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Title: Faith
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Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)

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prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727) [2011-03-30 4:34] [+]

Hi Silke,
The beautiful blue colour attracted me to this thumbnail!! A very nice composition and perfectly exposed. I always find photographing flames difficult because I always overexpose them!
TFS,
Roxanne
P.S. my husband's cousin lives in Waterloo!

prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727) [2011-03-30 4:21]

Hi Julie,
Perfect contrast and beautiful colours in this photo! Your saturation adjustments are just right. Excellent sharpness and detail in the palm leaf silhouette! A very serene scene.
Thanks for sharing,
Roxanne

prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727) [2011-03-04 2:44] [+]

Hi Roger,
Really enjoying viewing your portraits!! I just love how perfect the composition is in this photo and you captured just the right moment as the wave crashed. Although I would normally think the model is placed too close to the edge of the frame, it somehow works in this photo - probably because of the form/texture you added with the driftwood and also because of the sense of depth I feel watching the model gaze into the distance. Perfect balance of light and shadow as always.
Roxanne

prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727) [2011-03-04 2:41]

Hi Bryan,
Yes, I am back after a very long absence and I'm hoping to stick around for a long time now! Thank you for sharing this landscape in your part of the world with us. What I love most is the serenity in this photo as well as the balance of warm foreground with the cool blue/green hues of the background. You did well to create just the right amount of sharpness whilst keeping the overall textures soft.
A job well done as always,
Roxanne

prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727) [2011-03-04 2:34]

Hi Lori,
What an unusual cute little bird! So different to those here in Australia.

This photo is very well composed - the out of focus background keeps the focus on the beautiful bird and the snow/ice adds a special touch.

TFS,
Roxanne

prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727) [2011-03-04 2:31]

Hi Carol,
I'm back!!!!! I wanted to thank you for your kind comment on my photo recently. I did not get to experience much of Quebec during my very first trip to Canada last year and really wish to do so, it is a beautiful province - I instantly fell in love with Montréal!

You mention the freezing cold weather in your note here. I visited Canada in the middle of Summer. This year I hope to experience my very first white Christmas (and my very first Canadian winter!)

I have challenges with night shots and have often tried to create this same dramatic effect. However, I often have troubles with overexposing the lighter areas during long exposure shots. You have done this so well in this photo!! And I also like the way the grass frames the bottom of the picture.

Roxanne

prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727) [2011-03-01 23:00]

Hi Ionela,
When I first viewed this picture I was just blown away by the vibrant hues in this photo!! What makes this so bold and effective is that the red plays the leading role in this picture. Perfect contrast of the subject and the black background. Referring to Muhammad's comment, I personally think the out of focus flower in the background is a good addition to create a sense of distance and depth. Perhaps it is just a bit too tightly cropped.
TFS,
Roxanne

prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727) [2011-03-01 22:54] [+]

Hi Roger,

Isn't the 24-70 f/2.8 L lens amazing!!? It's my personal favourite.

I love your use of black and white here to bring out the light and shadows. The repetition of architecture (archways and walls) and the wheels is perfectly composed.

Lastly the B&W reveals the various textures (stone, wood) beautifully.

Well done,

Roxanne

prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727) [2011-03-01 22:49] [+]

Hi Lori,

The thing that I find frustrating is how honest and thorough you are in your note yet you've had 48 views and most didn't even bother to comment.

I can relate exactly to the moment when you wish you had your camera and can't set up for the best shot - this is the challenging (and perhaps fun) part of photography!

I think the soft focus works well for this beautiful bird. I feel that to combat the low light you could have afforded to use a higher ISO - my canon camera tends to be clear (without noise) to about ISO 800 (yours may differ). Play around with different ISO settings to learn what works best for your camera. I always aim to use the lowest (or is it largest?:) f-value to allow optimum light and have it clearest. So here you've used f/6.3 - if your lens allows it try f/3.5 or lower! If you're worried about too much being out of focus with the low f-value, I tend to just focus on the eyes/face of the subject. An out of focus body can actually have a nice effect! Lastly, if you don't have a tripod I try to brace my upper body against something (like a wall or tree), utilise the self-timer (I set mine to 2sec) to minimise camera shake and lastly - hold your breath to keep still!!!

I hope this helps :)

Roxanne

prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727) [2011-02-19 22:14]

Hi Roger,
Excellent choice of model and background here. All the dark tones work so well to contrast against the model's pale skin and eyes. The whole composition is perfectly exposed and perfectly sharp!
Well done,
Roxanne