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Shell Mex House, 80 The Strand, Savoy Place,Victoria Embankment, London WC2.I like this effect with the attractive arched passage leading us to the two ladies and into the street beyond.
To my eyes there is a definite lean to the left, which a rotation to the right of 1.5 degrees seems to cure. With architectural features they look better if the geometry is right. I altered the lighting a little to put a touch of detail in the street outside
London does have some fascinating buildings and you have caught this nicely.
Best Way To Sharpen Light On Right End Of CloudI agree with Paul re the sharpness - in this type of shot it seems fine as it is - a very attractive and dramatic image indeed.
I would be tempted to lose some of the top and bottom to make more of a panoramic format, as per my mod, and bring the horizon down to the lower third, but that is a just matter of personal taste.

23/04/2014 - 5:50 PM

Rocks & Sky

Rocks & SkyLovely shot of a fine view, though I imagine it was quite chilly up there! I used the dodge and burn tools to bring out the delicate clouds a little more and to show more detail in the shadows on the rocks, but I think I am in nit -picking territory as it's fine as it is.

02/03/2014 - 12:01 PM

Down the slipway

Down the slipwayMost interesting and effective viewpoint with the eye being drawn down to the boat - definitely DOWN the slipway!
I would clone out the vertical ropes as Moira has mentioned, but also remove the ropes and a metal bracket(?) on the left just to tidy up and concentrate on the boat. In the mod I also lightened the handrail slighty to emphasise it's lead in effect. Very attractive and unusual shot.

26/02/2014 - 11:12 AM

Light Trails

Light TrailsReally good shot with excellent lighting and good trails. I do find the exit lane on the left tends to split the shot to some extent and I have tried a fairly drastic crop to concentrate on the main road and it's trails - not meant to be "better", just an alternative version of an excellent photograph.

12/01/2014 - 12:03 PM

Artificial light

Artificial lightThese shots just get better and better Torsten!
I would leave the red hot spot in I think - without it the left hand side looks rather empty
Other than that I can only say excellent!

21/11/2013 - 12:29 PM

longdown hill Clovelly

longdown hill ClovellyA very pleasant shot of this pretty village - I remember the long walk down to the harbour and the long climb back! I like the colours as they are. There is a lean outwards top right which might look better corrected and the foliage on the right is rather dark and uninteresting. Just as an alternative I have done a mod which concentrates more on the central features of the view, but this in no way detracts from the original. Nice work.

19/11/2013 - 10:50 AM

Arte dos marimbondos

Arte dos marimbondosThe detail in the brickwork of the old chimney is excellent and shows the skill of those who built it. The swarm of bees(?) looks huge and I can see an old face with a pointed nose looking out! A very interesting image.
I might be tempted to clone out the lightning conductor on top of the chimney, but that's a minor point.

03/11/2013 - 11:50 AM


SerenityThis captures the brilliant light of W.A very well and is a gorgeous sight, especially on a cold, wet morning in the UK! I have a friend living in Broome and he describes this hard clear light.
I know I will be in a minority of one, but I am not keen on the on the foreground pool - too glaring compared to the other tones in the shot. I find it looks better cropped off at the bottom of the big boulder - but then maybe I'm just jealous because it's still raining here!
No worries!
05/10/2013 - 1:09 PM

San Marco Reflects

San Marco ReflectsAn excellent shot of your trip to Venice - will look good on your wall - full of sunshine and life. The only adjustment I would make is to correct the verticals by rotating the image slightly to the right, as in the mod. The left side of the original shot shows the lean to the left particularly clearly

12/09/2013 - 6:41 PM


ReflexThe sharp focus on the reflection certainly concentrates the attention here - the detail through the reflected window is splendid. The softness on the lid and is OK as you said you were concentrating on the reflection and it works well. You could have held a white card near the spout side of the pot just to relect a little light into this area, Nice tea pot - milk and one sugar for me pleaseSmile

13/05/2013 - 11:48 AM


StepsDramatic shot of wonderful mountain scenery - I think I would rather be on the balcony sipping a nice hot coffee than climbing up the glacier!
There seemed to be a bit too much blue in the scene and the wire across the snow was rather intrusive so I've done a mod with these points in mind - see what you think.

09/03/2013 - 12:42 PM

Rooftop level

Rooftop levelYes the pots and the angles do look very attractive and give some effective triangular shapes forming a "Z" of interesting lines - amazing what you can see out of a back window!
I am not sure about the red pot - on one hand it is so different from the others that it looks a bit out of place and yet, on the other hand it could be seen as contrasting well with the others.
I would certainly try to clone out the wires coming down the red wall and looking as though they disappear into the second chimney!
The overall slight softness is probably because you had to shoot through glass although sometimes preparing images to post degrades them and this can be remedied. Willie is the man who can explain this!

13/02/2013 - 11:01 AM

Lonely Tree

Lonely TreeI was drawn back to your excellent Malham shot and, after looking at it for a while, I realised the rocks had a slight bluish tint which is not a feature of limestone. I hesitated to do a mod on an experts image, but took the plunge and used "colour balance" in PS7 to reduce the blue content and let some of the warmer colours through. Seems to remove the need for saturation or desaturation -what do you think?


PS After posting the mod I tried reducing the "brightness" value slightly, which produced a richer effect.
10/02/2013 - 11:24 AM

Tower Bridge

Tower BridgeJust the right moment for a shot like this - enough light in the sky, but dark enough for the lights to show up well - very attractive image.
I might be tempted to crop some off the sides to remove the cranes ( which are looking out of the shot ) to concentrate more on the bridge itself and maybe a touch off the bottom to bring it a bit lower ( Rule of thirds ) Only my thoughts - great shot as it is
HMS Belfast looks very sinister!

08/02/2013 - 10:55 AM


MovementsA nice, clean, fresh image as it is, but if you feel you want to crop it I would crop the right hand side to remove the seagull and a tiny bit off the top to remove those objects in the top left corner ( or clone them out?) This would produce a square format with the water bird balancing the bottom right of the image.

02/02/2013 - 10:35 AM

Pele de areia (skin sand)

Pele de areia (skin sand)The lighter areas of sand really do look like skin!
The top third of the image is rather featureless and has a wonky horizon, so I would crop the top third off and concentrate on the lovely textures and tones in the lower two thirds, which are quite delightful. The beaches are obviously not crowded in Brasil!

25/01/2013 - 11:35 AM

in the frame

in the frameExcellent work I agree and I think you have been very skilful with your cardboard film cutout!
An alternative crop would be to use the centre "film frame" only, which gives a pleasant head, shoulders and bust option
18/03/2012 - 11:18 AM

sunset at browns bay

sunset at browns bayA lovely relaxing picture and a wonderful place to take the dog! I would take about 20% off the left hand side as ther's not much interest just there (mod) and with Martin's tweeks it looks great.

30/01/2012 - 10:18 PM

Corner Niche

Corner NicheA very dramatic and interesting shot - Valetta is full of these narrow streets.
Just out of interest I've loaded a mod with the image straightened and lightened, but it's a great shot as it is