jbf

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Joined on Nov 3, 2002

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  • I like this photo a lot except for the background.  The bright green background overpowers the photo and does not fit the mood of the subjects.  It's flat and reveals all of the shadows.  Even ...
  • Replied in For sea lovers
    These are all beautiful photos.  The first one is my favorite.  Someone who has never been near the sea could look at it and know what the experience is like. Thanks for sharing, jbf
  • They probably don't "need" the professional monitor. They probably "want" it, but it's unlikely that's what they're trying to communicate either. Most likely they meant, "I am attempting to ...
  • Replied in Help!
    This style (raising the black point to decrease the contrast) is always controversial.  Some people like it, others don't.  I am in the camp that likes it.  However, I think it works better in ...
  • Replied in second macro
    I agree with this comment and I said roughly the same thing in my initial post. I looked at @artworkbylie and was very impressed. However, I think it's worth mentioning that the @artworkbylie ...
  • Welcome, Thanks for posting such interesting photos.  I'm going to get the bad stuff out of the way first.  I strongly dislike the background and the captions.  The good news is that both are easy ...
  • Commented on photo Jardin des Plantes in the Break the rules challenge

    Great use of negative space.

  • Welcome, These are fantastic for someone who is self taught and has only been at it for a year.  I just have a minute, so I'll jot down some quick thoughts on the individual photos: The first one ...
  • The "help" you need is to be told to keep shooting. There isn't much to criticize. Here are some of the many reasons why your photo works: 1. You nailed the key moment when the smoke was just right ...
  • Replied in End of the day
    I like the B&W version which is a wild tangle of lines and textures around a center black point. It's more difficult to see in the color version because my eye is pulled to the bright leaves at ...
  • Post one or two photos to the Samples and Galleries forum on this site.  Ask for a critique.  Provide a short explanation of why you took the photos.  Thank people for their responses.  Not every ...
  • Replied in Foggy Morning
    I have a different opinion than Paul when it comes to retouching. I don't care about matching reality except for documentary photographs. I'm not saying that I'm right and he's wrong, it's just a ...
  • Replied in Foggy Morning
    The foreground vegetation is great. It creates balance and rhythm.  Backing off the processing a little would make everything blend together better and look more natural. Beautiful shot, jbf
  • I keep coming back to these photos.  Thanks for sharing. jbf
  • The whole set does a very good job of showing how you feel about fall colors. I enjoy the fall as well. It always seems to go by too fast. I have a couple comments about individual photos below. Th ...
  • I was going to offer some advice on these photos, but NikonNature did a great job of covering the essentials. I'll add one thing I randomly happend to notice about the first photo. The reflections ...
  • Replied in Landscape
    The processing attempts so far have been great, but for this photo I prefer more natural processing.  Cranking up the drama doesn't fit the peaceful scene.  In terms of composition, having the ...
  • I agree with Mark that the monochromatic color scheme is great.  With regards to raising the black point to decrease the contrast, people seem to either love it or hate it.  I usually like it.  It ...
  • Another issue with this photo is the way the composition ties the foreground to the background.  This photo could be titled "Give me a hand".  The hands reaching for each other draw my eye very ...
  • Replied in My first BIF..
    I'm usually not interested in BIF photos, but this one has got some magic going on with the light, perspective, and clean subject.  Nice job.
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