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keith selmes

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  • BBSea

    well, its a nice piece of work, and it raised a smile!
    • 26 Mar 2006 11:08AM
  • Caitlin

    Has a kind of wistful look.
    Good colour composition.
    A little blown out above the nose ?
    Unusual to have a head in centre of a rectangle, works for me.
    • 26 Mar 2006 11:06AM
  • Thursden Valley

    Like it. hard to say why.
    Composition OK, bit soft, hard to see detail, overall pleasing feel to it though.
    Pity we can't 'see a larger version'.
    • 26 Mar 2006 11:02AM

    pleasing shapes, picked out cleanly
    • 26 Mar 2006 10:58AM
  • The Milk's last turn

    I like the forlorn feel of the this.
    I'm not so sure about the 19th century part - I worked with churns a lot, and I'm not that old!
    • 26 Mar 2006 10:55AM
  • Cat

    pity about the background.
    the cat is spot on.
    catchlight in the eye and all, and looks cat soft.
    elegant pose.
    • 1 Sep 2007 12:17PM
  • Sunset fun

    Neatly done.
    Must try it sometime.
    Red spots in the hair/throat region look like flare, could be editable.
    • 1 Sep 2007 12:14PM
  • Jordan

    edit the twigs out, and maybe the blue person in the background.
    Portrait itself is fine
    • 1 Sep 2007 12:12PM
  • old camera

    I see strong shapes, and striking colours, with the blue background, and with the orange yellow foreground, and the strong lines of the angled camera against the foreground lines.
    However they're obscured by the clutter of the other stuff.
    Carabosse may have a point about using natural light - if it were feasible I'd have tried both - perhaps using a reflector for the ambient light.
    Its possible though the shadows from the flash would work to advantage if the arrangement were simpler.
    • 5 Aug 2007 11:03PM
  • Smoking woman

    mm, not my thing really - -striking though.
    Woman with attitude I'd say.
    Why she's blood red don't know.
    Can't figure out the background, but its effective.
    • 3 Aug 2007 8:08PM
  • Glen fence

    Like it. feels very pleasant.
    The leaves are a nuisance, I would clone rather than crop, as I feel the tree is needed, it helps guide one into the scene.
    Myself, I'd like to lighten up the shadows, also I'd try it in B&W, lightened and more contrasty, to bring out the railings and the rocks more. The shapes are interesting.
    Choice of viewpoint and composition are very good of course.
    • 3 Aug 2007 7:51PM
  • blue bells in spring

    Well chosen viewpoint and pleasantly balanced image, with the river of blue running through.
    Not a great striking image, but if there is enough detail in the original it would print and hang well.
    Forget straightening, nature doesn't do that, and a slight angle on the trees is more intesting than vertical.
    There's a branch in the middle foreground annoying me.
    • 3 Aug 2007 3:20PM
  • Evening Light

    I like the silhouette shapes, both trees and rooftops/chimneys. The light areas are burned out though, presumably where the sun was.
    Probably not fixable, some kind of filter (CP or grad ?) might have prevented it.
    The light patches in the lower part are distracting, I'd want either to black them out or experiment with bringing out more detail.
    The image is unsatisfying because there is so much black area. However it would be a useful area for text - e.g. start of an article, a greeting sentiment, a piece of poetry.
    I should add, it does have a peaceful feel to it, as CB implies, a scene many of us find familar and evocative.
    • 3 Aug 2007 12:00PM
  • Simao 2

    I like this very much, and find it somehow mildly amusing.
    Its very good to have the foreground and background in focus and yet clearly separate.
    I'd take out the cable on the roof on the left and possibly the vapour trail coming out of the childs head on the right. Not immediately noticeable, but annoying when one studies the image - theres a diagonal formed by facia board on the left and the vapour trail on the right.
    Theres a bit of lens distortion, or maybe the lens was tilted slightly, lamposts either side seem to be leaning in a touch, software might fix that.
    Conventionally I think the eyes should have catchlight and not be dark shadows, but I don't see this as conventional, and its OK as it is. Possibly better.
    Theres some deeper feeling in this beyond just a picture of a kid.
    • 3 Aug 2007 11:53AM
  • camcorder ;D

    The big white background area is a pity, if you had the inclination and skill with photoshop, it might be damped down.
    Pity too about the person with hands on head, doesn't help the image for me.
    With those comments out of the way, the foreground composition, poses, expressions, colour, shape, all excellent.
    Fascinating image, briliant moment captured.
    I do like the combination of dress style and digi vidi cam.
    Separation of out of focus background is very good, I suspect as much judgement as good lens choice, the background having just enough detail to set the scene.
    • 3 Aug 2007 11:39AM
  • geranium blues

    Very nice work. I prefer this orientation to the other geranium pictures.
    The shape and structure work very well in this mono style, colour would be an unnecessary distraction.
    • 1 Jul 2007 11:57AM
  • Up the Wall

    love the comment!
    • 24 Jun 2007 11:15AM
  • On A Daisy

    neat. like it.
    However - the wings have suffered from reflection and lost detail, and there is not enough of the insect in focus, the back leg for example, and the proboscis thing as you say(might have been moving ?) are detracting from the image.
    I get the same problems btw.
    • 4 Aug 2006 7:04PM
  • Silos

    repetitive compostion works well with the sombre mood.
    • 3 Mar 2007 9:41AM
  • Airfield

    has potential, composition anidea excellent, but I feel its too dull, and in large view the foreground is soft
    • 3 Mar 2007 9:44AM
  • Large Coppers

    Technically I suppose there are some out of focus areas that are a nuisance, but it would be hard to improve on.
    As a straight insect photo its pretty good but pretty run of mill, but having the two like this is really cute. Quite special.
    I'm tempted to ask what sort of glue was used!
    (just joking, really!)
    It is difficult to look at though, as I find my eyes trying to go to the two heads simultaneously, which doesn't quite work.
    (Imagine a chap with his eyeballs pointing in opposite directions)
    • 5 Aug 2006 7:51AM
  • Snowhere To Go

    very pleasing and clean cut composition, works well with the snow
    • 10 Feb 2007 10:32AM
  • Iris Leaves

    really good original work. some might call it abstract.
    composition is good, having the nice sharp pointy one in key position is very good.
    • 17 Apr 2007 6:54PM
  • Super Linaria

    I found a couple of dealers who have maroccana, will follow it up thanks.
    • 15 Jan 2007 12:38PM
  • Port of Algeciras

    prefer this to the other picture of this rig.
    this one has good balanced composition and beautiful light, and is bustling with activity.
    • 3 Mar 2007 9:36AM
  • Settings for Two

    I think thats too quiet and fuzzy to be very popular - but it has a pleasant ,perhaps romantic, mood and a certain mystery about the two empty chairs. Soft and warm. Works for me anyhow.
    • 3 Mar 2007 12:57PM
  • London Eye

    I used to fly gliders. If you ignore what this really is, the image has a light airy feeling of being out there in the big blue sky. Gives me a real sailplane feeling.
    • 17 Mar 2007 11:21AM
  • gunnerside in autumn

    make it 31!
    (The geometry, the echo of the 2 buildings, layout, light, colour - really good)

    Edit: Oh its 32 already!
    • 25 Nov 2006 11:41AM
  • Radio Control

    well, getting the sky right in colour was troublesome. The part that does work in colour is the buildings, being all read brick with identical white trim, and the brightly coloured vehicles.
    • 21 Mar 2007 12:03PM
  • old blue eye

    The light was too bright, so the whites are blown out and the shadows are too dark.
    The background is awful.
    The eye is caught beautifully, which is the thing people tend to miss - nice animals with dead black eyeholes are a common problem.
    (Like da_nige says, a different angle might have alleviated the light/dark problem)
    • 4 Feb 2007 7:12PM