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03/01/2015 - 10:28 AM

Types of shadow

Types of shadowI certainly didn't expect version 2!!!

I would crop No1 a shade to lose the light triangle in the top left corner.
11/09/2013 - 8:11 AM

First Natural Light Portrait

First Natural Light PortraitHi Conrad - your other types of photography have been pretty much mastered and I suspect it will not be long
until you have done the same with portraiture.

Sometimes things came look just too polished and perfect where every 'rule' has been followed.
I like the obviously natural smile here - it really does make you wonder what she has seen. Okay, it would
be nice if she had been looking at the camera but here, in my opinion, not essential because everything
looks natural and somehow unposed.
As for catchlights, again, not always needed and to add them in very soft lighting like this may well look wrong.
23/06/2012 - 10:06 AM

On a pedestal

On a pedestaltsk, tsk, tsk

Just one thing ...................... socket!

Apart from that ...............superb. I love the idea, the props and the colours
10/02/2012 - 7:08 PM

In the name of the father

In the name of the fatherI like this a lot - the devil tail nosering is a lovely finishing touch.

It is the front of the gun that bothers me on 3 counts ........ a) The aim is off slightly so she would miss b) the front plate is off kilter which makes it look like a replica and takes away impact c) the focus on the barrel for me is either not sharp enough or not blurred enough.

But these are just my thoughts and have no real relevance since it is your image and what your feelings are are paramount.
02/06/2011 - 11:14 AM

Elegance in Woods

Elegance in WoodsUnfortunately all the green around your model has reflected a green cast onto her skin and (more noticably) hair.
If you remove the cast from your model you will have an even stronger image
08/03/2011 - 9:07 AM

All in the eyes

All in the eyesNice one girl.
With the metalic squares reflecting the light it is always going to appear brighter on the left (as it should) so I have for one have no problem with that.
I might be tempted to crop in even closer - to just above the eyebrow and just below the chin to make it even more of a letterbox and break even more rules whilst adding even more drama.
01/02/2011 - 10:03 AM


DuetIt is not the join you need to worry about John ...... if you lighten it slightly you will see what I mean - your 'painting' round the girls is leaving a lot to be desired (which is a shame because I like the shot otherwise)
09/01/2011 - 6:11 PM


Cuffed.If you want the idea of 'trapped' I think you need to tighten the cuffs and remove the key
09/08/2010 - 11:01 AM

Beach combing at a Snail's pace

Beach combing at a Snail's paceLovely lighting and I like the curve of the crabs footprints.

I would be inclined to crop out the seaweed and shadows to concentrate on the crab and take it off the central point
22/04/2010 - 10:13 AM


RogerVery nicely lit and presented.

Normally I am not bothered by catchlights or how many there are - but in this one for some reason (in my mind) there seems to be life in one and and not in the other. I also feel that either no cachlight or in both eyes would work.
My opinion only and not a critisism

19/02/2010 - 10:43 AM

Pilgrims Progress

Pilgrims ProgressSuper view.

My only (very slight) niggle - and it is purely personal - is I would like to see a bit of see seperating the foreground rock from the headland.

03/01/2010 - 1:27 PM

Vikkx - intense

Vikkx - intenseI would be inclined to crop a bit tighter (especially at the top) so it doesn't just look as if you have 'missed' the top of her head

08/08/2009 - 10:51 AM


PuddlesIt is a great lens for landscapes.

I might be tempted to crop the left side and remove the blue triangle to the left of the trees (I find it draws the eye a bit)
11/07/2009 - 10:33 AM

Self Portrait 2

Self Portrait 2I like the sheen on your back and the shadows cast (nice dimples by the way).

The flash (to me) is not distracing in the least and actually adds to the shot because of the texture of the background it is falling on.
The glasses add a touch of glamour' to it all somehow ..... maybe it is the 'celebrity' thing of pretending to hide behind the sun glasses whilst wanting everyone to look at them.

As for the pose - boring?. Not at all. It goes with the lighting very well.

What I might be tempted to do is remove the light triangle above your head (I find that tends to pull he attention a tad)

19/10/2008 - 12:16 PM

D 2

D 2She looks nice and happy.

Two things I would suggest ........... I would desaturate the blue in the hue/saturation and also clone out the fold lines in the backdrop.

If you can - in future sessions - get more distance between your model and the backdrop and open the lens a couple of stops and pull the backdrop as tight as possible to get it as smooth as you can
02/09/2008 - 10:40 AM


PanneeNice idea but for me it doesn't quite hit the mark.

The face isn't quite sharp enough - that may be from the compression for uploading (you could try sharpening it slightly after compression) but I am not sure.

Also the wee triangle of skin on the left needs cropped as it tends to draw the eye over there.

The models right shoulder is raised a bit too much and it makes it look like her arm comes out of her ear.

It sounds like I am just pulling this shot apart but when you have asked for critique I have to tell it as I see it. However, if this was her first shoot then both of you will be a bit nervous and your next shoot will produce much more relaxed shots
14/06/2008 - 11:06 AM

Beckie #74

Beckie #74Morning Simon.

I like the 'sort of' heart shape behind her - it gives a nice frame.

Two things I am not so keen on though ...... did you get her mid blink? (the eyes don't look fully opened). Also you are losing detail in the dress and it is blocking out (but I am sure there is detail in the original that you can recover)

13/05/2008 - 7:54 PM


~Chloe-Jane~I like this and it certainly fits in with the Fine Art Nude heading.

However, I feel that there is a bit too much magenta in the skin tones.