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08/02/2014 - 2:24 PM


Trianglehello Louise.

It is very good of you to play with natural light and explore its magic with still nature, it's a good idea to work with it and then go to artificial lighting, afterall, natural daylight illuminates your subjects with free solar energy! You are immediately ''green''!

The subject chosen here is an intriguing one, a pyramid consisting of 4 triangles and a square base. This little plastic object holds a vase with two flowers inside, ''engraved'' by laser. To most, it can work as a decorative item, or paperweight, it can also become a study object in photography, like in your case.

I would refrain from suggesting you to put it in your portfolio, as is.

Close-up photography because of the intensity of space displayed in your frame requires the photographer to be vigil of even the smallest details in the frame. here your black resting/backdrop material displays 3 spots, two white on the left at the base and the back of the pyramid and one bigger black like a not fully dried water droplet on the right base of the pyramid. You should pick these up and deal with this matter before hand but thank Gd we are at the era of digital technology and you can clone them out.

The pyramid itself had a bit of rough life too, its peak and bottom left corner have been dented, again, try your objects to be as much as near perfect for your portfolio. It's surface doesn't look polished to me, it needs to be, if you think this was a model, she would probably wear make-up wouldn't she? Preparation would give you better results than impromptu pictures, here you have lots of time to prepare and try, so use this time well.

I shall applaud your single background approach which lets us focus on the pyramid without introducing any other background edges, which would be reflected on the pyramid surface (Another idea would be to use of a soft, flexible fabric rest on a table surface and a chair to make a curvy, edge-free background).

Far too many colours of the surrounding environment are on the pyramid surface, I see red and green and a bit of yellow, be ware of the surroundings too. If the yellow was introduced by yourself wearing a yellow top, I would suggest to wer something black so you are not in the picture, unless you want that effect. Notice how the lack of light at the base of the pyramid makes the bottom surface look totally different that the black surface around the pyramid (unless this object had a felt on its bottom surface). You can do with all the colour mix by turning this to black and white, I'd reckon this would look more interesting then.

Reflections part two: your shooting angle shows four vases, with the bottom two having no flowers... tough luck? Have you tried an even higher shooting angle? I would suggest you an even lower one, almost level with the surface of the pyramid but not from the same angle where your light comes from, so your lens is not reflected on the pyramid surface. Think of it as you are in the egyptian desert walking and seeing the pyramids like small hills in front of you. You would have just one or two reflections of the vase then.

Framing aspect.... You can crop to square cause I think you are too wide on the sides and too low on the bottom now.

Hopefully you find my remarks useful, I don't mean to discourage you but to encourage you to try more and new things too.
06/02/2014 - 3:07 AM


Who??It has surely lifted but it's not a take off yet. Hold the horses space-cowboy!

I like the square format and I like the contrast of lines on top with triangles and squares at the bottom. It's the in between that spoils this for me. The Bostadsbutiken and the rest of the buildings are too defined, I can even see the red light looking at me saying this is not a black and white picture.

You have such a nice foreground and middle space interest so I would keep it there with a misty/mysterious f/2.8 rather than a clear f/11. And it'd better be on a tripod. A lower ISO, slower speed, and this chap, whoever he is, would look like a ghost figure. Now we're talking.

p.s. They are already here.
04/02/2014 - 1:13 AM

First jump #2

First jump #2You have produced another fine shot Carl. The muscles of the horse appear well, the rider has got a nice posture for the jump as well. Your shooting angle did not allow for the full of the tail to be in the frame but that is just a tiny issue. I might had chosen a value below f/8.0 to make the background either more blurry, but that would in effect ask for a higher firing speed. Exposure and composition look fine to me. If you decide to shoot her next time again, remember to go further back if you want.

02/02/2014 - 1:31 PM

Beads of light

Beads of lightHello Louise.

I like the picture as it is framed on the right and the left and from the top. My only suggestion is to crop a very tiny bit from the bottom where some lights appear to be less defined and in a sort of dark background. Keep only in the frame the lights and the cables that appear more prominent. I hope this makes sense and it helps, will attempt to upload a modification.

31/01/2014 - 12:48 AM

Brick lady with her cat.

Brick lady with her cat.Nice picture, good idea to have it shot or presented in black and white.

I think if you get rid of the top 8 rows of bricks you will be left with a fine panoramic picture Smile

Circus went away but the clowns have remained...Hello Velery , long time no see!

I would crop 1/4 of the height, the blurred white background on top is just a distraction, keep the bottom green 3/4ths of the picture.

The 'clown' you call reminds me of the 'Mahna-Mahna' singer in Muppet Show

here is the video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8N_tupPBtWQ

Outdoor Fashion Photography - SpeedliteHi,

I am a fan of black and white photography but it is the sheer elegance of the model's pose that drew my attention. Her feet look placed graciously on the stone surface and they could be an assignment on its own right. The lack of expression and coldness of the face might be due to the suspension from the branches, I can't blame her for that, I will only applaud her attempt to do it.

I consider the following as little imperfections of lesser importance: The wall on the right takes roughly 1/7th of the total picture width, without adding too much in it. That last vertical one seventh on the right contains a beautiful acme of the brick wall and some very bright leaves. I would leave out the half part from the right to move it over to the left and have some space between her feet and the left edge of the frame. Someone could also cut off the right brick wall completely and then the model is perfectly placed (shoulder and feet) with the same amount of space from the edges of the frame. Another issue is her cut-off right arm - but this might be due to the effort to balance(?). Another issue is the hiding of her left eye and part of her face and the final issue the overexposure of the dress details on her bust.

Yet, the overall impact still looks beautiful!
20/01/2014 - 10:11 PM

Here's looking at you kid

Here's looking at you kidHello MAS,

I shall agree with Dudler, no need to use flash as it does harm the eyes of the fish and would scare both the fish and the child, I see this was shot in a well lit room as well, judging from the reflection on the fish bowl.

in addition to the crop mentioned above I shall upload another two versions I could see this being possible. It is simple post shot processing and is materialised because you manage to shot the picture, might have been done while you were looking some other photos in your camera, so in the heat of the moment you chopped a bit of the child's ear. My first version deals with the vertical wooden panel on the top of the frame - not needed and focuses on the 'eye to eye' communication between teh child and the fish, the second one contains more of the child (and the ear) and the fish.

I hope you find them equally enjoyable.
20/01/2014 - 12:19 AM


ninaBe kind to your models Maya, don't cut their fingers.

I would say the picture is well lit as a portrait picture. I would demand more light on the dress if this was shot for fashion purposes.

I don't mind the dark empty space, it is subtle and matches the silence of the dress.

The pose and the hairstyle remind me of the era of the silent movies. The model's look to the unknown looks like a sign of modesty.

Well done in black and white too Maya.


14/01/2014 - 11:06 PM

Hair colour by Lisa

Hair colour by LisaRight, the picture fits the bill. The lettering of the sign fails to project 'punk'. The words: Hair colour consist of 10 letters as many as your syringes (and the colours inside them). I would adopt a lettering that imitates graffiti spray paint, have the word hair above the word colour so your letter gain height; you can even double their height! Each letter of these two words can be painted with one of the colours in the syringes. The part By Lisa can be done with black letters.

Trust me I have done marketing and signmaking, haha.
14/01/2014 - 11:09 AM

Wide at NHM ii

Wide at NHM iiHi,

I see mixed lighting and temperatures, warm lights and colder ones.... quite a juxtaposition;
not to mention the architecture. I am intrigued by the steps of the climax/scala (sorry, can't remember the english name for it) on the background; they look diagonal !!!! ???? !!!!

One suggestion before the bravo part.....


08/01/2014 - 10:13 AM


KristinaHello Maya.

Happy New Year to you. I am not sure if your purpose was to display the jewellery or the top your model was wearing. I think you might have zoomed in too much, and this would be definitely the case if you wanted to show the skirt(?) she is wearing, the curve of her lower back is cut in a very unflattering place. Was she wearing stockings? Were the shoes part of the fashion assignment? All these parts would play a role in your final composition. I see the information of the camera says no flash used but it seems like she was lit by a single source of light. The inclusion of the white part of the building behind her is a questionable point I have not yet resolved but I think it is to be considered. As I have said in other cases, since I don't know the space you shot it I can not say if you had space to shoot it differently. I might had asked her, if there was space to the right of the frame, to go there, so I don't shoot the white wall behind her. Paul has made a comment regarding her right hand, it is difficult to understand what she holds, it might had been better if her hand was empty or she held a small handbag, or purse in black colour so it goes wel with her clothes. The model itself is a very confident woman in her good looks, the fact that she doesn't look at the camera emphasizes her admiration on her looks, the clothes and her appeal. This is well documented in your photograph, but I think a wider focal length to include more of her would do justice to her looks and the clothes. I can also suggest a small crop that stops the frame at the end of the shinny part of her skirt. It is just enough for showcasing the top part of her clothing and it is more than enough to make the male population to be stunned.

03/01/2014 - 1:31 PM

One of the city parts

One of the city partsGreat shooting angle, exciting play of shapes! Bravo

p.s. I could see that picture working even if rotated 90 degrees to the right, or being cropped square, around the bike stand, losing just the space on the left.

03/01/2014 - 6:47 AM


Session.Hello Totti.

Before any critique from anyone, you have all the time to evaluate the picture immediately after you shoot it. If you didn't like the fact that the door and the window were too close to each other, why didn't you go wider or stepped back a bit so there is more space around them? The matter of composition is an important part of any picture and most often it can be resolved by trying various angles and takes before you decide on your final image that will display the subjects as well as you like.

I do like your picture. I see a balance of muted colours assimilating around the beige/brown tones. Faded burgundy and grey match well together and then the striking light blue pops out, making a nice contrast. Bravo
28/12/2013 - 9:59 AM


DONE SAILINGHmm... it looks more like 'Done with sailing, who said that a career change in old age is bad?' I like your low perspective as it shows the scars of time much better than a higher viewpoint which would lack the sky filling the gaps. I think because the sky is a bit dull Sad a slight crop of the height, 1/14th of total height, almost at the middle of the thick dark-ish cloud just below the right corner, would make the tension of the dark boat even greater. The light on the sky is distracting our glance from the boat, your main theme, the lifelong working companion of the missing fisherman.

26/12/2013 - 1:27 AM

Morning in Central Park

Morning in Central ParkHi.

Despite being quite early I think the picture is overexposed. I would had chosen a faster speed not to allow too much light hitting the sensor. That would not only affect the bright areas but the colours as well, making them deeper. I have not got image manipulation software to verify my saying but I realise that the sky is too bright and not clearly blue but hazy; a horizontal crop which excludes 1/14th of the frame's height from the top, facilitates the spectator to focus in the variety of the colourful flora that your frame includes. The bridge is an interesting part of the frame, almost in the middle. People, walking or riding would have given this landscape picture a different tome, some more action, rather, compared withe the few and tiny ducks. A boat passing causing them to fly would have been another incident you could have waited to happen and shoot. With time you may develop the sense to learn to anticipate or plan what you want to shoot in a landscape. You might need luck for that, and time. I think you are in a good path.

23/12/2013 - 2:41 PM


BehindHello totti.

I appreciate what you have put together here, a wide selection of patterns and a human being. The picture could still hold some interest even without him and it would be also interesting in a black and white version.

Unfortunately for me, the human is being shot with either to slow or too fast speed, a faster speed would have freeze his movement and that would echo the well described patterns held in their eternal immobility, or go for an even slower speed where a more stretched human figure would appear. But it would all have to do with what you had clearly in your mind, what you wanted to make it look like. This seems to me you had not decided, you weren't sure what effect you wanted to capture. I respect hit and miss because it helps us learn by realising our faults. Had you shot any other people from the same spot using different shutter speeds?

p.s. Merry Christmas to you
20/12/2013 - 1:56 AM



I know you know the area very well so I suppose you have shot from the best point possible. If there was no building on the right side of the tree, though, I would have moved my camera to the left side of the frame and shoot the tree and nothing else. But this building may be the Town Hall and you'd like to include it. From an Aesthetic point of view the inclusion of the building is more than a distortion and it can be eliminated digitally. From a political point of view, this looks right, honestly. Only a devout Christian would have complained that it can't be for a snowflake to be on the top of the tree, it should be the Star topping the tree; the Star that guided the Thee Magi to the Nazareth and the Nativity. Regarding the angle I think it's not unusual to have leaning trees in Canada, banehawi would agree. Timbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer!

Merry Christmas to you too.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)Hi.

I am using a laptop and that has as a result of the image to vary on colour intensity and brightness depending on the position of the screen, but hey I care to work in a setting that there is no lighting disruptions. Despite my conditions and in the presumption to accept your honesty I think that the heavy shade in the woodland might have been in a different pace all around you maybe but not on that branch. I see the branch and the bird well lit from direct sunlight which also has created shadows both of the tree trunk fold and the bird's foot. In almost all circumstances (of screen tilt) I find the picture too bright especially on the left side of the tree trunk and the bird's white chest.

Object is well separated form background and I like the hint of green on the left contrasting the red belly of the Dendrocopos on a diagonal.

17/12/2013 - 10:16 PM

Woodland Sun

Woodland Sunhi, beautiful colours... I am inclined to leave all of the sun out to focus on red, green , ochre at the bottom half of your frame. The focus point would still be this pile of branches.