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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.

The nakedness of woman is the work of God ~ #1Hi,

It is an impressive picture even if the colour has given way to shades of grey.
The rock right above the model has the shape of a dog's face, I can see a dropping ear too. I would had got rid of the rock formation above the ''dog's head''.
The pose of the model is not optimal I would say. Her left arm, not well hidden now behind her torso, could have been raised gracefully towards the ''dog's head''; its current position prohibits a clear definition of her backwards arched lower back. Is she out of breath there? I have no idea why she has pulled her belly inwards... her ribs look perfectly described though, so perfectly you could do an anatomy lesson. Her right foot is making half appearance, it might be shy... but this is not the time to be shy. I think it would be looking much better if it was fully present. Aww yes, her left leg could be stretched out too at the same angle with the torso. I can't know how far you were from her but I suspect a hidden walkie talkie could keep your posing instructions to her more secret than echo would do.
27/06/2015 - 2:54 PM


Drivin'Hi Alda, long time no see Smile

I have an objection regarding this picture... it's the way the driver looks... and where the steering wheel is.
I doubt the man is an Ausie...

and the truck is reminiscent of American pick up cars (if not the actual GMC 100 from 1956 itself)

with the tattoo of Route 66 on the hand the driver should be looking towards the left, so as the steering wheel would be at the left,
as a proper Yank in a proper Yankie car would look like.

So I would suggest this flipping..

Not sure where Route 66 would take us though, lol.

25/06/2015 - 12:27 AM

Time to move

Time to moveHi,

It may be my vision but I think I can't find a sharp focused area in the frame. It does appear to me that the grass in front of the tiger is a bit sharper than the tiger's face, but surely this shouldn't be the case, how on earth the camera focused on the grass? It doesn't make sense.
Post capture sharpening might work. But I think the wide aperture of f/4.0 gave you too much narrow depth of field to work on, during a day where the light seems to be plenty for the use of a higher aperture f/5.6 or f/8.0; combined with an increase of ISO to 400 or even more so you can freeze movement with a speed of 1/800 sec... SLT does with mirror movement so we exclude the possibility entirely. It is said that image camera body stabilisation offers less sharpness when compared to pictures taken by on-lens stabilisation. This could be an example of it Smile

If I was asked to reframe this, I would take a thin horizontal strip from the top to exclude the grey fence showing at the back; let the animals appear to be in a wild habitat; the flora above the tiger's head -minus the fence- is just right for the job. Further minimalist trimming from both sides, would keep the frame in proportional shape.

03/06/2015 - 8:00 AM


DuneHello Alexander.

I am looking at it and I'm thinking.... the vast space of desert there is there... extending in width as much as your eye can see.

The notion of space and width in particular made me reframe your image away from its 3:2 format. I went for a frame where the width is proportionally at a rate of 4:2 to the height of the picture (or that was my intention within the limits of my small screen I am working with). Starting point was the bottom right corner, the start of the sand dune edge right, as the Arabs write.

I second Franken's idea of a picture without the sky. It would lead to an abstract shape. One shot then, two birds in the bag Smile

28/05/2015 - 3:16 AM

Jean Gabin from Santa Brigitta

Jean Gabin from Santa BrigittaHi.
Your framing and timing are excellent. The bright parts of the picture balance well with the dark ones creating a harmonious and pleasing image.
My modification addresses what I find to be a slight problem with the square format (which falls into what I call FrameFollowsForm).
The issue lies with the interest created by the cart well and the ironwork behind it, it is beautiful and distracts from maintaining attention to the man's glance.
He looks a real character Smile

29/04/2015 - 4:35 PM


SantoriniHello Alexander,
I would be very tempted to take this picture in a portrait orientation, vertical, rather than horizontal. I think a bigger proportion of the top dome on the left of the picture would look more interesting than what the little dom on the right bottom corner does. All the other aspects of the picture, including the sunset colour, albeit, less, would retain, if not increase, our attention on your nice picture.