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About Comments and crits:
If I comment on any of your pics, please don't expect any one word/one line comments. If I think an image is 'stunning' I will endeavour to say in as word efficient manner as possible why I think it is so. Similarly, if I think a work has merit but is somehow flawed, I will say so too. That's the value of constructive criticism, otherwise we are all doing little else but blowing smoke. It follows that I take no offence should anyone offer a fair criticism of the flaws in my work.
We all know that in the process of constructive crit, you have to elevate yourself above the realm of personal likes and dislikes and consider the work in terms of things like composition, colour usage, technique, styling, direction, lighting control, post work etc. etc. I have been in the ad business for twenty nine years so I am no stranger to criticism. Sure, there have been times a client has told me "I dont like it", to which my usual response is "I could not give a toss, if you like it or not, this ad is created for your target market not for you. Give me your rationale as to why you dont like it and then we have a platform from which to move forward". So @ Pieter - yes you do need to have a reason, and oft-times, verbalising that reason makes your own perception that much sharper because you begin to analyse your own intrinsic responses and understand them better.
Of all the photographers on this site I know I can rely on AlecD, Peter Sealy-Fisher and a few others for good solid input. Alec has on frequent occasions pointed out major flaws in a piece that I have uploaded here (at least two of his crits are still viewable on my port) and those crits have in at least one instance led me to revise entirely the post-processing technique of an entire set of sixty images. As a result, the work is better, it has greater value and my own skill levels have improved. To me that is what it is all about.