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by minniev
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: People Critique
Topic: The Bird-Watcher
Replies: 7
Views: 53

Re: The Bird-Watcher

[quote="Matt Quinn" Minnie, Great framing, wonderful leading lines, perfect cropping, I believe. How quickly we lose the casual agility and spontaneous wanderings of childhood. A wonderful gift for him; a treasure for you. This has prompted me to search in my files for a photo of our grand...
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Photography Discussion
Topic: Learning Photography: Discuss
Replies: 22
Views: 204

Re: Learning Photography: Discuss

Ed, StevenW, Chuck, Matt: Thanks for great stories about your own journeys into learning photography. I've really enjoyed reading your stories and comments back and forth, and hope others will join this rich discussion. My own journey INTO photography had two segments, one as a teenage girl growing ...
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: People Critique
Topic: The Bird-Watcher
Replies: 7
Views: 53

Re: The Bird-Watcher

Psjunkie wrote:Looks good to me minniev....all personal taste but maybe some crop in from the left and up from the bottom just to make him a touch more prominent...


Thanks, Frank, I wondered about cropping but also wanted to show how "brave" he was in climbing the "tree".
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: People Critique
Topic: The Bird-Watcher
Replies: 7
Views: 53

Re: The Bird-Watcher

One suggestion I have, now that I understand what the image will be used for, is totally a grandparent thing. Add a positive, personal little message or caption from you for him to read. It adds a personal touch that is expressly his and it let's him practice his reading. ;) Good idea, since he is ...
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: People Critique
Topic: The Bird-Watcher
Replies: 7
Views: 53

The Bird-Watcher

This is of course a snapshot, caught candid when I spotted my 5 year old grandson Jack up this little tree trying out his binoculars in the birding area behind the Science Museum Sunday. I did some creative processing to liven up a rather shady area in late afternoon with the sun on the wrong side o...
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: Cold Embrace
Replies: 12
Views: 90

Re: Cold Embrace

Odd man out, here. I prefer your first post, Minnie, even though it seems a bit flat, but I suspect that is what happens when you take pictures during a snow storm. The bush was there, so it should stay, I believe. And the snow was falling, so it should continue to fall. More authentic that way. If...
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: Cold Embrace
Replies: 12
Views: 90

Re: Cold Embrace

I thought I might have a stab at this one Minnie. I have increased the contrast, mostly by dodging & burning, and removed the plant in the bottom right corner. Untitled-1.jpg EDIT: Looking at it on here perhaps the snow could stand a bit more brightening ? Thank you Graham, I like it! Yes, I wa...
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: ― Artistic Expression Showcase
Topic: En garde, poussée
Replies: 3
Views: 36

Re: En garde, poussée

You surely have a broad range of interests, subjects, and skills. I open each of your threads like I'd open a present, with great anticipation to see the next treat! This is quite wonderful, with the terrific detail on the handle and glove, the wonderful background texture that supports the color, l...
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: Weather over water
Replies: 7
Views: 53

Re: Weather over water

This is just beautiful, Frank. Great capture and rendition of the light beams. The subtlety of your processing is very appropriate, with plenty of contrast and tonalities, but not overemphasizing the details in the cloud structures - a perfect balance. This gives it a classic, almost painterly look....
by minniev
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: ― Scapes Critique
Topic: The Chilterns (+ snow)
Replies: 5
Views: 39

Re: The Chilterns (+ snow)

It's a beautiful scene with a great leading line and the Lone Tree that captures all of us. I read recently that of all landscape scenes, photos of Lone Trees are among the 5 best selling scenes and if I remember correctly, the only ones where the actual location doesn't really matter (doesn't have ...

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