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Title: Reborn
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BLR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 90 W: 1 N: 143] (601)

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ErikSven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098) [2013-01-10 8:11] [+]

Hello Biance,
Much of the HPP-work posted on TrekLens (and elsewhere on the www) looks quite exaggerated to me. I often have the impression that the poster has been "playing around" with PhotoShop or other software, rather than using these tools with a specific aim in mind.
Your photo is one of the fortunate exceptions. You have put much thought into this image, which results in a well-balanced combination of the different elements you merged. Colors as well are both striking and not overdone (another big temptation of HPP).
My only remark concerns the photo title. I sense quite a contradiction between the idea of "rebirth" and the rather fearful expression of the model. To me, this photo expresses impending doom (symbolizing our Earth's nature being wasted, but with, maybe, a small sparkle of hope for a rebirth?).
Still a powerful image...
TFS & kind regards,
Erik

ErikSven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098) [2013-01-04 7:40]

Hello Ken,
I think you have many interesting elements for a strong photo here (the model, the backdrop with the statue on the small island, the sky), but I personally am less convinced by the result.
Like Martin, I've some doubts about the facial expression of the model and the direction in which she is looking: it can be interesting to have her looking outside the frame, but here I do not sense the meaning of it.
Another issue is the light: to me, the flash light creates an unnatural skin color, that contradicts with the more natural landscape colors. As if the model had been photographed indoors and "pasted" into the outdoor landscape.
Maybe a presentation in which the model only appears like a dark silhouette against the backdrop would have worked better. Of course, this would change the mood of your photo.
I hope you won't mind my criticism. Anyway, these are just my personal considerations and there is no harm intended. So, feel free to (dis)agree ;o)
TFS & kind regards,
Erik

ErikSven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098) [2013-01-04 7:27]

Truly impressive, Francis-Xavier. Thanks to the chosen point of view and - I presume - the use of the zoom, the boat really looks vulnerable against the backdrop of water. As viewers, we almost miss any sense of scale, which gives your photo a dramatic touch still enhanced by the black & white conversion and the deep contrasts. A compelling representation of the power of nature...
TFS & kind regards,
Erik

Belgium
Title: Shadows
Shadows (10)
Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)

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ErikSven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098) [2013-01-03 6:21]

Rebonjour Jean,

Par ta composition, tu as réalisé ta création photographique personnelle à partir d'une création architecturale existante. C'est bien vu et bien rendu: on ne sait plus dans quelle dimension on est, si ce qu'on voit est réel ou pas. Cela me rappelle ta photo montrant des détails d'un bateau (sphères). Même approche, autre ambiance.

Merci du partage & amicalement,
Erik

ErikSven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098) [2013-01-03 5:49]

Hello Lavan,

There is much grace in these dancing grasses. You did a good job freezing the movement but unfortunately, the dark area in the background somehow diminishes the impact of it. Though there is no real visual confusion with the flower, it still is too prominent for my taste. Maybe a slightly different (lower?) point of view could have resolved this issue. But I guess you did what you could in the given circumstances...

Of course, this only is my personal opinion (so, feel free to (dis)agree ;o)) and this remains an interesting photo to me.

TFS & kind regards,
Erik

ErikSven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098) [2013-01-03 5:37]

Bonjour Daisy,

Très belle évocation de la frénésie urbaine. Quand l'ambiance recherchée et la technique photographique choisie convergent...

Du point de vue de la composition (par ailleurs très réussie, car soulignant cette frénésie urbaine), il est intéressant de constater que le seul élément plus ou moins net est la lointaine enseigne lumineuse "hôtel", ce qui n'empêche pas cette autre enseigne lumineuse de rester l'élément "phare" (si je puis dire) de ta photo.

Une image comme il devrait y en avoir plus sur un site comme TrekLens, dédié (entre autres et jusqu'à preuve du contraire) à l'expérimentation.

Merci du partage & amicalement,
Erik

ErikSven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098) [2013-01-03 5:28]

Hello Paras,

Though the reflection in the water immediately catches the viewers' eyes, I think the real "force of winter" lies in the upper part of your photo. In the purity and the emptiness that reign over there, thanks to the almost white (but not washed-out) sky that makes the trees really pop out in all their nakedness.

In that sky, I just would have cloned out the small twig near to the right border. A detail though...

TFS & kind regards,
Erik

ErikSven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098) [2013-01-03 5:16] [+]

A striking documentary shot, Anandselvi. Classic but well carried out, with crisp colors and a good focus on the child and the immediate surroundings. The fact that there is no real eye-contact with the photographer (or the viewer) enhances the authenticity of this daily life scene.
TFS & kind regards,
Erik

ErikSven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 946 W: 156 N: 558] (3098) [2013-01-03 5:12] [2]

Hello Francis-Xavier,

The impressive beauty of this landscape made me click on the thumbnail. However, the larger version leaves me quite hesitant.

On my screen, the colors look rather unnatural (especially in the upper part of the photo, where the rocks meet the (washed-out) sky); in my opinion, this contradicts with the natural aura of the landscape itself. Did you apply an HDR-treatment on this photo?

I'm not sure either about the placement of the chalet, touching the bottom border of the picture. I feel it needed more space under it, in order to have it "embedded" in nature. But I do not know the place, so maybe you had to hide something disturbing, such as an ugly parking lot.

My suggestions to solve the color issue: turning this photo into black & white and/or cropping the upper part in order to entirely leave out the sky (I feel such a crop would still give more depth to your image).

Of course, this is just my personal opinion. As always: feel free to (dis)agree ;o).

TFS & kind regards,
Erik