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Having recently retired, I decided one of the things I might do was go for a LRPS (I have not yet joined). To that end I have selected a number of pics as candidates and put them in a separate gallery on my website (link below). If any one has any useful comments or criticisms or feel that any or all are not good enough please don't hold back.


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Show us the pics then!





I do not need an explanation on how to look at your photos I have not misunderstood something I just do not see your photos here.
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Well done Jim, there are some excellent images in the set.

The "Souk in Marrakech" looks as though the top left corner of the roof is drooping, giving a distorted appearance to the picture. I'd use PS Distort to make it "look right".

I've photographed Sam a few times at various Olympus events and really don't think this one presents her at her best. Her shoulders look too wide (square on to the camera), a tighter crop off the bottom will improve this. I personally dislike the hair over one eye look...

"Dresses" has two (one light and one dark blue) dresses that break the pattern. One pattern break would have worked better, but rearranging dresses for a picture is often frowned on by stall holders.

I'd put a bit more contrast into the "Leadenhall Market 6am Saturday" image to give it more of a toned B&W look and give it some depth.

Your certainly well on track with the others, but as with all judged assessments, personal likes and dislikes will influence the opinion and outcome.

Very best of luck.
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Show us the pics then!





I do not need an explanation on how to look at your photos I have not misunderstood something I just do not see your photos here.
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I had trouble getting the liink right. It should work now.
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Well done Jim, there are some excellent images in the set.

The "Souk in Marrakech" looks as though the top left corner of the roof is drooping, giving a distorted appearance to the picture. I'd use PS Distort to make it "look right".

I've photographed Sam a few times at various Olympus events and really don't think this one presents her at her best. Her shoulders look too wide (square on to the camera), a tighter crop off the bottom will improve this. I personally dislike the hair over one eye look...

"Dresses" has two (one light and one dark blue) dresses that break the pattern. One pattern break would have worked better, but rearranging dresses for a picture is often frowned on by stall holders.

I'd put a bit more contrast into the "Leadenhall Market 6am Saturday" image to give it more of a toned B&W look and give it some depth.

Your certainly well on track with the others, but as with all judged assessments, personal likes and dislikes will influence the opinion and outcome.

Very best of luck.
Thanks Graham
I will play around and see if I can improve them.
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I had trouble getting the liink right. It should work now.
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You obviously misunderstood I am not trawling round the internet looking for your photos. If you do not wish to show them here I will not be looking.
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Well done for thinking about giving this a go. A few members of my club achieved their LRPS recently (one last summer) and by all accounts it was a nerve wracking expeience. I gather that you need to read the rules very very carefully and follow them equally closely.
This is something that I have been thinking about for a while too. I will hopefully retire either this year or next year (coming up 60 in June) or at the very least go part time and getting my LRPS is on the list of things to do.
I haven't had a chance to look at your selection, but I will try to some time soon.
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You obviously misunderstood I am not trawling round the internet looking for your photos. If you do not wish to show them here I will not be looking.
I think that posting a link to a specific set of images like this is more appropriate than posting them on this site. There are rather a lot as you may have discovered................
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You obviously misunderstood I am not trawling round the internet looking for your photos. If you do not wish to show them here I will not be looking.
Come on Alf, clicking one link is a long way from trawling the internet, give Jim a chance!

Jim, I like the look of your images, but I am on the train using my tablet (large images not loading) so will have a proper look when at home and feedback then.
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Come on Alf, clicking one link is a long way from trawling the internet, give Jim a chance!

Jim, I like the look of your images, but I am on the train using my tablet (large images not loading) so will have a proper look when at home and feedback then.
He is not new and I am not looking through his gallery and trying to offer advice.

Here is a quote from another thread too.

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He is not new and I am not looking through his gallery and trying to offer advice.

Here is a quote from another thread too.
Shouldn't LRPS submissions be viewed as a panel as well as individually?
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I cannot comment on the suitability for LRPS, but they seem a strong group of images to my untrained eye.
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Re: Next Step

As Dave says, any RPS distinction submission is viewed and assessed as a complete set. I'm not sure how this works with projected images, but with prints the guidelines will tell you how they will be laid out - I think for LRPS it's two lines of 5. So as well as choosing good photos, it is well worth thinking about how they will sit together. I did it with a set of sports photos so I made sure that I had at least a couple where the action flowed right-to-left to go on the right-hand end. This was harder than you might think, I found when trying to choose for the panel that I almost always shot left-to-right without even thinking about it.

The RPS occasionally run what I think they call "advisory days" where you can take sample photos along - I would definitely suggest going to one as you can sit in on their comments on everybody's photos to get a better idea of what they are looking for. As Graham says it is down to the judges and ultimately subjective but you can stack the odds by making sure that your photos are well presented and the panel is coherent. Then as long as the individual images are reasonable - which the ones of yours I looked at are - I'd say you've got a reasonable chance of an "L".

There is a tricky balance to strike - on the one hand you are supposed to demonstrate variety but on the other hand it helps to show a consistent style. I'm not really sure how to reconcile those!

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He is not new and I am not looking through his gallery and trying to offer advice.

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That's precisely why Jim posted a link, not the photos. If you don't want to look at them, then don't. There's no need for brusqueness or rudeness.
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You obviously misunderstood I am not trawling round the internet looking for your photos. If you do not wish to show them here I will not be looking.
Then why do you bother to provide a link to your Flickr? If you can't help Jim with what he is proposing to do I suggest you leave this thread.
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