Patrick McMahan

United StatesWhitney TX, United States
20
years of
experience
Specialty: Black & White, Artistic, Documentary, Nature
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As an award winning black and white fine-art photographer, I am constantly amazed at how shadow and light can come together to evoke a particular feeling from the viewer. The drama of an Ansel Adams landscape or an Edward Weston still life is even more amazing when you consider how photography has evolved as an art form in the context of the digital age. My experience includes numerous exhibitions and shows, with my work available at several galleries in the southwestern United States. I have managed an art gallery and taught photography and darkroom classes at the Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. I currently maintain both traditional and digital darkrooms.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Sean O'Brien
Camera:
NIKON D800
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Sean, I like this image. I don't think its a stellar image but it is strong in its own right and evokes a mood of winter that is both silent and meditative. The ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Sean O'Brien
Camera:
NIKON D800
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Sean, you've done a nice job with a difficult lighting conditions. If you aren't using an image editor already, I would recommend that you do so because with a few tw...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: Sean O'Brien
Camera:
NIKON D800
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Very nice, Sean. I like this image very much. I hope you'll keep experimenting with various ways to present icicles and winter scenes in general. I'm happy to be of a...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.9
Photographer: Dave Soderstrom
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Dave...you did a great job capturing the eagle in this image. Thanks for letting me view it. Keep practicing and you will start shooting like a pro in no time. Thi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Sky Kobylak
Camera:
NIKON D3100
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Sky, thanks for letting me view your image. I really like the composition. Technically, it's a pretty good photo. I think if you work on how to translate your visi...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Sky Kobylak
Camera:
NIKON D3100
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Sky, you did a good job with this image. I like it very much. The image affected me as being a bit grim and somber. Is that how you intended the viewer should react t...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Eva
Camera:
NIKON D3100
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Eva. I like your photo very much. It is a good composition and the good news is that, aside from the depth-of-field, all the other issues can easily fixed with an ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Yusuf Dahir
Camera:
Canon EOS REBEL T3
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Yusuf, I like this image very much. Thanks for letting me see it. It has a couple of small technical issues which can be easily fixed with an image-editor, but overal...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Greg Burbank
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Greg...I like this image very much. It's well composed and shows the butterfly and flower very well. There are a few technical issues, but for the most part, they ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: anon
Camera:
Canon PowerShot SX220 HS
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi anon...Thanks for letting me view your image. You picked a good subject and did a pretty good job of implementing your vision. With a few tweaks this will be an im...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Brandie Trunks
Camera:
NIKON D60
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Brandie, I really like this image. It really has a pastoral feeling to it. You should be proud to hang this image on your wall. There's not much to criticize here. Th...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: wafa hedhli
Camera: EX-Z35
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Wafa...I like your photo. The peppers are interesting and with a few simple changes this will be a nice photo. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing more...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.1
Photographer: Michal Zbojan
Camera: SLT-A77V
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Michal. This is a good effort at making a compelling, artistic portrait. You did a good job at bringing out the personality of the model. I hope my suggestions for...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Randy Kisch
Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Randy, I like this photo very much. The butterfly is beautifully represented and you did an overall nice job. With a couple of small tweaks it will be an excellent im...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.1
Photographer: Steve Sutton
Camera:
NIKON D7000
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Steve, you really did a nice job with this image. It really delivers the conditioning and concentration of the athlete. I have a couple of suggestions for improvement...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: rob smith
Camera: FinePix HS20EXR
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Rob. I like this image. You did a pretty good job with the composition. There are a number of technical problems with the image, but for an early attempt at black ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.7
Photographer: Dalibor Bozinovski
Camera:
NIKON D3000
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Dalibor...Good job.I like this photo very much. There's not much to criticize in this image. You did a good job presenting it as a dream interpretation, and you we...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: Lynda Xiong
Camera:
Canon EOS REBEL T4i
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Lynda. Babies are, of course, among the most popular of photographic subjects. One only has to look at the popularity of photographer Ann Geddes' books to know tha...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: naved khan
Camera:
PENTAX K-x
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Naved. I like this photo quite a bit. Thanks for letting me view it. Panning shots like this require a lot of practice on the photographer's part. A pleasing shot ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Rui de Azevedo
Camera:
NIKON D3000
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Rui, I like this image very much. Thanks for letting me view it. It is a classic study in form and pattern which you presented very nicely. I don't see any glaring er...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.1
Photographer: Bryan Benson
Camera:
PENTAX K-x
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Bryan, I like this photo very much. Thanks for allowing me to enjoy it. You did a good job capturing a tranquil, early morning scene. With a couple of tweaks it will ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9
Photographer: Arlene Winters
Camera:
NIKON D3000
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Arlene, I like this photo very much. The reflection is well captured and as I said above, the inclusion of the figure on the deck gives a bit of mystery: What is he l...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.4
Photographer: jonathan ellenor
Camera: Canon EOS 650D
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Jonathon, you've done a very nice job with this image. It delivers strong emotional content and shows excellent command of the mechanics of the camera. As I said earl...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: J.D. McFarlan
Camera:
Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
J.D., you have done a great job capturing and delivering a dramatic infrared landscape. It is a great presentation of a sprawling, big-sky thunderhead and with a bit ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Mr Tracy Johnson
Camera: Select
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Tracy, This a nice effort at a commercial type model shot. With a little work I could see this shot appearing in an underwear or clothing catalog or a magazine. I thi...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.9
Photographer: David Jackson
Camera:
NIKON D90
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi David. I really like this photo. It makes me want to head to the mountains for a little fly-fishing.. You did a good job managing the camera settings to achieve a ...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.9
Photographer: james
Camera:
NIKON D7000
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
James, this is a great effort at a night exposure and you should be proud of it. There's not much to critique here. You nailed the technical aspects of the exposure a...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.1
Photographer: Nis Daniel
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Nis, I like this image very much. You captured a fleeting moment nicely. To me, it is gritty and sinister and the child is somewhat disturbing. In that context I thin...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: Reg Valliere
Camera:
Canon EOS 50D
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Reg, this is a nice shot of an interesting subject. The barren beach behind it set's off the driftwood nicely. I recommend you check out Edward Weston's work, done on...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.6
Photographer: Rich Johnstone
Camera:
Nikon J1
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Rich, this is a nice photo. Stylistically, it is a good example example of street photography. If you are a fan of street photography you should check out the photos ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: Attila Kranyik
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P500
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Attilla, this is a nice street scene in the style of Cartier-Bresson, the great French street photographer. As I said, I think it would have more impact without the p...
Photo Critique
Rating
9.6
Photographer: Michele Balistreri
Camera:
Pansonic Lumix GX1
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Michelle, this is a great effort with a difficult composition in difficult lighting conditions. You did a great job controlling the almost horizontal light and turnin...
Photo Critique
Rating
10
Photographer: Graham Simmons
Camera:
Sony alpha a55
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
A very nice image, Graham. It makes great use of texture and pattern to deliver an almost abstract feeling. Great control of the light.
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: carol Mccallion
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Carol, this is a nice shot with the bear nicely placed in the image. I like the way you used the natural elements to frame the subject. With a little work in photosho...
Photo Critique
Rating
5.9
Photographer: Otto Larckson
Camera: Apple iPhone 4s
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Otto, I think this could be an interesting photo, but as an architectural presentation, I'm not sure what you were trying to say with this image.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Michael Cohen
Camera:
Nikon D3X
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Michael, I like the image very much! You captured the light nicely and with a bit of tweaking this will be a great image. I look forward to seeing more of your work.
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: jodeigh dear
Camera:
Fujifilm FinePix S1500
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Jodeigh, overall you did a good job with a difficult subject. The dense vegetation makes makes for a difficult composition and you were right to focus in tightly on t...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: Terri Chambers
Camera:
Nikon D7000
Critiqued by: Patrick McMahan
Hi Teri...You made a good choice by going with a monochrome presentation for this image. Overall, it's a nice composition, with the curve of the tail and the bokeh of...
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