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Beauty

Beauty by paulbroad

I like it that the front model is engaging with the camera, and the haughty indifference of the other two. The mixed lighting spoils it for me, really.

Not a fan of figurines myself, but there is exquisite detail in these.

Nick

Sleeping in the sun

Sleeping in the sun by billmyl

1. You aren't taking advantage of them, but of the situation. If you were making money from the sale of the image, there may be slight qualms, but your first instinct was correct, as far as I'm concerned. Get the shot first, worry about the niceties afterwards.
2. Are they really homeless? Or are they just without accommodation while visiting the festival? People frequently arrive without planning first, hoping to find something there, only to find everywhere booked up. Sleeping rough is not unusual.
3. It's a decent grab shot....the couple on the bench are a subject in themselves, as is the guy in the background, perhaps a slight change of position right to isolate the separate subjects would result in two better pictures.
4. I can't help but see the angles of the bench and windows. Having got this shot, I would have moved to try to square it up; what with them sitting at one end of the bench, they would make a nice off centred composition and be framed by the background.
5. The monochrome treatment is fairly high contrast, but not too bad for the subject. You possibly didn't need the 1-stop under compensation, but there are a good range of tones to work with.

Nick

KILLIN TIME THE COLOUR EDIT

KILLIN TIME THE COLOUR EDIT by youmightlikethis

Not a great deal wrong with it. It doesn't hold my interest for more than a few seconds though.

For me, good street photography is about more than just snapshots of people. It has to have a story, involvement, dynamism. These two are obviously looking at something, but we don't know what it is. There are no clues. Ie, what they're interacting with is outside the image.
They are obviously sitting in the street, but why? There is no environmental context.
The only thing tying them together are the cups, and I don't find enough interest to want to find out.

Sorry, but there's more to this scene than you have captured.

Nick

Shadow on the wall

Shadow on the wall by billmyl

I'd like to see a version without the two birds on the rail.

The minimalist feel and the starkness appeals: it emphasises the emptiness of the photo. You could even crop a little from the top and left to give the shadow more impact within the frame.

Otherwise, not much wrong with this at all.

Nick

Kayla Sr. Pic

Kayla Sr. Pic by NatureMom

As a pose, it would have been better to lift her nearer leg and cross them, keeping her within the frame. You could also have shot looser to include her leg: you have a little space to play with above her head. As it is, it's a pleasant environmental portrait, and even with a crop you could keep some of the background as a neutral, natural setting.

Exposure and focus look fine, so it's nearly there.

ISO is a measure of how sensitive the cameras response is. Higher ISO boosts the signal in the sensor meaning you can shoot in lower light. The trade off is that you increase the noise the higher you go. In most cases, it's better to keep ISO as low as possible for best possible image quality.
Sometimes, the light is poor, you don't have a tripod and you need to get the shot, so you raise the iso and accept a small loss in image quality as a compromise for keeping the shutter speed up. It's all a compromise.

Here you didn't need quite such a high ISO, but this image is ok for it. You could have afforded to lower it to 400 or 200 and hand held at 1/250 or 1/125 sec easily. A guideline is keeping the shutter speed higher than the reciprocal of the focal length: so for a 50mm lens, try to keep the speed over 1/60 sec. You can use ISO along with shutter speed and aperture to control exposure level.

Nick

Beautiful wedding

Beautiful wedding by nashphotography


Quote: Stunning photos with a beautiful bride

Nothing like blowing your own trumpet!

What is it you want critique on?

I have to be honest, I'm not convinced about this as a montage. The colour and mono mix is a bit disjointed...I think it's better if there's a theme, not just in the subject, but also in appearance of the images. Better if they were all black and white, or all colour, but not with a random sepia.

The images themselves could benefit from a little frontal lighting. Good idea to shoot in the shade to avoid panda eyes and harsh shadows, but the couple are underexposed compared to the background, and a little fill flash would have worked wonders by brightening their faces. The shadows show a distinct blue cast as a result. The poses are perfectly competent, but the lighting needs a little work.

You could even have worked in the sunlight and used the flash to lift the shadows on the camera side of them.
The blue outer is also quite dominant, and perhaps a more subtle colour would have worked better, and perhaps arrangement and sizing of the pictures could do with a tweak. For instance, 5 images are butted up, but the car one is larger and over/underlaid, making it stand out. You need to find a consistent arrangement...all laid like on a scrapbook, all different sizes, all the same size, etc

I don't mean to sound completely negative, and I'm sure the couple were pleased with the images, but it goes to show the small differences that make or break good social photography.

Nick

PEREGRINE

PEREGRINE by olamii97

Once again, a manipulated abstract that is entirely unconnected with the words.
The images need to be clearer in their context unless you just want a series of abstracts.

It might be an idea if you asked us exactly what it is you wanted critiquing? It's almost impossible to critique a personal vision.

It is eye catching, but what do you want to achieve? Do you feel you have achieved it? What do you want help with? Or do you just want "nice picture" comments? Maybe these would be better in the main gallery for wider viewing. There is no evidence of improvement, just a set of disparate images you feel you have to explain.

Nick

WHERE

WHERE by olamii97

It reminds me of a Rorschach ink blot card.

Again, almost impossible to critique as a photograph, as it's a personal vision.

I'm sure the original, with the colours, had potential, but for me, the silhouettes included are too untidy (the CCTV on the lamppost, the crane fading into the dark cloud, the small blocks intruding into the left side etc). A much simpler composition would have been better, perhaps only one or two lampposts in the left half of the frame, cropping half the dark cloud off in the process.

As for the sentiment, it's largely unnecessary. Let the images do the talking, but make the messages clearer and simpler. Not sure what an abstract really says about your personal utopia, but does it really connect with the image?

Nick

Amanda

Amanda by pnkpnthr5231

For me, the following stand out:

1. The background is largely irrelevant as you've blurred it well, but the white box thing still intrudes into the shot. Creating distance between subject and background should lead to a cleaner outline.

2. Looks like you've used the on-camera flash, which is a bit harsh and has caused a hard edged shadow on her neck, plus the camera has seen her hand as the subject, exposed for that and the light fall off has rendered her face too dark. You need a larger (softer) light for shots like this, unless you want the "paparazzi caught you" kind of picture. A reflector to your right would have helped throw light back into her face, or diffused off camera flash out to that side.

3. I concur with not cutting off the tattoo. Either completely in or completely out.

4. As a purely aesthetic, personal thing, I'd prefer to have cleaned her nails first, and to see the pupil of her eye, as she's effectively looking at me.

Nick

Sunrise in Midland

Sunrise in Midland by Relic01

That depends on the effect you were looking for.

More positive compensation would have lightened the sky, probably losing any colour you have recorded, and the blown out sun would have been blown much more. On the other hand, you wouldn't have had to work so hard on the shadows. You can see a distinct halo round the post.

This is the kind of shot you need to pre-visualise what you want and get the camera to work for you, rather than taking shots and hoping for the best.

You can always use a bit of diffused flash to light the foreground without affecting the rest....I'm sure your camera will have a slow-sync mode, or a night portrait mode. Something where you can fire the flash and still have an exposure for the ambient light.

Nick

OSUN

OSUN by olamii97

If you see it, great. I'm afraid I'm not a big fan of this kind of image/text combo, nor those "inspirational messages" so often seen on social networks.

Willie has addressed the technical aspect of low contrast, but otherwise it's impossible to look at from a critique point of view as it's so personal.

Nick

SHE SHOT

SHE SHOT by youmightlikethis

Good timing, well composed and well captured. Then over processed.

Sharp can be good, but overly sharp, especially with people, and even more with ladies over a certain age, is not sympathetic to the subject. The effect of over sharpening is evident where her hand is in front of her face, making it look like its stuck on. If you get any kind of artefact or halo, it's too much processing. I'd like to see a much more restrained go at this one.

Nick

Glee!

Glee! by paulbroad

Nice, sharp, well exposed and with a well caught expression. Shame about the horrendous squint though....

I might be inclined to reduce the impact of the stretch lines on her neck.

Nick

Mask

Mask by MIKEYMIKEY

I would suspect that if it was really taken on an Olympus OM 2, there won't be any exif data (it's a film camera)!!

It looks like a scanned slide, or a duplicated one, due to the richness of the colours and excessive contrast. If so, you need to lower the contrast as much as possible in the scanning process. This will give a very flat scan, but retain tonal information you can work with to add contrast later.

Often shot in contrasty light, the colours of these masks are superb, and this is a fairly standard shot. There is no extraneous detail to spoil it, it just lacks a little in the mid tones. If it is a scan, altering the workflow (or not relying on auto) for less contrast will give much more workable images.

Nick

A Sly Fag!

A Sly Fag! by paulbroad

I find a similar thing with many of these kind of shots....the depth of field. Separating your subject from the background is the difficult thing, whilst it gives context, it also adds clutter to what is effectively a candid portrait.

Whilst I know you're using f/8 to allow for small errors, a wider aperture will really help throw your subject into relief at these kind of ranges. Yes, you will have a lot of misses using your method, but the ones you nail will be more 3-dimensional. You can also use Fuji's face recognition feature to help pick the face out of the crowd, as long as it isn't moving too quickly. It isn't infallible, but it can help.

Nick

Fences

Fences by Relic01

One thing I think needs to be emphasised, is that there is not necessarily a "correct" exposure, only an exposure you want, that contains enough information for you to do what you want with the image.

Already this image has drawn a couple of different opinions of what the correct exposure is. As it stands, it's light, airy and conveys a bright summer afternoon. Willie says it is correctly exposed, because the histogram is well positioned and you haven't lost information off the edges. Tweaking it slightly will improve the blacks, but does every scene have to contain a full range of tones? No.

Ian considers it a little overexposed, and Robert has added contrast and "punch", effectively darkening some areas. I think the mono conversion has darkened the mood considerably, and is perhaps too heavy for the image, unless you want it changing to something brooding.

The question you need to ask yourself, is, "how do I want it to look?" Does it convey the scene you saw? There are a lot of very good images that are spoiled by overprocessing, and the diktat that "the histogram shall at all times remain between the lines, and the white and black points shall touch the bottom corners" does not have to be followed slavishly. As Willie says, it depends entirely on what you are shooting.

The whole point of taking control of the camera is to shoot what you want, how you want, and not have to accept the camera's opinion. By all means use the histogram as a guide (the in camera one should guide you as to the amount of exposure compensation you need, and screens aren't always accurate as a visual reference), but a bright sunny day doesn't have to look like a stormy one just because the histogram is a little out.

As far as this image is concerned, your first post looks fine on my screen. You aren't really close enough to make the most of the texture in the wood, and the composition tries to draw your eye off the right hand side, but as an exercise in learning manual exposure, it's pretty good. I didn't need the exif data to know it was a bright, sunny mid afternoon, but I might have struggled if I had seen the mods first.

Nick

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