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captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2012-02-18 2:39]

Pretty girl, good smile and confident eye contact ... but for me personally the burned out patch at the top of her head detracts. Looking at the colour version there is detail there, so this must have happened in the bw conversion, and would be dead easy to fix in photoshop using paint brush and layers. I think I would have moved the left side fill light round a bit more, and turned it down a little, to avoid the 3rd catchlight and also to tidy up some of the shadows around her nose. Try looking up "Butterfly Lighting" on Google. Just an idea...

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2011-11-18 9:42]

Beautiful landscape and warm autumn colours with the snow covered mountains behind. The golds and blues go really well. I wonder if you could maybe have moved over just a little to the left to get the whole mountain reflection just a little clear from the river bank vegetation to bring it out more? Otherwise pure picture perfect postcard.

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2011-11-16 6:47]

Very striking image, good vivid colours and love the sheen on the material, make up is eye catching and helps to direct attention to her eyes. Personal view is that maybe a little softer light on the face and moving the light up and round just a fraction to give just a tiny bit more shadow on her nose which would give her face some more depth. I think I would also have removed the strap behind her thumb. Otherwise a very pleasing image.

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2011-11-15 2:25]

Nice quiet street scene, the old buildings are fascinating with the run down paint work and the lovely warm wood. People are in exactly the right place, and I like the way the dog is looking back at the people rather then in front of it. What always strikes me about these photos is how clean the streets are!

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2011-11-14 5:00]

Another nice lead in shot, the canal really gives it depth, whilst the reflections add a source of interest, as do the patterns of the steps. Nice warm colours in the stone. I think you have just about got away with the sky pp work (maybe missed a bit on the right side? it just looks brighter in one patch?) Looks like somewhere I would like to go to ...

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captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2011-11-14 3:39]

Nice candid pose (complete with hair in her mouth!) and a pretty girl with a good smile. Personally I feel that the lighting has caused you a few problems here, with maybe a little too much contrast between the lights and the darks. The overall image comes across as a little grey, and the histogram shows that there is no black point, which makes me wonder if you lightened this to try to balance out the contrast? What ever happened, for me personally, the image just looks a shade too grey, which could be easily fixed in Photoshop Levels or Curves by bringing the darks back.

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2011-11-14 3:30]

Nice sympathetic background that allows the butterfly to stand out well, good composition with the grass stalks curving down the picture ... but, my personal point of view, I wish the butterfly was a little sharper and more focussed. Too me it's a little too soft and a lot of the very fine detail is not as crisp as it could be. It's a shame as this would be an amazing image had the details been crisp. Was it a crop from a larger image?

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2011-11-14 3:18]

Nicely balanced image, those two tall trees balance the more central spire well, and the warm autumn tones in the land are pleasing to the eye. The one thing that detracts for me personally is the gradient in the sky. On my monitor some banding is present, especially nearer the top and the sky gradient is a little too black as opposed to dark blue. The banding could probably fixed using some blurring across the sky, but the gradient would have to be re-done. Just my personal thoughts ...

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2011-11-13 10:14] [+]

Nice central composition with strong reflections and nice foreground interest from the rocks at the bottom right. For me just a little "grey" all over. It's a shame the lighting was so dull, and I personally reckon that a little work with the "Levels" in Photoshop would help bring this out a bit.

... a note from you about the shot would be nice as well!

captive-light Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 22 N: 266] (1582) [2011-11-13 10:06]

I love the colours and the not quite symmetry of the image. Strong lean in line makes for a strong image, cold blues and warm yellows go well together and the people add a sense of life. I really like this. :)