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14/11/2011 - 4:36 PM

geramy pics

geramy picsHi Geramy,

You have posted this, as many new members do, in the critique gallery. This is an area of the site which attracts more direct comments than the general gallery. Just remember that everyone's opinion differs. Welcome to the site, and I hope you find it a valuable place to learn.
20/07/2010 - 8:24 AM

Our Secret...

Our Secret...I have to agree with Paul. The mod seems to have over-compensated, and slightly pinker skin is definitely preferable to green skin. Keeping the skin tones bright (without over-exposing) is very flattering to female skin.
The only thing I would say is that a slight repositioning to include the whole word "secret" would have made the difference between wondering if it was an intended part of the composition, and knowing it was Smile (and feel free to ignore that if there was a piece of chewing gum stuck there or something Wink) I do think that CB's crop works well though, and there's probably a way of getting the whole word in, which I will try shortly.
The pose and overall set piece tie in well with the book title to tell a story, and I find that the image works quite well.
14/07/2010 - 12:32 PM

Flying Fortress

Flying FortressI think Geoff's is a fair comment, there is a substantial margin of sky around the aircraft that is lighter than the rest of the blue around it.
However, it's otherwise an excellent shot with the light coming in at just the right angle, and the attention to detail (ie. shutter speeds) has paid off.
31/03/2010 - 12:24 PM

Working Late

Working LateI've uploaded a modification to show the changes I would make to this.
I think that the graffiti is definitely the main draw in this image, but found that the bright streetlight on the left was a bit of a distraction, so I would crop that out. I would leave the bush in though, as it leads the eye back to the pavement line.
The bright yellow blob is actually a bit of lens flare. I don't mind flare, so I've left most alone, but I found that this one bit was jarring on the eye, and partly because you expect it to be a daffodil head. So I've moved it to connect with one of the stems. I like the movement on the daffs, and think that on the whole, the scene is a good representation of an urban night scene. I do feel that it could do with being just a touch brighter though, to really bring out the details on the wall and left the gloom on the right.
I think that the extreme darkness works in this image, and is in keeping with the theme of the challenge.
19/03/2010 - 10:53 PM

A Messy Eater

A Messy EaterIt may be that my monitor is a bit brighter, but there are a couple of long, hard-edged lines near the top that look like cloning artifacts. You may want to take a closer look, as they detract from what is otherwise a very good shot.
05/10/2009 - 3:40 PM

Big Brown Eyes

Big Brown EyesApologies for the late response.
I agree with the comments about the background. The shadow below the chin is a bit of a distraction, and there's some conflicting colours in the shot, which seem to be the result of mixed light sources. Although the ears are not in a conventional choice of positions, they do at least lend some hint of Val's character. The face is nice and sharp, and my only other niggle is that closing the blind or curtains on the window behind you would have allowed for a better reflection in the eyes.

01/09/2009 - 3:47 PM

Time and Tide Wait....

Time and Tide Wait....Without looking at previous comments (so I'm sorry if it's been said):

Horizon is a little off.

Compositionally, I think that less would be more in this example. Reducing the angle of view to the three boats on the left would have helped to hold the viewer's eye much more strongly. Perhaps shooting vertically to include more sky would have helped too. There's no real lead-in, and a large epanse of sky can often act as a strong alternative, if the conditions are right.

On the plus side, it's sharp throughout, and the high number of boats does make for a tricky job of choosing an effective composition.
27/07/2009 - 9:38 PM

crit buddy sp

crit buddy spAlthough you've said that version 3 is a better mono conversion, I think there's merits to both. Version 1 seems slightly dark, although the eyes stand out, which is fitting, as they're quite obvious in amongst all the hair Smile
What I do like about the first version is that it has a real crispness to it, and the processing has enhanced the form that you've brought out with the light set-up. Exposure-wise, I think somewhere between the two would be best. Your beard looks best in version 1, your hair in version 2. The processing has brought out a dark band around the edge of your beard in both of these, which I think a quick dodge would sort out.
The colour version seems a bit cool for my tastes, but that's a personal taste thing. It's probably apt anyway, given all the time you spend at the rink Smile
I do like this, it's an uncompromising study.
Cheers for the feedback on mine.
25/07/2009 - 12:06 AM

The Agronomist

The AgronomistThe one thing that can be seen in your expression in the first version is the concentration in your work (even if it's just a reaction to the flash, it's easy to see how you may furrow the brow along with the soil). I can see how the overcast sky may have worked out a little better, but appreciate the reasons for your choice. I think that a square crop would help balance out the lighting without detracting from the mood of the photo. The fill-flash appears quite natural, and a benefit of using on-camera flash here is that the hands aren't over-exposed.
13/07/2009 - 4:23 PM

Another Year Over

Another Year OverI like the rich balance of light and dark tones here. Whilst the heavy blacks won't be to everyone's tastes, they sit very well with me, largely because there's been no sacrifice made with the eyes. To an extent, I agree with Penny; the left of your face may be a little bright, but for me, it's only the lower half that needs to be toned down slightly. I do feel however that there may be some oversharpening, particularly below your left eye and around the thumb (the thumbprint seems especially stark), and the high contrast area between you forefinger and cheek is very bold and rigid.
However, I think the pose suits the circumstance, as given by the title, and am keen on your choice of background texture.
21/06/2009 - 9:27 AM

Tower of Power

Tower of PowerI would suggest that if you're taking out the building in the background, then it makes equal sense to remove the tree poking out from behind the fence. It distracts from the clean lines, and it's removal would aid the context in my opinion. What you'd be left with is a clinical study of form in the urban environment. The rain provides the natural contrast to that.
06/06/2009 - 4:53 PM


Quote: Is it a female Large Red ?

Nice work. Don't worry too much about the aperture, you get such great backgrounds with this lens that you can crank it down to about f/16 at this sort of range if conditions allow. Your image is so clean that you can raise the ISO a stop to compensate.
Clean your horsetails off and give it another go tomorrow. I really like version 3, and with some minor debris removal, it would do very well as an independant upload Smile
17/02/2009 - 3:18 PM


Himalayasfrom the looks of it, I say you did the right thing. The noise has probably come in because the proportions of blue in the RGB channels are so much higher. Exposing to the left certainly wouldn't have helped. If it bothers you, take a look at the channels, and run a noise reduction on the worst offender (probably the green). Personally, I wouldn't be too upset by it. The shot overcomes it. I quite like the letterbox crop too, and it cuts out some of the problems. It may be that the noise was caused by the low temperature. That happened to me once, and caused some really strange effects.
03/02/2009 - 11:55 PM

Katie Louise

Katie LouiseI think this is polished to perfection. The skin tones are beautifully smooth, and you've kept detail through the entire shot. I love the variety of textures, and I think it's actually the lighting on the hair that just finishes it off for me. It's a great balance to those wonderful eyes, and the whole photo has a very intimate feeling.
02/02/2009 - 11:06 AM

Blackness Boat Club Launch

Blackness Boat Club LaunchSquare format would work for me too. I don't think it needs the curves adjustment though, the subtlety of this shot is what gives it appeal. Take out the light block at the top left though, it pulls away from the main image once you've seen it, and no-one would miss it if it went. Smile
13/01/2009 - 10:25 AM

Vitamin C Production

Vitamin C ProductionI don't see a problem with tone-mapping this one. It's not been done to excess, and the colouration has helped to draw out the texture of the wood. I think it could do with a bit of sharpening though, and I think it would be stronger if the character on the left was walking towards the juicer with an orange segment (it would still need the orange side on display though). Fun image, and worth playing with.
14/10/2008 - 11:33 PM

Enchanting Orange

Enchanting OrangeI'm not entirely sold on the pose of the right arm, as it fools the brain a little into thinking she doesn't have an arm, but I love the look you've acheived here. The fill is subtle and considered, and the lens you've chosen has given a beautiful background.