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20/08/2010 - 5:30 PM

Great Grandfather

Great GrandfatherExcellent restoration job, you must be well pleased. My Mum gave me a cardboard box full of old photos about 3 years ago. Mostly from the 60's onwards but tucked away at the bottom were a dozen or so sepia shots of my grand-parents and their family. I was thrilled especially as I had just completed a lot of work on my family tree. The pictures were in remarkably good condition so maybe the fact that they were kept covered and in the dark is a good pointer.
19/08/2010 - 7:50 PM

Italian Garden

Italian GardenNicely constructed comp James, with the tree the fountain and the ballustrade forming a strong triangular shape. I'd have perhaps cloned out the bit of shrubbery at the bottom of the frame to give a cleaner view of the red and white flower bed. Also perhaps drop in a grad layer to darken those patches of white sky at the top.
17/08/2010 - 4:53 PM

Gaelic Football III

Gaelic Football IIIGood series John. V1 is my fave although perhaps shave a bit off the top to remove the feet (I think they are) for a cleaner result.
28/03/2010 - 5:28 PM


CharlotteEngaging smile, good skin tones and I like the big square crop. A few small points. Try to get a better eye contact as your model has hooded eyes here. Also try getting her to turn her body three-quarters on to the camera. Finally, although the background is nicely diffused, that old caravan immediately behind the subject's head is a bit distracting. I think if you had moved round slightly the model would have obscured this. Good for a first effort though and welcome to EPZ.
16/01/2010 - 4:00 PM

Playing Soldiers

Playing SoldiersOn the plus side there's a good expression, nice colour rendition and shallow depth of field so the background is out of focus. On the minus side the background is still distracting and competes with your model. Al has mentioned the burnt out area on the left but having a dark area on the right means that the top part of the cap has disappeared. I'd have tried to pose him against a plain background; or if your photoshop skills are up to it make a selection of your model and copy/paste to a new background.
you second from the left face forwardGood patter shot and well titled. I find that area of burn out on the left a bit of a distraction as your eye keeps getting drawn to it. Might be worth trying to darken it down or crop it out. Also the space above the birds doesn't add alot to the shot. Try cropping it for a ltterbox format.
27/11/2009 - 6:11 PM

After the Storm

After the StormWell observed and certainly a bit different so I would commend you on that. A couple of niggles though. I think you should lose the lighthouse as that draws your eye away from the main subject (especially so as it is on the edge of the frame); you could probably just crop the shot. Secondly a slightly different viewpoint might have helped as you are losing that blue of the canopy against the mountains.

Hope this helps.

25/11/2009 - 5:06 PM

Its all downhill

Its all downhillCommon wisdom on composition is that you should have two thirds sky to one thirds land or vice -versa whereas here you've got half and half. In this shot I'd perhaps be tempted to crop some off the bottom to get the proportion right and then maybe work on bringing a bit more detail out of the sky. Maybe drop a digital gradient in plus a bit of dodging and burning.
28/08/2009 - 4:14 PM

Alone He Stands

Alone He StandsAnother well timed action shot John. I'm not sure that the out of focus figure on the right works for me. I find that it keeps drawing my eye away from the main action. I know you'd have to change the title but would it work cropping him out ?
27/08/2009 - 7:56 PM

Evening Light

Evening LightThe enhanced colours really add something to the shot. Tend to agree with Joline that it might benefit from some selective lightening, esp in the foreground where the shadows are a bit blocked. An alternative to Joline's advice would be to create a 50% grey fill layer and select overlay as the blending mode. With the f/g colour set to white, with a soft edge brush set to 5% opacity paint over the dark areas to lighten them. Hope this helps. Thanks for the comments on my p/f by the way.
03/04/2009 - 8:23 PM


MollieLike the expression with just the glimpse of teeth (I swear that she's saying "sausages" !). Might be worth going back to the original and if you've got any detail in the fur on the nose, masking it off before adjusting the image. Think this one might also suit a square crop to concentrate on that lovely face.
03/04/2009 - 9:47 AM

Southwold Pier.

Southwold Pier.Lovely pale pink hue to the horizon. The foreground doesn't do alot for me on the shot though. How about losing a chunk off to give a letterbox crop; just an idea.
08/06/2008 - 9:35 PM

In Memory

In MemoryGood shots, well put together Jane. Maybe try a thin black keyline round the shots to delineate them better - the bottom left is a bit lost against the white background. Also I think it might work better with a small type on the title. Hope you don't mind the observations.
17/05/2008 - 7:50 PM

ss Great Britain 2

ss Great Britain 2A good selection of well themed shots. However I'm not sure the presentation shows them off to their best advantage. I would suggest an image grid approach so that each shot is well defined with a thin keyline around each. Have a look at my p/f for some ideas (i'm not fishing for clicks, honest !). Alternatively you could go for a collage effect by overlapping the images and then using the eraser to blend them together. Either way, I'm not sure I'd put the title in the centre of the frame - you should have the strongest image there to grab the viewers attention, and maybe have the title at the bottom. Hope this is helpful.