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Happy Mother's Day! (4)
dianeholman/Diane (1,298)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 12, 2012 11:59:27 PM CDT (2) Early critique

The soft pale pinks look very well against the grey-blue background, and the shallow DOF works beautifully. I really like the way that these are not 'perfect' flowers (which I always find rather sterile), but very real, and a symbol of your daughter's love for you. I like the close crop as it shows off some really interesting negative shapes which hold the composition together very well. I think it may work to remove or mute some elements, like the petal which overlays...

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'Bad Feather Day '? (5)
maddoc/Kenneth (1,553)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 12, 2012 6:13:44 AM CDT (3) Early critique

Such a beautiful profile with hints of Rennaissance portrait and dinosaur ancestry. He looks resigned to his fate, and that hairstyle is truly funny. I do agree with Jan about the green, which needs a little taming, and the catch light in the eye could be brightened a touch, but apart from that you've caught all the important details really well and the colours on the bird are spot on.

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Lines (3)
suearez/Rick (5,967)
Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 12, 2012 2:28:25 AM CDT (1) Early critique

I like this very much. The limited red/white/grey colour scheme works well, and the weathering on the van has produced some good textures. I like the interplay of the different enclosed shapes and lines. My eyes have enjoyed taking a journey around it. Its abstract qualities aside, it's also been interesting to learn what this 1955 Shocvan was used for, as I've never seen one before.

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Fungus (2)
livinginparadise/Stephen (117)
Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 12, 2012 1:46:02 AM CDT (2) Early critique

I like this shot very much. Good focus on the most interesting parts of the bracket fungus. Very nice and sympathetic background blur. Using natural light in a shaded area has produced lovely colours and the details on the subject are well caught. I'd love to give this more thumbs up but apart from the placing of those at the base of the trunk I find the plants in the right foreground extend too far over the subject and create a distraction. There are also some blown...

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Portland Head Light Hazy Sunrise (10)
benjaminwilliamson/Benjamin (37)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 12, 2012 12:20:30 AM CDT (2)

I love the way you caught the atmosphere in this shot and think it was a good choice not to include the sun itself. I'm with Bob about warming it up a bit, but not too much, as I think that the cooler yellows help to give it the feeling of a refreshingly chilly early morning in Maine (regardless of the actual temperature ;). You've caught some nice subtle reflections on the underside of the clouds, and the edge of the front enhances the feeling that there is only a short...

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Secret garden (9)
photopeb/Paul (2,209)
Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 11, 2012 4:46:55 PM CDT (6) Early critique

There's nothing I would change in this, hence the 3 TU, and for me it does have a 'wow factor' because I love the colours of grey days, and whether it is true or not this image gives me the strong sensation that rain is either due or has just passed. It feels like a very intimate glimpse at a flower that's gently working at its escape from the trellis prison :) I agree with Ufuk that the details and textures are wonderful. Straight lines are contrasted against curved....

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Daisy and their guests ... (4)
akiskan/Ismail (41,528)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 11, 2012 3:03:12 PM CDT (5) Early critique

I love this shot. I like the way the colour of the cricket echoes the greens of the background, and the way the two flies provide accents of purple against the white flower petals. The central disk, the petals and the insects are wonderfully clear and the whole stands out well against the darker blurred background. The flower bud is nicely muted and plays 'second ballerina' to good effect. I also very much like the way the stem, flower and flower bud all rest on a pleasing...

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Protecting Christianity (6)
valy/Valentin (69)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 11, 2012 2:03:38 AM CDT (7) Early critique

I think it's a fabulous silhouette. Very interesting negative shapes too. Just think it needs the spots in the sky to vanish, and also it might be improved if just a bit more room was given at the bottom and right edges. P.S. Just noticed that your critique-to-posting ratio is a bit low. Your images will get more attention if you write more critiques :)

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Johnny Jump-Ups (1)
joshuabrown/Joshua (150)
Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 11, 2012 1:40:35 AM CDT (3) Early critique

Joshua, I agree fully with all the earlier comments about composition, DOF and visualisation, but you set yourself an impossible task by trying to take photos of violets when the weather was breezy. They're gorgeous flowers, and I think you chose a day with good, soft, natural lighting because you caught those colours very well on the main one, but they also act like fragile sails and catch the slightest movement of the wind. So I'd recommend waiting for a calm day....

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Desert Botanical Garden (5)
azsteve/Stephen (1,316)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 11, 2012 1:19:25 AM CDT (8) Early critique

I think this is a very well-timed 0.8sec long-exposure night scene. The lights on either side of the door are fine to my eyes but the orange and yellow flowers could do with a little less saturation. Otherwise the colours in general are united in a way that may not have happened in daylight. I think it was a very good choice for night photography and the tones have been handled beautifully, and with a gorgeous night sky as well :) I agree with David that there's too...

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Reflection (4)
rcnut/Mark (1,376)
Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 10, 2012 11:10:13 AM CDT (3) Early critique

Great timing to catch the bird as it touches the water, but before the ripples spread and change the wonderful reflection in the glassy water. Lovely curving lines on the feather and tail edges and very attractive natural colours. Maybe it could have been a tiny bit more defined, but it's still a 3 TU in my eyes.

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The square (4)
vtie/Vtie (7,760)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 10, 2012 8:29:58 AM CDT (3) Early critique

I love the viewpoint and I've enjoyed looking at this image for some time. It's a very strong and intriguing compostion, especially as there are so many wonderful variations of squares and rectangles in it. The Title is apt in more than one way, and the square format and framing are perfect and echo the shape of the main subject, which is well set at a different angle, the square around it, and the base of the statue within it. There is also a nice feeling of tension...

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Wait (4)
azsteve/Stephen (1,316)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 10, 2012 1:09:58 AM CDT (1) Early critique

I really like this panoramic shot which emphasises the distance the boy and man have to travel. The lovely shades of brown and blue colours go very well together, the textures are nicely varied, and the atmosphere as a whole is well caught. Although most people say that main figures should not be walking out of a picture, or placed so close to the edge, I think the way you've done this works perfectly. It makes it look as if the man will very soon disappear from the sight...

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Almost Afraid to Look (13)
npaoni/Nicholas (24,312)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 9, 2012 11:54:23 PM CDT (5) Early critique

I love this shot. You chose a great title which made me smile, and the main focus on the bee shows the reason for it perfectly. The composition is very good and the bee has a sympathetic green background. The 'gesture' of the flower seems to be beckoning him in, and the blur of the background flowers make a soft diagonal, which, together with the curving stem underneath, makes it look as if the main flower has moved down to catch the bee :) To increase the connection...

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nose up (6)
funnybear/Bruno (7,088)
Thumb-up Thumb-up    from finisterre/Elise (475) Send mail to this user on May 9, 2012 3:25:50 PM CDT (1) Early critique

This is destined to be my worst critique ever because I love military aircraft so much that my ability to see fault within a large radius just melts away ;) However, I do agree with Sebastian's observations. Can you tell the Chinook variants by sight? I like the colours on the windows - are they tinted or just showing things inside? I can never forget the amazing sounds those things make, so to make it perfect it just needs an audio clip :D (Sorry for sounding so...

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