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"The strength in this image is the use of lighting to set these branches and leaves out from just the hint of a wall behind."
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"The subject fern has been placed very centrally in the frame and appears to have been lit with strong frontal lighting. Side lighting may have shown up the detail without the central hot spot."
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"Detail in this moth along with colours have been captured well. The flowers it is feeding on while slightly soft are fine, however, the over bright flowers across the top in the background are a distraction. a tighter crop all around would overcome the problem and direct all attention on the moth."
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"The overhead view of this plant produces an abstract pattern appearance that is very effective, the strong circular shape of the rim of the pot against the unobtrusive background contrasts well with the strong shapes and textures in the plant,"
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"i'm not sure which planet this creature is from but you have done well to see his face and record it. Lighting and exposure have been well controlled to capture good detail. The cut off branch intruding from the right and the stick on the left are distractions that would have been better removed. "
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"A well recorded image showing the patterning of the veins in the leaf. The water drops add interest as does the rubbish collected in the centre drop."
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"You have recorder this lily flower well but the positioning in the frame is an awkward presentation. A large crop off the uninteresting, out of focus leaves on the right and the addition of some space under the flower would make it more comfortable to view."
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"Good colour and exposure, this orchid is flowering well and as a result the viewers eye runs all over the place. Had you selected a group of 2 or 3 undamaged flowers and concentrated on isolating them i think a stronger image would be gained."
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"A clean shot of this orchid flower with good colour and exposure. The water spray adds interest but may have been a little overdone. While it is good to get in close and fill the frame you should try to avoid cutting the end of petals."
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"Generally the flower has been well handled and the wild life in it is an extra point of interest. A tighter crop to eliminate some of that green background and a general toning down of the green would strengthen the overall image as would the toning back of the white cut off ends below the flower. "
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"Detail in this section of this flower stem has been well recorded. colour and lighting are good, with all those buds its a pity one had not opened into a flower to create a point of interest to rest on."
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"It's interesting to see one apparently good flower left in what is otherwise a spent flower head. Photographing against the sky works well and you have recorded good colours. While there is some detail in the shadow area a little more would help as would a bit more blue sky to the right."
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"The more I looked at this image the more I found in it. The techniques used to bring the various elements together to tell the story of the dragon eating your flowers have all worked well to obtain the end result."
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"A simple presentation of these flowers and buds, lighting is well controlled and complementary and the background is acceptable, I would, however, clone out the flower in top left and tone back some of the brighter background highlights."
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"A simple presentation of these well presented flowers against a good dark background, just enough background detail to locate the flowers."
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"Well positioned points of interest with the foreground flower and buds showing good sharp detail and colour, The second flower is out of focus but is subdued enough to not draw too much attention, The background has been generally well controlled, however there are several highlights that distract"
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"A pleasant scene presented in a way that the viewers eye follows the waterway into the image enjoying the spring colours on the way. While it is an interesting sky the inclusion of the flowers to break it up strengthens the overall effect."
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"Some nice lighting has been captured on parts of this leaf. While I like it highlighted in this way against the dark background I think just a bit has been lost where the shadows overtake part of the leaf. A bit of gardening may have cleaned up this problem."
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"This is a nice relaxed portrait of this lady with her fields in the background. While in some respect it may be in her garden it is too much of a portrait for this subject."
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"This really captures the feel and colours of autumn. The positioning of the seat is good to balance the composition and it would be even better with an older person resting and enjoying the gardens."
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"There is a big splash of colour here and the fly is a bonus. Unfortunately the only area that is really in focus is the flower that the fly is resting on. The rest of the image is soft focus red or green both of which appear to be over saturated with colour. "
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"the colour, exposure control and detail in these flowers is so well handled that they can stand out against the white background that would normally be a great distraction. I think the capture if the fine misty texture on the flowers also gives that cold feeling that matches the scene."
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"A simple image of water drops on a leaf, this has been well recorded with good detail and colour. As you look across this there is no strong point of interest to settle on. I think this could have been achieved by getting the reflection of a flower or object in that water drop in the foreground."
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"An interesting patch of succulent that show a lot of shapes and slight colour changes. Exposure and colour has been handled OK, however, the image lacks a strong centre of interest for the viewer to rest on. The introduction of a stronger coloured specimen or even a garden gnome would do the trick."
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"The delivery truck has arrived with the next lot of plants for the garden. I'm sure that is the story behind this interesting garden decoration, Positioning and exposure are good and I like the balance between the truck, the plants it carries and the existing flowers in the garden."
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"A very well controlled image in all respects, The colour and texture of the flower has been presented so well you could reach out and touch them, a slight darkening of the corners could enhance even more."
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"good colour and great detail where required. Nice diffused background. A tighter crop would make it even stronger."
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"A simple well exposed image with the flowers placed perfectly to create a pleasing composition against a very well controlled background."
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"A nice colourful garden scene well recorded, While well photographed with all the people wandering in all directions its a bit busy. better to pick a smaller area and isolate subjects."
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"There are many good points to this image from a story telling point of view with all these bees competing for the spoils. I think this is a case where moving back a little to show the entire centre of the flower, maybe in vertical format, this would allow you the get more in sharp focus."
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"A well framed image of this bug that is well exposed with good colour. Depth of field needs to be increased by using a smaller aperture as while the bugs back is detailed focus is lost by the time you reach its eyes and antenna which need to be in critical focus."
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"A well selected angle of view to look right into the centre of this rose, The two buds add interest and the outside petals which appear to be a little damaged are just toned back enough to stop them drawing too much attention."
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"Great control of lighting and colour. Good detail where needed. The flower is well placed to present a pleasing composition."
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"The rose itself has been recorded well with nice soft lighting which allowed detail to be captured deep into the flower. There are a lot of distractions in the background which draw attention away from the main flower. A slight movement of the camera to the left could have eliminated most of these."
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"An interesting attempt to do something different but in this case I don't think it has come off. The seed head in the foreground seems to be overpowered by the blurred leaf behind"
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"Good colour and detail throughout the flower. The composition works well but it is a pity you had to cut through some petals to get it, maybe a slight rotation of the camera and or moving back a bit may have overcome the problem."
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"An interesting gateway into a colourful garden. While its all interesting subject mater I think a stronger omage may have been obtained with a step left and closer to the gate and archway. Then a vertical image of the arch looking along the path to the red tree in the background. "
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"Colour is good as is the soft lighting and control of the background. Because this has been taken from the side depth of field has let you down with only a small strip of the flower and neither bud in focus. A much smaller aperture is needed ."
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"interesting use of a musical instrument but it fits in well with her pose and I like the colour match with her lipstick. The model has good eye contact with the viewer and there are good catch-lights in her eyes to add life to them."
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"Good use of the diagonal for composition and the creature stands out well against the blue sky with no distractions. Good exposure balance to bring out detail in a black creature against a bright sky."
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"A good subject for a portrait that has just missed out on lighting. The pose seems to show the subject deep in thought. The lighting seems to have worked on the left of the image and his hair and beard. On the right there is the heavy shadow of his hand and then the hand and eye that look overworked"
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"Well framed, good detail and exposure, the darkened background provides no distractions. It's simply a very nice portrait of a lion that only lacks a hand reaching in to give him a pat."
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"A very square on portrait with good eye contact but a very bored look on her face, skin tones are good and hair recorded well. The background is a bit strange and seems to be merging into the side of her head and ear."
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"The lighting in this image has been controlled reasonably well giving good skin tones and great eyes. The model is in a relaxed, fun pose which works well but the facial expression does not look like she is having fun. More care needs to be taken when laying out the backdrop so it is not obvious."
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"A rainbow looking cheeky as rainbows do. caught in a nice pose on some interesting flowers. Colours are good but unfortunately the bird is not critically sharp and with this type of subject sharp detail is needed around the head and eyes."
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"This rainbow has been well captured in flight and the lighting through the wings and tail is good. looking at the colour of the head and beak I think the whole body of the bird can be lightened and some shadow recovery could bring out detail on it's underside."
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"A nice water scene which is exposed well with good colour. While all the elements are captured well and the overall composition is OK it lacks a point of interest to hold the viewers attention, even a couple of ducks swimming through would meet this need. "
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"There are some nice elements in this image and considering the difficult lighting you had to work with you have done fairly well. In areas like this you will do better to select various parts of the area and concentrate on simpler images of parts of the area."
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"Good use of the fence and its shadow to lead the viewer into the image. The people add some life to the scene without dominating it. while the direction of the light creates a great shadow of the fence it is not doing a lot to light the bridge very well and a lot of it is in shadow."
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"A partial night scene taken at the right time when there is still a bit if light in the sky. The main structure has been handled reasonably well, however, the poles in the bottom left are a distraction as is that bright white light in the middle that drags all attention away from the main subject."
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"The mist and light through the trees creates a wonderful atmospheric image in the lower half of the frame. While there are nice cloud formations they are completely out of line with the mood with the lower part. I would crop just above the sun then bring heavy dark clouds over the sun."
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"Nice capture of the waterfall and I like the use of the stream to lead the viewer through the image. Overall there is detail through the forest but a bit of recovery work on the shadows could lift and strengthen the whole image."
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"A nice capture of the child fully engrossed in what he is doing. The back lighting has been handled reasonably well. The globe is soft in focus and takes up a large area of the frame a good crop off the bottom would make it less dominant."
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"Great warm lighting which gives that golden glow to the wharf and boats and creates the wonderful colours in the reflections. It's an interesting tight crop just above the wharf that leaves a well balanced panorama image."
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"Great action well captured, good control of background with the crowd nicely diffused. the only distraction is the official in the background who would be better in a different colour shirt."
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"I don't think I need to say much about this image. All the elements are in exactly the right position to form a strong story telling composition. Every part of the bee is critically sharp and the flower is positioned to frame it to perfection."
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"I like the colour and detail captured in the splash action and the water. The background colours and shapes are drawing too much attention. If you can select the background and blur and darken it to just show the source of the colours without taking away from water drops which are great."
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"Nice reflections, great colours and the bird drying wings is well positioned to add interest. Just enough of the shoreline at the top of the image and the panorama format works well."