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23/06/2012 - 11:54 AM

Rajasthan II

Rajasthan IIThe green colour contrast steals absolutely all the attention. I would look for a slider for green and pull it down. If it doesn't work I would convert to b/wh.
As for version 2 I like his position in the image. But the cable above - again - steals all the attention. And the background does not add any extra information of value as to what he is doing or where he is.
So I would keep the crop from no 1 but try b/wh if you can't get rid of the colour cast. Which is the compromise I think you have to make here.
23/06/2012 - 11:48 AM


" HILL- SLOPE "Great use of lines, both horisonal and vertical in the green, also the hillside and finally the trees also make a line. I wuld be tempted to crop out the railing or what it is at the bottom becaause this is where my attention lands. I start wondering what it is. In theory it could have been used as a foreground interest, or to create depth. but for that there is just not anough of it.
As it is now it steals attention from the simplicity and beauty of the rest of the image. (Is my personal opinion.)
21/11/2010 - 12:38 PM

misty winter morning (II)

misty winter morning (II)Amazing!
If to comment anything on composition, my eye is sort of drawn to the left where ligt is and I want to see what's outside the image.
Maybe if it was a bit darker on the left side... to keep the eye in?
Just an idea nothing else Smile
27/09/2010 - 7:43 PM

Path to Higger....

Path to Higger....Even if the field slopes I would consider "straightening" it to se if that would be better. Maybe not. I would also consider having the imagined horisont /horisontal divider closer to either a third from the top or from the bottom. If you chose two thirds of the grass a lower viewpoint could give you more detail in the grass.
I didn't see tha rainbow before you mentioned it . With a different composition it could draw the eye in but now I perceive the eye to be drawn out of the image.
I think it is really beautifull colours. At the same time I don't perceive a specific subject. Maybe it is the rainbow or the hill.
27/09/2010 - 7:38 PM

Signalman takes a break

Signalman takes a breakFantastic light. Compositionwise it is very central so my eyes jump back and forth from left to right wondering which side the rest of the story is happening. As it is now I would want to see more train left but on the other hand he is looking right so maybe more of the next house could be a good alternative also.

Hm I want him to look the other way and then have more train I think Smile
25/09/2010 - 9:08 AM

Terminus - 3

Terminus - 3I like how the people are in the same "phase" of a step and that they create a triangle. I think the lines in the floor also adds to this feeling. A zig-zag effect. And it creates depth.

If this was my image I would have looked not to have so much space belom the front woman. But I would have wanted more space to her left. I would also have wanted to photograph her next step because now you have the "tree-growing-out-of-head" effect with the lines just above her head. so in her next step she would have the dark area behing her hed but alas - the moment would be gone Smile
(There's just no pleasing SOME people Smile )
27/05/2010 - 6:35 AM

Brrrr its Cold

Brrrr its ColdI would have liked to turn the camera a tad right (or left) to get them a third from the left or right wall according to the rule of thirds. Just an opinion. Otherwise a clean and pleasant shot.
11/12/2009 - 10:02 AM

Dawn Glow

Dawn GlowVery nice! If anything I perceive the crop a bit to tight at the bottom - especially comparet with the space to the right of him.
If you keep the crop at the bottom I would crop on the right - by the top of the cloud. But just an opinion Smile
11/12/2009 - 9:56 AM


DOWN & OUTI think that capturing someone's misery is not necessarily an achievement. For a picture like this you need to add context if you dont want it to be just a picture of someone who appears to be lower on the social ladder than yourself. And that you are perceived as brave - daring to take his picture.

Improvement areas here are:
1) Sharpness - make sure you use one focus point and that it is set on his face. It could also be your postprocessing here making the upload seem blurry and of low quality.

2) Composition. Put the person in a context. When he is in the middle it seems you have given no thought for the surroundings to fit in in composing an image. The text at the top seem just in the way and the metal thing on the left is cut. Perhaps placing the man in the bottom right corner and including more of the top and left could add to your image. Perhaps also a lower viewpoint so that you were not just literally looking down on him.

Sensitivity is key with this kind of image.
10/12/2009 - 8:11 PM

Tintern Morning

Tintern MorningYes -truly amazing light. I could be tempted to crop a bit bottom and left. Bottom to make the water a third of the height. Left to remove the clutter. Just right of the pole that is reflected in the water. In a scene like this it is tempting to capture as much of it as possible.
- Ellie
28/11/2009 - 8:42 AM

Bike To Work

Bike To WorkI like your post production and the simple composition. The wheels look a bit oval, like if you had used the transform tool only sideways. The black dot over his head does not add value.
As for compositional balance: The tree is placed on the left. He is also on the left, approximately one third from the wall, which would sort of fit the rule of thirds. But having them both on one side creates imbalance.
Cycling from right to left makes us unconsciously perceive him as being on his way back from somethin, not to something, which is okay.

If this was my image and that it was already so heavily processed I wouldn't put it past me to move him to the right, one third from the wall. It would balance the image better. I would possibly then flip the image horisontally to see if I wanted him to be exitedly heading out for new adeventure - or be on his way home from work after a hard day Smile
Even Nuns collect wood in NepalWhat a great moment! I also think your background works really well. If anything I would have liked to have som feet included. Since they are on different levels my instinct is to sit down on the ground to be more on an average level with them but then you' lose som of the background.

I always think it is difficult to ask people to pose differently in situations like this Smile
16/10/2009 - 1:02 PM


Wiggle'sIf it wasn't for the waving lines in the water I would have cropped quite a bit at the bottom as I think the window sits "too high" in the frame. Perhaps a slightly different viewpint could place the window lower?
I think a shot like this demands a very strict follownig of compositional rules. I perceice the shot as centered and a bit off balance.
you could also add a human element like a foot for example.
I love the line across - the patterned one.
- Ellie
07/10/2009 - 12:51 PM

Rural belongings

Rural belongingsNive treatment. I was thinking perhaps I would have pulled the big vase left to get it free of the window frame. I think the table cloth takes up a little too much of the frame, maybe. Perhaps a higher view point? Would have liked to se the whole foot of the chair inside the vignette. A little more space right and below.
- Ellie
29/09/2009 - 8:02 PM

Gamla Stan Stockholm

Gamla Stan StockholmA very typical Gamla Stan (Old Town) Stockholm scene! My instincs were twofold:

1) Reduce on the blue, as the cobblestones are not really that blue. If you took the shot in raw, try to change the white balance to "Shade" because it removes blue. And I see you have some sunshine so that could be a better WB than Cloudy which I could be tempted to try for warmth Smile

2) I would have liked to see more of the bicycle. Just MAYBE if you moved a tad closer, or maybe a little to the left. you would lose the corner on the left, but it is a bit messy anyway, so it COULD be good riddance but not quite sure. If moving to the left you could of course lose too much of the left wall which would be a shame.
20/09/2009 - 8:59 PM

burbage from higger

burbage from higgerI like your composition but I think you have been to generous with the ND grads as the sky is way darker than the foreground. (It takes one to know one...)
11/08/2009 - 9:09 AM


7.62From a HDR perspective you have a halo around it, and the white (?) wall in the back has turned grey, a typical HDR problem.
If the purpose is practising HDR, the central placing in the frame is not a problem, otherwise I would try to add one more object to try and build a composition.
- Ellie
06/08/2009 - 2:43 PM

Unlimited Art

Unlimited ArtWell spotted! I would suggest some Filter -> Distort -> Lens Correction in Photoshop.
As it bulges in the middle.
- Ellie
02/08/2009 - 11:58 AM

Kyoto Cyclist

Kyoto CyclistGood colours, I like the yellow and red together. I think the sharpness has room for improvement - I would place the focus point on the mans head and use AE Servo on my Canon. If it is difficult to get it sharp using a fixed focus on a point you know he will pass.

But all in all I still think it is a describing picture.
- Ellie
05/07/2009 - 1:15 PM


watchingVery eye-catching! I like that the trunk takes up about a third of the frame according to the rule of thirds. I think the dark branch to the left balances the composition which otherwise would be very heavy on the right side.
If trying to look for alternatve compositions, (although not necessary better!) I would try to have a space of one colour behind her head. Make sure the colour of the background is different from the colour of her hair. Perhaps it is just a question of what DOF you are using. Her hair kind of is continued by a branch.
As a picture to stand the test of time I would consider including the nose and a bit more mouth, because I think when her looks change that you will need those as reference points to remember the whole face.
Well those were just my thoughts, and remember that I thnk it is great as it is! If I was on location these would be the thoughts going through my mind as I was looking for a background.