Your wildlife and landscape work is special...Your headshot of the bald eagle is just outstanding. I think you'll be able to do more than justice to all three (Landscape, Wildlife and People).Thanks John. Plenty of landscapes and wildlife here. People, not so much.
These are interesting images- well done.
You asked for a critique, my opinions. Take them or leave them. I think we all get better when we hear what others think.
First image- work on the masking around the gun. The red on the inner sleeve has to go. Darken the area below the sleeve and fingers.
Walk the edges- I would make the small portion of the button hole go away. I would probably crop in on that side, as the left inch or two of this image really doesn't add anything.
Second image. Again, walk the edges. The little dark blob on the left- at the level of the fingers- just clone away. The lighter part of the oof background on the left could easily be burned down a little.
Overall, don't be afraid to push the iso a little-or a lot. I "assume" these were handheld. Even with VR you are pushing your luck to get sharp images at 300mm shooting at 1/20th of a sec. I can fix noise in post- I can't fix blur. I think you lost a little bit of fine detail on the weave and bullets on the 2nd one.
These are very nicely seen, good compositions. Thanks for sharing.
Really nice images, Bill! Love the first one! There is a triangle of background behind the trigger that could be darkened to match the background. I would address the red in the sleeve.....
The composition of the second image is very good also. My first impression was that the image was overly bright especially in the lower right corner. I think the hand and gun should be the subject, with the fringe playing a supporting role.
I would remove the black blob to the left of his hand. And maybe copy the background from the lower left and see if you can use it to replace the distracting upper left corner. That would sorta match the background we see between his body and arm.
Glad you posted the edited images, had someone nominate the first image if you posted an edited version, (in my opinion it was good enough as is) but regardless, it is featured! Awesome feel, texture and color palette.
Thanks Karen!WOW! I really like #2 now. You did a very nice job with the edits on both images!
Thanks Gary, I appreciate the help.The difference between a good image and a really good image is often just the little details- the little things.
These are IMHO now stronger. Well done
Thanks so much.Glad you posted the edited images, had someone nominate the first image if you posted an edited version, (in my opinion it was good enough as is) but regardless, it is featured! Awesome feel, texture and color palette.
I love the photos and the color too. They jump right off the page. What software did you use to bring out the detail and color? Also what camera and lens did you use?
I have to say I didn't really care for the composition of #1. I see dark with a bright diagonal in the center of the picture.