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30/05/2013 - 7:52 AM

Mirror Reflection

Mirror ReflectionI like the shot: exposure, crop, subject's pose and expression. It could be worth trying a slightly higer camera position, but still maintaining a head and shoulders portrait in the mirror reflection. Darkening the left hand side image of the subject, with selective dodging, should place more emphasis on the portrait in the mirror.

Best regards, Chris
12/12/2008 - 8:13 PM


DeerLovely rendering of a fallow deer in its summer coat. Next time you could try using a wider aperture (or a longer lens) to throw the background out od focus. Also try to leave a little more space around the animal and if possible select an angle so that the subject is looking into the picture.

Keep up the good work.

03/12/2008 - 2:31 PM

Working Springer

Working SpringerA good portrait of your dog; the low viewpoint gives emphasis to the animal and removes distracting elements. The only 'improvement' I'd suggest is lightening the dog's face slightly. Fill in flash -1.5 EV would be my choice (but I don't know how animals might react to this). Alternatively it could be done in the digital darkroom.

01/12/2008 - 6:06 PM

Politely Pink

Politely PinkHaving posted my comment I then read through the others. If this is a self-portrait it negates what I said about working with the model to achieve the 'right' expression. With self-portraits it's notoriously hard to achieve a pose that is relaxed and appears natural. In other words, you did extremely well. Try this shot with a professional model or 'a natural' and it will be a winner.

01/12/2008 - 5:54 PM

Politely Pink

Politely PinkYou have positioned the model well; I like the subtle blurred image of the bed and pillows; I agree with comments on the headboard; the soft lighting creates an appropriate mood. Where the image doesn't quite succeed I think is in the model's expression. She is a very attractive lady but her expression is somewhat hard to read. With this material it's a key skill for the photographer to act as a catalyst to elicit an emotional response that results in an expression that is 'right'. But it's up to the model too. I spent 10 years as a wedding and portrait photographer and in my opinion this shot is 95 per cent there. Good enough to get my vote.