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  • Her Ladyship!

    I am impressed no-one mentions the tilt it has, I appreciate I can't see the horizon but it's leaning too much over the left side side.
    • 2 Feb 2016 1:41PM
  • The Serbs LXXIII

    Nice capture of the moment.
    I would crop the white pole out of the frame, it is a distraction,
    The picture would work even as cropped as he looks to the opposite side of the frame.
    • 2 Feb 2016 1:29PM
  • Grandads' watch

    Very, very interesting mechanism...
    it must be a winding one rather than an automatic as it lacks the freely winding counterweight.
    The protecting back, which wouldn't be glass for that period of time is taken off so we see the mechanism.
    What make is the watch?

    By the way, great picture, eh?
    • 1 Feb 2016 9:43PM
  • Seeing beyond....

    Hello Alice,
    I see you are fascinated with your ''mini me'' figurine and your camera gear.
    That's great, it sharpens your creativity further.
    Please allow me some thoughts on the picture.
    I like it very much as concept.
    If I were to name it I would call it ''a professional's selfie''
    And boy, it needs some mastery to make it happen Wink
    My current issue with the pic is the existing direction of the light, and the absence of the photographer's front. I don't know if the reflection of the photographer on the mirror was the purpose of your shot. The title does not clarify rather than blurs the motive.
    If I were to look the mirror like your photographer does I would see through the pentaprism above, some of the Venetian blind. I suspect that you have cleverly closed the eyepiece and instead of seeing through
    you the pentaprism you retain the image created on the mirror (I would experiment as well though with having a mirror facing at the eyepiece up there so all that ''mini me '' sees is herself again; actually I think if you were throwing light onto the mirror up there it would return from the right path down to light the front of ''mini me''. Interesting?)
    Having the current setting I would try to shed some light onto the mirror inside the F-801 with a key fob from the left of where you are shooting, so it is reflected back to ''mini me''. For me she is the star of the image.
    What lies beyond we do not know, let life bring it to you lap.
    Please accept my warmest wishes for your career.
    • 1 Feb 2016 8:31PM
  • Miniature me

    Long time no see young lady, you must be really busy at work!
    It's a nice present you have had and a strong picture you have set up.
    I am tempted to crop horizontally the top part, even the Nikon pentaprism to keep the interest tightly in the cameras and the lego figure, which I would have moved a bit to the left, so as the black body falls onto the white Kodak, its blond hair onto the Kodak black lens and the lens would be right on the Trip one. I would have let people wonder about the mysterious F501, LOL
    • 30 Jan 2016 11:43PM
  • Chapel


    I would crop it horizontally from the top, just a bit, to exclude the two parallel leaning lines at an angle.
    Exposure looks spot on for me.
    I notice an almost oval shaped cloud, the sunset, the church and the foreground. Almost all the elements hold the same importance and command of attention but I would have chosen to focus on the church.
    I would be happy therefore with a square frame too, one that excludes the sunset and starts from the left side of the frame and distances itself proportionally to the right side. A box in a box presentation which reflects the formality of religion and the architecture of the temple.
    I would not remove anything it would destroy the oval shape of the cloud, the amount of the blue on the left introduces a a hint of calmness compared to the drama of the sunset on the right, it makes a nice contrast to the beige of the church and seems, after the crop I suggested, proportional to the greens on the left bottom corner. The watermark for me is a mark of distrust to the community but I don't speak on behalf of anyone just myself.
    • 30 Jan 2016 11:17PM
  • Street Basketball

    A Lakeman in Serbia... is that Divac?
    whatever these two guys are doing this is how the Balkan way to make medals.
    Great shot Smile
    • 27 Jan 2016 9:05AM
  • On a Sunny Beach

    If you do no change in it you would have kept the feeling that it is an impromptu image rather than a staged one. For me the pole on the left is not an issue, it helps giving the sense of depth, if not balancing the girl on the right. I was bit more in doubt about the bird (it must be bird rather than something left on the lens) but if you consider that we don't see her face, because she is adjusting the sunglasses, you think, pole, bird, hidden face, this is a genuine ''street'' (or beach) photography. If she happens to have nice legs too it certainly worths the expense of a frame Smile What film did you use? I guess a 100ISO ..
    Very good Titikaka, bravo.
    • 27 Jan 2016 8:43AM
  • Streets of New York

    yes. typical NY
    May I suggest a tiny anticlockwise rotation so that the tall building on the background appears totally vertical to the street? That does not take away anything from the quality of the picture.
    • 26 Jan 2016 11:43PM
  • Endless News

    Interesting frame, thanks for the info about it too.

    The contrast of yellow to the mostly grey background is very strong the man is the central piece of the photo and his is absorbed in the news of his newspaper.
    Unfortunately, we seem to fail to realise how close is the book of NineteenEightyFour sixty years after its publication. Wars are still going on, sides and allies change drastically, the proles keep betting and filling stadiums.
    The three figures fill the frame (for those who want to complain, there are almost three objects there too, the bike the lamp and the black iron box. Quite balanced then. I did wonder what the story could imply if the left side was cropped the lady and the lamp post were not in the frame anymore. It holds a sequence of cause and effect, read for right to left boy sells paper, man buys it and reads it. If M says anything, well that is the way people who write right to left read pics, lol. I imagine it would be a square format then... more balance raised to square power. Well then....
    • 26 Jan 2016 11:16PM
  • Church Street | Bolton | England

    I shall agree with comments above. May I suggest an anticlockwise rotation of a couple of degrees? The church tower seems to be leaning to the right a bit. And it's Bolton not Pisa, right?
    • 26 Jan 2016 10:27PM
  • Fit For A Bishop

    It doesn't look like black and white or sepia... I wondered what sort of white balance temperature would have produced this result. May I suggest you to turn it upside down? Parallel lines seem to come closer in our conception, the suggested orientation could do that I suppose.
    • 26 Jan 2016 10:07PM
  • Beach racing

    Sunshine can give so vibrant colours Smile ,
    Great panning from your behalf.
    I would suggest a slight cropping so as there is just one area of water visible with the sand and the rest of the sea on the top edge being left out of the frame completely.
    • 26 Jan 2016 8:46PM
  • Embrace

    Nicely presented in black and white.
    I think the positioning of the lens against your subjects in conjunction with the focal length of the lens at its widest has helped making the top of the door frame appearing as if it is leaning to the right. A case of post processing Software fix maybe? It would worth your time, trust me.
    • 26 Jan 2016 8:41PM
  • Ancient Port Dock. Tenerife_Garachico_II

    Hello Alexander.
    I think as perspective this has the edge over yesterday's upload.
    Both are informative of the moment and the conditions ''on situ'' but we tend to associate the corrosion with the waves and the sea, which are magnificently displayed in today's version, rather than the vapouring and the clouds which bring the water back to the sea as yesterday's image was implying (?).
    It is exactly the issue of proportion and point of view that can make a landscape image with a lot of information included to reveal its prime point of attention inside the frame, a point I had touched on my previous critique of a misty rail station scene yesterday.
    The colours look marvelous, rich and deep. Another great work of yours, bravo.
    • 26 Jan 2016 8:35PM
  • Let the Train Take the Strain.

    Train? Interesting feature, this must be a long pier then.
    May I suggest a black and white version?
    • 26 Jan 2016 8:18PM
  • ~ Superman Building Details

    Strong light at the time of the shot has helped shadows giving a stronger sense of depth in the frame.
    I am not sure if Suoerman's cap is shown being made there in the relief, surely we see someone making the strings from the wool or cotton, or silk in Superman's cap case.
    The picture could benefit from some vertical's adjustments in my opinion. There is an effort which needs to be done at the process of taking the picture to align with at least a point of reference, but once you tilt the lens upwards there is this noticeable distortion as the plain of field on the sensor is being altered noticeably towards one end. Tilt and shift lenses are pricey and heavy so all we can be left is the fun of taking distorted images. Although I am a black and white fan myself -colour was once upon a (film era) time a luxury- I am curious over the colour version, Not enough sky would probably result showing up a nice limestone colour and interplay with charcoal shadow ...
    • 26 Jan 2016 8:13PM
  • The Engineer

    A tool measuring thickness of objects, a long time, no see product of my toolbox Blush
    Seen from the small initial display picture I thought there was something being measured between the two ends.
    I like the black and white processing, but I am wondering (or suggesting) should the picture
    have looked better if the pupil of the eye was positioned between the gap of the two ends of the tool.
    best regards,

    • 26 Jan 2016 6:39PM
  • a winter morning

    It is sometime now I have not picked up my digital camera. One of the reasons which made me choose the specific one I chose at the time of purchase was the variety of aspect ratios it could produce ''in the box''.
    I had longed for a 1:1 format for a long time and the old 6x6 TLR that I had never felt as an everyday companion in my life. Framing squarely in the big waist level finder with a fixed lens required both thinking and legwork. What do you put inside the frame? What do you leave out of it? How do you emphasise a subject in a landscape?
    Yes I see a misty scene, and no train coming or going. But that is not a issue for me. Nor it was for you, as you were happy to shoot that morning image in front of you.
    Now imagine that you can not see clearly, that your eyesight is so bad that you let the camera focus itself near infinity at f/22. ISO 56,000 And you shoot a frame and you look at the back and you get this.Some light area on top, some sort of light and dark in the middle and some darker on the bottom.Your eyes would skip the lighter area, what is there is no-brainer; easily distinguished cable posts. You lean to distinguish what is below the lighter area, looks like mist and you keep investigating lower that that, at the darkness. The rails! Do they lead somewhere? Is there a train coming? You lean into the frame to investigate. And then it hits you like a bullet during war, and amazes you like a mirage which fit in a single glance. The post mortem finds you realising it is the middle and the bottom of the image that caused you the amazement and you do a post reframe cropping all the sky above the trees and the front two pillars with the cables, retaining a sort of an horizontally oblong picture which resembles a 3:2 frame.

    • 26 Jan 2016 12:58AM
  • Plane On a Stick

    Hi, great point of view; daring decision.
    I would crop from the bottom so the light posts go and you only have the flora the sky and the airplane.
    Magic three Wink

    • 25 Jan 2016 7:52PM
  • lady with black hat

    Fab-io cappello !
    • 25 Jan 2016 7:44PM
  • Crows

    I am taking my hat off to you!
    great perspective, great moment, superb model Smile
    • 24 Jan 2016 11:13AM
  • Advertising image

    Puzzling. Why would a man of naturally dark skin colour use a solarium?
    Nicely shot but I don't think it delivers the advertising message correctly, it might be the advertiser's mistake.... what did the brief ask for?
    • 12 Jan 2016 1:01PM
  • I can Fly!

    • 12 Jan 2016 12:06AM
  • Making waves

    • 11 Jan 2016 11:48PM
  • "Sonamarg,The Meadow Of Gold"

    Hi, welcome from me too.

    It did not take me long to notice the grazing horse in this lovely scene you have shot.
    I would be very much tempted to shout or whistle so it turns it head and looks at the lens as I take the picture.

    • 11 Jan 2016 9:08PM
  • portrait

    Hi, quite a job under these situations. It seems she was caught in the middle of an expression that doesn't have to do anything with the viewer... so it s a choice if you want the poser to look at you or not... I would take the logo away with a tiny crop, I could keep the rest of the blue can although it can be missed entirely and let teh colour of the drink to do the contrast with the black..
    • 9 Jan 2016 11:37PM
  • Nia

    Hi Alda, I see you have made the background white but you have forgotten to change the tiny triangle between her arm and face white as well... wasn't the blue background any good? I imagine she was shot in a pool....
    • 7 Jan 2016 1:47PM
  • 40's Glamour.

    I must say bravo first because this doesn't like like posed.
    But I would like to comment on two points.
    One: It would be good if all of the rim of the hat on the top right corner was included in the frame. And some of her hair too.
    Two: Apply some software magic to make her skin whiter; Hers looks like a ''Solarium Orange'', unacceptable for a ''forties'' pic.
    Actually you can try a black and white version too! It would look good...
    • 5 Jan 2016 9:25PM
  • smoking kills

    Welcome aboard.
    I like this one better than the one you crafted for the critique earlier on;
    I think this is a far more proper image, the fingers of the hand appear in full.
    It would be no harm to have the wrist included.
    It's a very good start, I will even take off my hat for you if the person who is in this frame is yourself Smile
    • 5 Jan 2016 9:16PM