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Madsterdam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 102 W: 25 N: 115] (628) [2009-04-05 14:38]

Hello Jose,

I've been so busy in recent months that I generally only have time to indulge in some selfish gallery gazing. I enjoyed your "Italy series" very, very much.

This is a terrific shot. Great composition and the intense look that says "He's doing it all wrong. Now I gotta go fix that." (or whatever it is you say in Portuguese).

Black and white really works well here and I like the way the background blurs (he's almost nose-to-nose with something), which is a bit of the theme of the shot.

I haven't read everything that's been written, so I apologize if I'm repeating, but I just wanted to stop by and drop a line...

Thanks,
Jim

Madsterdam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 102 W: 25 N: 115] (628) [2009-04-05 14:09]

Hello Erbil,

You've got some terrific shots of reflections here in your gallery. By the way, you seem to have a lot of fun shooting various things. I'm still exploring your gallery a bit and see you have varied taste.
One thing for sure, you love bright colors. While looking at this shot, I'm wondering if the boat in the middle wouldn't look better without the boats on the lower right or the one above, however, I see that when you only look at the sharp subject in the middle and its reflection, the rest of the boats become much more blurry...is it my eyes or just a good aperture setting?

Jim

Madsterdam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 102 W: 25 N: 115] (628) [2009-04-05 14:03]

This is a wonderful composition. It's a pity that it's ot clearer. The white background with the lines and dots of color make the rule of thirds very easy to see. Sharpness would have made this perfect.

Jim

Madsterdam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 102 W: 25 N: 115] (628) [2009-03-31 6:12] [+]

Hi Richard,

Great subject. I always have the tendency to want to see more symmetrical, graphic details of the intricacies in architecture. This is SF! It's just a pity about that branch in the upper-left-hand corner.

Be well,
Jim

Madsterdam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 102 W: 25 N: 115] (628) [2009-03-29 12:03] [+]

This is perhaps the most civil exchange of critiques that I've ever seen on this site Erbil! Bravo. You investigated the person's background. You were extremely courteous in explaining your motivation for your critique. You took the time to demonstrate what you wrote and then used your daily upload to illustrate it. Now that's what teaching is about on a learning site!

Kindest regards,
Jim

Madsterdam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 102 W: 25 N: 115] (628) [2009-03-28 14:48] [+]

You have a number of beautiful images in your gallery with a bit of color saturation added. I like the tone of this somewhat (desaturated?) image. The shot is very clear and the mood is tranquil. It took me a while to figure out what I don't like about the frame: the color is fine, even the fact that it's shadowed works, but I think it's the fact that the sides are wider and the top/bottom are thinner and that clashes with the height of the building...makes it look too close to the top....I think one thick white frame would be better.
You live in such a beautiful country!
Jim

Madsterdam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 102 W: 25 N: 115] (628) [2009-03-28 13:01]

Hello Sandy,

I saw this when you posted it last week and haven't had much time to participate much on the site. These neon signs are a great series. I think I'll post one that I've got soon here.
The orange and blue are terrific. I think what I like most is that the nuances of the dark background come out when you look at it longer. What's even more noticeable is that when I block out the TL light blue background with my hands, the entire shot pops out more. Good catch of a simple subject.
Jim

Madsterdam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 102 W: 25 N: 115] (628) [2009-03-28 12:53]

Hola Manuel,

I like the colors, and the way the orange/yellow colors on the green skinned fruit is dispersed across the image. The vignette/blur is not something I would have thought of, I'll have to see about that in the future...
I also like the frame. The white and tinge of orange/yellow band set the fruit off nicely from the light blue TL background.

I can practically smell the fresh fruit,

Un saludo desde Manzanares el Real...Jim

Madsterdam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 102 W: 25 N: 115] (628) [2009-03-28 12:43] [+]

Hello Kristof,

It seems like you are mastering this technique. I browsed your gallery a few times this week, but my time has been very limited to even write a comment. You're using the site very well. I remember you started here either a week or two before or after me last year May. It's an inspiration when people put out their learning process and try new things. I only wish I could do more. Hopefully this will change.

These miniatures are interesting POVs with this technique; you do get the sense that it's a model of some sort.
Keep shooting...
Kind regards,
Jim

Madsterdam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 102 W: 25 N: 115] (628) [2009-03-27 11:01]

Splendid how that blue emerges from the green. Cool colors with a touch of yellow. The macros in your gallery are wonderful. Thanks Foozi.
Ciao,
Jim