Don Mace

United StatesSacramento CA, United States
20
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Specialty: Nature, Travel, Artistic, Black & White, Panoramic
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I have been capturing images for over 30 years. My formative years were spent shooting 35mm film or slide transparencies. My workflow is now totally digital. I primarily capture nature, scenic, landscapes, architectural, macro and, ever so often, people. I am drawn to simple clean compositions - solitary objects on uncluttered tonal areas for the most part. I am fortunate enough to live in one of the most beautiful and photographable places in the world, California. Not a day passes without an opportunity to capture an extraordinary and unique image. I prefer to post process my own images and market my images independently and via stock image sites.
Photo Critique
Rating
9.7
Photographer: Fredrick Muscat
Camera:
Canon EOS 40D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I would give this a 10 all around if it wasn't for the horizon. This is a stellar image nonetheless and I hope you continue to experiment creatively with landscape a...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.2
Photographer: Sheila Reeves
Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Sheila, Thank you for sharing this very well rendered image. It is both beautiful and moody and would make a really nice travel image for the web, as well as a w...
Photo Critique
Rating
10
Photographer: Marcelo Castro
Camera: ILCE-7R
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Marcelo, Great photo. I almost did not accept this image to evaluate. I frankly didn't see anything at first glance that I thought I could help you with. I don't ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.2
Photographer: Jan MacMaster
Camera:
Canon EOS 6D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Jan, I think this image has a lot going for it and yet could benefit from some post processing steps to bring out its strengths and make it an image that works as ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Linda Groom
Camera:
Nikon D700
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Linda, I like this image and it is one that I would have been drawn to simply because of the nice lines, colors and textures it has. There is nothing wrong with ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, This is another one of those images, that while not wildly spectacular, is nonetheless peaceful, beautiful and pleasing to the senses. I love the colors and li...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-x
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi John, Well, another compelling image I see. I think though that this image has a lot more potential than the current iteration. I'll share some ideas you may wis...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I really liked this image when I first saw it. I think it is composed well, and its major strength is its spectacular lighting. Thanks for providing me with mor...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Paul W. F. Summers
Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Paul, this a very nice capture and you show good eye for symmetry and pattern. I like the colors and the mood of this image. It has a very nice feel to it. Here's ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.3
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I am drawn in by this image. It has some really wonderful qualities and works on more than just a couple of levels. I love that you have captured the boats go...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, This, and its counterpart image, is a wonderful and inspiring photo. I think that you have done a good job with it, but I'd consider reworking the sky in this ...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.8
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, For me this image just didn't work well on a few levels. I can absolutely see where you were trying to go with this image and because it is an abstract interp...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I like this image mostly because of the mood it evokes and because of the iconic nature of it. I also very much like the different textures and forms. Below a...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Michele O'Donovan
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Michele. Thank you for sharing this (and your other images as well). This is a particularly nice scene in terms of color, textures, composition and mood. Below are...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.3
Photographer: Michele O'Donovan
Camera:
NIKON D7000
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Michele, who knew an Iguana could be so attractively personable. Your image captures an essence of an creature that for the most part we really don't take the time t...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.5
Photographer: Michele O'Donovan
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
This is another very powerfully beautiful composition. You have a good eye for beauty and form. I have enjoyed reviewing your work. The following are suggestions yo...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Irina Pazhaeva
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Irina, This image is impactful, beautiful and very interesting. I love the dynamic motion that is suggested by the spiral pattern of the tree branches and the deep r...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I very much like this image John. As usual with your images I see no glaring issues or failures of process here. Here's a few ideas you may with to consider.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Jeff Danzik
Camera:
Canon EOS 50D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Jeff, I do like the overall impression that this image presents. I think however that it has some lighting issues that create, in me anyway, a bit of dissonance. Th...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Mary Foley
Category: Photojournalism
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary, Another nice image and imaginative creation. I think this image is both whimsical and poignant at the same time. I think there are a few 'housekeeping' th...
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
This image is beautiful to look at Mary. I like your treatment of it and the creative manner in which you went about displaying your vision. There are a few things ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.2
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I like this. It is a lively, artsy and very presentable image.
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I like what you are trying to accomplish with this image and I think that for the most part you have done so. I also think that the first thing someone will n...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.6
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary, Wonderful image. One might be inclined to dismiss such an image as of little interest because it contains such minimalistic and otherwise uninteresting obj...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I really like this image and its presentation. Your attempt to create a sense of Monet has succeeded. I thought when I first saw it that it had the look of an...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.2
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I like this image on a number of levels. I think it works equally well from the compositional, color and texture, and story-telling perspectives. Any criticism...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Jack Bellamy
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Jack, This is a very nice image and immediately pleases the eye at first glance. I'm sorry I didn't have access to any additional camera information in the comment s...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Bill Zadina
Camera:
Canon EOS 50D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Bill, overall this image has a nice look and feel to it. There are some compositional features that you may want to address in the future relative to subject plac...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Joshua Murphy
Camera:
NIKON D5200
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Joshua, I think this image presents very well and is a nice 'portraiture' rendition of a deer. There is nothing particularly dynamic or powerful about this image...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Larry Wolff
Camera:
Canon EOS 6D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Larry, this image is very striking in its presentation and accomplished in its execution I think. There isn't really anything particularly 'wrong' with the image but...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.7
Photographer: Barbara am Ende
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Barbara, Thanks for sharing your image with me and allowing me to comment on it. I understand why you shot this image, I have many on my hard drive that look very si...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: ozell batson
Camera:
Canon Rebel T2i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Ozell, thank you for sharing your work with me. I think that this image presents very well and has some compelling aspects to it. The colors are wonderful and the li...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Larry Wolff
Camera:
Canon EOS 6D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Larry, thank you so much for sharing your work with me and allowing me to comment on it. I like this image very much. You had a difficult lighting situation to work...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.5
Photographer: Leigh Stone
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leigh, Thank you for sharing this image. Arches and the Canyonlands area are my favorite places to capture images. I like this image and it has a lot more to offer ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I think that right out of the chute this image looks great so that's why I gave you a 10 even though I didn't rate every category as such, an example of how the...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi John, Nice image again. I don't know if you intended the representation to be more graphic and less photographic so its difficult to comment about how well you ac...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, This is a very nicely composed image. There are some areas of color casting, and noise and perhaps artifacting that you might consider addressing that are prob...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I really enjoyed this image. Very nice indeed. And its a quantum improvement from your original Pigeon Point Image which was a good image in its own right. ...
Photo Critique
Rating
5.8
Photographer: randall james
Camera:
Canon EOS REBEL T4i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Randall, thank you for sharing your image with me. I think I understand what you were trying to capture. I love shooting in Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas and some...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Lauren M Manzano
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Lauren, you mentioned that you weren't sure what you were trying to convey in this image, I'll suggest to you that unless you are telling a story its not always neces...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Martin Male
Camera:
NIKON D800
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Martin, I very much like the mood and feel of this image. Thank you for sharing it with me. Below are a few ideas that you may wish to consider in bringing out the ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Dale Eastlick
Camera:
Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Dale, Thanks for sharing your image with me. One of my favorite places to go is the high desert. I think this is a pretty good image. It has some minor composi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Quinnton Dimmitt
Camera:
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Because of the subject matter which is rather 'every day' and not too interesting in and of itself my first impression was not particularly good. However after looki...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.2
Photographer: Nui D Walker
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Nui, Thanks for sharing this image. I can understand why you felt the need to capture it. The dark black trunks of the oak trees and branches against the moss gr...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Eben Stone
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Eben, I think this is a powerful and very interesting study. There are a couple of things you may wish to consider when you shoot this sort of image next time and al...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi there Mary, This is an image that so much wants to be an amazing capture but there are just a few things, primarily regarding the lighting and contrast that hold ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, this image is like a lot I prefer to shoot. You sort of get lost in the intricate patterns, colors hues and shadows of the rock and want to capture it. I thin...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Allen Conrad
Camera:
Nikon D700
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Allen, I really like this image. Your intent was to capture some fall color and you did it splendidly. And the compositional aspects of this image are strong as we...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.8
Photographer: Rick
Camera: u820,S820
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Rick, At first glance this is an impressive vision just because its such a beautiful setting and it presents well compositionally. But it is not nearly as striking a...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Shanika Tophia
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Shanika, I like the overall tone and mood of this image and particularly the 'attitude' that is subtly expressed in your model. I think there are some things you can...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Dale Eastlick
Camera:
Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Dale I think this is a very nice capture and your eye was astute in seeing the beauty there. There are a few things that I think you could do in post processing to b...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.5
Photographer: Robyn Anne Gardner
Camera:
NIKON D5100
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Robyn, This images only real issues relate to color. I think the image overall presents pretty well and as a detail study of the dragonfly holds its own purely on t...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi John, Thanks for sharing your images with me. I like this one and I appreciate the time you have spent on it both in camera and in post processing. The visible st...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I think this is a good subject with a lot of potential. I can't say for sure what the lighting conditions were when you took this and why there is such an app...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.9
Photographer: Jean-Claude Robert Elias
Camera:
NIKON D300
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Jean-Claude, I am rating this as a six not because of the potential this image has to be better but simply because of the way it currently presents. I can see why yo...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Andres Oliver
Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Andres, my first impression of this image is good. I very much like the mood it evokes. The color cast suggests warmth, along with a coolness (the cyans and blues i...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.5
Photographer: Mike Kabel
Camera:
Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mike, Actually a very nice image here that is hiding inside itself so to speak. Below are some suggestions for bringing out this images inherent charms.
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Renata Duffy
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Renata, This is a very nice simple composition with great colors and interesting form and shadow values. It could be a lot brighter and some additional subtle deta...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Linda Baron
Camera:
Canon Digital Rebel XS
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Linda you have taken a relatively common subject and made it interesting and worthy of a closer look. I really like the soft creamy background treatment here as well...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Chris Wasylycia
Camera:
NIKON D3100
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I like this image quite a bit but think its composition is its weak point. I don't know whether you captured this image as is, or if has been cropped in post ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Ian Jewell
Camera:
NIKON D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Ian, Thanks for sharing this wonderful image with me. It reminds me of many I have captured in the Napa Valley and north coast of California over the years. The...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-x
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, You caught a nice visual image here. I like the lines, tones, colors and textures of this very much and feel it the elements all work together to create a sor...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I like the image particularly its component parts. I just don't know if it works well compositionally. As I've said to you on other occassions, its not that an...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Warren Wager
Camera:
Canon EOS 450D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Warren. This is a nice landscape/ocean photo. Its composed pretty well and has a nice look and feel. I have a couple of suggestions you may wish to consider when sh...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Chris Walton
Category: Pet Photography
Camera: Select
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Chris I very much like this image for both the creative process that went into its making, as well as its whimsical mood and story telling value. There are a couple ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi John, Beautiful ocean landscape. What I like is that even though the sky has no interesting and dynamic clouds, it draws its power from the smooth gradient hues ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: David Francis
Camera:
NIKON D800
Critiqued by: Don Mace
This is a nicely exposed, pleasant, travel type of image. I could see it used for a brochure, or postcard image, or as part of a travelogue spread for friends and fa...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Douglas Pfister
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, you have an excellent camera and the 100mm macro on the Canon is also a stellar performer. I like this image, and all the distinctly compelling visual elements...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.5
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I really like this image, for both its emotional impact inspired by the colors, as well as the calm eastern seaboard look of it. I think this would make a wond...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, at first glance I thought the image was good, but the longer I looked at it the more it grew on me. I think this is primarily because of the subtle patterns in ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.5
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
NIKON D300
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi There Leonard, Nice to get another one of your images to look at. I think that technically as far as exposure, composition and lighting, the image is a good one. ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Emma Diamantopoulos
Camera:
Canon EOS 600D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Emma, Thank you for sharing your image with me. I like the colors in this image. I can feel heat and energy from its bright red/orange hue. I don't think the c...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
n/a
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, This is another image that has many fine elements, particularly the foreground pattern and perspective, yet fails to hold up as a cohesive image, at least as fa...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I really like this image John. I think its already good, but worthy of a rework. Below are some ideas for you.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, This image has some wonderful elements. I think that as a cohesive composition it doesn't work as well. I do think there are things you could have done initial...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Very interesting effort John, I like it and I don't. I think that it was a nice piece of pop culture art that was worth capturing. But I think you could have made i...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.5
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, This is very nice image. Any critique I have of this is of course not so much technical in its origin but a matter of personal judgment. (Other than what I thi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Ivette Lucas
Camera: FinePix S4500
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Ivette, I think that this image is quite good considering you were using a point and shoot camera on Auto settings. Your camera, has a lot of nice features, but is n...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I like the image for the most part. It presents well and makes a good first impression. As I look closer I see facets and elements that distract me a little h...
Photo Critique
Rating
10
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hello Mary, All I can say about this one is that it is an exquisite capture and has very little as far as I am concerned that needs work. Anything, in fact, that I ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I think the image itself is a very nice composition and visually compelling. That is its strong suit. I like the colors and textures as well. I think the lighting ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-x
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I really like this image. I think it has some really strong compositional and style elements that you have yet to make full use of. There are some great tona...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: wendy jones
Camera: DMC-FZ45
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Wendy, despite my general ratings of 7 in most categories, I still think this image strikes me as a good image that could definitely make a very nice presentation ima...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.5
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, This is a fine capture. Since you can't always control the scene, specifically the people and moving bodies of either man or beast, I think there are a few thin...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary, As I mentioned above. The subject here is a worthy one to shoot and I can imagine your excitement at having seen it and trying to capture its allure. I th...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: Mary Foley
Category: Photojournalism
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I very much enjoyed looking at this image and exploring all its interesting facets. As it, it is a viable and printable image. Nonetheless, here are some idea...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.2
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I enjoyed viewing this image. I like pretty much every aspect of this image. I don't have a lot to critique about it, so I'll list the things I'd consider doin...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Paul DAngelo
Camera:
NIKON D3100
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I really like this image because, although it is not one that at first glance says 'look at me', it is rather an image that requires contemplation and time to let it ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Jeff Joy
Camera:
NIKON D7000
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I think despite the nice color, and lighting, this image doesn't grab the viewer as either a dynamic shot, one with any particular theme, or a compelling pattern or b...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Vivian E Clark
Camera:
NIKON D80
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Vivian, Thank you for sharing your photo with me. I think that generally this photo is pleasing and a nice photo all in all. There are some things that I think ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Chris Wasylycia
Camera:
NIKON D3100
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Chris, Thanks for sending me your image. I think it is a very nice traditional presentation.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, This image felt warm and fuzzy to me. It has a definite nostalgia theme to it, and there is also a dichotomy formed by the apparent turn of the century table c...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-x
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I took me some time to like this one. It immediately engaged me because it is so unique and out of the box relative to it not being immediately recognizable a...
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, When I first saw this image I wasn't sure that I was on-board with the decision to render a shallow depth of field with the point of focus more on the backgroun...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary. . .This image is a feel-good image. The colors, lighting and subject matter appeals to me both intellectually from a technical point of view and viscerally from...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like this image both from an artistic perspective and also from an editorial, or storytelling perspective. Shooting people is always a challenge because they are o...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.8
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary, This image isn't a bad image, but I think it suffers from a weak, ambiguous subject, inappropriate depth of field and compositional issues as stated above. ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hello Mary, Thanks for letting me review your image. I think this image presents well overall. And it has a very comfortable warm yet strong feeling to it.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary, I think this image presents very well and creates both a story line and a mood of mystery and exotic possibility. There isn't much about this image that man...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-x
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Again John, Very nice photo and probably the best I've seen from you in this category so far. I didn't speak much to the technical aspects of the image as far as...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.5
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
NIKON D40
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Lenoard, its nice to see one of your images again. I liked this image and have little to critique. But here are a few thoughts to consider in pulling out all the ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
NIKON D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like this composition quite a bit. You Have captured a mysterious mood here, and the tree has a wonderful shape that works well in framing the background and provi...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.8
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
NIKON D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Leonard, I like this image overall, and I can appreciate how much effort it took to capture it after reading your efforts at its inception. I think there are some ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, Shooting statuary and other building artifacts such as things like the gargoyles on the Cathedral at Notre Dame. But its important to present them in a unique ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-x
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi John, I think this is an example of how a great image can be a bit overworked. I don't have the benefit of seeing the original image to determine the initial qua...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-30
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Greetngs John, Good to see your work again. At first glance it is obvious to me why you took this image and what you were trying to do with it. I think in some resp...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Sharon Arndt
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Sharon, I like your concept and can say that I as well have captured many an image of opportunity in my time as a photographer. Some work, some don't. I think in t...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.5
Photographer: Sharon Arndt
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like your eye here Sharon. Your perspective and use of tonal areas to define your image is good. There are a couple of areas that I think you could work on to mak...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.5
Photographer: Sharon Arndt
Camera:
PENTAX K200D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I really like this image Sharon. A really good image isn't just a mirror reflection of what you see but also contains an underlying story. This image does that well...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Kevin Mai
Camera:
NIKON D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Kevin, this is one of those images that has great curb appeal. Its beautiful colors and brilliance draw the eye to it and its one that appeals to us on a visceral le...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Kevin Mai
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like this image more than I thought I would at first glance Kevin. I think its strong suit is its story telling capability. And although fairly dark, it has a grea...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Kevin Mai
Camera:
NIKON D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Kevin, This image has great potential. I think your instinct to shoot this image from the perspective you chose was a well founded one. There are some exposure, whi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Kevin Mai
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Kevin, very nice eye here. This was a difficult set of exposures, from what i can tell, to have come up with an evenly lit, and convincing HDR. I do understand your...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Steve McIntyre
Camera:
Canon EOS 600D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Steve, I think this is a nice image with some very interesting components. I think there are some things you can do to give it some 'wow' factor and bring out the sub...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Jennifer Mackay
Camera:
DSLR-A380
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Jennifer. This is a pleasing image with a good potential to be better I think. All the elements of a printable photo are here and, honestly, even if printed as is wo...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.7
Photographer: Warren Wager
Camera:
Canon EOS 450D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Warren, I think this image is quite nice and has all the elements of a presentation piece. I don't have much in the way of criticism but I will suggest a few things ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Steve Mahy
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Steve, I think this is and excellent image for more than one reason. Primarily I think it conveys a mood of, summer, lightness and incipient flight. It is, as shot, ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.2
Photographer: Dr. Jeffrey L Cheever
Camera:
Canon EOS 50D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Jeffrey, I like this image primarily because of the moment in time you have captured and the tacit story contained therein. You were fortunate to see the dramatic mom...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Matty Warren
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Matty I think this is a good image and has a lot of interesting elements and design features that keep the viewers eye within the composition. I believe that the iss...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Warren Wager
Camera:
Canon EOS 450D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Warren. I like this image and probably would have shot it myself had I seen it in my travels. Below are a few ideas I put forth to give you some food for though a...
Photo Critique
Rating
10
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I am coming up a bit short on words for you with this one. I generally believe that every image can be improved. However I'm at a loss on this one to tell you...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary, I do very much like this image. I think there are a few things you could do to improve the power of this one.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: Phillip Esce
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hello Phillip, I think this is a delightful and compelling image. I like the unusual treatment you have given it. Its perfect for it. I love color, but I think in...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary, This is a very interesting location and the image itself has a great amount of potential as do, I think, some of the slightly under-utilized elements within ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I think this images strength isn't obvious at first glance, which is why I had difficulty critiquing it. I don't think that the composition is dynamic or parti...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary, Another nice image. I liked the subtle power of this image when I saw it. Here's a few suggestions for you to ponder.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary, There is nothing wrong with this image if you are presenting it as a documentation of travel and a reference for viewers regarding the appearance of a desti...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.1
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary. . Great pic. I very much like this one. There are lots of things going on here that hold ones interest. The patterns, lines, colors and action in the image a...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary, I like this image. And your willingness to shoot a subject in nature that is not 'perfect' in form and visage, is a statement about your vision. Here's a f...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Oliver Brodston
Camera:
Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Oliver, thank you for sharing your image with me. As I mentioned above it is a very striking image and I'm sure will evoke its share of interest in anyone who views ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I like this image. I'm not floored by it. .but I think it is a good image and presents very well. It is a subtle composition and thus easy on the senses. Here...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, great capture and I agree, its unusual to see an 'open' stained glass window. That is a good catch on your part and you have incorporated the additional lines ...
Photo Critique
Rating
10
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I actually tried to find flaws here that I could comment on as I am averse to handing out 10's, even to myself. But I have to say that aside from any critical ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.3
Photographer: Karen McLean
Camera:
NIKON D7000
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Karen, This image was a pleasure to view. I have to admit there is little I have to critique about this image. The following comments are my subjective observati...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: john
Camera: SLT-A65V
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi John, This is a very nice image not so much because the subject is compelling (which an elephant is), but more so because of the very subtle shades, tones hues an...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-x
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, Overall I think this is a compelling image, but has some lighting and composition issues that take it out of the outstanding category. I do like the overall f...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
DMC-FZ50
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, another very nice composition. Here's a few ideas for you:
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I really like this image John. It has the appearance of a fine art print, and a classical botanical study look as well. It also has a great amount of character and ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
DMC-FZ5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I think this is an interesting image and one certain to get comments from those who you share it with. I'm not sure how much latitude you had to walk around th...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.2
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, This is a real eye catcher. I love how you've captured a rare moment. The best photos are often separated from the rest by a few feet, or a few milliseconds. ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera: FinePix E550
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi John, I think this is an eye catching image, purely from the colors and hues as well as the sky. I think its compositional elements aren't its strong point and co...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.5
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
DMC-FZ50
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, this is an impressive image. I think that the only thing that it needs is to be 'uplifted' from its sunken condition. :) Sometimes its okay to have some peop...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera: DiMAGE G500
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi again John, I do like how you have taken an iconic 'art' figure and presented it, uniquely, in a way that demonstrates its latent power and fierceness. Its also a...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, this is a wonderful image. I really don't have much to say in regards to improvements. In fact what I do have to say is very minor and more in the line of hou...
Photo Critique
Rating
10
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I wish I could find something about this photo that I would change. .just so you'd feel you were getting your moneys worth. I suppose another photographer might see ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I really like this image. Its one I would have certainly tried to capture had I been there. You often don't get that sort of delineation in a fog bank, from t...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.1
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, Great capture here. I like this image as is. . but here's some offerings regarding a few minor issues I have about, mostly, composition, cropping and lighting.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I think this is a very good image. There are some lighting and composition issues that make it less than stellar, but the image, and the way it strikes me is v...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John, I think that this is in some respects a 9. But the artifact and lighting issues from either post processing or exposure have created some distractions for the ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi John, Overall I like this image. I think it is a bit static but its inherent beauty compensates somewhat for that lack of dynamic tension. I think there are some...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Linda Groom
Camera:
PENTAX K20D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Linda, I do like this image. I think that the elements, all strong ones on their own compete a bit with each other. I think that it is a fine image and on first gl...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: John Byrne
Camera:
PENTAX K-5
Critiqued by: Don Mace
John I like this image. It is both pleasing to the eye, and evokes a very majestic and peaceful mood as well. I think the compositional elements are all very good. ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.6
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, Wonderful image. I didn't have much to critique on this so will make some suggestions below that you may, or may not, wish to employ on this image. I think tha...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.5
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, this is another very nice image. I like how you have made the subject bigger than life by filling up the frame and successfully capturing its entirety in focus...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
NIKON D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Mary. I like this image and I think this it has a lot going for it. There are a lot of very nicely rendered light, contrast, and textural areas of the image, mor...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, Despite my opinion regarding the 'interest factor' of the subject itself, I think that execution of the technical aspects was good. I think this is a difficult...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.9
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I never like to give 10's because it suggests there is no room for improvement. But I think this image is subtly marvelous and beautiful. I don't think there i...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I really enjoyed looking at this image. Its a great capture of a coyote. My first thought was that you had cut his legs off and I wondered why. But I underst...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like this image very much. The stars are crisp and clear and the foreground provides a grounding and place from which to judge the scope of the scene as well. Goo...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I think this photo is nice, but not great. I like the initial look of it, the textures, the colors and the subjects themselves. However I think a few things m...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary. I'm probably a little prejudiced since road images are my favorite sorts of shots to take. Road images, while containing no human figures usually, are nonethele...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I am torn on this image. Although I like it, I feel somewhat uncomfortable with it. I think perhaps its the rather edgy quality of the barrels and the unnatur...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Mark Rohner
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mark, My first and lingering impression of the image is a good one. I like the muted subtle colors and textures in this image and the way you have used the fog to cr...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I love this image. It has so much going for it. Thanks for sharing the original. The comments I will share deal with your posted image as well as the original uncrop...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D600
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Mary, I think this is a very nice image. It has a few issues however that I think you can for the most part correct, but in the case of the soft focus. . I think you ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.5
Photographer: Ana Isabel MartiĀ­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 450D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Ana, I really like this image. Frankly I have to really stretch to find things to improve on it. The following suggestions are meant as alternatives to this already...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Lukas Barnard
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Lukas, This image is very compelling in that it tells a story and evokes a mood. It is, because of the intrinsic story suggested by the trusting pose of the dog on ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Maureen, Overall I think this is a great composition, and there is a lot of potential here in terms of movement, color, lighting and drama. But I think that your f...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I have mixed feelings about this image. I love its feel, colors, textures, implied story, and even most of the composition elements. I just don't think your attempt...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Reg Valliere
Camera:
Canon EOS 50D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Reg, I think this image is a very nicely done, and pretty landscape. I would certainly consider it as calendar, or postcard quality in terms of its eye appeal. I wi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Maureen, I do like this image and probably would have been attracted to the scene myself. There is a lot of texture, bright and dark areas and color that naturally d...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I think this is a very nice image Maureen. I think you have taken the previous critique to heart and made some very positive adjustments to the image. I have very l...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.7
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I seldom give 10's but I think I would have on this if it hadn't been for one small issue. I like that you replaced the original human figure with another one. The w...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D300
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hello once again Leonard. As I said in the subject area this is a good image of a squirrel. I think you captured the mischievous nature of the little fellow quite w...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D300
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I very much like this image. The woodpecker is very bright and compelling to look at. And you are right, the peanut butter is a nice touch. :) I think the...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Lukas Barnard
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Lukas, thank you again for sharing your image with me and allowing me to comment on it. I think this image has a very mystical and surreal feel to it. The wings you...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Leonard. This is a nice photo for the most part. There are some issues here that I think are the result of some post processing actions you have taken. I like t...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I truly liked the feel of this image. The bird is engaged dynamically in its environment and the environment here forms part of a tapestry that seems connec...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.2
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I really like the colors of this image, particularly the use of complementary colors throughout the composition. (Blue/Orange). I also like the visual lines...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I think the changes you have made improve the overall feel of the image. I think that lighting here limits what this image can ultimately be. The motion, and composi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I'm happy to see that you've taken the creative step of shooting birds in motion rather than as static and almost posed subjects. I'm also taken by the comp...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I'm happy that you have taken a different approach to this image from the first one you sent. Both have some very creative aspects that make them interestin...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard I think this is a good image for what it does. It is straight forward and clearly demonstrative of a wild bird. I like that the birds beak is open and appar...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.5
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, this is an image that I think strains to be interesting and just falls short. I compare it to the situation where you find that perfectly formed oak tree th...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.2
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Leonard, Another nice and creative effort with your bird image here. I do like the juxtaposition of the wild sparrow, against the 'civilized' pattern of the feed...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, At first I thought this image was a night image and was trying to imagine what sort of white balance issues created the interesting color cast. Then I reali...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I like this image and the warm colors it is bathed in. The tones of the bird, branches, and background all work together to create a harmonious and cohesive...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
As squirrels go this is a good image. I find it to be rather whimsical and fun. I like the colors and the textures here.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I think, based upon your description of the shooting situation, that you got the best shot you probably could have considering the short span of time the bir...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.1
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I was tempted here to give you a 9, except for just a couple of issues with the image that aren't huge concerns but areas that you could do to,I believe, re...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.2
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Maureen, you obviously have an eye, and it immediately saw the possibilities in this image. The colors would have been the first thing to draw me to this image if I ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: denis bennett
Camera:
Canon Rebel T2i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I really like the feeling of this image. As I mentioned earlier the warmth against the cold works so very well in this image. I will say that since you can't manipul...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: denis bennett
Camera:
Canon Rebel T2i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Denis, once again a good effort, nice composition, and the colors, tones and textures make this an interesting and attractive image (and a nice companion image to the...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: denis bennett
Camera:
Canon Rebel T2i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Denis, I like this image overall. I think what makes it appealing to a degree is all the elements work well together. The people work well in showing the scale and ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: denis bennett
Camera:
Canon Rebel T2i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Denis, Thanks for sharing this group of images. I really like this one. I know exactly what drew you to want to capture this image. I think that it has a lot to gi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, this is, once again a very good attempt at a macro image. I think that you got most of this one right. But something as simple as the light level (flash in...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Leonard. I like this image. I think however that there was some post processing issues that need to be addressed before this is something you'd wish to present a...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Liked this one a lot. It has a warmer feeling to it, and I also felt that the butterfly was presented in a way as to give it a distinct character, more like an anima...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like this image too. I see that it is your favorite. I can see why. Although I liked the previous image just a bit more (see comments relative to image 3) I think...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: denis bennett
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Denis, I think your image is very pleasing and has a lot of good, interesting color, detail and form in it. I think some post processing work on this image, which ha...
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Rating
8.2
Photographer: denis bennett
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Denis, Great job with this image. It is simple yet powerful in its story. The birds, flying high above the silhouetted building and foreground convey a sense of pow...
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Rating
6.8
Photographer: denis bennett
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Jon, I hate to make assumptions about how a photo was processed, but in this case I just have to say that I think this image, a well balanced and beautifully layered...
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Rating
8.3
Photographer: denis bennett
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Denis, Thanks for sharing your photo with me and allowing me to provide some of my thoughts. I think you have a good eye. Sometimes your eye sees things that a cam...
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Rating
7.8
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Photojournalism
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, this is a straight forward documentary sort of image that presents without comment an image of a house devastated by the recent hurricane. I think that it w...
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Rating
9
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I do few abstraction images, although I do love reflection and water images. Usually I ensure that there is some sort of recognizable shape within the chaos...
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Rating
8.2
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, Once again you have not simply taken a photo but have endeavored to interpret it and give it an enigmatic and almost metaphorical countenance. I think you'...
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Rating
7.6
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I think this image reflects your creative eye and your vision. Yet,despite what I see you were trying to do with this image (and I think it was a good idea in concept...
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Rating
6.4
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I want so badly to make this image a 7 or 8, but I just don't think this one rises to that level. But again you have chosen a subject that bright and appeal...
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Rating
7
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, the image you chose is both striking and interesting from a color and vibrance stand point. However I think its always difficult to capture an image of pre-e...
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Rating
7.7
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I really want to love this. Its a good attempt at a nature macro. These are tough shots to pull of well. But I think the overall appearance of the image ...
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Rating
7.3
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I very much like this. It evokes a good response upon first sight. There are some areas of the image that I want to take you on about, but am not sure whether they ...
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Rating
9
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I think you captured something special here Leonard. I wish I could have seen this at its native resolution and size. But its great nonetheless. I have little to s...
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Rating
8.7
Photographer: Lukas Barnard
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Lukas, thanks again for sharing. As a landscape and nature photographer I too am drawn to compositions like this. I like that you chose the morning to capture this, ...
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Rating
7.6
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I fully see what you were trying to convey in this image, and I think the treatment you gave it was very innovative, and could have worked well, if everythin...
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Rating
7
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, thank you for sharing this image with me. I think you have a good eye and for the most part I think you executed this well. There are, as I said above, some...
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Rating
9
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Leonard, I tend to be rather stingy with my critique evaluation numbers, but I think that this effort has the look of a classic composition. I was reminded of some i...
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Rating
8
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Photojournalism
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Leonard, I like your creative and daring approach to image presentation. Many have difficulty applying unique and experimental methods to their images. In this c...
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Rating
7.4
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Category: Photojournalism
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Jon, I am drawn to simple contrasting sorts of compositions so this one grabbed my eye right away. I liked the forms that were in the image and the feeling of a ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.2
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Maureen, Often it's difficult to provide critique for an image that is a composite and, in actuality, artistic rendering of a photo. The subjective quality of the...
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Rating
8.9
Photographer: Mary Foley
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Maureen, I have little to critique regarding this image. As a finished image it could well stand on its own without any further post processing. Having said this I...
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Rating
8.7
Photographer: Lukas Barnard
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hello Lukas. As I said earlier this is a wonderful and strikingly colorful image of an otherwise static and mundane subject. Understand that telephone poles, unless ...
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Rating
8.7
Photographer: Lukas Barnard
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Lukas, I really like this image. I understand why you felt compelled to capture it. Again, it is difficult to extract and thus interpret the form and substance of th...
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Rating
7
Photographer: Jack Cerne
Camera:
Leica Minilux
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Jack, I rather like this image because of the elements it contains that are iconic to the desert and canyonland areas. The soaring birds give a sense of scope and ...
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Rating
7.2
Photographer: barry dady
Camera:
Fujifilm FinePix HS10
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Barry, I think that the image is pleasing and captures a moment that you found beautiful. If it is your intent with this image to share what you saw then you carried...
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Rating
8.8
Photographer: denis bennett
Camera:
Nikon Coolpix S570
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Denis, I like this photo simply because it immediately creates an impression of dusk and a mysterious and warm mood. It is not cluttered and the image is pleasing bo...
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Rating
10
Photographer: Terry Lee
Camera:
Canon 40D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Terry, You've created a very nice image, perfectly suited for an enlargement and printing for either wall art or a gallery print. I normally do not give ratings o...
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Rating
10
Photographer: Ana Isabel MartiĀ­nez
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Ana, I like this image on so many levels. Aside from the fact that it has a story to it, it also provides a very nice bridge between two worlds and relates a univers...
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Rating
8.7
Photographer: Douglas Pfister
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Doug, I could very well be mistaken, but I do get the feeling that this image is a composite image made from a waterfall location, and a river location. The juxta...
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Rating
8.4
Photographer: Sonja Washington
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Hi Sonja, I like this image. An image is, after all, about capturing something intangible. Its less about being technologically perfect and more about reflecting wh...
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Rating
8
Photographer: Tasha I. Duncan
Camera:
Kodak EasyShare Z915
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Tasha, I think this image is captured well, and is technically correct. As a snapshot or memory capture it is a very nice shot. You have captured that sense of natur...
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Rating
9.1
Photographer: brian hollars
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Brian, My first impression of the image is 'wow'. I am myself drawn to dramatic lighting and images the present a sense of depth and distance which your image certai...
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Rating
9.1
Photographer: jennie franklin
Camera: Select
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Most of all I like the mood of this image. It does what any respectable sunrise image does. . it soothes the soul and relects the beauty of nature. This is a very st...
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Rating
9.3
Photographer: Scott Elberger
Camera:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
Critiqued by: Don Mace
This image evokes a primal response in me that takes me out of my rational space, and into my visceral instinctual response mechanisms. It is wonderful as an image, ...
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Rating
8
Photographer: David Brown
Camera:
Nikon D700
Critiqued by: Don Mace
This is a nice image and bird study. Telephoto shots of animals are sometimes hit and miss and you captured him well.
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Rating
7.7
Photographer: Steve Birbeck
Camera:
Fujifilm FinePix HS10
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like this image. I think it could use some post processing adjustments to make it a more compelling image in terms of composition and lighting, but a very nice cap...
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Rating
1.2
Photographer: tammy
Camera: 5 mg motorola
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I'm speechless actually. I think if you were trying to create an enigmatic, ghostly image or abstract composition you didn't make it. If you were trying for somethi...
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Rating
6.9
Photographer: vincent brown
Camera:
Nikon D300S
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Generally I think this is a good image. I think the boat could have been more interestingly incorporated into the image however.
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Rating
7.3
Photographer: jurgita
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Despite my many comments and suggestions above I do like this image. I like the mood and the message that it conveys to the eye.
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Rating
7.1
Photographer: Douglas Pfister
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
An interesting and evocative image that brings the viewer closer to a visual world not often apparent in every day life.
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Rating
6.8
Photographer: Emily Stolz
Camera:
Canon EOS 50D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Overall I like this image. I think it conveys a very pleasant and natural mood.
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Rating
8.6
Photographer: Elizabeth O'Brien
Camera:
Canon PowerShot A3100 IS
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I think this shot conveys a great moodiness and a sense of wonder. I like the saturated colors and the play of light along the plants.
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Rating
9.6
Photographer: Douglas Pfister
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Very nicely executed image. I think if I were a small ground rodent and saw this image, I'd be very worried.
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Rating
7
Photographer: Ana
Camera:
Nikon D300
Critiqued by: Don Mace
As I mentioned earlier I think the image evokes an interesting mood. The image itself holds little in the way of any compelling objects that are of great interest. I...
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Rating
9.1
Photographer: Terri Chambers
Camera:
Nikon D700
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like this image very much. Flower images are compelling to shoot simply because they invite us to look closer at them. This image works very well simply because o...
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Rating
4.2
Photographer: Edward Arthur lavigne
Camera: oympus camedia digital camera
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I'm not sure whether you were trying to capture an interesting pattern on the water, or intrigue the viewer with the horizontal white line of water. But I think gene...
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Rating
5.4
Photographer: Edward Arthur lavigne
Camera:
Olympus camedia digital camera
Critiqued by: Don Mace
This is an image that has quite a bit of potential if captured and exposed correctly. I can see that there are interesting cloud formations and subtle gradations of ...
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Rating
7.4
Photographer: Douglas Pfister
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I think this is a nicely done capture, with sufficient subject interest. It would serve well as a very nice inclusion to a bird guide or manual.
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Rating
7.4
Photographer: stephen ward
Camera:
Nikon D3000
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I think this is generally a pleasant photo, composed well, with fairly good lighting. It is a bit dull and the color is not balanced well. This photo could do with ...
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Rating
6.5
Photographer: Terri Simpson
Camera:
Kodak EasyShare Z950
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Nice photo overall that could benefit from perhaps a little different placement or cropping.
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Rating
5.7
Photographer: Charlotte Purdy
Camera:
Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
Critiqued by: Don Mace
This image, as taken, has potential. In fact it has the makings of an interesting wall image with a little bit of post processing, selective blurring, and cropping. ...
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Rating
7
Photographer: stephanie leachman
Camera: cannon 35 mm
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I very much like this image. It evokes a mood that is both mysterious and peaceful. The capture was well timed to catch the light so well. I can see why the judges li...
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Rating
6.7
Photographer: Alejandro Castedo
Camera:
Canon EOS 7D
Critiqued by: Don Mace
Overall I find this a compelling image that has many of the elements of a very artful presentation. I really like the colors and the complementary hues that pervade t...
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Rating
7.3
Photographer: Terri Chambers
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like this image. I think that you have created an image that has a mood which far exceeds the subject matter of the photo itself. This is the sort of metaphorical...
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Rating
6.3
Photographer: Terri Chambers
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
There is nothing technically wrong with this image and it is a pleasant image to view. But if your intention was to create wall art or a 'postcard' type image for pr...
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Rating
6.6
Photographer: Terri Chambers
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
As with the first image, I think the presentation of this one lacks pop and an interesting and compelling composition. The color is good as is the focus and DOF, but...
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Rating
9.6
Photographer: hans peters
Camera:
Nikon D300
Critiqued by: Don Mace
This is a beautiful and compelling image. It is reminiscent of a studio portrait or one of many of the iconic covers on a Nat Geo magazine. It has a very painterly ...
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Rating
7.8
Photographer: STEVE PARTRIDGE
Camera:
CANON EOS 350
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like this images composition for the most part because it presents the bird in an uncommon visual perspective. If not for the positioning of the bird it would have...
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Rating
5.8
Photographer: alan campbell
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Don Mace
My general impression of this image is that it looks more like a travel snapshot than a compelling and graphic photographic image. Your description says that the peo...
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Rating
5.5
Photographer: Ron Zehn
Camera:
Canon Elf 3
Critiqued by: Don Mace
I like the idea you were going for. Try to find an angle that has better symmetry of lines. Human eyes like to see patterns that repeat and are symmetrical. For som...
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