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25/08/2012 - 5:59 PM

Branching Out

Branching OutHi Phi, Super family photo, Great evening light, but not much of it on her face.
I think you have chosen to blur the background at max ISO and f2.5, but maybe you could perhaps have stepped down more to get more of her hand and the upright branch in focus. That same upright branch has a distracting highlight on it. Maybe she could have leant her back against the branch to hide it and move her face round into the sunlight?
I'd also consider adjusting her nail polish to a skin tone as i think she'd be better with none.
Its still a nice shot none-the-less.
Kind Regards, Stuart.
12/08/2012 - 7:39 PM

Another Place

Another PlaceLovely image, i wonder if its a bit 'horizon in the middle'. If i had to crop it i'd lose a tad of the bottom and a chunk of the right to lose that light patch of sky.
25/07/2012 - 6:13 PM


BuskingI like where it going, i'd want to ground his left foot a bit and but the foot shadow more behind the shoe. Also as its feed back you are looking for is his face a tad saturated and red?
Ideas to take it further - darker and more menacing background? perhaps with some smoke or mist, so your eye is drawn in but does not stop at the back wall? could the light further back be less white?
12/07/2012 - 1:37 PM

ofbeldisfull festingin

ofbeldisfull festinginSuper processing and pose, really gritty style and very well suited to the environment, possibly one of the best so far. although the horizon is a bit off for me.
10/02/2012 - 1:54 PM

In the name of the father

In the name of the fatherExcellent shot, love the sharpness of the models eyes and the way the hood is just lit around the outline to make it show.
In terms of critique - maybe only that it all happens in the top LHS, its almost too cluttered all in one space, it could be spread out a tiny bit more. the lower section seems empty and the detail/lace on her top stands out but does not add either a sexy or hard look as it is at the moment.
Also her lipstick seeps to stop with a very hard line - looks odd to me.
- I'm perhaps being over picky here but only to try and critique i think could change for the better.
Kind regards
30/01/2012 - 3:17 PM


mangosteensTrue then eye is drawn into to the shot with this technique, very well done for a compact and its limited DOF.
However for critique, i'd suggest that there is nothing your eye is being drawn in towards, and that the beauty of any one individual fruit is not there to be seen. perhaps next time lift one up to make it stand above the others so it can be seen as well.
17/01/2012 - 4:22 PM


Shhhhhhhhhh!Good bit of backlight to define the hair and but the soft hazy look is not something i'm a fan of - though its popular on a few recent uploads.
Also the lighting looks quite hard on your face, I'd use a softbox closer up (the further away a light source is the more directional it is).
The pose and the orange work well.
03/01/2012 - 9:05 AM


velvetHi John,

It looks rather like "inflight" but with the eye makeup changed and the reflections on the lower lip gone.

OK if i'm looking for reasons not to choose it as a comp winner - and i'm being over picky here as you work is one of those i aspire too.
The reflection on the top lip is very dominant and almost square, her left eye (as we view it here) is black but the other is blue.
maybe light pink nail polish similiar to her lips would add impact? the light on her left forarm seems to transition from white to grey with quite a hard line - could the grey be lightened just a tad? this may also help keep her arm seperate from the background on that side.

Some other crazy ideas - could the hair be made more blond to match the dress - more like that odd blond curl on top of her head?
Could you clone in more mesh over her left arm to make it seem joined to the dress, the hair is so dominant - could it be blurred just a tad on the far LHS to lessen its impact?

Feel free to ignore all the above as i'm still quite amatuer and have no ide what judges may like.

Best wishes anyway,
26/12/2011 - 10:00 AM

Monika 3

Monika 3Hi Steve,

Lovely posed moment captured here, although i think the hard directional light is causing some issues with the texture of her skin. Also around her left eye there seems to be a series of round black dots ( healing brush to lose a hair?) I like how the light on her back shows off her top and bra.

01/12/2011 - 2:36 PM


ZENITHI like how there are so many angle and frames in this image and also how its processed into almost a statue effect. Even the cloud detail adds to the shot with the model looking up into them - Excellent.
22/11/2011 - 12:42 PM

Matching thread

Matching threadNot sure its exactly fashion, though without stitching fashion is hard - if i had to submit 2 images then i might submit this to make people think, but not as the main shot.
That said i like the composiiton of the shot and the way the hands are lit - though there seems to be quite a lot of saturated colour in the shot and the hands detract from the thread - i wonder if everything apart from the red garment and the thread could be made into a B&W shot? Actually looking at the mods then yes B&W with colour pop on the red.
03/11/2011 - 3:46 PM

We've been framed!

We've been framed!I love the late summer feel of V1, the expression of warmth and emptyness, softness and hard geometric shape.
v2 is also quite nice, the instant moonlit feel is nice, though the sky becomes a flat textured surface if you look too long, it need to stretch out into the distance. the whole of v2 now looks like a cool blustery day and has a slight odd snowlike quality about the sky - likes and dislikes.
I like the Arty feel of v3, its no longer a photo for me (which is neither good nor bad), its now an image as if viewed out a smeared cafe window. I feel warm as if i'm looking at a tranquil scene from a comfortable position. the horizontal streaks in the sky are nice though the moon light angled beams are at odds with the sun position for me.
V1 still my fav , then v3.
27/10/2011 - 4:22 PM


EllyThere is a great feel to this portrait and i'd like to just vote for it;
But critique, OK her hair sticks out on camera left and this is drawing my eyes from her captivating eyes. the grey background and grey tshirt are starting to blend, have then wear a darker colour if possible or light the background more.
Crop, i might lose 10-20% on the right and 20-25% on the bottom of the pic as i feel she is looking out of the frame leaving space that's not adding to the image. No one ever always right so ignore comments you don't like.
Flower isolated from the back groundNice image in difficult light & wind, sharpness is fine its just that the focal point is too far back into the frame and with the shallow depth of feild from the zoom and wide open aperture only a section will ever be in focus. Maybe you were just a tad too close or the wind / camera shake move the position between you and the flower between focusing and the shutter actually firing.

That said - excellent first upload Smile really does isolate the flower from the background well.
07/06/2011 - 2:21 PM

Alex MacDowall at Druids

Alex MacDowall at DruidsMaybe also straighten the image, though this will look less dynamic.
Also as the background has a brightish red area top right i'd either dodge/burn this down in intensity and then further blur the background as its detail is too recognisable. Or i'd crop from the top to lose it completly.

Also you can allow modifications, so that we can upload mods sometimes.
24/03/2011 - 4:21 PM

Beauty in swarf

Beauty in swarfLovely detail, i'd convert this to full mono - that ribbon swarf is (i think) quite beautiful.
17/01/2011 - 1:40 PM

Borth Ramp 2

Borth Ramp 2Can i say a bit sepia & magenta - Work samsung monitor uncalibrated.
The vertical texture seems to be in conflict with the mostly horizontal line from my POV, i also wonder if the texture is not a bit small for the image, its statring to look like blur not texture.
I've also tried texture but can't get it right, it always seems to soften the whole image, not just where the texture features are.
Thnaks for sharing.
30/12/2010 - 2:28 PM

Black Headed Gull in flight

Black Headed Gull in flightHi John, lovely capture.

Its a white on white subject and the camera has tried to average the exposure out to the 18% grey thats the average for most images. So the whites have become grey.
If it was against a blue sky it would probally have been fine.

You can brighten this is software as i did in picassa (the 2nd mod).

But you can also brighten it in camera - much harder for a mobile subject like this but you'd want to either use a Av/Tv or P mode with exposure compensation maybe +1.3 ev - but you'll need to try this out to fine tune it.
Or go full manual - and set iso, aperture & exposure.
Say to ISO800, f6.3, 1/500 - but this is a wild guess for the scene you might have been in - again its trial and error and with close observation of the in camera exposure meter.

Another control that can help is white balence, but AWB is usually fine for this type of subject.
13/12/2010 - 1:39 PM


Quote: It will be wet print I see what you mean about the light. That is supposed to be part of the project. I can see the lines are out, I dont undestand why. I think I must have taken it at an angle. Thankyou for your comments

As your looking up at the image the lines converge at Top infinity, you need to remove this distortion in say photoshop. Its an old building and the verticals my not be verticle anyway. You could try a dark corner vignette to reduce the images reliance on lines. also the RHS is a bit burnt out for me.
May be i'd instead try just darkening the fore wall to make the back wall seem more seperated.
29/11/2010 - 10:01 PM

Ripple and Sand

Ripple and SandUnusual angle makes the water look like a waterfall going downstairs.
the f2,8 aperture keeps the background nicely blurred but the slow shutter speed leaves all the water blurred. the detail in the top right is a bit distracting for me. But overall a good interesting shot.