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  • Double Take

    They're still growing.
    • 21 Aug 2016 7:59PM
  • Too cute!

    An excellent photo, which would make a good book cover imo.

    • 12 Aug 2016 8:50PM
  • Beyond

    Beautiful tones and contrast and a fine composition. Excellent photography.

    • 12 Aug 2016 8:46PM
  • The Flower Girl

    The mod had an increase in exposure, controlling the highlights, slight warming up and giving the light areas a 'glow'. I cloned out some distracting elements and blurred the b/g.

    • 12 Aug 2016 8:44PM
  • Model Photography.

    A bit late for a mod but it was such a good starting photo I had to have a go.

    I used frequency separation to clean up the model's skin and hair.
    I used the liquify tool to make some minor shape adjustments.
    The exposure needed lifting a little and then the highlights on the skin toned down, using dodge and burn techniques, so they weren't burnt out.
    The jumper needed cleaning up so the model's bra and the shadows weren't so obvious.
    I toned down the light on the model's hand as this was a little too bright and was distracting to the eye.
    I also changed the colour tones on the face to match the rest of her skin tones.

    It may have been an idea to diffuse the flash as much as possible to soften the shadows under the chin and on the wall and to use a reflector or another flash to throw some light under the chin so the shadow line is less severe.

    • 7 Aug 2016 10:13AM
  • Skate Board.

    In the mod I cleaned up the distracting elements using the clone tool.

    The sharpening has produced a vivid white line all round the skateboarder, so I cloned this out to stop him look like a cut out pasted onto the sky.

    I blurred the background in stages so it looked more blurred the further back into the photo you look. This was done to fake a shallower DOF. I'd suggest using a wide aperture to throw the b/g out of focus and focus on the subject. You may need a lens with f1.4 if you're photographing wide angle to be able to blur the b/g. This will also result in a higher shutter speed.

    I reduced the contrast in the mod in an effort to bring back some mid tones.

    The dynamic range of the scene seems too wide for the camera's sensor so it looks like you need to be able to control both the shadows and the highlights. You may need to balance the ambient light and flash so you get them both within the dynamic range of the sensor.

    This is the updated book on crafting light using Speedlites and is an excellent book.

    I have the older version and it gives a complete understanding on how to using one or multiple Speedlites.


    • 6 Aug 2016 11:22AM
  • The Black Widow

    A really beautiful black and white photo and an excellent choice of subject to convert to mono. I love the velvety dark tones against the white water. The format, composition, texture and detail all work so well together. I wish I'd taken it myselfSmile

    • 26 Jul 2016 7:11PM
  • An excellent portfolio, very professional work.

    • Posted on revilo's profile
    • 1 Jan 2015 9:10AM
  • You have some great photos in an excellent portfolio of work. Very accomplished photography.

    • Posted on ChazB's profile
    • 14 May 2013 8:56PM
  • A superb portfolio of very well composed, observed moments and light. A pleasure to look atSmileSmile

    • Posted on ignasi's profile
    • 18 Mar 2013 6:54PM
  • A superb portfolio of quality work. It shows a great deal of commitment and skill on your part.

    Regards, Alan.
    • Posted on Steve_S's profile
    • 22 Jan 2012 7:42PM
  • Your photography is highly impressive and shows skill and passion for your subjects. An excellent portfolio and website.

  • A fantastic portfolio of quality photos and excellent compositions. Talented work.

  • A fantastic portfolio with so many stunning shots, a real pleasure to look through.

  • Fantastic aviation photography, particularly the Raptor. A gem of a portfolio and one that really should have received more attention.

  • I'm highly impressed by the quality, passion and vision of your photography. I've seen more of your work on another site and it's stunning. I think we're all in for a treat in the coming monthsSmile

    Regards, Alan.
  • A great portfolio and some outstanding mono work. The composition and selection of the elements in the final photos are first rate. A portfolio I shall gladly return to and learn from.