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thought i'd join you marshalls

thought i'd join you marshalls by one

Hi an interesting capture, would it help to crop in a bit more taking some track off to bring the rider and bike more to prominence?

Two and rain.

Two and rain. by vikma19

Nicely atmospheric, I at first thought it too dark an image in the thumbnail, but on reflection it works well as is.

Merlin pageant

Merlin pageant by FanPilot

I am guessing that you used the aperture to get a nice and low shutter speed so the propellers are a blur, that aspect works.

Dull image well it looks like a set of blue/grey planes shot against a blue sky with the sun a bit high in the sky, possibly a bit behind the planes. So not the best for light on the planes which is what you will need to lift it a bit. Sometimes the subject, light conditions etc just do not work together.

I looked at the levels info and it is all a bit compressed, so I would have a go at playing with curves or the shadows/highlights tool to see if you can bring more info out on the planes and pull the highlights down. You could copy the image onto a new layer and then delete everything except the plane bodies and then you could optimise the image for the sky and planes on their own.

Composition wise I think you need to either be tighter into the planes or further back and a view where the smoke trails converge would help. Your view is too close to side on to work in my eyes.

Yosemite Reflections

Yosemite Reflections by stevie

All I can say is I am jealous Steve. Says it All I think. great reflection, perhaps you should increase contrast in the non-reflected scene but would that break it??

Dawn Christmas morning.

Dawn Christmas morning. by Paulbee

Good colours in this one, I just wonder if the subject suits a panorama as I feel the gate is not connected to the sky to my eyes. So one quick mod later

Just a variation regards John

Mysterious Mist

Mysterious Mist by cameracat

I like it, it has a bit of mystery about it, so success.

My one thought does it help to crop a little of the bottom so the foreground crops/grass cannot be seen.

Michelle Collins

Michelle Collins by leedsgh

Might have been nice to alter her position relative to the pillar to separate her more from it. Moving her further left would have helped. I like the idea of the owner being out of focus but in the background.

I would have been tempted to have leaning back against the wall arms folded watching the two of you to try and create a bit more tension/linkage.

"Purple Haze"

"Purple Haze" by wolflover

Nice capture, I bet it looks even better as a bigger print on the wall too. So I like the colours etc but I had a little play. First I cropped it a bit then I took out a few leaves with the clone tool I felt distracted from the clean look, then I flipped it so the big trees are on the right. I hope this gives you some thoughts, but its a good capture of the summer flowers and I like your crop/inversion.


Brothers by popeyebilly

As a thought I think you are missing out a lot by posting all these variants as one. For me the 4th shot works best, and the mod posted by Phil gets more from it. Its a good shot of the two boys with character and I think that is important.

for the 1st shot the lad looks a bit nervous and he is not holding the guitar in a confident manner plus some of it has crept out of the frame. And the background is too visible and wrinkled. I guess you could get rid of that in photoshop. were you using lights? or available light. I am trying to make out if its a softbox or window reflected in his eye. I would try and move him forward from the background if possible, and if lights, could you put a light/more light into the background.

Everything is subjective but I hope that helps.

just  a fleeting  memory

just a fleeting memory by youmightlikethis

What on earth did he have in that big ball?

Anyway I prefer images 2 and 3 more. 3 is a good study of the lads in full song I like it, just would like a little bit more to the right its a tad tight in the frame, but I like it that the majority look to be singing hard, while two look a bit more out of it. A nice observation photo.

The 2nd one a good record of the endless posting I remember from when I used to live in Edinburgh.


Biker by jimmyeao

Stylised like a sketch, I like it .

The Hidden Falls

The Hidden Falls by Alan_Coles

Lovely autumn colours but I keep feeling the camera should be tilted over to the right a touch more.


Shirty by Wellspring

Some clever posing here, the way you have the hour glass of her waist and her stance tapering her legs down again. But has her right arm fallen too much outside the light from your flash? and it looks like she is about to fall over.

Toy Dog

Toy Dog by Fishnet

The treatment suits this sort of subject well and I like the angle and framing Smile


Lighthouse by wyatturp

Lovely simple composition, but very effective. I like the cloud movement captured

Orange Spotted

Orange Spotted by celestun

A gorgeous colourful capture, well done

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