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enchanted wood (7) This item is new
sarrasani/Sandro (3,329)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 20, 2014 6:02:30 PM CST (7) Early critique This item is new

This is an attractive and interesting image. I'd like to say how it makes me feel, but I'm not quite able to put it into words. There is always something a bit sad about a downed tree, something tall and massive that has come to the end of its living life (but may live on in countless pieces of furniture or household objects) I enjoy the muted texture of the brush, and the somewhat more specific texture of the spray of white branches aimed towards the lower left corner. ...

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pioppo67/Pierpaolo (46)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 20, 2014 11:31:31 AM CST (4) Early critique This item is new

This a very simple and elegant near abstract. Its essentioally a 'before the lens' use of selective color. Its a nice use of symmetric composition, putting the subject into the center, and leaving some blank space at the bottom of the composition, providing a place into which the drip can continue to flow. The lighting is sufficiently oblique to provide a bit of shadow at the base of the drip, and to bring out some texture on the wall. Simple, well executed and just a...

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the boss (6)
smileymax/Max (1,056)
Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 16, 2014 10:35:08 PM CST (1) Early critique

It makes me think that no matter what kind of arrogant and demanding people I've had to work for, none of them have asked me to do something as personal as whatever the hell it is this guy is doing to the boss' knee. The lower leg seems like an odd place for a massage. Maybe he's reconnecting the artificial knee. Its not the least bit clear what the heck that guy is doing to the knee. Does the boss not have 2 legs? The other one isn't obvious. The boss sits there, cool...

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Fall at Gibbs Garden (5)
weskeys/Wes (7,457)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 16, 2014 9:20:02 PM CST (6) Early critique

This is a nice fall shot that is ruined through oversaturation. Its a very pleasant and interesting spot. The composition is simple but effective, with the S curve of the water receding into the background, flanked by the vertical element of the tree, balanced by the fan shaped tree on the left. It has lots of different colors and textures to add interest. But the level of saturation is over the top. This is especially apparent in the red leaves in the fan shaped tree....

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per non essere feriti (10)
ektachrome/Francesco (15,616)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 16, 2014 5:43:41 PM CST (1) Early critique

Its a very simple but striking portrait and an interesting use of landscape format. The color balance is awful. Cranking in some blue makes her look much more natural and makes the picture more attractive. Why don't you try black and white? The stark background on the far right looks washed out in color, but in black and white, it works just fine. While you are at it, clone or heal out that thing in the lower right hand corner, and that blob to the right of her hand.

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Bayfield Harbor, Lake Superior (1)
laxwings/Mary Ann (3,211)
Thumb-down    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 16, 2014 3:55:46 PM CST (2) Early critique

It seems like an interesting place to visit, but it does not really come together in my eyes as a coherent composition. If it has a subject, it would be the lamppost with flowers and flag. It isn't very sharp, and the flag is not in a graceful position, but is blown back in a way that obscures it. If you are including a waving flag as an important element of your image, you need to be patient and wait until it is clearly visible, and then check the LCD screen to see if...

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Atlas (6)
brunok/Bruno (1,080)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 16, 2014 3:41:08 PM CST (2) Early critique

This captures, even caricatures, the personality of this old excavator. Even if it hadn't run for years, in this image it feels like something alive, stretching across the dark diagonal night of this image, exaggerated bucket chewing up the lower right hand corner of the photo. For me, it's an effective use of light painting to make an interesting nocturnal image of this machine. You had an interesting idea, and you carried it out. This photo clearly demonstrates...

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Mother and daughter (5)
vtie/Vtie (7,727)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 16, 2014 3:26:37 PM CST (1) Early critique

My first impression of this photo was not positive, but the more time I spent looking at it, the more interesting it became for me. There is a story here, a family relationship, and a moment captured and frozen in time, told through the mother's body language and hands, and the daughter's face. The lighting and colors have a warm indoor feel. The incandescent lights at the top of the image are relatively warm colored, but the light illuminating the two women is much more...

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the magic touch (4)
smileymax/Max (1,056)
Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 16, 2014 2:44:20 PM CST (4) Early critique

This is an interesting image that rewards viewers who are willing to spend some time on it with an unfolding story. The entire photo revolves around a relatively small but compelling element a smiling face, mostly obscured, peeping thru a window. But why is this window completely obscured, except for this one area over the subject's face? Its a hand. Whose? Is it inside the window? How could that work? No, it's someone on the outside, holding their hand over just the...

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Ancient mountain way (1)
sarrasani/Sandro (3,329)
Thumb-down Thumb-down    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 16, 2014 10:48:50 AM CST (1)

There are some interesting compositional elements here, with the inverse triangle formed by the distant ridges, and a path receding into the background that may or may not have some S curves in it. But I cannot see that curved path. I recognize that this is a scan from an analog medium, and I further recognize the photographer's claim that this makes a much better print than a digital image. It would be wonderful to see that analog print, but it is not reasonable to ask...

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Everything Is Irie (5)
kstewart/Keith (237)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 16, 2014 9:23:11 AM CST (4)

Its a pleasant image that would likely make anyone smile along with your pretty and happy subject. The colors and feather textures and shapes frame her nicely. Putting her smack dab in the middle of the image is the most obvious and least imaginative composition, but the way the feathers extend into the corners adds compositional interest. There are lines from each corner, most obviously from the top corners, extending towards the subject's face. Its a static portrait,...

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Beach Pattern 1 (5)
otinkyad/Richard (2,506)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 16, 2014 9:05:32 AM CST (2) Early critique

This image has a simple elegance, with this treelike plant branching diagonally across a plain background. This might not be the most profound or stimulating of abstracts, but it is attractive, and has some interest that rewards a longer view. I can't know what the original negative looks like, but I'm not sure this is the highest quality scan. It isn't especially sharp, and it seems noisy. That doesn't necessarily mean it is fatally flawed, but if it isn't possible to...

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Stone (5)
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Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 15, 2014 5:37:33 PM CST (6) Early critique

This has some interesting shapes and textures in it, and the lonely rock generates feelings of solitude. I think its close to being an impactful black and white, but a couple things hold it back for me. I like the stone, which seems to be the subject, and is titled as such, but it is so close tonally to the gray shades of the background, it doesn't stand out enough. It is tonally flat, and lost in the background. Perhaps you could select it, or mask it, and lighten it up,...

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isar/ISRAEL (1,968)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 15, 2014 4:56:15 PM CST (0)

I like this one much better than the recently uploaded Dancer. For my eye, the spinning fabric shows rotation, it has graceful and interesting curves. The photo is composed along the diagonal, with a round shape in the lower left hand corner, the head in the upper right hand corner, and then the 2 large round shapes on either side of the diagonal line. I'm not quite sure why that guy is in the upper corner, but I like his smile and hat, and he takes what is otherwise an...

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Eating the mountain (2)
sarrasani/Sandro (3,329)
Thumb-up    from jaygheiser/Jay (17,382) Send mail to this user on November 15, 2014 4:03:07 PM CST (3) Early critique

This is a great start at making a dramatic and interesting B&W image. I love the angular patterns of the cut rock faces. The composition and point of view makes it feel a bit like you are inside a book that might close up on you. The excavator at the top is a nice touch, adding interest and scale. I don't know if you have the opportunity to shoot this same scene again, but if you could be there when the sun is not so bright, I think it would improve the image...

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