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Kilted-Arab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1192 W: 77 N: 1849] (8186) [2012-06-12 23:03] [+]

I was told I was given an honorary mention, so I thought I'd come and say hello..and delete the rest of my shots that are here :-)

There's a sombre feel here, which suits the subject matter perfectly. I might prefer to be able to more easily read the sign, but then again perhaps having it like this again adds to the mood. Nice shot :-)

Kilted-Arab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1192 W: 77 N: 1849] (8186) [2012-06-12 22:57] [+]

I'm sure you know about f-stops and relative effects on sharpness and I think you've made the right call here. The change of sharpness here adds true depth to the image rather than leaving it feeling flat.

Nice lines throughout the shot, creating interest and causing our eyes to dart about the image - that effect holds our attention which, I guess, is what you want a photograph to do.

Kilted-Arab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1192 W: 77 N: 1849] (8186) [2011-03-15 16:42] [+]

I think this is a lovely shot, Eric, it fits the title of "Hollywood Vintage" perfectly in my opinion. And thanks also for the detailed note, it adds a lot and will be useful for other Treklensers, including myself, who'd like to try and replicate what you have done with this image.

The touch of shadow adds depth to the image, her eyes are dominant and clear with nice sharpness, especially on her right eye, nice catchlight - good softness as the image fades away from her eyes. A lovely gentle feel to this shot. The composition is great and I love her expression, gazing out of the frame like that.

I also like the necklace, it helps balance the overall shot. Seriously nothing for me to fault on this one, it's all good as far as I'm concerned. I'd like to thank you for posting this and also for your reaction to my previous critique. This will probably be my last critique on Treklens, so I'm glad it's on a good shot to a good photographer. All the best to you.

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Needs Improvement

Kilted-Arab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1192 W: 77 N: 1849] (8186) [2011-03-14 21:01] [+]

Hi Eric - please have a look at this photo http://www.treklens.com/gallery/photo612154.htm

To me, the shadow in that image adds a lot of depth that this shot sadly misses. It just looks very flat. And, to me, it looks as though there has been pp work on her eyes, but that's not mentioned in your note so it's hard to give advice on that. Look at how the eyes dominate the other image and how we feel a connection with the subject.

I'm also not sure about the way you've cropped the hand here...it's a bit neither here nor there. I also feel as though the sharpness on her face isn't quite right, but I'm not sure if that's the result of softening pp work or because the point of focus was elsewhere.

And finally...the signature. It's distracting, could be cropped out and I just don't see the point of it.

Kilted-Arab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1192 W: 77 N: 1849] (8186) [2011-03-14 16:46]

No points, as requested, but a genuine smile from me for this image, Tomasz. I just like the way the curves and lines keep our eyes roaming around the shot - a bit like being on an optical rollercoaster - nicely seen!

Kilted-Arab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1192 W: 77 N: 1849] (8186) [2011-03-14 16:43] [+]

The tones feel well balanced, she has a lovely expression and great eye contact - really feels quite intimate, there's a connection between her and the viewer. The shadows add real depth to the shot, she has lovely hair and eyes - and I like the pastel flower straps - I think everything combines well here, has an "english rose" feel to it. Great catchlights.

The only thing I don't like is the signature, but I guess I could clone or crop that out easily enough :-) (personal bugbear of mine, generally I find them distracting and pretty pointless).

But the image itself, I love. I have a tendency to head towards lower apertures for portraits, but I know I shouldn;t always do that - so this serves as a reminder to me, thanks.

Kilted-Arab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1192 W: 77 N: 1849] (8186) [2011-03-13 17:32]

I do like his 'U' shaped perch, quite unusual and works well in the image. Nice work on the eye - you've brought out s glint without making it look like obvious pp work - nice shot.

Kilted-Arab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1192 W: 77 N: 1849] (8186) [2011-03-13 16:47]

This is aan example of where centrality works - the path leads our eyes nicely into the very heart of the image. The sheep on the ridge are perfectly positioned, the colours look spot on and it's simply an appealling scene - can just feel that fresh air :-) well, tainted by the smell of sheep, maybe ;-) lovely shot.

Kilted-Arab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1192 W: 77 N: 1849] (8186) [2011-03-13 7:28] [+]

Hi Jimmy - I think the frame is too heavy, especially the yellow line - a thinner one may work, I appreciate you're tying in with the colour of the daffodils

But the image itself is a bit of a classic capture of a young girl, one I can appreciate with two daughters myself. That is the element that brings me to this shot, a sense of personal connection, understanding the moment that has been captured. The only slight downside to the image for me is the daff under her chin. But that aside, I like this shot - the composition, the moment - works for me.

Kilted-Arab Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1192 W: 77 N: 1849] (8186) [2011-03-12 18:53] [+]

Hi Werner - catching an all-white bird is indeed tricky. I wouldn't worry about blown out areas - when you look at a white bird in sunlight with your eyes, you wouldn't see all the detail anyway, so why should we make a fuss about overexposure in images? i've come to the opinion that too much can be made of overexposure, it isn;t always a bad thing.

The eye is sharp, strong orange beak, nice range of tones across the bird - I don't think this is bad at all - and in fact gives us things to think about, which is a good thing.

Only thing I'd suggest is trying a horizontal flip :-)