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27/06/2009 - 6:19 PM

Club shoot 24/06/09

Club shoot 24/06/09Glad to see you're uploading and this is lovely. I really like the composition and the white space is perfect for advertorial or something Smile

Another time it might be worth asking the model to extend all the fingers on her left hand as there's a wee bright gap, but this is really elegant.

Welcome to the site Smile
17/02/2009 - 12:24 AM

Melissa II

Melissa IIWhat amazing eyes she has! Smile I don't know much about studio lighting but it does seem quite light and is burning out some of the detail on her hands and face. Perhaps some warmer light, too? I'd also suggest cropping the bottom edge to get rid of the top of the chair - you'd still have the bend of her wrist to give context to the pose but wouldn't have that little dark band of colour getting in the way. Her hand underneath is a little ambiguous too so the crop will deal with that. Either that or change the pose slightly or cover the chair bit with some complementary-coloured fabric.

That's a lovely earring and it's a shame not to incorporate it more fully into her portrait - part of it is overshadowed by the blue fabric. Tidying up the neckline and making sure that the earring is sitting naturally and is in view will make a difference. I'm not suggesting that everything should be all neatly lined up and perfect 8-] but I think her earring shows part of her personality so it's nice to make sure it's given enough room. Smile
17/02/2009 - 12:09 AM

Your move

Your moveThe lighting and the mood are really nice and work for me - my niggle is the composition. I think the knight at the front is balanced nicely on the lower edge (although my brain wants to see him looking to the left and not the right) but I'm not sure about the bishop and the king? queen? Perhaps if one was further behind the other so as to get a sense of distance.

I'm wondering if this is in fact a king and he's in check or perhaps it's checkmate - you could suggest this with the positioning of the pieces without actually showing the board, and let the viewer picture the winning move suggested by a suitable title.
14/05/2008 - 11:49 PM

Rspca Doc

Rspca DocNo. 3 for me, although it's a little dark. The reason - because it tells more story than the other two, although they have their own good merits. This one shows a relationship between the woman and the dog - and the reliance they have on each other. It's got real overtones of a social document too. There's a lot you can read into this but I won't bore you with what I think Smile

In the first one yes the arm is in the way but I doubt it could be helped much. The supplication in the eyes is incredibly moving.

The second one - I think that because there is a person and the dog, I'm looking for more of a relationship between them given the context - just my personal thought.

Overall I think the mono works well. It homes in on what's important in the images and makes it a stark document of what's going on. Very powerful.
13/05/2008 - 11:52 AM

You talking to me??

You talking to me??I like this a lot. I like the angle, plus the sky and clouds behind which suggest the sense of height.

It feels a little desaturated to me and not as vibrant in colour as I expected - I wonder if it could use a tweak of saturation boost of the giraffe (not the sky). Just to add a wee bit more zing Smile

But I love it. It's like a four fingered hand sticking up - right there and in your face - and for that alone it makes me smile. There's that nice hint of catchlight in the eye to the right, too, which gives it life.
13/05/2008 - 11:39 AM

Sitting pretty

Sitting prettyInteresting. I saw this pic and was intrigued by the pose and the tension in the arms, and what feels like a tension in the face too, and wondered if this might be a gothic (not Goth) theme or undercurrent. Then I saw the title, which although she's a pretty girl, didn't seem to match the mood of the picture.

Sometimes the way one presents a photograph has a big percentage of importance in how it's perceived by the viewer. Titles, framing, pose - and my thinking is that you need another title to match what's actually in the photo.

If you were aiming for a pretty portrait then there are loads of things I would suggest, and they would involve the pose of the arms and the head, the direction of the gaze, the way the foot is distorted by the lens ..
13/05/2008 - 7:27 AM


springLovely bright vivid colours and a real treat for the eyes.

You've asked for critique, and my feeling is that the two little spikes on the lower edge could be cloned out as they're not integral to the shot. It also might be worth seeing if you can push the yellow tulips slightly more out of focus just to bring the red ones even further out.

I don't think this needs to be cropped although it's always worth experimenting with crops - and if you can get the subject framed well at the time of the shoot so much the better.

I think too that it depends on what the shot is going to be used for - whether it's a record shot, one to put on a card, stock photography, etc etc so I don't always think one can be definite in one's critique in terms of format unless the intended purpose of the shot is clear. You've said that this is to show the wonderful colours of spring - woks for me.