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04/01/2011 - 8:23 PM

Bridal Reflections

Bridal ReflectionsI think i would have done the same with the reflection to but may be just a little more light towards the bottow may help to improve the shot. it will look go in an album though
07/10/2010 - 12:28 PM


NikiHi Rich

I agree with the others on this about the top part of the image.
but i find the feet also distracting, i see you shot at F4 @ 1/20th.

therefore had you change the exposure you could have got rid of all the distractions as mentioned in the taking stage by taking out the distracting ambient light across the legs.

I would have gone with something like 1/250th at f 2.8 and adjust the EV setting on the flash up or down as required, this would have removed all the distractions by making the background darker taking out the ambient light, the face would stay the same with the same amount of light.

It also looks like the beauty dish is to high as to much light is on her back.

I dont know if the big dog gave you this exposure or set up the image but it a shame as the image is great otherwise as the colours work very well on the foreground.

13/08/2010 - 9:34 AM

Raphaella Morning Wind

Raphaella Morning WindI absolutley love this John along with the other in this series which is by far better!!!!

But had i been in this location, i would have made sure in this shot that no daylight what so ever was in this image, i would have moved Raph to the left to keep the doorway out of the image and use the walls to really compliment her body and dress ( which works very well btw).

Im sure you remember the conversation with me not long ago look at "what you have in front of you and use it"

10/08/2010 - 12:23 PM

Yesterdays Child

Yesterdays ChildHi Andrew

My kind of image as you know, but you need to darken that window down in the background to make a really sucessful image IMHO.

06/08/2010 - 3:50 PM


...Hi George

i think this would be MUCH stronger without the tank in the background, sometimes it not what you put into an images it is what you leave out, and think that is the case here.
Great work though
28/06/2010 - 4:17 PM

Clear Air ...

Clear Air ...Hi Paul
i dont think you have anything to worry about, looks like you may have found another subject you are good at. V2 for me though as he is larger in the frame.

Im not sure what setting you went for but i always prefer wide open to blur the background as it make the riders pop from the screen or print, this could do with just a bit more of an out of focus background but not a lot.
10/01/2010 - 10:42 PM

t i t a n e s s

t i t a n e s sHi Johnny

I think i may well have said that your shadows could be improved, but you were playing with soft light (from a ring light) where as Di is using HARD light the two things are very different, you should have shadows with HARD light but not with soft light.

Sorry to highjack Di

06/01/2010 - 8:37 PM

Five Below

Five BelowLove the image but for me it would be one of the best uploads i have seen recently of the snow. BUT the darkening of the sky and leaving the light ring around the tree spoils this image no end unfortunatly. Hope you dont mind me saying but you have the makings of an excellent and multipul award winning image spoilt by post processing.
15/05/2009 - 12:00 PM

Dance Concept

Dance ConceptHi Richard

I like the idea and to a certain degree it has worked for me, so here come the but.

I think you need a bit more seperation between the two aspects of the image, although it sort of makes it look like a hard light shadow but it's to sharp for that. What lighting and accesories are being used for the shot?

Also i would remove the pink cast by using levels and the white point tool on the background.

Its a great idea Rich just needs a little bit of fine tuning.
what i do like is the small and large images work well but i would like to see the full leg of the shadow type dancer therefore you could make the foreground dancer a little smaller giving the impresion of seperation.
As it is it looks like the shadow dancer is standing on her back.

12/05/2009 - 11:54 AM

Arching Bell

Arching BellHi Rich

For me the highlight directly behind the centre of interest kills the image for me as it is brighter than the foreground subject making it distracting, i would also like to improve the lighting with a small reflector on the central and main eliment as there is minimal light on them. The lighting is actauly better on the second row of bluebells to the left of the main subject and may have made a better choice maybe. ?

Something that i always like to see is a nice clean edge to the frame where by you dont have anything being cut off on the edge of the frame, take a look around the edge of the frame before pressing the button and ask yourself is there anything i can remove that is distracting the image and composition.

Hope this will help Rich imho

Best Regards