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30/08/2010 - 8:48 PM

Cup and Saucer

Cup and SaucerHi mate,

Taking you at your word here is some critique but everything I say is only an opinion so feel free to listen or not as you see fit.... :o)

I like the idea of the shot and the composition has some strengths. The lead in as already mentioned is good, the sky in okay (I think you could inject some more drama though in PP if your aim is not solely to represent 'what was there') and the building is well placed, though I would probably have tried to push it slightly further right and have excluded the building on the far right. For my tastes there is too much FG Rock though but I can see why you started with the chunk that you chose. I do also think it would be enhanced by trying to get some more white streaks in the water along the lead in channel. You might be able to achieve this in PP but it might well be a timing thing.

Good stuff though, so keep it up. You can certainly see where you are going and a lot of thought and skill behind the shot.


17/11/2009 - 2:03 PM

London At Dusk

London At DuskHi there Mark,

I have shot from this area myself so I know it's an attractive subject matter and area. Personally, I think the issue with this image is harmony (although I also completely agree with randombubble). I think that the Gherkin (one of the main subjects) is obscured partly by cranes. The moving boat is also a distraction, I would have waited for it to pass or made it a longer exposure (which would alshave enhanced the reflections and calmed the water) so that it was unrecognisable. The colour looks a bit off too so you might want to play with the WB or change it to B&W which works well for this classic type of shot.

One other tip, to get these three tall buildings in frame you might want to head east a little bit, they then appear closer and you can more obviously make them the 'subject' of the shot.

Hope this helps.


21/10/2009 - 7:18 PM

Chanonry Point Lighthouse

Chanonry Point LighthouseLovely detail great colours. Personally I would have liked the main large and light clump of grass to be a bit less central but a cracking image all the same.


08/03/2009 - 9:29 PM

Yellow Pipe

Yellow PipeHi Alexy,

I agree with the earlier commets. I think the subject was well spotted but would go with the following:

1) Shallower DoF
2) Boost the contrast in the processing (maybe add vignetting?)
3) slightly alter the composition

Did you try any variants? different angles? DoFs ?

Just an opinion though :o)


31/01/2009 - 9:24 PM


KatieHi - Nice catch-lights in the eyes and not a bad first attempt. I think it's an interesting look your model is giving the camera which draws you in. The eyes aren't far off a third either which a plus too.

A couple of things you might want to look at to lift it ...

I would suggest that the white balance is off. If you shot in RAW you should be able to fix this post capture (try flourescent to start) It looks a bit yellowy here. Secondly, I would really to to get at much light and focus on the eyes as possible to really draw you in. I think you could get the focus more spot on than this. The image looks a litte soft too so maybe the shutter speed was a bit slow?
Finally, if you are using PS then you could also get rid of the shiny nose. If you want to shoot portraits, the standard room lighting is not generally your best bet so a flash with a diffuser is a fairly inexpensive way to start.

Hope this helps - keep on going! If this your first attempt don't forget to look back in a few months to see how you have progressed.