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23/02/2010 - 9:49 AM

The attack

The attackeither 1 or 2. Number 3 only really works for me if there is some reason for the selective colour. I have added 2 mods to try to demonstrate what I mean:

I have added the syringe as an example of how the colour selection can be used to create additional meaning. Now the man does not necessarily belong to the place but the syringe definetly does by association of colour. The text that could be added to this image can also change the meaning as shown in the second mod...
23/02/2010 - 9:06 AM

Colt 45

Colt 45A real beauty - sensitively shot (excuse the pun), just one minor detail for me though: it does not bother me that the handle of the left gun runs out of frame (wood on wood textures and the screw punctuates the movement of the eye) but the guns appear to be slightly too high in the frame and results in the eye following the path from the back of the cylinder of the main gun, through to the end of the barrel, around the fan of keys to the barrel of the second gun, the eye then follows the second barrel up to the cylinder and this is where for me there is a little compositional uncertainty: the eye has only two choices, either to arc around the handle or to arc around the hammer. Both lead out of frame!

A minor adjustment to the crop/frameing and possibly the addition of one additional prop (a bullet or shell) between the two handles would have kept the eye moving in a figure of 8 within the frame.

It is the smallest of criticisms, but when you are making images of this quality, all there is left is to either say "Aw that's great" or focus on the nuances!

I hope you don't mind.


PS: I've shortlisted this!
27/01/2010 - 7:39 PM

Winter Buachaille Campers

Winter Buachaille CampersI really like the remoteness of these campers: Snow camping is great fun. But I feel that something has been lost in the shot because the snow is a bit underexposed.

It is a common thing to happen when exposing for a predominantly bright scene (e.g. sand dunes, snow fields, bright architectural shots). The camera's sensor expects a certain amount of tonal variety in a scene (I can't remember for sure - but I think that the sensor expect the average of the whole scene to be 18% gray (someone can correct me on this)) and therefore underexposes to compensate as it believes that there should be a greater range.

By forcing overexposure, the shot the snow would be brighter and it would mean that the tent would stand out more, which I thing would benefit the drama in the picture.

Hope you don't mind the comment Sean. Still a great shot and the previous one was full of drama too!

04/12/2008 - 3:42 PM


^^^^THere is a lovely stillness in this shot. And the golden water is lovely. I think I would have cropped the shot or stepped into the frame a bit to remove some (but not all) of the dark area on the right. Probably just into the tree line in the dark area. For me It would have removed a little of the undetailed area in the snowy FG and possible produced an even more dramatic lead in for the eye towards the golden water.

Just a thought.

02/12/2008 - 4:04 PM

Das Boot

Das BootI really like this sort of image, following in the tradition of photographing things. THere is a lot of character in these boots and they have a proud look about them. And I like the fact that we can just make out the velvet.

I have a few suggestions (they are just a matter of taste):
- the boots are slightly off centre, this might have been deliberate.
- your focal length has created a little perspective distortion towards the toes of the boots (I like this though). a longer FL would slightly flatten the image reducing distortion.
- your f8 is a "who cares" f-stop. This works well if the subject lies more or less in the focal plane (everything will be sharp), but the boots are very 3 dimensional (particularly at this distance), if your appature was around 5.6 then the toes would be definitly out-of-focus or if the appature was 16 or higher then the toes would be in-focus.
- finally (again just a taste thing) the tonal range of the shot is low, if you adjust levels (ctrl/cmd L) and then slide the white (right) triangle towards the left you will see the effect it has on the tonal range. (However I quite like the muted tones you have here).

As I said it is all a matter of taste - hope you don't mind the comments.