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17/02/2013 - 10:51 AM

Lemon & Lime

Lemon & LimeVery nicely done Smile Although I think the brightness of the white border makes the photo look a bit flat - I think either colouring the line to the same shade as the bubbles or brightening the image a bit would bring it all together and make it 'pop' Smile
18/12/2010 - 3:36 PM

Frosty morning

Frosty morningNice photo, seems well exposed even with the bright light and snow against the dark trees. There are only a few things I would suggest:

First, I'd say that the photo needs a stronger subject. It's a good image of the forest, but there's nothing really to look at apart from the bright light and tree to the left and the diagonal branch to the right. Maybe having someone in the shot, or perhaps changing the angle of the photo (crouching down and shooting up at the canopy maybe?) would really give this photo a bit of extra kick. Smile

Secondly, the lens flare on the right (the red one) is a bit out of place, so I'd perhaps clone or crop that out.

Third, the bright sun on the left looks interesting, but is a bit 'in your face'. I think it would look more dramatic if it was only just peering out from around the tree? Of course, this could also make the interesting light disappear so it would be a kind of trial and error thing.

Unfortunately I don't have any photo editing software on this computer otherwise I'd try cloning out that lens flare. I don't think a lot needs to be done to the actual photo though, as I said it's well exposed and has been taken level so (apart from the above) it's a nice shot.

13/10/2010 - 8:02 AM

just another day in eden

just another  day in edenThree interesting shots, and I the only improvements I can think of would be implemented at the shooting stage.

V1: If you had crouched/sat/lain on the ground beside the people with the leaflets I think you would have gained not only a more 'personal' perspective, but it would have made them the main focus of the photo with the crowd in the background as a kind of secondary focus.

V2: I think more could have been done to visually link those red telephone boxes and the girl's red dress on the ground. At the moment, the people standing/sitting near the group are quite distracting, and to me the two boys with their backs to the scene seem to 'block' the left side of the photo. I'm not sure what was further to the left, but maybe if you had moved to the right and shot towards the phone boxes it may have concentrated the focus on the people on the ground again.

V3: I'm not really sure what's going on here. Eye contact between the two would have been nice, although I realise that was probably very hard to get as this wasn't a posed photo. Also, I think backing up a bit this time and getting more of the couple's bodies (or even just her hands) in the shot would have explained what was happening a bit better. I like the way the crowd is watching them though Smile

I hope this helps!
12/10/2010 - 10:25 PM


parkThis is a good shot, but I feel that the lovely greens are a bit muted and could benefit from some boosting.

I've done a mod - I upped the saturation (by +35), then did some burn work on the foliage shadows to improve contrast - I like the darkness of the tree trunks against the light of the leaves. I also cropped the right of the photo to cut off what I guess is someone's sleeve, and some of the left of the image to help improve the composition. I think this brings the dappled light on the ground and gives the image more of a strong focus. Smile

Edit: Almost forgot, I also dodged the highlights and burned the midtones and shadows on the path. Smile
30/10/2009 - 7:59 AM

sun rise in samana

sun rise in samanaI have done a mod for you Smile

First, I have straightened the horizon using the tool for that purpose in Photoshop Elements 4.0. This did mean that I had to crop off some more of the edge though, so this is worth doing before deciding on your final crop.
Next, I used the dodge tool to brighten the highlights, and the burn tool to darken the shadows. I did this to try and improve the contrast a bit and make the colours and light stand out a bit more.

I didn't do noise reduction, but in hindsight that probably would have been another good idea.

All little things, but I hope you think they help!
05/08/2009 - 4:43 PM

London Big Ben

London Big BenThis is a good shot, and I'm going to disagree with closelyobserved about the selective colouring - I quite like it, I think it works really well - so that's just a matter of personal preference more than anything.

I like the angle and the composition, the tones are nice too. I think this could be improved if you had included the very top of the tower and the side of the sign in.
I've done a quick mod of this. I cloned out the small buildings at the bottom because I wasn't sure about the crop. I also tweaked the midtone contrast slightly. I'm not sure how much of an improvement this is on the original but I thought I'd have a go. Smile
12/01/2009 - 7:48 AM


BlossomCritique, eh? Smile I like this. It's a little bit different from other flower shots, and I like the spotlight effect of the white surface and black background. The flower is interesting to look at, but I think it needs a little something just to make it stand out a bit more - maybe a contrast tweak or some sharpening would give it that extra edge.
But I do like this as it is already, I just think that would improve it a bit Grin
22/05/2008 - 7:46 AM

Our bluebell wood

Our bluebell woodVery pretty! I like the lighting and the way everything leans to the left. I think the pink in the top left could be cloned out though, it's a little distracting. Apart from that, this is a nice photo Smile