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  • Footprints

    Great choice of shutter speed to blur the reeds in the wind, really adds to the overall feel of the image. Lots of interest and detail all the way through and a very dramatic sky as well. Excellent.
    • 11 Oct 2014 9:24AM
  • Sentinel

    Very dramatic, like this a lot.
    • 3 Oct 2014 10:49PM
  • Quiet Reflextion

    Majestic composition.
    • 3 Oct 2014 10:48PM
  • Confusion

    Probably not everyone's cup of tea but I like this. Lots of symbolism and different meanings you can read into. Very inventive!
    • 26 Sep 2014 10:30PM
  • Nigella Damascena

    Wow, this is really pushing it with the focus right on the leading edges of the tendrils. Makes for a dramatic and colourful image. Great stuff.
    • 26 Sep 2014 7:08PM
  • Fresh Waters

    Like this. Interesting composition with lots of places to take the eye and of course, really nice exposure and colours.
    • 26 Sep 2014 7:04PM
  • Donaghadee Light House

    The exposure and mono toning for this are great. Not sure about the square crop with the lighthouse so near the middle, but it's a striking image regardless.
    • 26 Sep 2014 7:01PM
  • Heron...

    Ah this is perfect. Excellent composition with lead in lines, great exposure for all the elements, but the winning feature for me is going for such a long exposure so that the clouds streak by, giving the picture movement, even though the boat is on land. Top notch.
    • 26 Sep 2014 6:59PM
  • Melissa

    This is good but perhaps your light is a little low for emulating this image. The shadow intrudes onto the eye and being from below makes it more film noir than loop or butterfly lighting.
    • 26 Sep 2014 5:14PM
  • La Belle Noiseuse

    Love the lighting and agree with pretty much everything you said in the comments. Put it all together and it really does work.
    • 26 Sep 2014 12:38PM
  • Darkness

    Thank you for the award!
    • 13 Sep 2014 9:53PM
  • Short Eared Owl

    It's coming for you! Fantastic shot.
    • 12 Sep 2014 11:33AM
  • Portrait

    Nice model, well lit. I'd maybe crop some of the left side off as it isn't really working and there isn't so much of it that it makes a deliberate statement. Also, might just want to touch up her cheeks and nose for the glare. Nice shot though.
    • 5 Sep 2014 11:46AM
  • Stripped Ease

    Like this. Your model has an almost brutal look, sexy and aggressive. Nice series as well.
    • 5 Sep 2014 11:44AM
  • modern hollywood

    You've got the lighting and the processing pretty much spot on here. Think the pose is a little awkward with the neck twist, but the fingers are great and the styling is perfect.
    • 5 Sep 2014 11:43AM
  • Mysterious Lace

    Like this. Great design and style, well made up model and just enough light for mystery and intrigue. Very good.
    • 5 Sep 2014 11:40AM
  • Tayport West Lighthouse

    Sounds like one of those situations where it has all the elements that you want - water, sunset, lighthouse, but it's difficult to get them into the right composition for a great shot. Sometimes there simply isn't a best position and you have to get what you can. I like the sky, though it's a slightly on the bright side (on my Mac which makes things look bright btw), the lighthouse is perfectly placed but the water isn't really helping the cause here. The best I could suggest would have been to get some serious filtering going to slow the exposure right down and flatten the water out, but that may not be what you were looking for. You could try cropping off the left and bottom some more, including more sky, but then i don't know if you had any more photo to play with. All that said, I think this works and it's a good shot with a nice sky and plenty of interest.
    • 5 Sep 2014 11:39AM
  • Looking Good

    Nice, toned model and an energetic pose and shot. Nicely done.
    • 5 Sep 2014 11:32AM
  • a portrait

    I prefer v1, think that 2 is too dark on the face and 3 is okay, but not as good as 1. What I would do is crop it from the square shape into a 2:3 aspect portrait as i feel the pose is square enough as it is. There's a little too much shoulder and the head kinda floats in the middle. By cropping off the right, it balances the photo better, so he's then looking over to the left. But it's a good shot regardless and there's plenty here to experiment with.
    • 5 Sep 2014 11:31AM
  • Summer sun

    Superbly lit and composed.
    • 1 Sep 2014 2:31PM
  • Eilean Donan

    Hi Kel,

    No worries, thanks for the comments. You are right, this does look grainy. I can't remember what I did with it or even whether this was deliberate or not. I might have a go at developing another version from RAW to have a look at it again. The vegetation is seaweed and the loch was full of it. You actually see less of it in this shot thanks to the short telephoto, than the wide angle shots taken at the same time.


    • 28 Aug 2014 3:01PM
  • smoker

    Love this shot and the treatment. The almost disembodied hand really adds to the starkness.
    • 27 Aug 2014 11:33PM
  • Moody Blues ll ...

    Love the colours and the multiple pathways in the composition, leading you to the details in the distance. First rate.
    • 26 Aug 2014 7:18PM
  • Alt Fhearnagan

    Unlucky on the welly, but excellent composition really draws the eye through the scene. Lots of interest. I would have, perhaps, employed an ND filter, to get an even slower shutter speed, but it's a good shot anyway.
    • 26 Aug 2014 7:16PM
  • landscape

    Okay, so there's a lot of UV haze in the top of the photo, so maybe a UV filter might have helped a little with that, but far more use would have been to have had a graduated neutral density filter because the sky is much too bright compared to the ground. The water nearest the camera isn't really adding anything to the image because the reflection in it is basically white. A polariser might have helped here. The composition looks okay but I think with that watery lead in to the background it would have been worth shooting this in portrait orientation as well. Just some suggestions anyway. cheers!
    • 25 Aug 2014 1:09PM
  • Small waterfall

    Nice composition and it's nearly there but I'm a little confused by what you were trying to achieve with the settings. The f/22 says you wanted a slow shutter speed to smooth the water out, but then the ISO has been ramped right up to ISO6400 which has increased the shutter speed. The end result is 1/15th sec which isn't slow enough to smooth the water out, or fast enough to freeze it so you can see the droplets. Can you comment on what your intentions were?
    • 25 Aug 2014 1:05PM
  • Shall we dance?

    Excellent. Very well lit, superb pose, very balletic, and great sharpness and super softness in the depth of field. First rate.
    • 25 Aug 2014 12:49PM
  • Good morning sunshine

    Wow, amazing, like a painting. What light and fantastic processing.
    • 25 Aug 2014 12:46PM
  • Blowing in the Breeze

    I like this. It's an image about layers of colour, like a cake. There's nothing particularly dramatic in the foreground, but the layers of colour invite you to look further, spotting more detail in the distance, until you arrive at the icing on top, the sky, and what a treat that is. Good stuff!
    • 23 Aug 2014 7:26PM
  • Semi-symmetrical Saturday shadows

    Nice abstract, but this surely has to be black and white? I've added a mod. Good shot, I'd have a bit of fun with the processing and see what you can come up with.
    • 23 Aug 2014 6:31PM