I'm amazed. When I saw the mandate and realised how hard it would be for me\nI thought there would be a very small entry. Well done everyone.\n\nINT Eric Stevens 2.jpg: I can see where you're coming from with this but it\ndoesn't quite get there for me. I like the way you've juxtaposed the\nbarrels with the post but the post provides too big a block of nothingness\nso it becomes a distraction.\n\nINT Eric Stevens 4.jpg: Again this didn't quite get there - I guess\nmachinery's just not my thing. This feels like a documentary shot, maybe\ntry altering the taking height so those complicated bits on the floor are\naccentuated or something. I like the detail though, pin sharp too, and the\nlighting's nice.\n\nINT_ E_Stevens_old.jpg: Wow. How can you possibly say "no artistic merit"\nin the comments, The angle the string cuts through the sky and indeed the\ncompletely flat sky with such a tiny kite force me to follow the string from\nthe foreground to the kite. I'm reminded of something Miro, I'm sure he did\nan installation piece called "string" or some such which worked the same\nway.\n\nInt_BobCoe_1.JPG: I really like this but I don't know why. The subtle red\ntones and the very harsh vertical lines counteract each other nicely. You\nobviously have an eye for composition as the relative positioning of the\nballs and the camera works really well as of course does the lighting.I'm\nstruggling to get the scale of this piece, something tells me it's really\nsmall but on the other hand it looks like maybe a stage set or something?\n\nInt_BobCoe_2.JPG: I like this too, the different detailing on each side adds\ninterest and the total burn-out of the centre works really well.\n\nInt_BobCoe_3_old.JPG: I'm sure this is a good shot but why the strange\nborder? Somehow that just makes me look at the border no matter how much I\ntry to look at the image. What are you trying to say? Blanking out the\nborder leaves me something I really like, especially the movement in the\nblurred wings - it sort of goes together with the soft colours and soft\nfocus of the sea and sky.\n\nInt_MarthaCoe_1.JPG: I'm sorry but I just don't get this. There's no really\nattention grabbing feature and too many things which drag my eyes away,\nwhat's that bench doing there - hasn't it heard of cropping? For me this is\njust a snap of a building.\n\nInt_MarthaCoe_2.JPG: Now this is interesting. Close your eyes a bit and\nsquint and this looks like an old fashioned shot of a steam train! Lots of\nthings work well here, the vanishing point of the building is near a major\nthird which I'm sure helps, the building has loads of texture and symmetry\nand that fence adds yet another dimension. I like.\n\nInt_MarthaCoe_3.JPG: As flower shots go this one is quite good I suppose,\nnice depth of field, sharp flowers, excellent composition, good control of\ndynamic range (it would have been so easy to burn the white petals out).\nBut it's a flower shot and they are notoriously difficult to make\ninteresting.\n\nInteresting-Almost Real-Cooper.jpg: This is a really powerful shot and\ntechnically very good too. I particularly like the (not so) subtle\nhighlighting on the skin and wonder if that is due to good control of the\nlighting or is the model is made up that way. The composition could be a\ndisaster but for the hat which turns it into a real attention grabber.\nGreat.\n\nInteresting-Bob Sosenko.jpg: One day I'll learn to light like Bob lights. I\ndon't often enjoy machine shots but this one has a surreal look to it that\nkeeps my eyes coming back for more. And with plenty of detail there's more\nto come back for again and again. Fantastic.\n\nInteresting_-_BobFlint_1_.jpg: I'm not sure about this, something grabs me\nbut then again there's just a little bit too much distraction to hold my\nattention. I think part of the problem is the cropping, is the body/cab at\nthe top part of the image or not, more or less is needed. The distant\nbackground is very distracting too, why is it in focus? That said I like\nthe overall composition and the textures and details although I think that\noverall it could benefit from some dodge and burn to reduce the intensity of\nthe sunlit areas and so leave scope to add contrast to the areas in shadow,\nmaybe simply pull up the midrange in photoshop?\n\nInteresting_-_BobFlint_2_.jpg: This doesn't quite get there for me, the\ncomposition is to central and whatever's on the to right shouldn't be. A\nsimple crop of the right hand fifth of the image, almost to the cage, makes\nit much better in my opinion as it gives it more balance. I like the\ntexture in the soil though, good choice of time of day in order to get the\nlight to do that.\n\nInteresting_-_BobFlint_3_.jpg: Another one where a tiny crop would make all\nthe difference. Losing the scoop on the left gets rid of a major\ndistraction and places all of the main components directly into the strong\nareas of the image\nI'm glad that's not my garden.\n\nInteresting_Savageduck-01.jpg: Here's an example of how to get it right.\nStraightforward composition which places the important bit in the right\nplace even though that means including some bland bits on the left to relax\nthe viewer's eye. Inclusion of another plane in the background with just\nenough depth of field so that it's clearly recognisable for what it is but\ndoesn't in any way distract from the main image sets the context so that the\nviewer's brain instantly recognises the subject. Lots of detail in the\nimportant bits to keep the attention where it should be.\n\nInteresting_Savageduck-02B.jpg: And here's and example of the opposite.\nWhere is my attention supposed to be? Scoop thing? Detail of door tips?\nDetail on door hinges? I dunno!\nAdd in poor exposure control so that the definition between the subject and\nthe background is lost in some areas as well as shadows with no hint of\ntheir origin and hope is lost.\n\nInteresting_Savageduck-03.jpg: I like the centre composition of this, I\nthink it adds power and menace, it reminds me of Helen's child with Gun shot\nfrom a few month's back. The lighting is immense but is it real? certainly\nthe top centre looks a bit strange to me. The rest is of course technically\nspot-on too, in particular the tonal range which is just about right in the\nimportant bits like the engine detail. The only slight down side is the\ndepth of field which I feel could do with being a little shorter to get rid\nof the buildings a bit.\n\nInteresting_TimConway.jpg: Once again there's too much else going on for the\nbit that matters to take centre stage as it should. This needs a\ndramatically different camera angle or a very short depth of field or\nsomething. It should be a picture of the engine and prop not of the\nbuildings, truck, gantry etc.\n\nInteresting_TimConway2_old.jpg: Lovely. The arrangement of the domes works\nwell and whatever you've done to the sky is great but could it perhaps use a\nlittle more contrast so there is more black in the image?\n\nInteresting_TimConway3_old.jpg: I quite like this although it does seem a\nlittle contrived. How was the lighting done? The use of a slightly\nbattered example adds interest too. The composition is a little, well,\ntried and tested, indeed I have an almost identical shot hanging on my\nliving room wall (not taken by me I must add).\n\nSI-Interesting-by-Calvin-Sambrook.jpg: Mine of course. A deliberate use of\nconverging verticals to give an impression of height and reach. I kept the\nleft hand books vertical and tilted the right hand side in as it seems to\nmake it look more as if the model is climbing than if they both slope to the\ncentre. Lighting is deliberately on her back in an attempt to add texture\nto her clothes but in retrospect it might have worked better from the other\nside. The ceiling is deliberately burned out in order to lose it's detail\nwhich was distracting in test shots.\n\nSI_Interesting_Solomon_Peachy_1.jpg: Fantastic. The choice of intense\ncolour and really tight focus really works as do the strong highlights.\n\nSI_Interesting_Solomon_Peachy_2_old.jpg: A great image, you've captured a\nwonderful look and the whole thing carries a lot of power. It's an image\nwhich forces my brain off into "what is she thinking" sorts of questions\nwhich I suppose is exactly what you intended. Technically: great lighting,\nvery well controlled, wonderful use of tonal range with the only real\nhighlight being the flame and that on a strong point too. The really flat\ntone of the face really forces the viewer to keep coming back to the flame.\nThe only slight downside I guess is that glass in the bottom right but the\nrest is so powerful it doesn't really distract.\n\nint-bowser-1.jpg: Cute but the impact is totally lost in the confusing\nbackground. Control of depth of field was a must here.\n\nint-bowser-2.jpg: What a fun picture. It's actually got great composition\nand I particularly like the subtle ways in which motion is indicated. Great\ntextures and just the right amount of depth of field to still shout\n"sea-side" but not be distracting.\n\nint-bowser-3.jpg: Wonderfully complex but I found there was simply nothing\nto focus my attention on so the image as a whole lost it's potential impact.\nNice dynamic range and some very subtle tomes.\n\nint_simon1.jpg: A nice bug-shot if you like that sort of thing. The\ncomposition would fail miserably if it weren't for that stuff on the left\nbalancing the angle of the wing on the right. Nicely done.\n\nint_simon2.jpg: Again this shot would lose it's impact because of poor\ncomposition if it weren't for the lines in the background mimicking the\nplant. For me it needs just a little more depth of field so that at least\nthe antennae are in focus if not the whole body.\n\ninter-Frank-ess-01.jpg: I like this a lot, the framing works really well -\nmore so because each 'window' has a different content. Good use of texture\non the trellis and colour in the plants. A good decision to burn out the\nbackground.\n\ninter-Frank-ess-02.jpg: Great technique, I really like the offset\ncomposition and the shadow which seems to have just the right amount of\nsharpness. Great texture and detail.\n\ninter-Frank-ess-03_old.jpg: I struggle to believe that this is cropped in\nthe way intended by the photographer, was it an attempt to add impact by\nbreaking the basic rules? sort of like Punk? If so it certainly works in\nthat it disturbs me. Colours are nice though.\n\ninteresting-\-CD-Cooper.jpg: I quite like the circle-in-a-box-in-a-box\narrangement of this. The texture is good too, lots of lovely detail.\n\ninteresting-flea market choice2-Cooper.jpg: Control of depth of field could\nhave made this shot. Instead I'm struggling to make out the foreground from\nthe background, particularly in the centre. If I imagine an out of focus\nbackground and with perhaps a little less sky this could have been quite\ngood.\n\nsi_lunabella.jpg: I like this, the symmetry is great. The texture in the\nfeathers, which could so easily have been lost, if really rich too. Great\nshot.\n\nMiss Victoria Dominatrix.jpg: Great shot, how on earth did you get her to\npose? The choice of black and white really works well and despite your\nprotestations it looks good and sharp to me at least at screen res. I'd say\nthere is lots of consideration of technicalities, the composition is good\nand the dynamic range perfect for what could be a nightmare if it were\nmessed up, with important detail at both ends of the scale. The only\nnegative is the background but I can image it would be a little difficult to\nboss that model around!\nAs an aside is it "Miss" by Victoria Dominatrix or "Miss Victoria" by\nDominatrix?\n\nSI_Int_Alan_Browne_1.jpg: There's lots to like about this shot but\nunfortunately things to dislike too. Stacks of detail, rich colours and\ntextures, basic composition, all great. So how come there's a table and\nchair which can't decide whether it's in this photo or not? And it's friend\nthe bookcase seems unsure too.\nThe black line thing is all very well but it does rely on a written\ndescription to excuse it which doesn't really seem to be the point in a\nphoto, at least to me anyway.\n\nSI_Int_Alan_Browne_2.jpg: This doesn't do it for me, at an intellectual\nlevel then maybe a border can be interesting but as a photo it's a concrete\npost and a white line. Albeit the white line has some visual interest all\nby itself I suppose.\n\nSI_Int_Alan_Browne_3.jpg: Purely as a photo I quite like this, the curve of\nthe seats and the textures are interesting in their own right. It could do\nwith a little cropping in the top left though to remove an obvious\ndistraction.\n\n\nWow, my fingers are now bleeding! Hopefully everyone will take my comments\nin the spirit they are intended which is of course an opinionated but honest\nview of the merits of each photo. Thanks everyone for letting me see such a\ngood collection.