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Foggy Bridge Mystery (9)
ttursilo/Tommy (126)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on September 28, 2014 1:48:23 PM CDT (4) Early critique

No apologies necessary. The weather was not conducive to taking a record shot of this bridge, but the thick fog provided a great opportunity for a moody and mysterious interpretation of an aspect,of this bridge. The fog helps simplify the composition, by reducing detail. The narrow vertical form factor helps contribute to the feeling of height, making the bridge look almost spindly. I'm trying to decide if it appears to be tilting to my eye. I don't think that's the way...

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Bravo! (10)
jac557/Jacques (18,338)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on September 4, 2014 5:29:13 PM CDT (3) Early critique

This is an intriguing image, a bit reminiscent of Cartier-Bresson. This is an impactful picture of a child--without needing to show the child's face. I like the child's position, hands in the air, feet off the ground, juxtaposed on top of the chalk, giving the impression that this child is on a journey. Towards Bravo. The low key monochrome treatment is very moody, creating an attractive and timeless image. Its a decisive moment, and it is visually attractive and...

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Artist's studio (5)
ssal/Alex (38,320)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on September 4, 2014 4:55:56 PM CDT (2)

This is a complex scene with a lot of details, but I think the way the chair is handled really makes it succeed as a sort of 'found still life'. The bright light on the chair really makes it pop off the background. The statuette of the torso, again because of the lighting, functions as a secondary subject. Maybe its reading too much into this image, but I notice that the chair is empty, making it a 'not person', while the background is filled with pictures of people. All...

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Old Tailor (4)
zarvo/Hilmi (469)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on September 4, 2014 4:44:25 PM CDT (8) Early critique

This is an effective and impactful environmental portrait that helps me understand who this person is, what he is like, what he does, and where he does it. I would say that the majority of environmental portraits, depicting someone at work, are more candid than this, with the craftsperson looking at their work, and apparently unaware of the photographer. This image doesn't follow that convention--clearly the subject is aware that he is being photographed. But it is also...

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Wanted on the phone (4)
jaypix/Jean-Pierre (33,388)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on September 3, 2014 7:26:22 AM CDT (3) Early critique

For me, this is a quirky and interesting environmental portrait. What really makes it work is the color of his shoes, which almost exactly match the graffiti. He's got a shaved head, and aggressive sunglasses, and he's sitting In front of the words 'dirty ghetto kids'. But he's not really a tough guy. He's got cranberry colored sneakers. He's frowning over a message on his phone, and his legs are comically awkward. The composition is simple, but effective, with the...

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St. Paul's with Banana Peel (1)
arnesaknussen/Tom (4,155)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2014 9:10:31 PM CDT (4) Early critique

There are a lot of interesting elements in this 'abstracted' image. The composition is very strong, with a diagonal forming a triangle in the lower right corner, a diagonal forming a triangle in the opposite corner, bisecting lines forming right angles with those upward leading diagonals, and the contrasting bright blue curved shape in the middle, with the three steeples reflected in it. It has a very limited tonal range, emphasizing the contrasting textures, with 2...

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Happy moments (2)
derrick39/Derrick (2)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on September 2, 2014 7:58:31 AM CDT (2) Early critique

Its an interesting composition, placing the boy in the upper right corner, perched above the shadow of himself and the shadow of the swingset. B&W helps simplify the background and place attention on the boy. I'm not sure that it is a highly meaningful picture for people who do not know this boy. His facial express, and relatively static position, don't generate much interest for me. While the strong sunlight does provide an interesting shadow on the ground, it...

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BasqueT Country (1)
wuploteg/Guillermo (13,628)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on September 1, 2014 10:41:09 AM CDT (2) Early critique

This looks like a careful capture of a politically-oriented bit of graffiti It isn't clear to me why the graffiti is hand drawn, with the Basque Country designation machine made. My guess is that the wall or panel was put in place as shown, and then someone scribbled the anti-fascist cartoon on top of it. This photo documents what was there, but to my eye, it does not interpret what was there, or tell a story about this particular instance of a common graffiti motif....

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Blacksmith's barn (4)
ssal/Alex (38,320)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on September 1, 2014 10:30:16 AM CDT (2) Early critique

The light beams provide a lot of atmosphere, and they provide some nice directional contrast against the predominant verticals lines that make up most of the background. The used color scheme also contributes the the mood, which is of an old and dusty place, with well-used tools. It creates a strong feeling of place for me--I can imagine myself being there, and wanting to spend some time there, trying to understand whose workshop this is, and what he did with it. The two...

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A girl (12)
petrasl1976/Petras (50)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on July 28, 2014 7:26:30 AM CDT (3)

This is a compelling portrait, with a lovely mood, that flatters your subject. The tight cropping makes it more interesting, a enhancing attention to the eyes. The simple background avoids distraction. It is very soft, but that is consistent with the subject. It succeeds because even though they are on the soft side, the eyes are relatively sharp. The eyes don't have to be perfectly sharp, but they need to be relatively sharper than anything else in the image, which...

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4870 Steps (5)
wolli/Ian (57,762)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on July 28, 2014 7:21:54 AM CDT (3) Early critique

This is a nice visual match for the monochrome image of the ceiling, again effectively using B&W to portray the rhythm of the repeating geometric pattern. The strong shadows provide a lot of visual interest, breaking up the pattern of the stairs. In this case, although it contains many grid elements that are parallel to the borders, the image is obviously not symmetric, with different depictions of the railings, and the central element, the handrail, receding diagonally...

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4919 GOMA Ceiling (5)
wolli/Ian (57,762)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on July 28, 2014 7:13:54 AM CDT (8) Early critique

Its an interesting pattern, creating a visual rhythm, and a good candidate for B&W. It is a symmetric subject, so to fully succeed, it needs to be a symmetric composition. The light areas in the lower part of the wall create triangles, with the oblique lines intersecting the walls at very different points along the horizontal borders. It would have more impact if those two converging lines were more carefully mirrored right to left. If the subject is actually not...

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Pepper Mill and Peppercorns on rustic wood (3)
tigerpix/Tom (996)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on June 28, 2014 10:07:22 PM CDT (3) Early critique

Its a nice idea, with some very attractive colors and textures. The diagonal of the pepper mill makes sense compositionally. For me, though, it feels like it is tilted sideways. The angle and tilt of the board just makes it seem as if the pepper shaker should slide right off the left side of the picture, with the peppercorns rolling along behind it. The impression that the board is tilted to the left comes as much from the camera not being parallel to the plane of the...

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arjen/Arjen (21,210)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on June 28, 2014 3:42:53 PM CDT (1) Early critique

Its a simple subject with the start of a strong composition. The two feet, pointing forwards, with just a bit of color at the front, are interestingly framed at the left by the heavy shadow, and at the base by pant legs and shadow. What holds it back is that very bright between the subject's left heel and the base of the photo. I think cropping off the bottom of the image, from the heel down, would make an immediate improvement. You might also experiment with darkening...

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baby bird (-1)
vilmos/Vladimir (87)
Thumb-down    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,167) Send mail to this user on June 28, 2014 3:38:18 PM CDT (1) Early critique

I just don't see the appeal of this at all. The subject is not interesting, the composition is not attractive, and that large, out of focus green stem across the subject is unattractive and obscures the subject. I think it is a sprouting potato, and it has some potential interest, but it needs to be framed better, and not covered over by out of focus elements.

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