View Full Version : Critique Please

03-01-2007, 01:44 AM
If you would be good enough to offer your opinions and suggestions, I would appriciate it.

I call the first one "GOTHIC, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory". It is Gothic Colorado and the site was founded in 1928. We got lost and on the way out, this guy just strolled down the road. I saw the picture in the mirror so I jumped out and shot it.

The second on I call "End of the Trail" and I actually have two different crops of this, each in color and in B&W (4 pix total).

Thanks in advance for your comments.


03-01-2007, 03:10 AM
I'd put the man in the fourth quadrant Rule of Thirds intersection...

03-01-2007, 01:21 PM
Hi Roger;

Please re-post bigger versions ... at least 8" X 6.4" . It's tough getting an impression in the tiny size.

03-01-2007, 03:13 PM
No matter what I try, this is the biggest I can get it to display :( What am I doing wrong? I try cropping to 8x6.4, 10x8 @ 96 DPI. Tried (previewed) from my Smugmug site and nothing makes a difference. I even tried them one at a time.

03-01-2007, 03:47 PM
Instead of attaching the images, link to them by enclosing in [ img ] yourImageURL [ /img ] tags (don't use the spaces in the tags). I assume smugmug allows direct linking? If so, just use the URL of the image on smugmug and put it in the tags and the images will show up as large as they are on smugmug.

03-01-2007, 03:50 PM
Hi Roger... You can insert your images from your Smugmug gallery - here's the Help info on that: http://www.smugmug.com/help/picture-sharing. The problem I had at first was finding the URL, but Andy explains it pretty well there, and if you insert instead of attach you can put more than one image in, with comments between them.

I put mine in my Smugmug gallery at 800px on the longest side, then insert the Large size.

Hope this helps.


03-01-2007, 05:05 PM
That worked. Thanks everyone. So with the advice on names, how does

"Hermit" work for this

"Doomed Passage"

03-01-2007, 05:23 PM
Vicki's cars "I'll Show you Mine if you show me yours" scored an 80.

And the Judge's LOVED Holly's title on Vicki's cars!!

Sometimes a long title can work as on the example above - but usually 2 or 3 words are best.


03-01-2007, 05:39 PM
I'm fairly new to competitions, so I don't know if this title gets overused, but I keep thinking "The Long And Winding Road" when I see this image.

03-01-2007, 05:43 PM
Hi Roger;

Much better size now. I'm going to address the wagon first. The matte is the reverse of what it needs. A low-key matte behind a hi-key subject layer screams for attention. And on both images, the accent lines, draw too much attention.

Here is my version ... hi-key matte and a lesser accent line.


03-01-2007, 05:53 PM
Hi Roger;

On the low-key image. I moved the man into the 4th quadrant. I also changed your accent line. My other change I'm not as sure about ... I used posterize on it and then a levels adjustment layer. Finally, I cropped off the top.


03-01-2007, 06:43 PM
How about "Road to Nowhere" for the title?

03-01-2007, 07:09 PM
How about "Road to Nowhere" for the title?

If I go with a title like this, should I crop out the shed on the left? Also, for competition, how much ps can be done, i.e. can I clone out the shed to leave the sence of this being Nowhere?

03-01-2007, 08:21 PM
I'm going to address the wagon first. The matte is the reverse of what it needs.

I respectfully disagree.... For this image I personally like the black matte. The white matte makes the snow look "dirty".... (fwiw, imho) The black matte causes your eye to go right to the image.... But then again if I saw them side by side as finished images I might change my mind!!