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the propellor

the propellor by stebesty

I don't mind your tight crop, but you are either under exposed or your mono conversion is astray, or bothe. There is no true black anywhere resulting in a flat greyish image. you need impact and contrast for a shot like this if you use mono.

In my darkroom days it would be deemed a uddy print.

Are you converting with a channel mixer or just pressing a mono or desatrate button. You must control how each colour is converted to grey.

Either go very contrasty or stay with a bright colour version.


Balloon Man

Balloon Man by billmyl

I met Vic Blackman a couple of times and he was a fine photographer. He said it honestly and down to earth. anyone wshing to progress to a sei pro or pro environment MUST master their gear. i fear many don't think it necessary in these days of digital.

Don't mean you, Bill.

This is good. It is a little under exposed on the figure, but you coulddo a lot with the dodge tool.

I would have placd him towards the left of the frame when shooting. He is looking slightly out of frame, so give him lateral room.



Hawk by dpr59

The blur is a major error. I look at the blurred area rather than the face because it is obviously not natural. The head is sharp and well shown so no need to muck about. I would come in even tighter on the head, correct the magenta cast and get a correct title.

It is a Hawk, but which one? Looks like one of the Buzzard family. Depends what the shot ight be used for but it is a natural history record portrait and the correct title would be required for some purposes.


Daddy  don't walk so fast

Daddy don't walk so fast by kuipje

Both John and Willie hit the valid points. You should not be setting such a high ISO in full sun lit daylight and f5.6 would cover focusing errors a little. You are under exposed and the highlights will stand a little more light.

Then adjust highlights with the burning in tool and brighten her eyes with the dodoge tool.


Old house

Old house by Hdlarsen

Very effective again. What to say? Not my area, but could you not increase exposure and reduce ISO? Such high ISO is not conducive to quality and I suspect that might be more obvious on a big print. Nothing much is going to move in a minute or so, so why not a lower ISO?


Margerie Glacier

Margerie Glacier by LyndonG

An impressive thing but I'm really not sure about mono for such a natural history related subject. Your ono conversion seems very heavy to me. Possibly due to the lack of a wide colour gamut, but I would expect blues and blue greys.

The end product appears tonally flat. Almost HDR, and possibly under exposed.

Brighten things up and I would like to see a colour version.



Elegance by jaysha

The basis isgoo but that black line has to go. As John says, for elegant glaour a white background to the point of over exosing it and possibly a No. 1 diffuser on caera. When you finish the selection, remove any blackor white matts within the layer tool.

Now, the hand. Just not elegant at all to me and I look at the hand, not her face. Thre is also about half a frame of shoulder. Cropping this will not correct it. No hand then a bit less shoulder by turning her torso slightly.


Childhood Buddies..Amazing Schooldays..

Childhood Buddies..Amazing Schooldays.. by Aman19291

Avery fine image indeed. I might just run the dodge tool very lightly across the right handladeyes, but only a touch. I would also just take a sliver off th bottom to shift that white thing.


Musk in Dovre mountion

Musk in Dovre mountion by Hdlarsen

Potntially a fine record, but that is hat it is, natural history record and the subject must thus be pin sharp. It is quite soft and whilst that is OK for general purpose,it precludes use as a pure record.

Looks like some camera movement to me. You needed a tripod or monopod ideally as 1/400 is not fast enough.


Coffee at Carnaby Street

Coffee at Carnaby Street by photozinemag

Mono works here and the conversion, whilst a few possible issues, is not far off. I would e cropping left and top to tighten p somewhat on the main figure. going slightly left of the third is no problem if it works!


Chrystia Freeland, MP at the Mike in the SPICE FACTORY in Hamilton-Centre

Chrystia Freeland, MP at the Mike in the SPICE FACTORY in Hamilton-Centre by TimothyDMorton

This is a little better, but the comment remains the same. You are a little under exposed and there is quite a degree of softness. I suspect both camera movement and subject movement and ambient has intensified that.

If this is the camera gun ,t will just not be powerful enough. I use the Sigma Super guns rated at a GN of about 60 at ISO100.


Fatal attraction in Tilarán

Fatal attraction in Tilarán by annettep38

Depends on your business. Interesting shot of two very old Range Rovers. The price of parts can be astronomical! Quite yellow but the evening lighting is the cause an it isqite acceptable.

If they had been really nose to nose, there would be a story and you could balance the surrounding composition to remove a bit of road and quite a bit of sky. Both of which are not needd.

Or crop to a letterbox as it stands.


Did I tell you that.........

Did I tell you that......... by kuipje

One at a time is best. They are all different requiringdifferent comment which can get confusing.

V3 and 4 have quite a few errors in composition and technically which reduce impact. 1 and 2 are both good cndid images. You need a higher viewpoint in v1 to get ri of that bed end and a tighter crop but, given tat and a slight contrast boost, I like it best.


Aurora borealis ant the moon

Aurora borealis ant the moon by Hdlarsen

The moon is actually grossly over exposed but it doesn't matter here. The only way you could balance exposure here woul be to add a correctly exposed on over this one.

Otherwise, very nicely done. How could youbetter it?


Arizona Sunset

Arizona Sunset by KenMickel

I often want a subject and you gave me one here! Not a bad effort in very difficult cicmstances. HDR would not help. It flattensimags, but only the sun is toobright and you will not put any detail back into that!

The end result would then be very flat. It is a pity the sun were not the deep red ball we often get in the UK, but that is du to pollution in the atmosphee which you will not have. I don't mind the central composition and it is not easy to better it in the conditions existing.


Street Magician

Street Magician by billmyl

Not a bad shot. Nothing t say he is a magician and the title might b better angled to the audience, but not really important. might have tried to get a bit to the right keeping the two mebers of the audience in, but including more of the performers face frontally.

Good though in most respects. Burn in the background a little and just run the dodge tool across the two faces.


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