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dgarr Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521) [2007-08-12 0:33]

You're right Karen, all things do have their time. You captured this at exactly the perfect time I think. It is a wonderful picture with a very reflective mood, about patience, age, where we have been, and what is to come. Great capture.

David

dgarr Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521) [2007-08-11 20:12]

Great capture Ruud:
This photo has a wonderful basic composition, and many details that add a greater dimension to it. Your note is very helpful. To get a close up portrait of a stranger without having them stare right into the lens is a challenge in itself. This photo is wonderfully framed and very sharp. The colors are rich and well balanced. The woman's expression is very calm and content, like she has no worries, although the lines in her face and hands tell another version. Excellent work. Thanks for posting this.

David

dgarr Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521) [2007-08-10 22:19]

Very effective PP work. I like what you have done with this. In many of your color posts you have gone in the opposite direction and gone to heavy on the saturation in my view, but this B&W works very well.

I have a lot of background working in darkrooms, and with color printing the emphasis put on me was always on realistic tones, as I would have to adjust the filters to get the balance right and this could be very time consuming. I worked with a lot of B&W as well and this requires just as much skill, but the emphasis is different.

Not all pictures work in B&W, but this one does, and just being able to recognize this about a picture requires a good eye. GE (good eye)Jeremy.

David

dgarr Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521) [2007-08-07 21:35]

Wonderful image Hannes. The B&W format is great for this. There is a strong contrast of the light soft values of the fog against the hard dark lines of the branches. GREAT!!! This contrast creates wonderful tension, as your comment about expecting a big cat to appear reflects. Classic!

David

dgarr Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521) [2007-08-05 21:12]

This is a really great shot. The butterfly and flower are very sharp and vivid and the overall composition of photograph works very well. I might like to see it with a more subdued backdrop, without the colorful flowers, as this would create a more dramatic emphasis on the main subject, but that was something out of your control here.

This a great capture and is presented wonderfully here. TFS

David

dgarr Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521) [2007-08-05 19:17]

Great photo! The shadow is really remarkable, and the intent look of concentration in the girl's eye is wonderful. B&W works very well here.

dgarr Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521) [2007-08-05 19:12]

Very strong graphic image. This would work very well as a B&W. Great post.

David

dgarr Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521) [2007-08-05 19:02]

Really cool image. The vivid colors of the houses contrast wonderfully with the overcast sky and the overall kind of dreary feeling of the architecture style. It's; bright and cheery meets savage gloom. Cool. I love it.

David

dgarr Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521) [2007-08-05 18:55] [+]

Very nice capture. I like the bare realism this railway shot. It's kind of stark and gritty which works very nicely for this subject matter. The rigging on the left side looks almost like some kind of post modern sculpture. Cool.

David

dgarr Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521) [2007-08-05 18:46]

Nice mood in this picture. I love the warm tones and the repetions of the lines in the shadow. The focus is too soft for me, but that's just a personal viewpoint.

David