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07/11/2013 - 8:24 PM

PR Spitfire

PR SpitfireNice one Nigel. It's a lovely aircraft and he does fly it well. Might be worth revisiting sharpening... there's a distinct halo behind the tail.

Cheers, Goggz
21/06/2013 - 9:43 PM

Just hanging

Just hangingHow about making the background a bit whiter? It would look good I think,

Nice shot, cheers, GOggz
18/09/2012 - 1:04 PM

City Lights

City LightsJeez, to think I used to wear baseball pumps... He should be shot for that.

Otherwise I quite like this. The flash placement is spot on, giving nice texture and detail on her dress without overexposure and it fortuitously continues his shadow onto the bridge structure almost seamlessly. The couple are well lit and I do enjoy the lightpainting as well. Not too intrusive, it seems as though you have done just the right amount to enhance the shot.

You could do a nice panoramic crop if you get rid of the sky to below that bright white spot and I think that makes a more powerful composition. In fact the awful redness of the sky is my only major gripe, so it goes some way towards diminishing that as well. Have you thought of gelling the flash Tungsten and using tungsten WB to see if that gives the sky a nice bluey shade instead?

There are two other things that are weak. Firstly, that her hair is covering her face so you can't really see her. But then again, you can't see his face either.

Secondly, and much more important, is that building sprouting from under her chin. It looks like gross nose art dripping from her face. A few inches to the right and you'd have had her face in the open space by St. Pauls.

Anyway, a brave effort and well done. Some tweaking and it would be an absolute stunner.
Cheers, Goggz
18/09/2012 - 12:34 PM

Amelia, Umbria

Amelia, UmbriaNot, bad, but it has lots of dust bunnies all over the sky... You could easily have got away with f8 and they wouldn't have been so pronounced, or even invisible.

Also the well lit buildings on the left side tend to detract from the main subject.

Still, a nice effort.
Cheers, Goggz
18/07/2012 - 10:57 PM

Baby James

Baby JamesEven grown men go "Awww" sometimes... Wink

THe lighting is very nicely diffused and I love the effect that has had. Titch looks a little startled perhaps, but that doesn't really detract at all.

I like the shallow DOF you've used, but I would make a suggestion here. The shallow DOF is designed to concentrate our attention on his face, and it does it very well, but the POV you used has kept the blanket in focus as well, which gives an opportunity for the eye to wander away from the point of the image, something I guess you wouldn't really want, so you have two choices - take the next one at a steeper angle so the plane of sharp focus drops down through his chest or blur the blanket carefully afterwards in Photoshop or whatever you use.

I've done a mod to illustrate the point.

Cheers, Goggz
29/06/2012 - 12:41 AM

Looking outward

Looking outwardHmm... there is clear evidence that we are a diverse bunch with opinions to match, so I'll refrain from offering a crop or to remove the stool and tell you what I think of the image you have presented us with.

Firstly, there is no denying it is a fine image. The colour palette is very nice indeed. The way you framed to chair with the oats is really nice and delicate. I like where you've placed the different elements in the frame.

Two things that *might* have been improved are the small leaves to the right of the curving blades of grass that frame the chair. They stick up across the horizon which is a little distracting. Secondly, the darkness of the clouds at the top of the image is perhaps a bit much in comparison to the rest of the image.

Having said that, the thin wispy clouds link with the oats nicely and the whole composition allows the eye to be led around it to check out the interest, resting a while on the lovely sunburst through the clouds before moving on a bit to check out the foreground.

All in all there is a lot of good stuff in this piccie, with little bits that might have made a difference. How many times have I taken something & seen something that needed changing afterwards... I guess the moral of the story encapsulated in this image is to check the fine detail all the time and really think about what the different elements do to the final output.

Phew! I need a cuppa now! Grin

Well done!
Cheers, Goggz
20/03/2012 - 7:17 PM

Another band shot.....

Another band shot.....Heehee! These remind me of Abba GrinGrin I know it's wrong on so many other levels to think that, but its the boots!!! Wink

It's a bit of a shame that guitarist has had his chin obscured by the cymbal and is also a bit crowded between the front guys elbow & the drummer. If you could have eased the cymbal down a little and shuffled the others right a tad it would have given his face enough space. I really like the W shape their faces form across the frame.

Cheers, Goggz
13/12/2011 - 10:11 PM

Christmas Baubles

Christmas BaublesI like the composition a lot and you've done well to balance the highlights and shadows. Nice use of that blue grainy stuff. If you want to try doing more of the "manipulation" in camera you might try putting the background away from the lights. In other words if it is further away less light falls on it and it looks blacker...

I accept that it probably isn't possible with these baubles and this composition but it might be worth trying on something else when you can have the foreground objects even just a few feet in front of the background. It helps to angle the backdrop away from the light source as well.

If you want a softer light try passing it through a clean white hanky or a sheet of thin paper and experiment with how far in front of the bulb you hold it.

HTH, cheers, Goggz
11/12/2011 - 6:26 PM

Tidal Ebb And Flow

Tidal Ebb And FlowPersonally I find the foreground a bit busy, but if there was no alternative so be it. If there was an alternative, I'd suggest you have a go at another one and simplify it, so that there aren't so many rocks littering the place. What do they say? Less is more?

It's still a nice picture and those tones in the rocks and the water movement are delightful.
Cheers, Goggz
21/11/2011 - 9:56 PM

Almost there

Almost thereI think this is a cracking image! Lovely recession, some ace beams (even if they are a bit faint) and a really nice composition. Smile

If there is one thing I'd consider is lowering the exposure level, but remember I'm using a laptop so it might be darker than I'm seeing. Dropping it a lot makes the walkers and foreground almost a sillhouette.

Well done!
Cheers, Goggz
01/11/2011 - 8:10 PM


GlowNice work! Perhaps the sun & lighthouse are a little too close to the edges of the image, but that's only my observation and nothing major.

If you look carefully you can just see me waving Wink

CHeers, Goggz
05/09/2011 - 11:39 AM

Out of the light

Out of the lightVery good light on her. Perhaps a slightly thinner top would have made it more alluring, with her body outlined within it but that's just a different approach.

I think it detracts a little that the light is not perfect around or between her legs as it's obvious the source there is direct to camera rather than blocked by her body, so the flare and specular highlights are inevitable. If that's what you were after, then fine, but to me it is an important thing.

Nice idea and well taken otherwise.
Cheers, Goggz
08/08/2011 - 10:58 PM

Tan Tan - Flower Garden.

Tan Tan - Flower Garden.Fill flash or a reflector subject left (our right) required to light her face a bit more.
CHeers, Goggz
24/07/2011 - 12:32 PM

the wheat

the wheatThe corn looks OK but you've done some weird things processing the sky, which render it completely OTT. The basic composition is very nice so it is disappointing to see the way the area of maximum sunlight has a dreadful grey shade and there is posterisation in the bits close to it. Perhaps a more gentle touch?

If you've done this from a RAW file it might be salvageable, but next time you might do one of two things - take a shot that has no highlight clipping (the histogram will show you this) and make two RAW conversions from it to expose the sky in one and the foreground in the other, or take two separate exposures (one exposed for sky other for f/g) and blend them afterwards.

Keep trying!
HTH, cheers, Goggz
23/07/2011 - 12:00 AM

Coalbrookdale Aquaduct

Coalbrookdale AquaductThe foreground detail is fab but the sky is too unnaturally dark to be believable which does detract somewhat from this powerful and really delightful composition.

Still a pleasure to view Smile
Cheers, Goggz
11/06/2011 - 10:49 AM

Anwen May Gaunt

Anwen May GauntIn as far as it goes this is a decent enough snapshot of a little baby. I don't know your relationship with her or your circumstances, but I'd venture to suggest that you have not done her justice with this shot.

Three things stand out as worthy of improvement:

1. The point of view and composition - she's plonked in a chair and you've stood above her to take the shot. Compositionally that dark right edge to the frame is really distracting and should be cropped out.

2. The lighting is bad. She's a static subject without any chance of her leaving in a hurry. You had all the time in the world to choose how to light her. Nothing fancy, no flash or other gadgets, but you could have moved her to a north facing window for some lovely soft directional light that would produce a shadow free and natural illumination. You might even think of placing her at an angle to that light so some modelling effects are introduced.

3. The interest. She's a lovely little thing and I'd like to see her occupy more of the frame. That means moving around her at different heights and distances to find an image that shows her in an interesting way. How about getting really close and shooting along the line of the cloth triangle that holds her in place so that you have a lead-in line and the viewers attention is concentrated on her face? Or just concentrating on even a part of her face, to emphasise the tranquillity and innocence of a sleeping tot? It's often the case that getting to her eye level improves the shot.

I'm being totally honest here because you need to understand exactly how I have seen this picture. Don't be disheartened by my comments or feel bad about your abilities, think about what I've said and try to remember that images are entirely about how things are placed viewed and lit, and good images are when those things are done with thought and consideration for the challenges and opportunities that you are presented with.

Now you haven't got long before she wakes up... sneak back and have another go! Smile

Hope this helps, Cheers, Goggz
11/06/2011 - 10:19 AM


AYSUNExcellent POV and a lovely lady. The chair leg is a bit distracting though. Clone/darken to get rid of it or reduce the distraction. Shallow DOF works very well too. Nice one!

Cheers, Goggz
30/05/2011 - 8:38 PM

View Across the Ogwen Valley

View Across the Ogwen ValleyBrings back some fond memories seeing this view. Thanks for posting it!

It's a nice shot from the exposure and lighting perspective but the foreground is a bit weak because there is nothing to capture the eye and lead it into the magnificant vista that you've captured so well. Perhaps some use of a rock or rock formation and it's shadow could have provided that pivotal point.

I guess you could always go back and do it again Wink

Cheers, Goggz
09/05/2011 - 8:10 PM

puddle jumpin

puddle jumpinI like this shot. It's got a great composition with the lad crossing the frame and captured nicely against the pavement in a spot between some of those background peeps. I've uploaded a mod though as the guy on the left looks as though he's busting for a wee and distracts mightily from the central action. Also cropped out the top as it didn't add anything IMHO, which also goes for the right side of the pic, but of course this is all personal...

The sepia was OK, but I changed it back to normal mono and dodged the brolly, sock and a few bits of litter that were bright on the far right of the image.

Finally, burnt in the reflection of the lad a little.

Well caught!
Hope this helps.
Cheers, Goggz
01/05/2011 - 3:34 AM


NudeI disagree with all of you who say it shouldn't be here. There isn't anything here that we can't already see on EPZ. I don't think it's a good image but it's not an inappropriate image IMHO.

So, because I said it wasn't good, I'll give it some critique. It's a record shot, almost a holiday snap. The background is very cluttered and ironically, a distraction from the main subject because it's more interesting. I'm being very honest here and perhaps it will help you think in more depth about what it is you are hoping to achieve by posting shots like this.

ATB, Goggz