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Photo Critique
New Zealand
Title: a dawn startNikon D200 Digital SLR
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MovingStill Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 12] (200)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-05-30 4:25]
Spectacular photo Carl! The smoke, steam, colors, composition - everything combined to make a great railroad image.

I love how the locomotive is barely peeking out of the smoke and steam around it. Well seen and captured.

You might want to consider submitting it to RailPictures.net. I'm sure it would be accepted.

Nice job!

United Kingdom
Title: Salcombe HarbourNikon D200 DSLR
Salcombe Harbour (8)
akeeler Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 35 W: 45 N: 126] (1318)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-04-27 17:56]
I really like your treatment of this scene, Andy. Like you, I prefer the b/w version over the color scene.

The POV is very effective, with the boats in the foreground, looking back toward the city. Your b/w treatment offers some interesting paradoxes, at least to my eye. It almost has a cinematic feel to it, like we're looking at a scene from an old movie, but the boats with their outboard engines look thoroughly modern.

I like it!

- Bob

Canada
Title: Celestial Calligraphy 1
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T_Janzen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 76 W: 16 N: 46] (828)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-02-28 5:38]
Nice artistic capture of this conjunction Ted. I had noticed it as well coming home from dinner, but didn't think to photograph it. I just stood there in my driveway staring up at it.

Curious, did you nail it on the first try or make several attempts?

Well done!

Belarus
Title: Newly WedsCanon 30 D
Newly Weds (2)
biazberdy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 243 W: 4 N: 93] (3161)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-02-28 5:22]
Wow! Absolutely perfect timing, Siarhei! I love the expression on their faces too as the cork pops. In addition, you handled the exposure pretty well, too. It's always tough metering for a white dress and a black suit, but you maintained detail in most of her dress and all of his suit. Nice depth of field as well to focus our attention on the bride & groom. Bravo!

United States
Title: The Capitol - Inauguration DayNikon D300
The Capitol - Inauguration Day (4)
keldermt Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 35 W: 9 N: 19] (156)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-01-23 19:00] [+]
Hi Kelly,

Well, I would dare say that unless you have press credentials, you wouldn't get too many of the "money shots." LOL! That being said, I think you captured a winner here. The extra wide angle really conveys the sense of just how many people were in attendance, and placing the capitol at the center minimized its distortion.

Even the blown sky in the upper right adds to the photo, especially in the overall context. Without getting too political, your photo conveys a sense of optimism, hope and excitement.

Nicely done!

- Bob

United States
Title: Beyfal dress from SenegalFujifilm Finepix S1000
Beyfal dress from Senegal (2)
Riccardo5000 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 394 W: 36 N: 352] (1527)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-01-19 17:51] [+]
Very colorful, and you're right about her dress and head covering standing out nicely against the wall. I also like the extreme vertical crop here, accenting the lines in her dress.

I'm not familiar with the Finepix S1000, but I think you might have gotten sharper results with a lower ISO value. You had it set to ISO 800 which, in bright sunlight, was way higher than it should have been. I would have gone with 100 to cut down on the noise level, which is especially evident in the woman's face. You mentioned that you did considerable sharpening, and - if oversharpened - could contribute to some JPEG artifacts. Especially for monitor viewing at the sizes allowed here on TL, a little sharpening goes a long way.

Make sure to re-size first, then sharpen using the unsharp mask filter. I usually go with values of 50/0.7/1.

On the other hand, the noise levels and less-than-pin-sharpness give the image the look of an older print.

In any case, well seen!

- Bob

United States
Title: Amtrak Surfliner at Del Mar, CA
Amtrak Surfliner at Del Mar, CA (6)
moknowsphotos Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 10] (118)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-01-18 18:09]
Hi Carl,

Very unique and interesting POV here, and your timing is perfect of course. I like how the line of the train parallels the line of the shoreline, and how the eye is led from the train to the highway receding into the distance. A little too bright - at least on my monitor - but otherwise an excellent photo.

Check out RailPictures.net if you haven't already for some outstanding railroad photos.

United States
Title: Male MateOLYMPUS E410
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deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-01-16 19:56]
Superb capture, Mr. Ainsworth! Of course, the most striking thing about your photo is the contrast between the bright red of the cardinal and the almost monochromatic background. Indeed, the feeder kind of blends into the background when contrasted with the red of the bird.

Aside from that, your composition is spot on. The verticals of the feeder and icicles are broken up nicely by the diagonal of the subject. Your DOF is perfect as well.

Bravo!

- Bob

P.S. I used to travel through Wapakoneta quite frequently when I lived in Ohio. Birthplace of John Glenn if I recall correctly. Indian Lake isn't too far away and provides some good photo opportunities.

France
Title: Waiting for his grandchild
Waiting for his grandchild (4)
missninja Gold Star Critiquer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 8] (351)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-01-16 19:47]
This has an interesting, dynamic, and almost cinema-like feel to it. Not sure if you intended it to be a little soft in focus, but I think it works, along with the over-exposed and blurred lights. And it wouldn't have been nearly as effective without the gentleman standing where he was watching the carousel. Nicely done!

United States
Title: Over the MoonCanon digital EOS Rebel XTI
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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-01-09 19:45]
Welcome to TL! Superb debut photo. Your square crop really works here and I really like the overall composition. You've left just enough room for the planes to fly into, and I like how the straight lines contrast with the circular shape of the moon. IMHO there could be a little more room between the moon and the bottom of the frame, but just a minor point.

Color is nice too, with the white and red against the blue sky. Well done!

Poland
Title: Lancut palace
Lancut palace (22)
Matylda76 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 320 W: 72 N: 512] (6635)


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fotofrancis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 127 N: 226] (1336) [2009-01-04 14:20]
Nice, thanks for the history also... good composition and colours. :)

I believe there was one stage it the history of Eastern Europe when Poland had a great empire... am sure you can tell me more about this right? :)

Great to see you have also been in Riga, Latvia. :)

Best wishes and keep these good pics coming. :)
Francis

Poland
Title: view from my window
view from my window (22)
Matylda76 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 320 W: 72 N: 512] (6635)


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fotofrancis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 127 N: 226] (1336) [2009-01-04 14:18]
Nice. Even you down there have good true snowy winter too. :)

Nice shot. :)

Iran
Title: Palangan
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fotofrancis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 127 N: 226] (1336) [2009-01-04 13:40]
This is so beautiful... what an interesting different looking way of life... just love the way the main colour is around windows...

Just a most interesting and fantastic vista. Hope to see this kind of thing myself someday... :)

Best wishes for 2009. Please keep showing us such interesting shots. :)

Francis

Iran
Title: Final Destination
Final Destination (5)
amir Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 10] (534)


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fotofrancis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 127 N: 226] (1336) [2009-01-04 13:34] [+]
This looks really amazing. Love the composition and also leaves me with a lot of questions. Are those your foot prints to the left there... and is that frostiness where it is white?

I guess it happens in the desert also in winter?

Best wishes for 2009, a great creative year! :)

Francis

Hungary
Title: Morning coffee & my love
Morning coffee & my love (8)
blueeyes (66)


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fotofrancis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 127 N: 226] (1336) [2009-01-04 13:19]
Very nice... interesting jigsaw pattern. Lovely Post process work. :) reminds me of work, cause the new digiprinting firm I am working for has a special machine that makes very good quality jigsaw puzzles. ;)

What a great cup. :)

Very nice composition and the tone is great.

Best wishes and much love for 2009! :)

Francis

Greece
Title: sand and shadowOlympus SP-510 UZ
sand and shadow (4)
savvikos Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 4 N: 3] (868)


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fotofrancis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 127 N: 226] (1336) [2009-01-04 13:02]
Looks beautiful. I love this lonely stack here... sure gives that lonely feeling. And the composition is great!

Yes by the sea is a wonderful place to spend your New Years Eve. :)

Best regards for an even more productive 2009! :)

Francis

United Kingdom
Title: 1924 Bugatti Type 35 ModelCanon EOS 20D
1924 Bugatti Type 35 Model (18)
tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2009-01-03 21:12]
Very nice capture of this highly detailed model, John. With some weathering it could like the real thing, but I'm assuming you keep your models in top condition.

Great choice of focus points, and keeping the background distraction to a minimum. Nice lighting too, especially from a single desklamp.

Did you catch this article making the rounds today about a recently discovered rare Bugatti?

Indonesia
Title: When the night comes ...
When the night comes ... (30) *
cepekdonk Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 176 W: 0 N: 41] (1439)


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fotofrancis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 127 N: 226] (1336) [2009-01-01 6:00] [+]
Just love the lonely and interesting feeling of this shot. Yes those tsunami's there must have been very scary. Also it seems that the earthquake that made these horible killing waves that at the time moved the whole earth by up to 1cm in it's orbit, and by scientific statistics have moved us into a different orbit by 5 degrees. This could be a big attribution to the way the seasons are some 1.5-2 months later now...

Anyway back to your image... love it... the colours in the top right there by the moon is magic. And all is natural huh? No photoshop work here with the moon?

Very cool shot. :)

Happy New Year!
2009!
Francis

United Kingdom
Title: Points of ViewPentax K100D
Points of View (10)
Unicorn1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 168] (1125)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2008-12-18 15:11]
Being a rail fan in general, I love this shot. We rail fans all have shots like this, staring down the route of the tracks, but yours is especially good because of the shallow depth of field and all the lines coming in and out of the frame, converging in the middle. Almost looks organic.

Railpictures.net has some pretty strict standards, but you might try submitting this to them.

Well done!

- Bob

France
Title: icy (V)
icy (V) (4)
CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1187)


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seneca77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 80 N: 368] (2109) [2008-12-16 16:11]
Very interesting photo, Christine! I like all the lines, and how the ice has formed on the gently curved stalks of grass. Nice job with the shallow depth of field, keeping the background neutral and non-distracting. Well done!

- Bob