shutterbug98

shutterbug98

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On Human portrait at Sunset IV challenge (3 comments in total)

There are several that have nothing to do with sunsets, and should be removed from the challenge.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 02:51 UTC as 1st comment
On _DSC4734 in the Discussion challenge: Off Centered Subject challenge (9 comments in total)

Great colors. A perfect fit for this challenge. If you had a wider version, I'd like to see how it look rotated, so that there would be more of a right to left, downward slant from homeplate to the catcher.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 02:46 UTC as 7th comment
On GREEN... in the Discussion challenge: Off Centered Subject challenge (11 comments in total)

Usually, negative space is not the busiest or most colorful part of a photo. So, your image looks unusual to me. I need to spend more time, figuring out if it does or does not work for me.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 02:44 UTC as 8th comment
On Flay away from the center in the Discussion challenge: Off Centered Subject challenge (8 comments in total)

This is very simple, but nice. I like that one wing is entirely in shadow. I wish the sky had a tiny bit of details. But we take the sky as we find it. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 02:42 UTC as 6th comment
On Virgin way in the Discussion challenge: Off Centered Subject challenge (9 comments in total)

I very much like how the shadowed area gradually drops off. Very effective. I would like to see the front of the statue, but that would be an impressive job of photoshoppping! :-)

the flowers in the left at the bottom are a nice contract to the dark negative space, but are maybe a little too bright?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 02:41 UTC as 4th comment
On bored girl--Mirik, India in the Discussion challenge: Off Centered Subject challenge (19 comments in total)

First of, thanks for still printing in a darkroom. A dying art. How did you get the exposure so good? I tried learning lith printing for 3 months, and after spending about 400 euros, I gave up. Can you give us your workflow? What paper did you use? What developer? What ratio of developer:water?

The image itself is very effective. Good use of negative space. The lith printing makes the image look grainy and 100 years old, which I love, since you have nothing in the image that could not actually be that old. You got just enough exposure to capture details in the highlighted negative space, which is important-I don't like negative space when it's just one solid color with no details.

I see highlight details and shadow details, which again I never managed to get in my own lith attempts.

This could be in a gallery. I don't have any constructive suggestion. Maybe darken the up right corner? Would that bring the eye back down to the image?

I like the image cropped as you did

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 02:39 UTC as 16th comment

A very simple but effecting composition. I like it very much

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 02:30 UTC as 7th comment
On Cold hot pepper in the One Chilli Pepper challenge (1 comment in total)

I think this is a clever composition. But you really should add: Not Safe For Work . . . it is really, um, suggestive. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2013 at 22:57 UTC as 1st comment
On Turkey: Its People challenge (8 comments in total)

SM, I can still see that person's entry. He or she posted a comment in the "Challenges" forum, and I gave a longer response there.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2013 at 20:26 UTC as 2nd comment
On 2_0391 in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (19 comments in total)

Nice job of exposing. Ice and snow are particularly tricky. I think you made the correct decision not to crop. I like the iceberg's reflection in the water, even though I do think the human element is too subtle in the image.

I don't understand an earlier comment about straightening the horizon...was that a joke that I just didn't get?

There really isn't much that I did not like about the photo. Maybe burn in the berg on the right side, or, crop more of it out?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 03:49 UTC as 3rd comment
On The Phillipines: Its People challenge (8 comments in total)

There seems to be a uniformly high level of quality in this challenge. Not a single bad one from my perspective. And a lot of very very good ones.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 03:41 UTC as 4th comment

I like the people working. They are like a design element. I think this would work better if you showed more of the landscape, and that would also emphasize just how small the humans are.

the earth at the top, and the trees at the bottom, help frame the image well, and both bring my eyes back to the main part of the photo. But I'd like to see more of the terraces.

I agree with Jmgir's comment. This does look a little flat to me. Maybe taken later in the day, with more directional lighting? Maybe taken from a different spot, so the three dimensional effect could be more present?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 03:14 UTC as 2nd comment
On Bomba in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (11 comments in total)

This is very simple, but a bit too simple for my taste. If the subject was larger in the scene it would work for me. If they ocean were more interesting, then the scene would work for me. But as is, it's a bit boring. maybe crop off a good portion of the lower water, especially since nothing is happening there?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 03:05 UTC as 3rd comment
On Plitvice Lakes in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (13 comments in total)

There are alot of interesting things happening here. The heavy vignetting, esp on the left side, is very distracting. I would llike to see this same general photo, but from a slighly different perspective. Maybe higher up? (was there a tall tree you could have climbed?) [joke]

The image seems (on my monitor) to be halfway between foggy and clear. Either of those would have been great. But being halfway looks odd to me, since it's not clear if it's a weather issue, a focus issue, an exposure issue, etc.

I really like the waterfall in the foreground. Usually, waterfalls are in the rear, so this is a fresh take, and I liked your decision to put it there.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 03:03 UTC as 4th comment

I like your use of all the open space. A very simple composition, but with a nice sense of movement as well. I wish there had been some burning on the right side.

And I would have liked to have seen a second version, with a longer trail behind the boat (and maybe a bit of a crop on the right). i see that the host made this suggestion...to put a second version in your gallery and to leave a comment here, where you give us a link to that different version. I might end up liking this version more, but I'd like to see both.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 02:56 UTC as 3rd comment

Great idea to listen to the feedback. This is so much better than your black and white version. The sky looks a little fake to me (although I am sure it is not, and that this is not a composite image), but since that's is probably in my own mind, i don't think there is anything you could change. Nor should you.

The human element is interesting, although I do wish she were closer to the camera, so she took up a bit more of the image. I think cropping off the bottom 20 or 25% of the image would have brought the subject closer to us, and would have turned the photo into a panorama, which would have added visual impact.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 02:53 UTC as 4th comment
On skywards Ho in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (15 comments in total)

This is obviously a very polarizing image. I love to see photographers take risks. While landscapes usually celebrate the beauty of a scene, there is nothing wrong with taking a different approach, and showing how man's progress can be visually ugly.

It's hard to give the usual sort of feedback. The viewer will either like the massive out of focus or not. Its use definitely adds something to the scene (whether it adds something good or bad will be up to each of us). I don't particularly like your decision to overexpose the sky. Im not sure what that adds to the photo's message, so I would have changed that, and had more detail in the sky.

I think your gonna get a lot of 4+ votes and a lot of 1.5 and lower votes. Don't think you will see a lot of middle ground with your image Good for you, for taking a chance! now, I just have to figure out if I love or hate your image. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 02:48 UTC as 6th comment
On A bend in the road in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (16 comments in total)

You can't go wrong with winding roads. On my monitor, the paint in the road looks artificial. If this was due to post-processing, then i would lessen that effect. You did not oversaturate your photo, which was a very smart decision. natural looking is very effective here.

If only a small animal had cooperated with you, and if this had a rabbit hopping across the road, it would be perfect. :-)

Very nice job

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 02:43 UTC as 6th comment
On Obedience in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (12 comments in total)

This is a simple composition, but it made me smile. I think people will either like or dislike the photo. I would not change very much. Maybe add a bit more contrast.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 02:39 UTC as 4th comment

Good. Great composition. I love images that make me think. Something interesting is happening off to the left, and both photographers are looking at this. But there is great rocks just to the right of them, which they are ignoring. This is fascinating. Perfect exposure. The dark rocks in shadows have good details (I think there must be something wrong with another poster's monitor, cuz I see all the details on my computer). I like the burnt out strip of sky in the upperright, there are no clouds there, and the bright line brings my eye into the rest of the image. Lots of highlight details in the bright rocks. Did you use a spot metre or were you lucky in your exposure.?
Bad. Not very much. I really like this photo. But maybe you could have cropped a narrow strip at the bottom, since not much is happening there. I don't thing you should change very much else. The photo makes me want to visit there, at sunrise.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 02:38 UTC as 4th comment
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