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shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-14 11:14]

Hi Thong. Isn't she a beauty? I do like the closer-than-usual pov, it's a view most would not see. The texture and colour are perfect. I would suggest paying more attention to the background in future . . . the fence (?) in the right background is very distracting and out of tone with the subject, as perhaps is the black branch (?) in the top right hand corner.
But a beautiful study all the same of one of our more picturesque animals :)
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-07 12:26] - [workshop] [compare] [+]

Rene, this is a good image, but the fox does seem rather lost in the frame. I've done a quick workshop for a more dramatic effect (I think). Hope you don't mind :)
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-07 12:14]

Hi Steve. Ah, sweet recollections of our encounters with the famous Kea. And this is a great image of them...slightly off-beat pose of the one on the right is so fitting of these eccentric, curious, beautiful birds. And the image screams "cold" to me too :)
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-07 12:10]

Hi Stephen. Another fine image from this region. Such images really are enhanced by the lack of man and man-related components . . . but for one thing . . . it is difficult in such an image as this to accurately gauge scale. I'd even settle for a height given in the Notes :)
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-07 12:06]

Hi Manyee. What a fine looking fellow . . . the expression 'a face only a Mother could love' sorta springs to mind, but that's only in jest :)
You've captured him well, a good balanced exposure--you managed to not over-expose the white rocks and coral behind him. I like it a lot.
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-06 22:57] [+]

Hi Alan. Mamcg's comment about the white blurred background directly behind the flower is a valid one, and usually easily avoided, but this is an exquisitely evocative image all the same. The overall tone is so peaceful, it evokes a feeling of absolute silence and stillness, like the deepest forest. Stunning.
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-06 11:44]

Alan, there are times when a literal, descriptive photo is exactly what is required . . . and this is such a time. That any species' existence is endangered is obscene, and such beautifully executed photographs, tragically, may one day be all that is left.
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-06 11:06]

Monique, perhaps this is a tad too small, and a tad not-sharp-enough, but it is still a very good image of an intriguing scene. The use of the foreground road is good, setting the scene and adding a bit of depth to the view. The walker and approaching vehicle help add scale to the trees too, always a good idea :)
Regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-06 10:55] [+]

Stephen, what a superb image!
I like your use of the foreground, and the composition is nicely handled--the large clump of bush (grapevine?) in the lower left balancing the upper right 'towers'.
Was this full-frame, or is this cropped? I'm simply curious as I'm not sure if there is more vertical distortion on the righthand side, or if this is just the natural angle of the formations.
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-06 10:49] [+]

Amir, welcome to TN. A good start to your posting, if not a little ambitious :) Shooting directly into the sun is difficult . . . well, the actual shooting is not difficult, but getting a good result is :)
Placing the sun directly behind one of the Poppies would have eliminated the burnt-out blob and added considerably to this image.
I look forward to your followup posts....and a word of advice: it really does help us if you put a Note with each photo, something about what the photo is, where it was taken, that sort of thing.
regards,
Sheldon (shel)