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Pepper Mill and Peppercorns on rustic wood (3)
tigerpix/Tom (664)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) 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 (21,114)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) 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 (71)
Thumb-down    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) 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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Lost Heritage (4)
trihelm/Rick (200)
Thumb-down    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 28, 2014 2:00:25 PM CDT (2)

Its an interesting and sad old building, with some nice texture from the grasses adding interest to what otherwise is a mostly context-free environment. However it has been processed, it has relatively low end to end contrast, with enhanced contrast in the mid tones. Whether this is a multi-exposure HDR image, a Topaz image, or one that has had radical slider work in ACR, it has the classic appearance of an HDR image. It has a 2 peak histogram with a dip in the middle....

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so this profile will be most beneficial (1)
youjjin/Wojtek (329)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 28, 2014 10:34:41 AM CDT (2) Early critique

This is a good concept. I like the idea of this spiny subject in high contrast B&W, with his nose in the lower left, and his spines radiating out towards all 4 corners. What holds it back for me is the extreme crunchiness. The light is too contrasty, and there is just too much processing. It just isn't fully working with this subject, and it feels like you are trying too hard to use post-processing to make this an interesting image. Some of your earlier human portraits...

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Passiflora...... (3)
akiskan/Ismail (39,963)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 28, 2014 10:28:51 AM CDT (1) Early critique

This is a very elegant flower, with lovely textures, and interesting colors, all very carefully captured. It is sharp where it most needs to be sharp, gracefully fading into blur towards the back of the blossom. What holds it back for me is the background. It just does not seem adequately natural for my expectations of a floral portrait. Given the colors of this flower, I understand why you chose black, but for me, I don't think a white background would feel as...

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Just a Shadow of My Former Self (9)
sherryg/Sherry (2,841)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 28, 2014 10:25:31 AM CDT (2) Early critique

This is a very interesting and moody image that asks more questions of the viewer than it answers. The ethereal human figure is more ghost than real, and the obscured head is almost disconcerting. Composition is simple and effective, with the figure arranged vertically, 1/3 of the way from the right. What appears to be a bridge provides some converging lines, heading towards the background, the misty figure's destination. The horizontal slats of the bridge provide an...

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Bargain hunting II (2)
photophranco123/Frank (112)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 28, 2014 10:07:53 AM CDT (1) Early critique

My first impression was 'this background is not natural'. All photos do not have to be 'natural', but it seems to be offered as a street photo, a genre that usually values authenticity. The subject is great, capturing a person and a moment, and I think also illustrating the title. Maybe it could have just a bit more contrast, and some dodging to lighten up her face. But the background is overdone, looking unnatural, and losing the context that would help us understand...

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Psycho (7)
ted27/Ted (43,898)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 28, 2014 9:49:44 AM CDT (4) Early critique

Success. I'm stressed. Two things make it work for me. First, and most obviously, is her facial expression, and her body language, with her hands wrapped around her ears. Second is the composition. The entire image seems to circle around the subject's head, with very distinct curved lines on the floor, and more subtle curves on the wall. The blur vignette, centered on her screaming face, also helps center attention there. Mono is a good choice, avoiding distraction...

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Last wash 9:30 (11)
mlehrman/Michael (490)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 22, 2014 11:50:27 AM CDT (7) Early critique

This really captures and communicates the mood of this place. This is a great example of how street photography can elevate our appreciation for something that we normally take for granted, like a laundromat. That woman, in her somewhat awkward clothing, is staring wistfully and thoughtfully into space, while her chores churn behind her. The low camera angle elevates your subject, and the reflection duplicates and frames her. Its a simple but thought provoking image. I...

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Oreo (5)
dfbruzzi/Domenic (13)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 21, 2014 12:20:12 PM CDT (5) Early critique

Its a cute expression of a dog's face and position. The filter emphasizes texture above all else, and while I don't think this will be to the taste of the majority of people, it is artistically consistent with the subject's hairy texture. This comes very close to being 'all about the filter', but I think there is the start of an interesting photo here. What holds this back is the composition. Cropping off more stuff to the left, positioning the subject off center and...

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Tiger, tiger... would you like some chips? (2)
markino76/Marco (1,147)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 21, 2014 12:06:53 PM CDT (2) Early critique

For me, this is a fun image, drolly juxtaposing a toy figurine of a cartoon character, with a more sinister character, a tiger. Its a "here kitty, kitty" moment you could easily imagine for the over-indulgent and reality-oblivious Barney Gumble character. My observation is that there are two general approaches to the satirical use of toy figurines that seem to resonate with the 'serious' photography community. One approach is to make the scenario is lifelike as...

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Wing Walker (3)
tsr101473/Timothy (7)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 19, 2014 6:51:30 PM CDT (3) Early critique

The subject is obviously interesting, and I like the composition, with a curved smoke trail starting in the lower right corner, hitting the upper right corner, and then curving into a diagonal line with the aircraft facing the lower left corner. Technically, this is on the weak side, and that holds back its potential impact. The light is just not shining on the subject, making it indistinct, and without detail or contrast. This image does not have a lot of tonal variety,...

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Catching a little sun (7)
altonphoto/Troy (1,365)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 19, 2014 9:06:06 AM CDT (5)

This is imaginative and droll. There is something innately humorous about this tiny doll, with her bikini and suntan lotion and little sunglasses, especially when she's put into this diorama (turtle tank?). Beyond that, I think it makes a satirical point, gently making fun of the endless series of slightly pompous glamor shots that we see on Photosig. I like how the woman, in her sunglasses, is looking straight at the viewer--that is an important touch. For a small...

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Rose 2014 (7)
ssal/Alex (34,961)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,053) Send mail to this user on June 18, 2014 6:25:23 PM CDT (2)

I like the focus contrast, quickly moving from lovely detail, to very soft detail free petals. Its a lovely presentation of a pink rose. I'm not entirely sold on the bud, though. I think its more of a distraction than a complement. Several dark buds in the background could make for interesting context, setting this apart from some of the other similar florals, but the bud pressing up against the full blossom's petals feels cramped to me.

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