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27/09/2013 - 7:33 PM

Empty Stalls

Empty StallsI like this shot. In this light-based medium, the range of darks and lights work well, though it might be hard to print? The luminous quality makes it feel sunny and optimistic, the grain suggests timelessness/long history and the beautifully lit empty space (which could be/has been filled with life) is calm. Perhaps the blacks, especially top right, are a tiny bit too dense. But a really pleasing shot.
14/09/2013 - 7:08 PM

Letters on the rocks

Letters on the rocksOne thing I would add to Moira's comment is, watch out for distracting colours appearing if you process your shot like this. The cyan top left and lilac on the top right hand third draw my eye. Look forward to your next shot!
27/08/2013 - 6:44 PM

Frog (Left) Eye

Frog (Left) EyeIt's certainly an unusual view of a frog. I think the idea is interesting, and I confess I know nothing about frogs, but I suspect that the flash did you no favours - you have a bright spot and the colours in the skin, while probably natural, look a bit garish here. The shot is also not totally sharp, and the eye itself looks empty, which is disturbing. Again, I know nothing about frogs' eyes, but did the iris shut as a result of the flash? If they have that kind of eye? The aperture you have used is tiny, and possibly not optimum for quality even on a macro lens. Were you using a tripod? Did you use live view? Overall I think you set yourself a tough challenge and a larger aperture (even with less dof) and no flash, and maybe timer release to avoid shutter blur (though you could have missed the shot, I guess) might have helped in producing a more natural and sharper result.
18/05/2013 - 6:21 PM


MomI think it is a great character portrait - shows fortitude and strength. Might be tempted to get rid of the blue stripe to her right, and if pos get rid of the colour cast in her hair. Mono conversion is one way to do this. Green channel conversion can be more flattering, I think!
18/01/2013 - 6:45 PM


DragonsI'm not sure why this is classified as adult - did you intend to? I really like the way the shot asks us to compare what looks like a desiccated lizard with jewellery, and all of the issues this raises. I also like the colour and border. For personal preference, I would have like a bit less space above the top lizard - especially as your signature is in the bottom part. You could experiment with this to balance it all up a bit more. But I do really like it, and find it original and thoughtful.
21/09/2012 - 5:56 PM


WaitingI'm happy with the size of the cat but in my mod I tried to achieve two things - to try and make the kitten look at the fish more obviously and to make the bottle more transparent. The first I worked on by rotating the kitten a bit (but I didn't heal the border very well Sad ) and the second by selecting the bottle and increasing the contrast on it. Oh, and I increased the overall contrast and cloned out some of the bit that looked wrong after I increase the contrast. I think if I were you I would work on the angle and background of the kitten then work on the blending mode, and possibly the contrast of the bottle. Graham's suggestion above is also good. I used alt, layer-merge visible in Photoshop to merge everything I had done to one layer and then work on that (without getting rid of the layers below, so I could still go back - if I didn't explain clearly, message me and I will try again!). Looking now, I realise I didnt really improve the sight line - but it does need improving! Sue
Moosweiler: Santiago Josué playing with the trees in the lakeI like the composition - I think the curved pano works well with this subject, and the figure in the middle anchors it. I felt it was a little overexposed and in my mod I darkened it and increased the contrast sllghtly. There was nothing about the histogram to suggest that it was overexposed, but perhaps it was caused by so much bright water and sky in. The other problem, which is not fixable in post processing without losing most of the shot, is that the shot looks as though it slopes a bit. Did you use a tripod? I have got some fairly good panos by tucking my elbows in and rotating myself carefully on the spot, but a tripod is better, and a pano head (if you are a rich perfectionist!) better still.
17/08/2012 - 6:10 PM

The Arrow of Time

The Arrow of TimeNice abstract, but I would crop a bit. There is dead space at the top that I fell unbalances it. I am uploading a mod, but there is a range of possible crops.
19/07/2012 - 7:52 PM

The walk....

The walk....I rather like the way you put this together and the use of selective focus, focusing in front of the figure. I tried out a different crop in my mod, with less foreground and narrower, and I cloned out the writing on the pipe (this was distracting for me). I also think if he had been walking into the shot, rather than out of the frame, that would have strengthened it. The tone works for me. Overall, enjoyable - keep on experimenting!
01/07/2012 - 6:36 PM


SunriseWell, congratulations for handholding for that length of time - but I do think a tripod would be a good idea!!! As it was dark and also because the tower is small, it may have been hard for your camera to focus. You might have to focus on high contrast edge (eg the edge of the silhouette) half hold the shutter, recompose, lock off your tripod and then shoot. Or you could focus manually if this is possible on your camera.
01/07/2012 - 5:30 PM

Coin in Hand

Coin in HandYou certainly do tell a story, as you set out to. Quite different from the rest of your portfolio! I find taking people I don't know scary and I wonder if you do a little, too. The quality of the shot is nice with lots of detail and the viewpoint with the feet and the figure works for me. Ideally, though, I would have liked to see a bit more of his face and maybe what his cardboard says. In my mod I started by darkening the edges and brightening the had with the coin a little to emphasis that, but then I thought mono might work better for this picture - because it takes away the upbeat colours of the bag, partly. I also added some grain, to make it more like an old style news photo. There is a lot of potential for really dramatic mono treatments of this shot, and using light and shade to draw the eye to the areas you want to emphasise. And you've got a good starting point!
29/06/2012 - 7:01 PM

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's CathedralYou say, 'snapped it'. Bit hard to comment on. There is banding in the sky, suggesting that the jpegging may have revealed problems with the in- device processing. The composition is quite nice, but the verticals don't look absolutely vertical to me, and you could have made it a little more symmetrical, which would have been good for this kind of shot. The image is also not very sharp, particularly in the lower parts, and the dynamic range of the scene (the range from lights to darks) doesn't seem to have been handled well - parts of the sky are too bright, but the building is quite dark with some areas near black. A bit of a lift - some fill light in the darker mid tones - would be a nice way of processing this,
28/06/2012 - 7:21 PM

Beetle Nut

Beetle NutThe use of depth of field is nice, although you could have cropped out the orange bit at the top. It tells me a lot about the nuts (betel nuts?) and would work to illustrate this, but it is not particularly attractive - the first impression of the pile of chopped nut is that it looks a bit messy. I think you could have arranged them better, and used less of the chopped nut for a better image.
23/05/2012 - 9:22 PM

Pseudo Sunrise

Pseudo SunriseA pretty and different picture in its own right, and I also like the idea of shooting with coloured light which Pablo suggested. Just one suggestion which is not hard in Photoshop - you could use the clone tool or spot healing brush (on a copy) to take out dark spots on the petals. Also if you start a circular gradient with the cross hairs (which represent the centre from of the circle) on the bottom border of the picture, then you get a semicircular gradient (if that was what you were aiming for), which might be interesting to try.
05/05/2012 - 7:43 PM


SCAPE OF THE URBANLike Ronnie, I think the composition is very good. The conversion does make the image a little information-rich, though. In my mod, I added a vignette, to try to focus the attention on the walkers more - I was finding my eyes moving around because of there being so many similar light tones. BTW there seem to be two circularish spots on your sky, one on a cloud and one on a blue sky bit - are these on your sensor, or tricks of the light? The one on the cloud is hardly visible on the colour version but is quite noticeable in the processed version. I have spots on my sensor which won't budge and have to spot my shots before processing.
11/04/2012 - 5:41 PM


ABERDULAIS FALLSSlow water is one of those marmite things, but you have done a good job, I think. I agree about the vertical format for this one. You will know what vantage points were available to you, and I know you have to be very careful with safety at Aberdulais, but a higher viewpoint that got a bit of the pool at the base of the fall, and avoided the intrusive plant and dark rock you have at the base would have been better. Have you got a remote for you camera? This can reduce shake and also can help if you have to set the camera up in a tight space.
23/03/2012 - 7:56 PM

My stall

My stallI downloaded this and had a look. There seems to be a bit of barrel distortion in it. In my mod I worked on the distortion but also changed the horizontals, which is probably wrong, and then made it monochrome, as I do feel that the colour may be a distraction from the story. Sorry - went to town a bit!
23/03/2012 - 7:34 PM


RufusLovely picture of the dog, but I think I would have chosen an un-patterned backdrop, or possibly have left this in colour if it's a conversion. I find the light spots on the backdrop and the dark spots on the dog set up a kind of counterpoint, which is a bit distracting.
12/03/2012 - 7:03 PM

River Side

River SideIn general, I agree with Paul, but I actually rather like the effect on the fronts of the buildings. The problem for me then is that there are too many other distracting elements - the sky in particular, being white. I think you may have taken this on a compact camera, which makes it harder to use natural depth of field, but if you have a some telephoto to play with, it might be worth giving it a try - go as wide as you can and as long as you can. I would keep exploring this technique, though, but perhaps look for different subjects. Some people won't like it, and others will. If you listen to them and still like it, and know why you like it, then the most important person is happy!
29/01/2012 - 6:51 PM

Derelict Escape

Derelict EscapeNice graphic potential. Perhaps correct the verticals then make a vertical panoramic just of the staircase? I would aim to leave out any light sky and just produce a punchy shot of the building.