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10/02/2010 - 5:51 PM

Lovely smiling face

Lovely smiling faceGreat shot, I would love to see one of these in real life.
How about cropping about 25% off both top and left to make it less central?
06/02/2010 - 7:32 PM

"Walk the line"

"Walk the line"Two great shots Lillian and lovely to see the tiger on the branch.
I like both your compositions giving the wider picture, but do think #2 works the better of the two with the space being in front of the tiger - so I've done a mod with #1 with an alternative tighter crop so that it's facing into the space (and a minor tweak to the colours adding a bit more blue)
29/01/2010 - 11:50 PM


RelaxedGreat shot and I I like the blur effect Phil but feel it's a little too dominant and solid at the bottom - I've done a mod taking some off the bottom and maintaining aspect ratio, with a touch off the top too for balance. Now has the downside that it's cropped where you think the otter's feet would be, but what do you think?
(colour change is purely the auto conversion from AdobeRGB to sRGB, so I'm guessing more people will now see it as you intended)
21/01/2010 - 12:45 PM


WaterfallExcellent image; I love the tones, dramatic sky and the rushing water.
My one little thought is wanting a little more on the left; the water does an effective job of leading the eye through the shot and I just question about being led off the side briefly?
08/01/2010 - 11:57 AM

The Guardian

The GuardianWhat great fun shots Barbara; most impressive by your neighboors and I love the panicked expression in #3 wondering if the car will brake in time Wink
I'd agree with Moira, that sharpening seems to be the issue as there's also a hard white line as well as the jaggies. With black to white, this is the absolute extreme of high contrast edges which is where sharpening effects are most noticable. This doesn't imply that you've over-sharpened it manually though; I would more expect this to be the sharpening that automatically takes place when you resize an image and if you check your dialogue for resizing I suspect you'll have several methods to choose from and can find one that is less aggressive and gives a nice result in this case. Hope this helps.
07/01/2010 - 2:30 PM

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Redshank (Tringa totanus)Excellent shot Sylvia, great details and a lovely touch to the light and colour.

Quote: ... just a tad sloping to the left? Jon

That's what I thought too, so good to see that someone else agrees!
It's something about the light off the water and the reflection that makes me think it's sloped - I've done a mod lining up the corner of the eye vertically with its reflection - see what you think?
29/12/2009 - 2:49 PM

My Kids

My KidsExcellent portraits and love the big gapped tooth smile and the spiky hair.
Clarity, colours and lighting look excellent to me, and I hope you don't mind me saying this, but personally the eyes look just a little too white, sharp and bright and not quite realistic as a result. My sincere apologies if you've not touched them, but otherwise maybe blend back a little of the original?
11/11/2009 - 1:00 PM

Canal at Llanfoist

Canal at LlanfoistI remember this shot from last year Sue! Surely a good thing Smile

Definitely v1 for me; not sure you need the softening unless you had a main foreground subject that is sharp, and the lighter version loses too much contrast on my screen
Critique Buddies Light Play ChallengeFirstly Katy, very sorry for my late comment. (a last minute invite to a friendly poker game, stole the evening I had ear-marked; but that's hardly a great excuse)

What a great fun series and you can just feel the drink taking hold as they progress Wink
Love the idea of #1 and that combination of the black, white and grey making for easy control of the white balance. But I would have liked to see the stripe in the gap between the soldiers, and maybe cropping off half the white to make the three areas roughly equal. (And maybe with a little less vodka, you could have got away with less whitetack that could have been hidden from the camera Wink)

My favourite is #4 though; battling it out on the lava of an alien world Smile

28/10/2009 - 1:39 PM


Run!!!Great action shot at full pelt Jon and a wonderfully intense expression.
Apologies for the criticism on my one visit in weeks, but the crop feels a touch tight on the left and I'm not quite convinced by the fuzzy grass - probably a personal thing but either pin sharp or full-on motion blur from tracking work well; this isn't quite either and doesn't sit as well.
09/10/2009 - 1:33 PM

Me & My Pal...

Me & My Pal...A lovely shot Katy with a great mix of elements that work really well and make for a striking image.
Love the horse's expression where you can imagine Piper thinking "who is this strange woman pretending to be imtimate with me" Wink
Assuming you still want critique; I'd like to see a bit more space on the left where the horse feels a little squashed against the side (?!) and it feels like it's on a little slope. I've done a mod rotating 2 degrees right and then using a little clarity to lift the shadows and add a touch of contrast in the background. (& then got carried away with a couple more mods whilst I was playing Smile)
Hope this is helpful
11/09/2009 - 10:13 AM

More Roof Light

More Roof LightTwo great shots Lucy and love the intricate physical structure combined with the patterns.
Like everyone else I prefer the colour version, but would be nice to resolve the purple fringing: had a play in PSPX2 and this was fairly easy given that there were no other purples in the image- add a saturation layer, select magenta from the dropdown, swing the central arc round from (255/285 & 345/315) to (244/274 & 334/304) and then just reduce the saturation to -100% which solves all the lens issues of the high contrasts against the white background
20/08/2009 - 8:24 AM

Llyn Ogwen panorama

Llyn Ogwen panoramaBeautiful scene and a lovely natural feel to it - I like the boulder Smile
Struggling to explain why, but the water doesn't seem quite flat to me and I had a quick play and a 1.5 degree rotation right helped?
17/08/2009 - 10:18 AM


MoorhenLovely shot Alexa; from the ripples it feels like it needs a slight rotation, but the colours and details are excellent
10/08/2009 - 6:51 PM

A cool jumper

A cool jumperExcellent closeups and what a cute little chap Smile

I read a suggestion recently that when the subject is in your hand rest the camera on the same arm which minimises any relative movements; but your detail already looks pretty great to me

07/08/2009 - 9:40 PM

Postcards...St Michaels Mount

Postcards...St Michaels MountCan't beleive I've been to Cornwall so often and never yet seen this Sad
A superb shot, great composition and excellent detail.
Really love your processing giving that aged feel in #1 but thought it was a shame to have lost so much from that great sky of #2. So thought I'd have a play to see what it was like with the land and sea from #1 and sky from #2. Failed dismally though - as soon as I put the two layers together and spotted the 50/50 blend I decided not to go any further - I'd upload a mod if I could, but all I can say is please give it a go - if you like it half as much as me it will be worth the effort
Critique Buddies Self Portrait ChallengeGreat fun shot with the wide angle producing some interesting distortions similar to a mirror at a fairground - looks like you're bending forward which has helped so that your head hasn't shrunk into the distance.
If you had managed to do this at the beach with a sandcastle it would have been very different - less quirky, but lovely with the sea as the backdrop.
But the main thing for me here is the lighting; get the flash right and not only could you fill in the shadows of your face but do so whilst also reducing the exposure of the background and bringing out the details of that sky too. The difficulty is going to be to ensure that you don't overexpose the bucket and shoes, so raise or angle the flash upwards to get a more even effect.
Hope this helps
(P.S. I at least got to start my annual huge sandcastle this year, but the british summer brought a heavy storm which left it abandoned only half complete Sad)
28/07/2009 - 3:10 PM

Nature of Things -3-

Nature of Things -3-Good shot Tarek and I love the concept, composition and POV.
Hope you don't mind me saying, but I just felt that I wanted the focus a little nearer or deeper so that the very front of the black-berry was sharp too
20/07/2009 - 5:10 PM

Portsmouth Photo Walk

Portsmouth Photo WalkHi Sandra
Just proving that we're all different; I much prefer the composition of #2 with the wider view of the harbour and I love all those colours reflected in the water.
#1 leaves me wanting to peer round the boat which is blocking the view Wink
Both could benefit from a slight rotation; probably easiest to ignore the boats and the roofs and ensure that the sides of the buildings are vertical
Artist - Buddy Group 2 - self portraitI've got this challenge to go Pete and am not looking forward to it Tongue

Thought I'd comment anyway, even though I'm not one of your buddies this month Wink

This is very brave and I love the inventiveness of it and think you've done well with the angle and making it a study of the artist at work - which I'm hoping reflects something of your character?

Just a couple of little thoughts from me:
I'd prefer not to be straight onto the pad which has quite a flat 2d feel at the moment
Not so sure about the background; I'd a least like to be able to imagine that the subject of the sketch is lying there being drawn, which I can't at the moment. So I'm wondering if it's feasible to include a 3rd Pete, with just a little of the original shot showing, or at least make the background plainer so it matches the background of the sketch?

That all being said; I think this is great and will pleased if I come up with anything nearly as good