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20/11/2015 - 9:32 PM

Self Portrait

Self PortraitAccurately focused but dark overall. It;s not moody, or sinister, just dark.
What was the reason for taking this picture at night?
Wouldn't the daylight provide conditions to make the overall image and feel brighter?
18/11/2015 - 9:48 AM

maior & pilot

maior & pilotHi,
I would suggest a minor cropping from the top, a white-ish object is on the top left part of the frame near the corner and it can happily disappear Smile
In addition I would suggest a far more generous crop so that red letters OTNIK logo (probably from a loudspeaker disappears. It is distracting.
The distance between mayor's hand and the loudspeaker is covered by a black curtain, you could have this distance halved. As a result he would not sit bang in the middle of the frame but a bit to the right of the frame like people posed in old portraiture paintings.
These are my two cents of advice.. well posed, lit and taken otherwise.
View from the grotto by Lord Byron. Portovenere. LiguriaHello Alexander,
I think your pictures need less critique and more praise....
I agree with Niknut. Anyway Smile
Did you shoot this picture whilst standing or kneeling? There is something with the horizon being located on the exact spot on this frame.
If I were to change something in the picture it would be the perspective. The horizon sits on the 4th of the 7 rudimentary horizontal stripes of it. Very close to the middle...
So, in a bold suggestion I would tear the bottom two 7ths or deduct one 7th from both top and bottom of the frame.
It sounds pity but you always have the superb original too!
best regards,
28/09/2015 - 10:29 AM



I did notice the 1916 date after some looking around in the pic...they must be getting ready to celebrate its century then?
I like the quite suitable treatment you have done to it, it looks like a picture from about that time, haha.
My suggestion is in regards to framing. I do not know how far above the water the bridge is, I can not distinguish in the current frame, bottom part looks too dark. As I am not aware of the traffic situation at the time I can not know if this tight framing you have chosen is due to that reason. I would have like to be able to see what there is below. But that might had to include unwanted sightings from the right side of your bigger frame. The plants on the corner? I think i could do with less of them in the frame.
I noticed an interesting pattern in your frame and my modification would focus on it. It keeps the dimensions of the width the same with the original. The height of the picture though is being reduced. Frame starts from top left corner and goes down to the first horizontal element of the fridge , which I don't think is used as a handrail. A horizontal cropping just below that makes the new frame look square in my eyes. The curved bar on top is contrasted by the horizontal bar on the bottom accompanied by two curves in different directions the one on the left that comes forth and the one on the right that points backwards, exactly as vehicles and people do on a bridge! An interesting triangular pattern is revealed in the middle. Cropping also has resulted in presenting the bridge to a bigger scale in the frame pumping up its glory.
Doesn't that look suitable tribute to it?
11/09/2015 - 4:57 PM


SparksPerfect capture Sandipan.
Everything seems to work for me, background is relevant as well, it does show construction work going on.
As you guess the dressing code for safety, or everyday living is not the same everywhere.
Having this in mind I thought of an image where a worker whose sex/gender couldn't be identified cuts the iron rods. To obtain this image of this ''faceless'' worker you crop horizontally just below the red/pink/mauve garment and you have two feet and one arm operating a machine which makes sparks. It leave the viewer questioning, if the worker is fully able or disabled and if he is a man or a woman. We are all same facing work tasks so this ''cropped'' image may be used to stress that.
04/09/2015 - 9:01 PM

Maya 1

Maya 1Hi;
There is no question that your model is a gorgeous lady. I think she has the gravity to hold the image together but I would prefer her job to be easier. The black almost vertical dead space on her left can be cropped out of the image, similarly a vertical crop from the top wuld make the frame filled more nicely with your model rather than the blue tiles. The most minimal of the various crops I have imagined is contained between the connecting acmes of the mirrors and t would also exclude the small horizontal strip that contains the grey liquid shop box.
Best regards,
03/09/2015 - 8:03 AM


HimuHello Anupam,

Beautiful effect, skillfully made on the background. The model looks Ethereal, the picture captures a moment but she looks cropped brutally to me; I would forego the horizontal space at the bottom which equals the height of the big circle of her necklace (last brown ring) to gain that space on her forehead.

best regards,
02/09/2015 - 12:21 PM


NightescapeHi, I favour colour as it has produced a very nice combination of hues that blend well together. The blue/black cyclist makes a nice contrast with the white/mauve pathway, the white of the street lights play with the blacks and the greys on the sky, the hidden moon makes its silver shine on the dark sea, with the white froth of the waves complimenting the dark shore (tell me please all that is NOT rubbish), the dark bystander on the left makes also a nice contrast with the pavement. The yellow light at the far end matches nothing, but its intensity does not distract from the beauty of colour so I embrace it as it is, as it happened Smile My only suggestion would be a clockwise movement of 1 or 2 degrees to level this out because now I thinks it leans to the left. There is a spot of lens flare on top, but I am happy with it, it shows this is not reality, but the reality your lens recorded Smile
22/08/2015 - 11:26 PM

flower blossom

flower blossomWelcome from me too Grace.

I see your entry is a horizontal shot of a flower and background isn't it? I could suggest you a vertical framing, like you would do with a portrait. But what I can distinguish in your picture is more than that. I see the chance to admire the beauty of the Nature, to be taught about the mixing of the colours, I see the capture of the fleeing moment on the blow of the wind , which you have so nicely recorded.
I would ask you to increase the zooming of your browser to 200 and look closer at the centre of the flower. Your frame can be oblong or square; the picture now focuses on what it really matters, the flower itself. Can you see it? There is no more green around the flower, but only a tiny bit, where the petal is shifted by the wind. Admire how nicely the blue/lavender colours of the centre of the flower mix with the orange/brown parts around the flower centre, how nicely the purple colour is hued from the beginning of the petals outwards; the ends of the petals can be omitted.

There could be various ways you could achieve this ''zooming'', a reversing of your lens, a stronger zoom lens, or a x3 magnification glass, or some extension rings; but the most important of all is to be able to focus your attention where it matters
21/08/2015 - 2:39 PM

Beauty and the Bridge

Beauty and the BridgeHi,
really nice colours and model. This looks like an already cropped frame to me. I think the placing of the model in the frame should be different. There are things you can avoid and things you can hide from the background which now lurk on each of the top sides. The bright right corner is one and the old cement building on the left top corner is the other; a two steps to the left (as you look at the frame) could hide the cement object-water tank, maybe?- The stream at the bottom is a very good addition in the frame, a reason for the bridge to be there, so I would not crop it; actually this was the reason I would prefer the model to move to (your) left rather than to your right below the bright gap in the foliage.
A vertical crop would be also good. Straight crop next to the most far pillar of the cement building from the left -stream is still visible- and another crop right excluding everything after the first bunch of autumn leaves from the left. She doesn't need to be bang in the middle of the frame.

21/08/2015 - 8:56 AM

The Purple Man of York

The Purple Man of YorkHi,

I can see this working without the sign of the Tea room or the beautiful teapot, not because the contrast is not striking or beautiful but because it is overpowering and distracts from the amusing scene below.

18/08/2015 - 8:04 PM

Teufelsbrucke, Switzerland_2

Teufelsbrucke, Switzerland_2What a landscape! what an amount of human work!

I was speechless for a sec, now I can talk I would like to say you can tilt it a bit to the left to come level, just a couple of degrees, I am following the line opposite of you beyond the three arches just below the bridge on top right.
A step backward could have given a bit more of the rocks on the bottom of the frame but I am not sure if we would be able to see the water in the beautifully illuminated part of the pic.

Thanks for sharing, it's beautifully taken.
17/08/2015 - 1:23 AM

Precision Decision

Precision DecisionHi.
Nice idea, well lit. I do like the diagonal arrangement.
I have reservations for several things though.
Mechanics can be a dirty job.
I saw today an Alessandra Sanguinetti's picture of a man working in a Siemens factory, focusing on his grey stained white blouse.
A stained white blouse in Japan is an indication that something is going wrong there. But let's not get carried away with it. Just let that inspire us.
Grey is great, it can appear as of magic in your pic when you turn your picture to black and white; this is my first suggestion. It would cause the gold-ish colour of the metal inside the clear plastic handle of the screwdrivers to appear grey. The grey which we said earlier that resembles to dirt Wink
Positioning is another point of my criticism, they need more fine tuning in the frame. The top screwdriver is too close to the edge of the frame, it could be pulled backwards, to the point where the smooth cylinder of the handle starts. Every screwdriver could arranged so that the black metal part of the screwdriver above it starts from the same point. Another issue is the tilting of the flat edges. they are not all laid in a similar manner, you could tilt the ones coming from the right tilting towards the viewers and the ones coming from the left being totally flat on the paper, or tilt as the ones coming from the right.
p.s. Alessandra Sanguinetti is a Magnum photographer
09/08/2015 - 12:51 PM


untitledRolan this is an amazing capture of light;
And a creature of God's good taste Smile

I am not aware that your camera produces 1:1 frames straight from the box. It is a lovely picture, but I think taking her legs out of the frame, unless this was a shot of fashion to show off the dress, is a bold move that seems to steal part of her grace and charm. The model fits well in the frame, and the hair is carefully arranged to show dress details on one side and stop the light/create a glow halo on the other but I would love to see her all of her in a vertical 3:2 frame.

Congratulations for your work, it is both meticulous and beautiful.
Wishing your business all the best.
09/08/2015 - 1:54 AM

toneless afternoon

toneless afternoonHiya.

I like this black and white picture and as dudler thought I would go for a horizontal crop because I can't figure out what sort of structure is above these houses, is it a balcony of a higher floor?
I am surprised no one thought of flipping it and make the woman look on the right of the frame, no letters or numbers appear in the picture so you could turn it over around its right side working as an axis for your flip.

here's to every day
08/08/2015 - 10:09 PM


UntitledVery nice effort and result Rolan.

I see from the amount of light you dared to shoot a modeling photo at night, I have to take off my hat to you for that courage. I like very much how you have used the lamp lights and the background light to give life in your picture, framing is very good and I reckon that picking of the location needed some search in advance. Good preparation eases good results. I like how your model is posed but two small steps to your left would have brought her to a position which both suits the rule of thirds and implies a story... if you take in consideration the expensive white vehicle and the building at the back. I might had waited for the car to indicate or start making this right turn pointing (metaphorically) to her.

Remember to use buildings so you set the horizon right, most often floor don't lean to a direction but they are parallel to the ground. If you look critically on the first floor you will see picture leans a bit to the left.

Apart from that and the position of your model, you have taken a really good shot.
04/08/2015 - 3:06 PM

flower vendor

flower vendor
Quote: Very good. You can see a respect of the man for the flowers he sells and his work. And that take this picture beyond mere portraiture.

I shall agree, the picture freezes the moment describes his mood perfectly.

Quote: There is a hand hanging on the right, which is a bit distracting..

It leaves me wondering whet is the toll that this hand holds actually, it could be a slightly part of the picture because it acts as a reminder this is a ''manual'' (from the Latin Manus=hand) intensive job.

Quote: ..the window adds nothing... is by far the brightest part of the image and pulls the eye very quickly from the main subject.

It's been ages that I am trying to convince people that our eyes are trained to attracted by the light when we are in darker areas. I think it's part of the human evolution.

Well, you might guess my opinion in it. It does have potential. I would have preferred less window too and a slight move of the frame to the right so it gets both the man's face and the other man's arm and the holding object in the picture. Yet I shall stress the ''frozen moment's'' importance which manages to make the flower seller's facial expression as the sole reason for taking the picture

Therefore, and with no intention to lessen your attempt, I propose a tight crop that starts from the four window bars (their bottom part) it does contain a fraction of light below them at the background. The frame from the right starts just after the bag with the whole on the wall, so none of the other two men are visible. The rst of the sides remain the same and the light from the top allows this place to look magic. Too pity we can't smell the flowers.

28/07/2015 - 11:27 AM

Blue Bay Walk (part 2)

Blue Bay Walk (part 2)Hi Nitz.

I think it is essential to focus for a moment on light itself. Have you heard of the expression ''traveling with the speed of light''? It tells you that light travels. It has waves which move through space. The volume of light that hits your camera's sensor or film depends of the amount of time you have allowed to light to come through the iris of your lens onto the camera for starters (and then depends how sensitive you have asked your sensor to be through the ISO selection). Having said that I think your camera has a M mode. M for Manual, or Mind. It will help your photography skills improve extremely. USE IT. Stop letting the camera making choices for you. And before each time you take a shot learn to check if your lens is clear.
After having made sure your lens is clear,

Start with Setting your ISO (sensitivity to light). 100 for sunny days out, 200 for overcast, 400 indoors, 800 sports, 1600 night photography without tripod. (or get a tripod or a form of support and shoot with lower ISO). Set your Aperture then (how much the iris of the lens will open). And then experiment with the shutter time you would need to record the image. USE your camera's lightmeter to make appropriate adjustments to your camera settings until you get the picture that you want. Choose the live display of histogram on your back screen to see how much contrast your scene has.

Good luck with your photographic journey.
27/07/2015 - 7:07 PM


N I C E    D O GHi,

It looks like a crop to me and at the moment I thought I had noticed just three living souls in it I 've found more on the left side of the frame.
My initial thought was to crop from the left side but that wouldn't help lot either as frame becomes too narrow especially if you crop the same amount from the right; I think the dog is very close to the end of the frame and the superficial triangle among the three main protagonists doesn't come together. The triangle would have looked perfect if the dog was looking upwards to his owner completing the route from the man's glasses to the girl's eyes to the dog and back to the owner. This route is now blocked/disturbed, girl's eyelids seem closed, dog's looking for sausage.
The only way I see this working is splitting the image in two, making two pictures out of it, in any of its versions.
First pic focuses on the top part, the two people, man appears to having passed some sour news to the lady in a non sympathetic way and she seems to be processing them in her mind. For symmetry, crop man's hand above the fresh on his sleeve.
Second pic focuses on the dog and the four feet around it starting the top of the frame below the girl's knees.

Colour or black and white seem to make any difference to it.

27/07/2015 - 8:59 AM

Lady in the Polka Dot Dress

Lady in the Polka Dot DressHi,

did you instruct Carla Monaco to close the one of her two eyes (the right one in the picture) a bit?
It seems strange to do so in the pose.

If the picture was not done for fashion I'd say you could crop it horizontally on a tighter frame containing her face. her shoulders and her raised hand starting from the middle of her fringe on the top ending to a bit below her wrist.