.
19/06/2008 - 11:09 AM

Clumber Meadow

Clumber MeadowShe's a very pretty little girl Mark and the pose is nice and natural looking, complemented as it is by the off-centre composition and nicely blurred background.

The BW conversion looks pretty good to me with a full range of tones ... maybe a little bright on her right knee though. Lol but I can't detect any hint of blue so your toning must be extremely subtle.

My only niggle about the shot is all of the grass stems and seed-heads in front of the girl. Tolerable over her body, but I'd be very tempted to remove the brighter seed heads in front of her hair, right side of face.

Edit: John's mod is what I was thinking of .... but maybe remove a little further down that bright stem too.
18/06/2008 - 8:36 AM

unfinished work

unfinished workI'd be tempted to rotate this counter-clockwise slightly and maybe crop a little off the left. I like the colours and sci-fi other-worldly feel to this though.
15/06/2008 - 7:29 AM

My girl 2

My girl 2Nudes are not my forte, but I guess that my opinion is as valid as anyone elses.

She's an attractive lady with a good body but I'm not convinced that you've made the most of her in this shot. She does'nt look too happy, the pose looks a bit awkward, I don't think the shoes work and the background is pretty awful.

I don't mean to sound overly negative as your girlfriend is your biggest asset here. Perhaps look through the other nude shots in the galleries and get a feel for diffeent poses, lighting and locations.

WIth a bit of luck someone more familiar with nude photography will come along and provide some better technical advice.
14/06/2008 - 10:23 PM


ProcessionNow this is where my perfect vision of the world and what can be realistically captured via a camera start to go our own separate ways. Love the content but can't help thinking that ....

a) You need more foreground under the lad's feet.

b) You need some free space to both left and right.

Not possible I know. But I can dream ..............
06/06/2008 - 9:37 AM


GossipingI'll get my niggles out of the way first .... looks like it could do with a touch of CCW rotation, and I'd maybe crop a tad off the left edge and increase the contrast with a subtle "S" curve set to "luminosity" blend mode to give a lift without further saturating the colours

Ah that's better Smile

Love this though ..... a beautiful shot.
05/06/2008 - 9:49 AM

HDR Attempt

HDR AttemptI bought the full version of Photomatix a year or so ago after dabbling with the trial version.

This does'nt look too bad. The foreground has that tone-mapped look which I find quite attractive .... sort of "super-real". The sky looks a bit murky to me although not horribly overcooked like a lot of people tend to go for. Lol but if a dial goes up to 10 you are still allowed to set it to 3 or 4.

I must admit that I love to use HDR for indoor shots but prefer to manually blend exposures in CS2 for landscapes. Seems to me that the sky is too easily buggered up with HDR .... bright halos around solid edges and grey smeary clouds.

Regarding number of separate exposures I seem to remember the HDRSoft FAQ's saying that -2,0,+2 was a good range for most outdoor scenes which don't directly include the sun. At the end of the day you only need sufficient exposures to fully capture the dynamic range of the scene in front of you. Taking more is a waste of time and disk space.

Lol ..... I should have done an abridged version Wink
29/05/2008 - 8:03 AM

All Saints

All SaintsA lot of work gone into this one Alan, what with three HDR shots to process and then stitch together. Funny, but all that effort is worth it precisely because it does'nt look like you've done any processing on it. i.e., it looks "natural". Plenty of detail to retain interest, and I like the half-blown window at the end of the shot. Another -2EV exposure and you could have held that window too, but then you'd lose some of the natural look IMO.

Funny but I was at Worcester Cathedral yesterday and rather than rattle off -2,0,+2 on autobracket I went manual and did a -4 too. Lol but after all that effort I did'nt like the results and prefer a slight blowing of the windows by not using the -4.

Gobby sermon over ..... Amen.