Failed Again

Dianne

Paper HFA Agave

Taken at the Gormley Exhibition. RSA London

CHRIS E

A thought provoking image and quite a dark subject. It is something that you can look at and study for a long time.

GORDON

Like the image, very powerful, should do well.

KEAN

I like the concept and the colour palette. I was wondering if the figure on the left is a little bit too faded. Just a thought .

KEITH

A well conceived and thought provoking. Like the backdrop and the effect. I do find that the feet seem a little too dark though.

TILLMAN

Works well, magic effect and the human forms contrast so nicely with the mechanical forms. Colours are good, not convinced that the concept of “Failed Again” comes across strongly enough.

COLIN

Works well, magic effect and the human forms

JAMES

Loved this, background interesting.
Treatment of the bodies intriguing and I like the “heavy boots” – secures the image.

OLIVER

The figures and background have been cleverly created and the colours work well apart from the figures feet which I find too heavy compared to the rest of the image. The pose suggests a ‘parent child’ relationship though I find nothing to suggest (other than the title) why or maybe that was the intent?

KEN

Love the colours and the repeating pattern. On my screen the the range between the bright centre and the feet does look greater than a print could support – so I need to see the print to comment.

Silo

Colin

Epson Gloss

Storage tanks at Unilever Warrington. Taken from Bank Quay station.

DIANNE

The pattern & colour give a real depth of fielded and then you look again and the the opposite way. I like the walkway taking into hidden lands, asks questions :O)

TILLMAN

Like the stacking effect, along with the variety of colour, patterns and textures. Nice one!

GORDON

Well seen image. like the tight crop, which works with colours of the silos. Colin….. Texture paper for this one

JAMES

Good crop to concentrate the interest. Look good in mono. !!! Only kidding. Love the corrosion.

OLIVER

The abstract nature and colour pallet of this image works well for me – I could see it hanging in a modern office.

KEN

I like the way the lines vertically across a strong landscape format and of course the colours just pull you in to the picture and hold you there. But I’m not sure about the column on the far left – but cropping it out would put the purple on the edge of the frame and I don’t think that works either.

Jaguar

Chris E

Permajet Museum

Taken at Chester Zoo

DIANNE

It’s expression is very direct and a bit scary. The dark foliage makes the big cats stand out from the background.

TILLMAN

Composition and square format – excellent.Tonal value placement makes for a dramatic + powerful effect.
Strong eyes, though the cat’s left eye (right one as looking at image) just a tad dark for me. Highlights on paws just need toning down.

GORDON

Great picture of the Jaguar, my only comment is the light on the creatures back, I would tone it down so that the viewer can concentrate on the face

JAMES

Super colours and I like the position, almost a diagonal through. Dark background works – especially as there is some detail and not solid black as I’ve seen elsewhere.
Would have liked a little more detail on the darker ear.

COLIN

Works for me, seems to be a style for animal portraits against avery dark background.

KEAN

Very nice portrait. The main thing which distracts me is the hot spot on the lower paw. I also agree with Tillman about the right eye needing lifting.

OLIVER

I’m not an expert but this animal looks too content as if it has eaten too many meals?! The authors treatment works well with good details on the Jaguar and dark background has a few leaves to break up the black

KEN

Very strong portrait of the animal, good viewpoint, good composition. Again, I don’t know if it’s my screen, but there appears to be a blue cast around the head, it’s particularly strong around the mouth.

Taking the Bend

Tillman

From the Eddie Soens Memorial Cycle Race at Aintree.

KEAN

The composition here and I also think it works very well in mono. However, there is something I find not quite right… I think the treatment has maybe been a little overdone.

DIANNE

The first thing you see is the pained expression of the lead rider. The curve created by cyclists takes your eye round the image. The movement in the images is a little overdone for my tastes and I struggle to ficus on it . The mono makes the image less complicated.

GORDON

Like the low view point , I would just darken the top right corner slightly or just loose the trees in the background (top right) so the viewer can concentrate on the lead rider

OLIVER

The shape of the image has been captured well, however I find the the panning /’motion blur’ all over the image (apart from the lead cyclists face) a bit disconcerting?

KEN

The composition and monochrome are very good, my beef comes with the glasses! There ought to be rule, in all sports, against the wearing of dark glasses during a race – photographers need the eyes to capture the pain, exhaustion or elation of the subject. Here I think a good expression has been lost because of the glasses.

Keeping Cool

Oliver

Hahnemühle Paper

DIANNE

The position of the figure works well with the line of the fan but you loose the detail in the arms/gloves being dark against the background. you could lighten it a little to contrast between the two stronger.

GORDON

Like the lighting on the figure and the pose, which works well but as Dianne says lost detail in the glove on the RHS , lost in the background.

CHRIS E

Has a lot of promise if the lost detail is retrievable.

TILLMAN

A bit sombre overall for me, but the shape is good.

KEN

On my screen there are no details in the blacks but there may be some on the print. She does need separating from the background.

Sparrowhawk

Bernard

Taken in the garden, grab shot though the window. he call most nights sometimes with it’s prey.

OLIVER

The shape of the image has been captured well, however I find the the panning /’motion blur’ all over the image (apart from the lead cyclists face) a bit disconcerting?

KEAN

The shape of the image has been captured well, however I find the the panning /’motion blur’ all over the image (apart from the lead cyclists face) a bit disconcerting?

TILLMAN

Composition is good, but it does need some work on the tonal levels as already suggested.

GORDON

The perch is just too light, other wise its ok

KEN

Eyes and beak are sharp, feet are sharp and the feathers look soft just as feathers should – which is all fine. I’d desaturate the greens just a tad and take a bit off the left edge to make him look bigger.

Terry 3

Kean

Not too sure which paper to use at the moment.

KEN

Excellent no crits really – I’d just like one highlight in each eye as I find the two a bit disconcerting.

OLIVER

A cracking mono portrait which shows great lighting control on the face and enough on the gents clothing/background to fill the frame.

DIANNE

One of the best protracts I’ve seen from you. Really well balanced mono. Just check the details.

TILLMAN

Quite a dramatic portrait! Eye on the right catchlight may be too bright. I bet it looks brill as a print.

GORDON

A good mono portrait , the catch light in the eyes are good, the right hand shoulder seems lost in the background on my computer, although there is detail.

Red Yellow Tulips

Dianne

Printed on HFA Hemp

  • Deceptively simple looking image which gives the viewer a warm feeling from the use of the excellent colour pallet used in the background to match the flowers. If you look hard you can almost make out a shadow figure behind the flowers which adds another dimension to the image. OLIVER
  • Lovely image and colour palette with extremely sympathetic background. Just one minor irritant in that my eye is drawn to the white mark at the bottom left of the left tulip. I know that it is pattern, but it looks like a scratch. Chris E
  • Nice arrangement of three flowers but I feel the background is too intrusive and I’m struggling to enjoy the blooms. In particular, the right hand flower seems to be lost in the background. James
  • Super colour harmony, with an interesting background and texture. I’m not convinced about the texture appearing through the flowers as it makes the them blend into the b’ground. Tillman
  • Classy image , I like the combination of the flowers and the background.. Colin
  • A simple yet classic image, with an artists eye for the colour palette. Love the background, (or overlay), but would pull it back over the leaves and petals, as I find myself looking at the texture rather than the flowers. Keith

Pelican in the Mist

Chris E

DIANNE

The position in the frame works well, and the “mist’ adds a quality to the image. I’m going to disagree with Kean and think it works with the misty feel of the image and adds to the emotion of the shot.

GORDON

A really great image, wouldn’t change a thing

KEN

This is third or fourth I’ve seen of these birds and I’ve liked them all, including this one. However, on my screen, the mist in this image has lost all detail in the lower part of the shot so there’s no foundation for the rock it looks a bit lost. I this is in the print I think it needs a bit of crop from off the bottom.

COLIN

I Like this image, The mist makes a good frame for the bird and emphasises it head and beak.

KEITH

I have yet to see a picture of these birds that has been disappointing, and this is another that keeps up the standard. Great image, would not change a thing.

KEAN

I really like this image but IMO, I think it could be improved with a slight tweak of the levels. By dragging the left slider across a little, it adds a bit more impact. This only needs to be brushed through on certain areas including the head of the Pelican.

TILLMAN

A superb example of how to make Nature pictorial. Some may say that there is too much space above – don’t believe it!

Mid Lancs at Lawson’s Field

Ken

Inspired by Howard Tate’s big prints and his race horses is intended for an A2 size with a matte paper – probably Epson Enhanced Matte as I’ve used it before and can contro the results and it’s affordable.

  • Really like all the colours in this image and also the fact that all the 9 runner’s expressions are in view. I think the guy at the back with his thumb up really makes the image. Great image, Well Done! Kean
  • It has a fun quality to it, the faces all running to an aim. the colours and background line add to the common cause. for me it’s a little too cramped in the frame. more height at the top would help the balance. Dianne
  • Great image, perfect timing. Would love to see the print!. Tillman
  • Great image, perfect timing. Would love to see the print!. Gordon
  • What a great group shot, colourful and lots to look at.. Colin
  • Nicely captured with all nine expressions in shot. As others have said the bloke at the back has helped a lot to make the image stand out. Keith

Storm Dennis

Keith

  • The letterbox shape, creates a dynamic landscape. The limited colours add to the power of the storm. My only thought would to flip the sky so the gap in the clouds is behind the Lighthouse to add extra impact to the image. (lightest part of the images always takes the eye first) Dianne
  • I like this a lot and it has great impact. Wouldn’t it be good if the lamp was illuminated!) Chris E
  • Certainly agree with the others about the tremendous impact, and it should do extremely well in most competitions. I like it a lot. Gordon
  •  I like this image a lot, the composition, the colour palette, the drama etc. However, I might be wrong but, does the light source in the sky and the light on the lighthouse and waves match? I only ask because I tried a composite sea scape a while back and it was pointed out to me that my light source and direction on to the subject were wrong. As this genre is not my normal area, I am genuinely interested in people’s responses to lighting with seascape composites. Then again, how much does this accuracy matter if I like the image a lot as it is? Kean
  •  A strong image and as others have noted, it benefits from the aspect ratio and limited colour palette used. I really like the composition and the drama between the static lighthouse and the breaking wave.The highlight, top left in the sky does need toning down.Tillman
  • Great energy and sense of movement in the stormy sea, but as others have commented earlier there is something about the sky that doesn’t quite work – possibly the highlight in the top left being too strong?.Oliver
  • Very moody seascape, I like the panoramic approach. Colin

Mid Lancs at Witton Park

Ken

  • The runner is well placed, however the sporadic spectators in the background are a distraction taking my eye from the main subject. Oliver
  • I think this lacks a little drama, could look more striking as a print though. Not convinced the single runner is strong enough in such a big space. Tillman
  • I like the figure with her feet off the ground but I spent some time trying to identify the runners/people in the background. the composition needs playing with to move the focal point to the runner. Dianne
  • I think the composition is good here but I find the background to be too distracting. The treatment of the background looks a little strange to me. I would definitely remove the red from the person on the left. Kean
  • I find the figures in the background very distracting. I wonder if it would be more powerful cropped to portrait/square. Chris E
  • Picked out the runner extremely well, and I like the idea of the spectators in the background as it adds context and perspective to the image.Lighting and the sky very well handled. Gordon

Caring for Nature

Dianne

I think this is another image that would have a lot more impact as a print under ‘those lights’! There is great colour harmony in the image and the concept comes across well. The use of a wooden hand raises more questions than it answers? Tillman

Lovely textures and colour pallette, I like the wooden hand as it gives a broader sense to the environmental message. For my taste I would tone down the wrist as it leaves the frame as it currently feels a little strong compared to the rest of the image. Oliver

I like the treatment of this image a lot and I imagine it would look great printed on the correct paper. I am just not too sure about the wooden hand… that may be just my opinion though. The textures and colours used I think are great and I particularly like the hint of blue at the bottom which ties in with the egg colour. Kean

This is a fascinating and thought provoking image. Only thing that I would like to see is some desaturation of the hand to make it less dominant. Chris E

I really love the dichotomy of fragility and solidness here. However I do agree that the hand is s little too obvious and would like to see it less intrusive. James

Like the idea very much, very simple but effective. Colin

Persitence of Love

Tillman

  • I really like the surreal nature of this, the bright red balanced with the natural colours of sand & sky. any image that asks questions add to the drama and impact. Dianne
  • I love this image. It is vibrant and thought provoking. Possibly one from the gravity series? Chris E
  • Very Daliesque. Love the cloud and image combinations. Colin
  • An excellent creative image, love the treatment and the shadow of the heart on the sand works very well indeed. Made me smile Gordon
  • I think this is a great image with and really like the punch of the colours. The large heart is in the right place but I find its shadow somewhat small? Oliver

Waif & Stray

Kean

  • The central composition of the main figure works well. The blue colour tones reminds me of Phil Barbers work. The lightest part of the image is the face which takes the eye to the focal point but the imbalance of the cats face looking bright, makes your eye pingpong between the two. There a light/mug that’s hidden in the corner which is distracting. Dianne
  • I like the colour tones on this image, but agree that the cat and mug are distractions. I would like to see them subdued so that they are barely visible which would put the whole focus on the face Chris
  • The treatment of the main character has been done really well down to the grubby fingernails, however I find the cat too ‘clean’ and illuminated too well which distracts. Oliver

Limestone and Tree

James

  • The overall impact of the image is good and the sky trials are distorted enough to add interest. Possibly add a vignette to highlight the tree more and reduce the distractions of light at the edges of the image. Dianne
  • I like the sky in this Landscape which has good, but not too much, interest. The position of the light in the sky behind the tree is just right. However, I do feel that a better atmosphere would have been created if the shot had been taken when the sun was lower down in the sky. The light at this time of day has created harsh deep shadows which are a distraction. The tree makes a good focal point but I find the large rock in the foreground is acting as an obstacle which is preventing a nice lead in to the image. Maybe a different position would have avoided this. Kean
  • Fab sky, lovely range of tones and textures, but the foreground stone is too dominant. I like the idea of the dark vignette. Tillman
  • I liked the overall composition and didn’t mind the foreground rock as I feel it balances with tree, great sky. Colin

The stone in the centre is a too dominate*, and there are a number of highlights that need to be addressed before printing, The sky is good and I think the overall tonal value is ok.
* I wonder if it was darkened that would improve the balance? Gordon

I like the concept of having the large boulder in the foreground however as it is fairly bright I find it difficult to move beyond it. The aircraft contrails don’t really work for me in this image – sorry! Oliver

The Old Post Box

Colin

  • Love the colours, and if printed on the right paper will make a stunning image. Very saleable.No adverse comments on this one. Gordon
  • I do like the textures in this image and also most of the colours. The colour that I am not so fond of is the purpleish colour (seen on the far left behind the peeling paint). I would alter this by adjusting the hue, in the ‘blues’, in a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer, and take it more towards cyan. The other thing I would alter is the straightness… I would level up the letterbox which would also in turn straighten the handle. These are just my preferences but they could be something that you may want to try. Nice image. Kean
  • Love the face in this but maybe it would bite your fingers if you posted anything :O)The rainbow colours of peeling paintwork completes the grungy feel of the image. Looking forward to seeing the print. Dianne
  • Great set of tones and colours, and I like the use of the key elements to make a pleasing composition. A bit of work in PS to straighten up the verticals would have paid huge dividends. Tillman
  • Like the colours and tones in the image but I find having three dominant structures my eye is wandering…! Oliver

Flower Bowl

Dianne

Before & After

  • I do like this. Of the two versions of this image, I much prefer the left hand image with the more subtle colours. I also prefer the sky/background on the left version. However, I would address the horizon on the left side and tidy it up, as it is on the right side. Kean
  • Super colour combination and fab use of repeating elliptical elements . The LH version with its subtle softness and delicacy is the one for me. Tillman
  • Two for the price of one – the image on the left works really well for me with its more subtle toning and softer background. Great work. Oliver
  • The image on the left is my favourite by far. I love the delicacy and the sky as a background. Chris E

Bella 2020

Kean

  • Lovely portrait – I think the green scarf works very well with the models skin tone, great lighting and good eye contact. I would be tempted to move her to the left as I get the feeling of being tight in the frame on the right hand side. OLIVER
  • Super colours and ace depth of tone, but I find the pose a bit ‘harsh’, as though she resents having her photo taken. TILLMAN
  • Colours and strong, and would grab attention of the judges (on the button) So would do quite well, Like the background, although the model doesn’t look that comfortable, giving the photographer a ‘side ways’ glance GORDON
  • The green colours choice in scarf and background work well with her skin tones. The lights part of the image is the necklace and it does take you attention away from her face. As previously mentioned her expression creates an uneasy feel to the shot. Dianne

Man with Peaches

Gordon

Man with Peaches

Gordon Edit from Dianne

  • I think that the blue and grey colours in this image work well. The peaches stand out within the colour palette which works well with the title. It is a pity that there is no eye contact which would have made a stronger image. Compositionally, I would be inclined to crop in from the left a little which would place the man and the peaches in the middle of the shot, as I think that there is a little too much space on the left which is not adding to the image. KEAN
  • A well seen image that has a story to tell. Compositionally, I prefer the original, but with some of the LH side cropping – say up to the table, and some work being done on the brightness/contrast of various elements within the image. I like the colour combinations and think the blue door and window frame work well by holding the interest between the two. TILLMAN
  • I like the generally uncluttered image and you can see inside the door which adds interest adds detail and a knowledge of r creating a sense of the place. A tweak with the contrast and a square crop from the edge of the door will remove the distractions. Have you thought about flipping the image after the crop and the man adds balance by looking out or just relaxing. Difficult to explain, so with Gordon’s permission posted my version of image. love to hear your comments. DIANNE
  • V1 & V2 – I think the V1 works better for me – seeing the whole of the table top and into the room beyond – I would be tempted to crop some of the bare wall on the LHS and leave the edge of the window frame as it holds everything in! OLIVER
  • V2 Just shows what a bit of cropping can do whilst reversing the image I like it…………of course I do GORDON