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Sooooo Sleepy....
06/05/2019 07:34:05 AM
Sooooo Sleepy....
by Ja-9

Comment:
Nice hooters. :-)

I'm not really a natural history guy, but this is a great shot of the two owls. (?)

Aesthetically the composition is bang on with the eye contact of the bird on the left on the third held in balance by the second one.

The only thing that I don't like so much is the dark stripe of grass across the top of the frame. The bokeh is not harsh but my eyes are draw up there and I think the image would have been stronger cropping that out and going for a more conventional aspect ratio.

The one solid blade of grass sticking up on an angle from the bottom right is slightly distracting but I realize you can't go out and mow the lawn in these situations and it dosn't hold my eye as long as the stripe at the top as it looks like it's in the right place.

Focus is bang on where you need it, the faces are both sharp and the catch lights in the one with it's eyes open give a lovely depth and life to the owl.

Exposure wise the left side of the left bird seems a bit over-exposed and the background grass seems a bit over-saturated, almost yellow. Possibly the raw conversion pushed that a bit to get the tones in the birds looking so nice, I'm not sure but yellow is fine without the darker strip at the top.

Overall a really nice image, well done.
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The Stereo Factory
02/20/2013 02:48:02 AM
The Stereo Factory
by Sebi

Comment:
Hi,

Greetings from the critique club...

This is the 2nd image I've critiqued since returning to the site after quite a break, really interesting to see the high level of image manipulation in challenges now.. No issue with it, just interesting.

First up, I like this photo.

You've got to a lot of effort to construct the scene and the multiple images of yourself and you've thought about how all the elements interact.

The shallow DOF / Miniature effect is sometimes overdone, but it's entirely appropriate here... I apologise now if it is a lens effect, but I'm guessing it's a mask. :-)

The colour toning of the image works well with the subject matter, and keeping yourself 'full spectrum' enhances the overall miniature feeling. You've understood what you were doing well enough to keep the lighting direction consistent feeling on all the mini-me workers, and sized them appropriately as they get closer to the viewer.

Busy? Not really. A bunch of we yous doing work, and good leading lines of the nuts, bolts and some other bits pointing into the 'guts' of the factory. The only detractor is the eye-magnet bullseye in the background which looks like a roll of masking tape?

It's appropriate that one of your clones is looking at it.. I just can't take my eyes off the thing either. Once my eyes land there I struggle to pull them back and then I find myself looking at the motor shaft which points at the top right of the image and off into space.

Aside from the masking tape the only concern is that I might get this bit of equipment down the road some time and there will be rusty screws in it??

Nice image. Well constructed and I'd have been placing it a little higher in this contest I think.

Cheers, Chris H.
Anatomy of a cell phone
02/20/2013 02:35:18 AM
Anatomy of a cell phone
by Kroburg

Comment:
Hi,

Been away from DPC for quite a fair while and just getting back into things....

Anyway, greetings from the Critique club.

This is a well constructed image, and fits the challenge well. I'm a tech/geek kinda fella and I find it interesting to look at, but unfortunately not for long.

Once I'm over the 'Oooo, that's kinda cool, wonder how it was done' aspect I find the subject is quite busy and there's no one point of interest or area to concentrate so my eyes flick around looking for something to rest on.

For the subject and method the central framing is probably appropriate but I wonder if it'd been on an angle, or partially cropped it might have given more interesting lines? It's just not holding my interest.

Maybe adding it into a 'natural' surrounding? In a plastic skeleton hand? I'm not sure....

Great effort though, and well executed layering/alpha/color selection. It's just missing that 'something' to bring it up a bit more.

Cheers, Chris H.

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death :: exit
10/24/2009 07:14:19 AM
death :: exit
by ericwoo

Comment:
Greetings from the Critique club.

My first visit to the critique club for ages, and I get this. Just my luck. :-)

This is really solid, it portrays your title and is well executed. Execution is excelent with no focus/exposure issues.

From an asthetic point of view the area of light at the bottom of the bottle I think is slightly too hot, and my eyes linger there for too long.

When I first viewed the image I followed the light path down into the bottom of the bottle and totally bypassed the dead flower, missing what I think is the central character.

If that could be slightly darker I think it'd improve the impact of the image slightly.

I'm also feeling that a different crop, or a bit more 'drift' of the soul of the flower to give a slightly more diagonal lead-in to the image might be more compelling, but without seeing it I'm not sure.

Possibly a square crop instead? Same height, pad it out more to the right?

Difficult to find anything else to say about this one.

Nice work.
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bold
08/19/2007 07:02:01 AM
bold
by arsenal

Comment:
I love the funky Bokeh in this... I'm not sure about your editing though, the colour almost looks like old kodachrome.
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water wheel
08/17/2007 06:07:05 AM
water wheel
by itakephotos

Comment:
At the time of day you too this the contrast between the sky and dark shadow is just too great.. Possibly when the sun was further around? or at the other end of the day?
Blue, Yellow, Green
08/15/2007 06:05:32 PM
Blue, Yellow, Green
by tonyv

Comment:
I would have been tempted to crop off the trees in the forgroudn, but a great landscape anyway... 7
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Benson the Alpaca
08/13/2007 08:50:52 AM
Benson the Alpaca
by Node

Comment:
Careful, they spit! Or is that Llamas? I can never remember.
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Sanctified
08/13/2007 08:50:15 AM
Sanctified
by fancypants

Comment:
Very clever use of the graffiti! Assuming it was already there, and if it wasn't already there, nice painting work! :-). Possibly I would like to see just a little less shadow in her eyes, but still a solid image..
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DadAtDominoes.jpg
06/30/2007 05:59:12 AM
DadAtDominoes.jpg
by JohnLampkin

Comment:
Firstly, congrats to your Dad for making the three digits!

This portrait fits squarely into the category of 'environmental' portrait, you're showing more than just the person, and they are in their own environment, interacting with it...

If this were strictly a portrait of him, I'd say to get closer to the window. The closer you are to the window, the higher contrast you get between the side near the window, and the side near the room. This enhances the 'modeling' and character of the shot.

Importantly, it also increases the surface area of the 'light' relative to your subject, and reduces the 'hot spots' you can see here in his forehead.

Play around this this window/light to subject spacing.. If you haven't got a crash-test model, use a basketball, orange, pillow... Whatever. Get a feeling for what difference the distance of the window to subject makes.

As an environmental portrait, and a record of your father it's a neat shot, showing his left hand with the wedding band is a very subtle touch you might not have noticed, but it tells us something about the man...

I'd have loved to see him looking at the camera, although he may not have been keen on that, I dunno. If you get someone involved with an activity, and distract them so they flick you a look, or maybe a grin it's magical, it gives you the context of the moment, and a solid connection through the eyes...

Also you need to think about what's behind your subject... There's a flower and something else black growing out of his left year, and a sofa in line with his eyes on his right.

When you want to take someone's photo like this, spend some time talking to them, and observe their environment. If you want the person to be the center of attention, check mentally what is behind them, and in front before you lift the camera to your eye. This is sometimes important, as you only get two or three shots before the person becomes aware of the camera, and either annoyed, or poses for you, which ruins the candid and relaxed nature of the shot.

As I said a way back in this thread, you can improve your portrait taking without spending any money on lights. One of the best things you can do with this type of shot is observe, and that is definitely free!

Thanks for sharing, and keep up taking photos of your Dad!

Message edited by author 2007-06-30 06:02:03.
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