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You are welcome to look through my pictures and leave comments. All pictures are my copyright.
Critique or advice are always appreciated. As is your time to write it, also.

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All the best to your photographic journey.
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  • Jocey

    Good job, excellent skin tones and superb lighting, bravo
    • 13 Feb 2016 10:18PM
  • To you

    Quote:A lovely image with great focus. also an interesting and varied portfolio. excellent photography.Grin

    thank you
    • 13 Feb 2016 7:21AM
  • portrait16-14

    I think tat the bottom arm should be wholly in the frame. It has reflected a lot of light though, so if I was to pull back retaining the same amount of light would have been a problem; the power of the lights should be lowered. It is a striking picture though, especially with that colour..
    • 12 Feb 2016 1:47PM
  • Lady bug🐞

    it looks good to me; the plant is very graphic and fits the frame nicely but since there is no direct light and shadows you can move the ladybug higher on that leaf so it appears to be on the crossing of an imaginary grid of to vertical and two horizontal lines, also known as rule of thirds.
    • 11 Feb 2016 8:23AM
  • silhouette

    Well done, it's an intriguing picture.
    Scened but underplayed, to my opinion. I would have expected more drama, you seem very capable to produce it, it is not the technical skill of the photo that is lacking, but the conceptual ability and work behind it that would make this raw material of photo shine.
    I had to magnify the photo too much to be able to distinguish if the child is holding the metalwork or it has its hand up like that to salute somebody. The metalwork does not look like a detention measure keeping the child captive in this dark room. Could the hand denote a goodbye gesture? To whom? Where is he or she? Does he/she come back or goes away? I would like to see another person , outside of the window, playing that role, creating this fictional story.
    Then I light my pipe and I think of literature, rather than the picture. And I recall of books as thick as the ones Knut Hamsun penned, very long stories - some very very boring - a dire contrast compared to some poems of just one or two lines that excited me like the poems written by Giuseppe Ungaretti or Yiannis Ritsos. And I see your picture with new eyes again. And it looks just right, a small bright window in somebody's life, a joyful day somewhere in a world where little may be as much. If it made you happy, you ought to be thankful.

    • 10 Feb 2016 6:34AM
  • love this model

    hello again;
    I decided to award this picture on the merits of styling mostly,
    but that should does not subtract anything from the artisan beauty of this photo.
    I appreciated the beautiful play of the hair, the left coming forward covering half of the face, the right part going backwards revealing the neck, it creates a nice diagonal. A play which combines, hiding and revealing in a single frame beautifully chosen to be presented in black and white. The hair that flies above the eyebrow is a good indication of time and a reminder that the outer beauty won't last forever. The model does not remind me Julia Roberts, If I was pushed to say whom does she look like I would say either Sandra Bullock or herself actually.
    • 9 Feb 2016 7:28PM
  • Old Love

    I have various reasons not assuming the connection of the who couples.
    One of them lies beyond this platform.
    I am not normally the one who evangelises sharpness,
    but my question addresses the issue I see before my eyes.
    Where is it that you have focused? At the couple? At the cartoon figures?
    At a hyperfocal distance? Did the camera useI autofocus?
    If the cartoon characters are functional part of the image so as the interpolation with the old couple at the right I would have expected them to be in sharp focus.
    Colours look vibrant and I am fine with sunny weather and vibrancy. I am also fine with the tilt. I assumed it was on a tiny slope but I would trust the locals know best and they sound adamant that it was flat.
    • 8 Feb 2016 11:04PM
  • !! L'aurea !!

    There seems to be a tilt to the right at the background buildings. I don't mind the colour at the back being that brown brick but the pavement in colour seems to spoil it for me. So I would suggest a black and white version to it, with tighter spacing around the model possibly, cutting the grey/white opening of sky on the top right corner, reducing the width of the frame by cropping the two most right windows, applying a minimal vertical crop on the left so as the model is still kept on one edge of the frame and cutting accordingly with the space eliminated from the top a tiny amount of pavement. She still shines, either in colour or in monochrome.
    • 8 Feb 2016 10:16PM
  • record

    I like it as it but I would also like to suggest a horizontal crop on the top that keeps out of the picture the wooden surface at the background; the picture could stand well too if the vinyl record and the curve at the back was the highest point of the frame. I do like the focusing which helps bringing together two yellow elements, the label and the edges of the wires to the record player ''head pin''. Nonetheless, because of the simplicity and the form I would also like to suggest a black and white version.
    • 8 Feb 2016 7:32PM
  • A passengers view

    A Vauxhall Vectra?
    • 8 Feb 2016 7:22PM
  • To A.

    supercool dudler, thanks Smile
    • 7 Feb 2016 3:13PM
  • Blast Furnaces.

    Hi Paul
    I am looking at the top of the chimney on the left. It is not entirely horizontal, It needs an anticlockwise rotation of 1 degree
    I like the bit of smoke on the bottom corner,
    Trimming the frame from the top at various levels is another option.
    • 7 Feb 2016 9:12AM
  • Doorway to what?

    Paul this is a very good image as the light hits the door. It has various framing possibilities too.
    Since you mention you are ''out of your comfort zone'', why not taking it all the way?.
    I would prefer to see it in the normal gallery. It gives greater exposure to the community.
    You can still choose not to have it voted if you wished so,
    And I must add that people make comments often constructive there too.
    • 7 Feb 2016 8:34AM
  • Glamorous Portrait

    You have produced a rather nice picture,
    I would forego the space dedicated to arm which is on our left as we view it and have her elbow of the arm on our right in the frame. Same facial expression, same lighting. Great posing and attitude from the model.
    • 7 Feb 2016 8:18AM
  • Tucking in

    It's a usual scene with a great blend of colours, it gets my award for that, bravo.
    • 7 Feb 2016 8:10AM

    You are not lonely when you share things.
    Great shot, bravo
    • 7 Feb 2016 8:08AM
  • A photographers desk

    Very well said Smile
    and shot, LOL.
    • 6 Feb 2016 9:04PM

    Nice mood captured in black and white.
    I would suggest a slight rotation to the right so it becomes level.
    • 5 Feb 2016 6:36PM
  • Out to Sea

    The clouds make this shot look really scenicSmile That doesn't mean that Ireland is no beautiful.
    • 5 Feb 2016 6:30PM
  • Horse Head

    There was this man who could draw and shoot faster than his shadow, His name was Lucky Luke and he had a horse called Daisy. Daisy could talk like a human being -well, to her owner, mostly- . I was looking at the picture and she took a look also. -''Good looking'' she said, ''but it would look more beautiful in black and white''.
    • 5 Feb 2016 4:09PM
  • Bahrain Parachute Display Team

    I am really tempted to see it rotated 90 degrees to the left.
    Who said reality can not be surreal?
    • 5 Feb 2016 12:39PM
  • Hooker Valley 5

    Lovely crisp colours, bravo.
    I would guess that this is not just out of your door...
    I would be tempted if I had arrived there by car to stop in on the road and take a picture of the car with the spectacular scenery behind it (and an emergency triangle 50m behind the car)
    • 5 Feb 2016 12:27PM
  • Maloja 2

    great play of tones, bravo
    • 5 Feb 2016 12:23PM
  • The Cormorant

    Hi I am looking at a frame which is 9 wide x 7 high. I would read from bottom and right and make the frame smaller, 8 wide x 6 high. ''Dead'' space the orange empty space is there and we can extend it in our brain even if we miss it, but the subject is the bird on the trees and the sun that is why I have counting the size started from the bottom right corner. Do not be afraid to bend your knees and try to change perspective. If you were lowering your view point you could put the whole bird in the sun. Actually if you have the software capacity, you can lower the sun to engulf the cormorant!
    • 4 Feb 2016 10:12PM
  • Falling Light

    Is this in Brasil? I would call it 'Mambo number 9''
    • 3 Feb 2016 5:55PM
  • Le Tour

    it's always fascinating to find new perspectives to shoot a well known item which has been photographed a million times. It was rewarding too Wink
    People who use fixed lenses have no other option but to zoom in and out by their feet. And this image could have been a missed opportunity otherwise. I do not know if you are local or you had to find it yourself but you have incorporated quite many elements, not just the Eiffel Tower; bravo.
    p.s. this could work as a black and white image too
    • 3 Feb 2016 2:27PM
  • Life fades

    Great thinking and execution dudler.
    The has been a famous photoreporter in my country with the nickname ''the ladder''. While other' photoreporters were carrying just lenses, he carried a small stepper or a ladder with him. He always had a better perspective on the subject and he was not shy to ask his subjects, politicians, high clergy, army officers to give him the second he needed to make his photo. Ever stood on a ladder between two traffic lanes to take a picture? He did it.
    • 3 Feb 2016 10:12AM
  • Carla

    Hi, Quite atmospheric.
    Carla is a whole lot of a woman but she has some fingers missing.
    Beauty can blind us sometimes.
    I will say, since her figure in the frame is sufficient, the only way that could help you fit all of her fingers inside the frame would be to tell her to push the hand a bit further back. As a result her chest would open further, as if she stretched after being awake (A simple gesture helps building a story too). I would not have walked away from her or open out the lens (although I suspect you used fixed focal length) to fit the fingers in. after you finish focusing it's good practice to look around the edges of the frame for any unwanted intrusions or mistakenly cropped items.
    • 2 Feb 2016 11:34PM
  • Hill Crest

    Hi Paul,
    I would not say the picture is 'rubbish'. It has potential.
    It is sharp, and it has the right exposure.
    It just fails to look like a picture that Renault would have done to promote the car.
    It lacks colour, and I don't remember seeing a black and white printed ad for cars since the '80s.
    The proportion of the car in the frame is good. But I would crop vertically the tree on the left and adjust the car in the frame with a slight crop from the right as well. 1/9th of the current width of the frame on the left and 2/9ths of the current width from the right should be cropped. A total 1/3rd of the overall current width can go.
    And it would still look wrong, Not for other reason but the specific sky chosen. The reason? The direction of the light in the sky chosen. Light on the sky seems to come from behind of the car, while the car looks bright on its B section (the cabin), not A (the engine) as if a flash had flashed on it (I suspect you did dodging on the A section area).
    Au revoir
    • 2 Feb 2016 8:26PM
  • Interscope 2015

    I would crop out the green element introduced by the trees on the top left corner and leave just the blue and white of the buses and the greys of the road to be visible.
    Old and new buses, carrying our lives to a nearing end. Next stop is Paradise!
    • 2 Feb 2016 7:02PM