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andtine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 65 N: 178] (1107) [2009-03-06 22:35] [+]

I'm fed up of the wet grey weather here so think I will go where you are today it looks much warmer. There's a lot to look at in this shot and I think it works well in portrait (although would like to see it in landscape as well). I think you were standing up when the shot was taken and I wonder what it would like if you had got down to ground level with the starfish taking up more of the foreground and perhaps the empty beach would be less prominent so the the distant tree line and BIG clouds don't compete with it (or i could be completely wrong)

Like the shot

Andrew

India
Title: Langour
Langour (7)
mcnk Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 11 N: 88] (747)

Good

andtine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 65 N: 178] (1107) [2009-03-06 22:25] [+]

Hope it wasn't the comments above that made him look so sad :-) I don't mind so much that the fur and background blend (although I would clone out the grey person shaped blob in the top right) I think the monkeys face is the key focus in this shot and would agree that the detail needs bringing out more to add character to the shot. Sharpening the eyes (ideally at the time the shot was taken) and a contrast boost would help.

Andrew

China
Title: A Couple
A Couple (14) *
dral (88)

Great

andtine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 65 N: 178] (1107) [2009-03-06 22:13]

Your description of this shot says it well there seems to be a certain amount of hopelessness in their expressions just sitting and gazing off at nothing. The muted colours you have used in the shot add to this feeling and the shaded lighting brings out the texture in the faces and wall behind without harsh shadows. The crop to me seems a little tight there's no room around them (although you may have wanted that boxed in feel) or perhaps just including their hands in the frame would also work.


Andrew

andtine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 65 N: 178] (1107) [2009-03-06 21:27]

Very different view point for this tower, and good PP work. I like the inclusion of the people fishing from the bridge (a common scene from this area)blurred and in black and white giving human interest and then the tower standing proud in colour.

Andrew

andtine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 65 N: 178] (1107) [2009-03-05 12:17]

Wow what a great shot

andtine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 65 N: 178] (1107) [2009-03-05 11:15]

Interesting montage of shots works well with this subject.

Andrew

Poland
Title: Stones
Stones (14)
Mirao (63)

Great

andtine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 65 N: 178] (1107) [2009-03-05 11:11]

The addition of the out of focus person in the background really adds to this shot, the stones wouldn't be as interesting without it. I would straighten the sloping sea though.

Andrew

Turkey
Title: istanbul
istanbul (38)
cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)

Great

andtine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 65 N: 178] (1107) [2009-03-05 11:09]

Great shot of the mosques the sunset really works well (considering how much rain we've had in Istanbul just recently you were lucky to get this shot). The bird would work better a little higher as mentioned, but you've done really well to capture it in the shot as you have done and unfortunately nature mostly won't perform as us photographers would want it to.

Andrew

andtine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 65 N: 178] (1107) [2009-03-05 10:56]

Like the upside down reflection captured in the water droplet and good use of shutter speed to capture the droplets in sharp focus. I'd suggest straightening the glass in whichever program you use and you could probably crop off the bottom a little. The other thing I've tried in the past when taking shots like this is put a coloured card behind the glass to give a more uniform background. I posted a couple of shots a year or two ago on this site using this technique.

Hope this is useful.

Andrew

Turkey
Title: ...
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afoni Silver Star Critiquer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 0] (1719)

Great

andtine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 65 N: 178] (1107) [2009-03-05 10:48]

Nice subdued lighting her face is well lit. An unusual angle for a portrait shot - works well, but her right hand look a little awkward

Andrew