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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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  • Selfie-satisfied

    Bags of fun my dear boy.
    • 19 Mar 2018 9:37AM
  • Another wee wave

    It must be a wee lighthouse then, eh?
    • 19 Mar 2018 9:33AM
  • Oh, Joy!

    Nowadays ISO 800 in digital cameras is as smooth as ISO 100 was on film. If it suits your needs, by all means, use it! What is it that makes diners an interesting subject for you Paul?
    • 19 Mar 2018 9:31AM
  • Wet Windows Plate

    The pose is common, the lighting is accurate, the beauty is a personal matter and the ways to photograph a person many.
    I have been a member for many years and have been seeing pictures uploaded on the site even more.
    This is the BEST PORTRAIT PICTURE my eyes have seen ALL THESE YEARS. No use of props, just sheer craftmanship.
    • 19 Mar 2018 8:17AM
  • Crescent moon with venus

    I admire both the beauty of this frame and your skill.
    • 19 Mar 2018 7:59AM
  • dancer

    Hi, my interpretation is different as you see.

    I resized and got rid of the bridge. We humans live in a word of patterns. The walls of the houses are vertical, the tyres of the cars are round. We think in patterns to put some order in the world and our thoughts.

    Your subject THE SWAN has none of these issues. The swan does not live in houses with vertical walls, It lives in nature (well as much of nature we left for them). Let it make a havoc on the water, create mess on the fluid surface it floats.

    I went for a black and white version not because I think it suits the frame better but because it's a chance to present just nature, not human intervention (the bridge) with a way that still shows human intervention Smile

    Optionally you could keep the orange part of the beak and leave the rest in black and white.

    I know of an American photographer who did not give a dime about horizons, his job was to get the action of the fleeting moment. Skewed horizons were a proof of his reactionary shooting mode. If you were to shoot from a lodge or camouflaged tent with your tripod expecting action to happen, yes, try to make your horizon straight, if you were just walking down the bank of a canal and came across with the swan stretching the wings, making a splash, get the splash ''duck'' the horizon.

    Concluding, shoot in colour but train your eye judging if colour offers anything to the picture, experiment with black and white. Train yourself when seeing a picture or a frame to distinguish what is the main subject and frame accordingly, subtracting rather than adding elements in a picture gives the viewer the opportunity to distinguish your point easier.


    • 17 Mar 2018 4:06PM
  • Morston Quay sundown.....

    Nice colours, was that shot with your NX10?
    • 16 Mar 2018 4:17PM
  • Lives 2018

    I hope it all went well.
    • 16 Mar 2018 11:10AM
  • They asked for it, and they liked it

    Picasso-like Smile
    • 16 Mar 2018 2:54AM
  • Who Lives in a House Like This?

    Wow! Imagine how tall the trees are Smile
    • 16 Mar 2018 1:50AM
  • Curve-billed thrasher

    Hi Marilyn.
    I see more flowers blooming around the cactus and in my first two modifications I would say I focused on framing exercises that the focus on the plant and the bird.
    On my third one I decided to zoom in as the plant and the sky were not as important as the action of the bird drinking from the flower which now looks clearer.
    Thank God these thorns were not that prickly when I zoomed in Smile

    Framing asks you to decide what matters the most: the wider picture or the bird action.
    I hope you guess correctly what my answer is.
    • 15 Mar 2018 11:43PM
  • Expectation

    Lovely Xenija.
    p.s. you can crop the top of the door for a more tactile framing
    • 15 Mar 2018 3:24PM
  • Scouse circles

    It works, it was worth the scruffy keks.
    I know that D90 does not shoot 1:1 aspect ratio (its handbook says you can resize a frame as 4:3 or 5:4) apart from the usual 3:2. Does the wider picture contain the left side of the frame or the tyre fender in full?
    Lovely colour blends!
    • 14 Mar 2018 9:12PM
  • ***

    A fine picture.
    Great play of colours. Peaks at pink lipstick and blue eyes (which look unreal).
    Agio Tip Cigarillos?
    • 14 Mar 2018 6:30PM
  • Comfortable in her own skins/ psycho killer

    I remember the previous ones.
    Does that tell you something?
    • 14 Mar 2018 4:48PM
  • Ground floor


    As banehawi says it looks like a good record shot.
    To some people this could sound like:
    ''it is technically alright but not quite as something you could look more than twice''...

    Being on a location, taking a picture are definite signs of curiosity and admiration by the photographer.
    Presenting the picture to others is a gesture of willingness to share that celebration of curiosity and admiration with others.

    I do respect that. I do not want you to think this is a sterile statement empty of meaning.
    In fact, I see something greater than the sum in this picture which I am more than happy to share with you.

    A triptych which can expand to at least a tetraptych or a polyptych.

    De-construct the image in three parts:

    First part the wall on the left until the door
    Second part the doors and the wall
    Third part the walls and the column.

    Hanging on three different walls of a room.

    The only question left to ask you is ''where will you put the photograph of the armoured knight(-s)?''


    • 14 Mar 2018 2:49PM
  • Calm

    Hello xenija.
    I like the how you have matched the colours of the soil with the rocks and the colours of the model in the picture. The overall situation seems to go well with the pose and her expression.
    I noticed you mention you like digital manipulation and if only one thing could be changed it is the sky for me. A totally washed out white does not do the picture any favours. I would either crop lower or use a sky blue colour.
    Best regards,
    • 14 Mar 2018 12:13PM
  • vampire and meteor aircraft reflections mono

    • 14 Mar 2018 10:59AM
  • Girl on a bed.

    I trust you take your heart pills Smile
    • 13 Mar 2018 11:48PM
  • Up the down staircase

    Great architectural exploit! I love the colours dudler. You know I shoot black and white too but I would dismiss the idea of its use here.
    To my humble opinion she should have moved up a step or two for that pillar not to "spring off" her head.
    • 13 Mar 2018 12:23PM
  • I'm beginning to think our cat isn't entirely of this world

    Cat poses like rabbit, must be her dressing up thing then.
    • 13 Mar 2018 11:58AM
  • Symmetry - Body Sculpture

    I like the colour contrast of the orange skin to the blue jeans.
    The well exercised body could have been sprayed with oil to resemble sweat and effort...
    The lack of any light from the side or the bottom makes the arm parts below the elbows too dark to my opinion.
    As for the framing, I find that the space used above the head or even the crown part of the skull could have been used on the bottom of the frame to allow the curvature of the buttocks and at least a third from the thigh length.
    You could try uploading your next picture to the critique gallery, tick the critique box when you upload the picture. Please provide full metadata when you do so.
    • 13 Mar 2018 11:54AM
  • Defensetration

    Get Carter II
    • 13 Mar 2018 11:24AM
  • Chilling out time

    Hi. I like the care you have given to the composition of the original. I suspect you had valid reasons not to transfer a very small amount from the space on the top to the bottom of the frame.
    I like the fact that the frame with the portrait on the wall, on our right is shown fully, despite introducing a new but small area of light coming in your frame.
    Talking of light, I do not see any benefit from having the lamp behind her switched on, it did not add any light to make her hair shine. Normally the lights that are used for that reason are directional and stay hidden behind the model.
    Talking of the model, I must admit the skin colour is rather bizarre. I have not used Canon gear but I guess the "manual" setting of white balance allows you to adjust the temperature of light you are shooting with. Coming from the film era, I'd say you had to add an orange filter. It looks like you shoot on tungsten film without the tungsten lights on. Your directional light source comes from the left outside of the frame, the impact though is still strong and unbalances the skin colour.
    Which leads to my last observation... It is a rather timeless image. Why not making it a black and white one or a sepia too?
    • 13 Mar 2018 10:24AM
  • Those eyes

    I knew it was film 😊.
    The eyes have the look.
    The blanket issue for me lies that it is not covering her back, it could have been made to look like a popular strapless top of the Seventies/Eighties.
    May I suggest a crop from the right and the bottom as a flipped "L" shape. The naked back is omitted, the frame does not go beyond the shoulder on our right. As for some cropped flowers of the bottom, more flowers survive the surgery and they are enough to add a hint of nature while keeping symmetry.
    I am unsure if the tint was down to the scanner, you can have a more grey or a sepia effect.
    Strong image, bravo!
    • 13 Mar 2018 2:23AM
  • Cafe Culture

    I know this guy. You know him too.
    He's Zorro!
    • 13 Mar 2018 1:26AM
  • Vampire and meteor aircraft reflections

    Great to include the whole reflection of the sign and the building, I really like the way the roof shaves a fine cut to the top right corner (it could be done on the reflection too).
    Colour-wise the dull day seems to match the hanger and the airplanes, the blue sign and the yellow details introduce very little hints of colour that don't seem enough to "take it off". But since this looks like Cold War era why not have it in a stern black and white. It would add some pretty cold mood and austerity.
    • 13 Mar 2018 1:08AM
  • waiting on a friend...

    Quote:One modest, normal size handbag. One juggernaut of a bag. I wonder how she uses them?

    The bag is fine. What about the trousers? They look like curtains Smile
    May I guess that the big black bag is to contain the trousers?
    • 9 Mar 2018 8:54PM
  • a puzzle

    A wax seal... it reads right to left so the wax comes out reading left to right.
    I would be interested on the letters or phrase on the outside circle.
    • 9 Mar 2018 3:26PM
  • Pondering

    I was going to say, this looks like 80's - 90's Grin
    • 9 Mar 2018 3:17PM