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28/09/2014 - 6:15 PM

Standing Alone

Standing AloneSome very good advice from Alan. I think the only thing I might add is to consider darkening the sky above the cloud. This will help to concentrate the viewers attention on the lighthouse.
22/08/2014 - 10:32 AM

Dublin Skyline

Dublin SkylineI think you have a strong composition here and its an excellent image. My only thought to improve it might be to darken the top of the sky with a gradient to balance against the darkness of the water at the bottom.
20/07/2014 - 12:20 PM


BandstandA really first class mono image Adam. The inclusion of the manhole might be a little odd to some at first glance but in fact it works well as a lead in to the front of the pier. A wonderful sky with just the right amount of contrast and movement for me. Overall the toning is spot on. Would I do anything differently?. Well possibly I might have darkened the top of the sky in the centre to prevent the viewers eye wandering out of the top of the frame. Other than that. Perfect IMO
15/07/2014 - 9:37 AM

Snake V2

Snake V2I think the blurred horizon works well Mark although my personal prefererence would be for a little more definition at the transition. I think many photographers who don't really 'get' this type of shot believe that they are easy because they are simple in their composition. My experience is the opposite as to produce a very good one you need to pare down the elements but still maintain interest and atmosphere. Apart from the horizon issue the comp of V1 is far more pleasing. I would have liked to see the groyed extending closer to the horizon which would give more impact. This can sometimes be achieved by changing your vertical angle when behind the camera although in this case I imagine you had limited options on that respect. All in all its a very good image although not one of your best. Hope that helps.
28/02/2014 - 9:48 PM

Reflecting The Times

Reflecting The TimesVery nicely composed Alan. Good interest and clarity in the foreground and the bridges reflection/shadow helps lead the eye up to the bridge itself.
The tone detail in the sky is nice but I think if it were a little darker especially at the top it would balance better with the foreground.
06/01/2014 - 7:47 PM

Sentinels II

Sentinels IIThe cloud formation and the sand ripples combined with the low wide angle draws the eye in. Its a really nice shot Mark.
I wonder if when taking the shot, you had positioned the marker so that those converging lines took the eye towards it, you may have had an image with even more impact.
15/10/2013 - 12:41 PM

Mono Rocks

Mono RocksAs Jeremy says this certainly does not disappoint. Beautifully captured. The exposure balance and toning look spot on Alan.
Might be a tiny bit soft on the foreground rocks but looks like a sharpening rather than focus issue to me. Easily corrected with a touch of localized sharpening and not enough to spoil the impact, so gets my badge today.
08/09/2013 - 7:43 AM

Portland View

Portland ViewI like the subtle pinks in the sky and their reflection in the water Chris. The long exposure helps the reflection and adds to the mood of serenity. Ideally a little more side lighting on the rocks would have added more impact. A portrait format would have worked well here I think.
15/06/2013 - 7:57 AM

Marlows Sands

Marlows SandsThe processing works extremely well on the whole. For me the negative is the dark areas in the sky (looks similar to the effect of a polarising filter on a wide angle lens) and similar looking areas on the beach to the left hand side. On the positive side the contrast color and clarity of the rocks looks very good indeed.
17/04/2013 - 4:19 PM

Derwentwater - revisited

Derwentwater - revisitedJust caught up with this one. I like it very much indeed NIck. A slight crop up from the bottom might increase the impact of that mirror like reflection even more.
31/12/2012 - 1:15 PM

Lime green

Lime greenVery well done Ann. The lighting particularly on the lime looks very good although as I think you have already said the unlit side of the limes reflection could be a little lighter.
The composition is also good although if I had taken the shot I would probably have made the space top and bottom absolutely equal, but thats more personal taste more than criticism.
I have really enjoyed looking at your images during 2012 and look forward to what you come up with in 2013. Have a Happy New Year.
02/12/2012 - 5:14 PM


Boardwalk.......I like both V1 and V2 although V2 edges it ( I particularly like the rim light on the womans red hair)
Have you tried cropping down to say just above the sign? I think that reducing the area of white ' blown' pixels will help to direct the viewers eye on to the subject matter much better.
31/10/2012 - 9:45 PM

Herringfleet Mill

Herringfleet MillHi Ian,

This is a very nice image which many photographers would be happy with, but knowing the quality of your work I understand why you are not 100% satisfied. As others have suggested what prevents a very good image being outstanding here is the balance between the land and sky. More sky would be the answer as per focusman and banehawi's mods but I suspect looking at your image that there was little interest in the sky higher up, further confirmed by the lack of cloud reflection in the water. So you made the right decision IMO and you cropped it out.
In conclusion I dont think you could improve this much. Sure you could re-process and play around with the crop etc but sometimes nature dictates that not all the elements before us come together quite as we would like. Look at it another way. Had the cloud reflecting the sun gone up higher you would no doubt have included them and as a bonus you would have had their reflection in the water. Not your fault. Blame nature!

29/08/2012 - 9:31 PM

The Fig Orchard

The Fig OrchardHi Alan
Really nice composition in V1 but for me the exposure balance between the sky and the foreground dosn't look quite right. If you used an ND grad on the sky perhaps it was a bit strong.
I have uploaded a mod that equalizes the exposure balance a bit more. I have also added a little more sharpening and reduced the vignette.
25/03/2012 - 9:41 AM


NoirI realise I am coming to this party rather late but hopefully you will spot this.
I really like the image and its beautifully conceived, modeled and lit but there are some elements that dont fit in with what I consider to be the Noir style.
1. The subject and background are still too evenly lit particularly the face. Noir shots tended to have strong sidelight with dark shadows which gave that air of mystery and seduction. The transition from highlight to shadow was often quite smooth but the shadows tended to be very dark.
2. Your shot is quite grainy which I am sure is what you intended. Noir images on the whole tend to be very high res with no sign of grain.
3. The strong vignette harks back to earlier photography than Noir IMO
Hope you find my thoughts constructive.
14/12/2010 - 8:33 PM

Little Barn

Little BarnHi Glenn.
this is a very good shot and I can see why you thought this had so much potential. The light is beautiful, the texturea perfectly captured and the stone farm buildings really draw the eye. However in my opinion it could be even better with just a few adjustments in photoshop or whatever processing software you have.
Firstly I would crop the sky out completely. there is really not enough of it to make any impact and the real interest is in the fields. In this image the sky is just not adding anything to the overall image.
Secondly there are a couple of things cutting in to the bottom of the frame, A small grass hump and part of...something i cant identify. They are a little distracting. Rather than crop them out i would clone them out as I think losing any more off the bottom of the frame would lower the farm building in the image and its probably lower than ideal now.
If you want to play around further try cropping in from the top and RH side until the higher farm building is positioned approximately 1/3rd down and from the right in the frame. This is quite a big crop but hopefully your file size will take it.
I hope thats of some interest.
27/11/2010 - 6:27 PM

Elgol, Skye

Elgol, SkyeNice shot. Works for me because the light under the cloud on the left balances so well with the strong light on the cliff.
18/04/2010 - 5:19 PM


EleanorI really like this shot jools I just think that if the models right arm had been extended supporting her she would look a little less awkward. Otherwise a very good shot.
21/03/2010 - 5:40 PM

Gorges du Doubs - 3

Gorges du Doubs - 3I think mono works best for this image jools. Its a really good shot and works well with high contrast . Only one thing jars and that is the branch in the middle at a 45 degree angle. For me this conflicts with the vertical composition. Otherwise great though.

21/07/2009 - 10:24 PM

Colwyn Bay - North Wales

Colwyn Bay - North WalesThis is particularly good Andy. Beautiful tones and colour. I think the composition is fine as it is ( sorry Phil ). Had the camera moved left and taken in more of the pier this would have placed the largest Groyne post in the centre or to the right of centre. In my view weakening the image.