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captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2015-08-31 16:03]

You captured the bright yellow colours well against the darker river and green foliage ... but ... I do wish you had leaned forward a little to clear the steel bar that runs through your shot.

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2015-08-31 15:58]

Nice confident looking young lady, easy eye contact with the camera although the way her foot turns in looks a little uncomfortable. Lighting is pure vanilla, a bit bland but no frills and does the job, which is actually quite suitable for this kind of shot. The thing that stands out to me the most is that vignette. To me personally it is too heavy and appears to cover the top of her head. Often it pays to make a copy layer underneath the one you are going to add a vignette to and switch off visibility of the layer so it is not effected by the vignette. Once you have set the vignette on the top layer you can switch the bottom layer back on and erase away the top layer where you don't want the vignette to show - like the top of her head in this case.

Would love to know why you used the polariser?

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2015-08-31 15:33]

He looks sleepy! Not at all like a testosterone fueled stress machine. Nice picture of an elephant in the environment though, the green leaves to the right add to the image even though they cover up the body of the animal it adds depth.

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2015-08-28 6:11]

Nice delicate colours and a strong diagonal make this a pleasing photo. As has already been said it might be perhaps a little cut-off on the left side, I personally would like to see more of the flowers there to make it look more complete.

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2015-08-27 1:16]

I was looking at this thinking "the people look very posed" - then I read your note and discovered why! Exposure and colours are good, and the catchlight in the cows eye help to bring it to life a bit.

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2015-08-27 1:11]

Nice side light and the smiles give a sense of fun to this. The picture tells the story nicely, but for me personally I don't like the post processing with the blurred corners and no contrast that make it look washed out. Just popped it up in Photoshop and added about 45 to the shadows in "Levels" which to me looks far richer.

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2015-08-27 1:03]

Nice "daily life" picture of your daughters, I like the way they are framed by the wood and I also like the way you offset the picture at a bit of a slant which breaks up the verticals. Nice happy smiles as well - must have been a fun day!

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2015-08-27 1:00] [+]

I think this one deserves more comments - It's fun, quirky and interesting with some bright colours that make it stand out. The other heads add a sense of fun whilst the dark background doesn't intrude.

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2015-08-24 14:57]

Have to agree - a strong image presented in a way to achieve the maximum impact. Although the subject matter is a little dark in nature the photography has been handled okay although if I had to nit pick I'd say something about the softness in the hand. Well executed but disturbing.

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2015-08-24 1:50]

In this kind of photography you are there to "tell the story" as opposed to making "art". Even with the plant in the way and the car behind this picture tells the story the way it happened. The dust under her back and around the horses front legs add life and movement, the curved posture of the horse indicates it slamming on the brakes. It may not be perfect but you caught the moment.