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  • Robin at Glendalough

    As Willie says, robins are very sociable: a classic image is a robin on the handle of a spade or fork...

    I've also cropped tighter, and adjusted Levels for a heavier, more autumnal feel.

    Spot metering is quite niche, though a quick look at a couple of other shots in your portfolio suggest that you use it as a matter of routine. Two questions: why? And which area did you meter from here?
    • 28 Aug 2016 10:40PM
  • Charne

    There's an awful lot to like in this portrait.

    The light - often a weak point for first-time portraits - is beautifully soft, which is flattering, as well as avoiding contrast problems.

    Focus is firmly on the near eye, which is almost always the best thing to choose.

    White balance, looking at her eyes, is just right, too.

    Now, a question - Matrix? Not metering, obviously - is it local terminology for matriculation, so that it's a school exam stage? If so, then I see a real point in her looking to the left (backwards, to the past) and having a rather distant look in her eyes, as she moves on to the next stage of life... I'm not sure whether this implies 15/16 (in the UK, GCSE exams, or O-Levels back in my day) or 17/18 (A-Levels).

    I wonder if you've done quite a lot of processing on her face, though? Most teenage girls have more texture to their skin than I can see here. This is always a difficult balance - I tend to feel that a little cloning and spot healing is kind, but that full-blown portrait 'correction' is artificial. I'm interested in yoru view.

    The final thing is the angle - you've shot from a few inches below her eye line, and combined with the lack of eye contact, this makes for a quite remote, even aloof feeling. Was this intentional, unavoidable, or would a more obviously engaged and vivacious look be better (in some sense or other)?

    I don't have anythign to offer in terms of a modification, though. This is perfect in its own way - and if it is precisely what you wanted to achieve, you have done very well indeed!
    • 28 Aug 2016 10:35PM
  • Bates Butchers..

    Welcome to both Ephotozine and the Critique Gallery, Nile.

    Thsi is the part of the site where you can't get votes or awards, but you will get focussed and purposeful feedback and suggestions.

    It's an interesting picture - the sort you have to stop and snap. And you've thought about presentation - I can see burning-in of the sky, top left, and you've converted to mono to give an older feel.

    On the downside, there's a four degree tilt, which simply looks wrong. The wheels of the bike are level, but the buildings aren't - and the viewer knows that buildings are straight, so it creates a puzzle in the mind.

    Also, 1/100 at f/5 suggests low light - worth raising the ISO to 400, maybe, to allow yourself some headroom with shutter speed and aperture, to avoid focus and lens quality issues, and to prevent camera shake.

    The site isn't picking up the EXIF data fully, and I'm guessing you had to enter it manually - make sure that you 'save as' rather than 'save for web', as the latter strips out the EXIF data.

    Does that help? Looking forward to your next upload...
    • 28 Aug 2016 7:25PM
  • The Finale 1

    Paul's picked up on the heavy and unusual processing you use as a matter of course: it cathces the eye, and diverts from the content, still. One man's 'look' is another man's distraction.

    Two things strike me. First, the background here makes hte image. She needs the crowd to complete the picture and tell the story.

    Second, there's a tilt to the buildings on the left, which I corrected using hte Skew tool. It's important, when you process a lot, to remember to check the basics.

    Otherwise, I think the dropped-in sky is a good idea, adding to hte summery and joyous look.

    I'd have been tempted to go for a low viewpoint and possibly a portrait-format shot - but that would not be better than this, only different. And i recognise that there can be mobility issues involved.

    The aperture, mode and ISO mystify me. I have an EM-1, and hte lowest setting it has is 200... Is there a tweak I've missed, or a firmware update?
    • 28 Aug 2016 7:14PM
  • Lady's in hats

    Dangerous curves...
    • 28 Aug 2016 5:19PM
  • Too Good to be Forgotten

    Nice one, Keith. Nice set, even.
    • 28 Aug 2016 5:17PM
  • Angry Seas...

    Angry sea? Certainly doesn't look terribly chuffed with anything...
    • 28 Aug 2016 5:13PM
  • You haven't been a member for long, Laura, but you already seem to be someone to watch carefully - a series of thoughtful and beautiful pictures.

    I hope that you will be able to post pictures daily for a very long time to come. And I will enjoy every single one of them.
  • I keep finding pictures in yoru portfolio that make me insanely jealous... We live in the same world, but you see it far better than I do!

    Some of the very best, the most creative, the most emotionally engaging work on the site.
  • Simply, the most consistently brilliant and perceptive portfolio on Ephotozine.

    There are many good photographers on here. Some outstanding ones. But over the last few months, you've consistently posted work that is, in some sense, utterly alien, as well as being totally human.

    No pressure, truly. If you decided to stick to unprocessed pictures of used car dealers for the rest of your life, you have produced better work than I ever will: I suspect I speak for a lot of other members in saying this.
    • Posted on IsabelC's profile
    • 15 Jul 2015 6:45PM
  • Some lovely observations here - and all seen through a finely-tuned eye!
  • Marian -

    You have a rare talent, infusing every picture with emotion and resonance. You see the relationships between things and people, between thoughts and emotions, and yo ushare them through your pictures.

    Thank you.
    • Posted on Potra's profile
    • 1 Apr 2014 11:37AM
  • A portfolio that never disappoints. A long series of lovely views, beautifully shot.
  • I love Rhodes, and particularly Lindos.

    This portfolio reminds me why I want to go back there for another holiday - the warm sun, the ancient buildings, the friendly people and the lovely food and wine...

    George - you're so lucky to live there - and I am so glad you share the view!
  • Careful, hard-working and methodical. Beautiful and thoughtful results.
    • Posted on Chant57's profile
    • 3 Nov 2013 1:57PM
  • They say artists transform suffering into beauty.

    You are a true artist.
    • Posted on NDODS's profile
    • 24 Apr 2013 3:16PM
  • Some lovely, old-fashioned reportage here. Zappy colour and a lack of time and thought are popular these days: this is a wonderful antidote - especially from a young tog!