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Old 15th March 2015
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Milko's photographic journey

Hello,
I've quickly realised not every photo deserves a thread of it's own,
but I would still like to hear your feedback/critique on it.

So, I'd like to create a 'sketchbook' type of thread, where I'll frequently post my photos
and with your much appreciated help/guidance hopefully I'll get 'there' eventually.

I hope you like the idea, and I'll start with these:





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Re: Milko's photographic journey

Welcome to the forum, you might find its better to post larger images within the page if you're looking for feedback as opposed to thumbnail size images.

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Re: Milko's photographic journey

Thanks Tom,
They were clickable, but you are right - it's easier that way.
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Re: Milko's photographic journey

love the portraits, the landscape is a bit flat for me
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Re: Milko's photographic journey

I feel that the first portrait needs less vibrant colours in the background, and brighter person. I like the second portrait.
The landscape isn't quite dramatic enough, though the composition seems fine. The contrast is rather low.
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Re: Milko's photographic journey

Thanks Keith and sponner,

I'll tweak the coloured portrait and see if brighter person/desaturated BG
would make it better.

For the landscape, I was actually aiming for desaturated more graphic feel,
since the scene was like that, but looks like this one was a miss.

I'll post a few more soon.
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Re: Milko's photographic journey

Next batch is in.
Took these yesterday somewhere in the Peaks.
Yes, I'm special kind of idiot, I carry my camera gear while mountain biking :D

How do you get rid of lens flare I tied to align it with the sun so it's less visible, but it's still quite annoying.
I'm pretty sure most of it is caused by
the ND grad.








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Re: Milko's photographic journey

#1 and 3 for me.

Flare is internal reflection and/or refraction within the lens; you can't do a lot about it. TV camera lenses are orders more expensive than ours, and you often see flare on outdoor TV scenes in bright sun.
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Re: Milko's photographic journey

Milko...

Hello and welcome to the forum.

From your first batch
1. I would crop it a bit more to lose the space at the rear of the head
2. Try some softer paler tones on this, I find this image a bit strong in contrast and dark tones.

3.I; share the view of others that this one lays a little flat and need a little more dynamism.

Second batch are very good ( what a bike)

1. Great tones, great framing/composition, need a little light to foreground
2. Love this sunset, great image stand up well in its own right. think what are you selling to the viewer here...sunset or bike, I would buy your sunset in a heartbeat, but I would make a small offer on the bike
3. Light Needs a bit more emphasis on the bike...

I would just detail some particular bike parts to bring out some detail, as the bike has good shape as a silhouette.

I am not a specialist in critique by the way, just seeing the images from my own point of view.

Best of luck...
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Re: Milko's photographic journey

Thanks Keith, I like 1 & 3 as well.

Unfortunately adding more glass elements doesn't help,
the ND had to stay and I'm reluctant to remove the protector as well.
Seeing how I ride with the camera and have to handle it in slippery
environment with gloves and all...one mistake and that pricey lens is gone :/


Thank you Alan,
Yes, that's it, I was wondering what is wrong with #2,

I'll go through the discarded shots to see if I have another shot of the sunset on it's own.

Completely agree on the light/detail remarks.

On #1 from the first batch, I actually tried that, but I thought the bokeh in the BG
works well with the hood colours, but as Keith noted they are too vibrant perhaps.
I actually had another go at it after the comments but it's not a
massive change so I decided to move on instead of posting it again.
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Re: Milko's photographic journey

Whew, it's been 3 weeks! Time goes quickly these days!

Okay, so here's this week' set:









The ones in colour I took at a workshop with Stephen Elliott,
very knowledgeable and skilled photographer with tons of experience.

Critique/comments welcome as usual!
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Re: Milko's photographic journey

The third shot is great - lots of elements in the picture are all perpendicular to the bike which gives it great direction.

From the sunset ones I can't help feel a bit of fill flash would have worked - you've got the bike there so it would be nice to see a few details, either that or complete silhouette.
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