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Hope you like the variety I have tried to bring in my portfolio. Most of the images have been put here for comment and that is always appreciated. I spend quite a bit of time in the Critique section and I know many visit my portfolio because I have passed comment on their work. Hope you think my work is of a reasonable standard.

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  • beautiful smile

    There is no EXIF - camera, settings and so on. The text is no real help to the image unless you are trying to simulate a postcard. Otherwise a nice pleasant image with good off centre composition. Possibly a little under exposed and the vignette is quite heavy, thus noticeable.

    • 18 Jan 2018 9:42AM
  • The Canadian Flag

    Very grainy and a bit soft? I would expect a pictorial record such as this to be rather better quality. Suspect a huge crop and then over sharpening.

    • 18 Jan 2018 9:39AM
  • Natalie & grain.

    Not too sure why you would do this. I don't really see much grain or tarmac? It looks a nice soft glamour shot to me with what I initially thought might be the results of a scan from something like Tri-X.

    So, I like what I see in general, may benefit from a little brightening but the tones are quite pleasant. What you have done seems to have worked. Settings seem a little strange - must have been very low light?

    • 18 Jan 2018 9:37AM
  • Venting

    What exactly are you trying to achieve? A pure record, a pictorial record or a pure pictorial image? Different approach for each?

    If record, do you want the steam vent sharp and the rest blurred, or do you want the setting to be obvious? Aperture will thus matter as will choice of lens but tripods could well be a problem!

    Angle of view, distortion and so on all become matters to be considered if you are aiming at a more pictorial bias - low viewpoints, wide angle distortion and so on. In short, the technique used will depend on what the image is intended to be.

    • 17 Jan 2018 2:40PM
  • Broken

    Not sure why you would want to play about with such a basic image. HDR in any form was not needed. I find the content a bit of a jumble with no discernible composition. What would you consider the subject to be?

    • 17 Jan 2018 2:34PM
  • Just chillin

    I like this a lot. I, too, would crop some from the right, but the overall effect is very good. More info would be nice to discuss and help others. Is this continuous light or flash? Flash is notoriously difficult to handle in low light compositions and this looks like tungsten.

    I like the contrast as is, but would be interested in aperture used. Suspect wide open due to very limited depth of field and a faint softness which may be compression related. Really crisp highlight detail would lift this to another level and it's already pretty good as is.

    • 17 Jan 2018 2:31PM
  • Sunset

    As John. Looks like a phone shot to me, but not a terribly good phone shot. The EXIF is critical, but the whole image is very soft suggesting significant camera shake and that is not going to get corrected in any software. You need support and you need to crop off most of the sky to a wide panoramic format to get a decent image - assuming it were sharp.

    • 17 Jan 2018 9:44AM

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