Philip Watts

  • Excellent comments as always. Many thanks.

    I think that the main moral is that I need to think a bit deeper about ways to achieve what I want and to be prepared to spend more time in the implementation.

    Rushing things has always been my problem!

  • Yep! Lack of care in the compositing again! (re the hair and frame).

    Not sure how to generate any more “depth” but I get what you mean.


  • Just a bit more practise with the compositing and trying to create atmosphere and story.

    I hope to find more time soon as the days just pass too quickly to get much photography done! (Excuses, excuses!)

    As always suggested improvement welcome.

    The Window

  • Philip Watts replied to the topic Fantasy in the forum The Shark Tank 6 months, 1 week ago

    Fantastic feedback! Just what I was after!


  • I have put my hard hat on for this one!

    I am trying to improve my processing skill, and especially composting and trying to create a “fantasy” feel.

    I used a lot of tools on this one and tried to keep them subtle. Obviously it has not worked overly well, but I wanted to post it to see what suggestions I get to learn from.

    The pictures were…[Read more]

  • I would agree that this needs some sort of very central feature to make the lines work.

    I prefer Roberts framing and perspective, but I do like the original under exposure. That high contrast works for me in this picture.


    Nicely done

  • I think it might have benefited from a lower angle if that were possible. Might have made the viewer feel more involved.

    Great to try these things out and worthy of praise for that alone!


  • Thank you all for your ideas.

    It has helped to focus my thoughts. I realise now that I particularly enjoy the “fine art” style of photography, so I know both what to practise and what to study.

    If I start to loose motivation I can look at the images of others in the field (my first task is to list fine art photographers I like and try and define…[Read more]

  • Really thoughtful comments so thanks to you all. I am going to do a follow-up which I hope to post tomorrow.

    I  found different peoples interpretation of the picture very interesting. In some ways I think that a variety of views is a bit of a weakness as it implies the image is not really strong enough.

  • Hi All,

    Thanks for the comments and ideas. I will try and take up some of them, certain get in more practise and try out the weekend challenges.

    Many of the ideas are around the technical photography images. I am also interested in learning more about the ART of photography, which probably means art in general as photography is only the chosen…[Read more]

  • Nice work. Do you do a lot of macro?

  • As I retire in a couple of week, I want to develop my artistic and creative skills.

    As an Accountant for 40 years my logic side has taken over and I want to lock that away and fly!

    Any suggestions on good ways to develop skills?

    Obviously plenty of practise and posting into the Shark Tank. But what about other routes? I am not really a club…[Read more]

  • Funnily enough the colour cast is as taken and not altered. Agree that perhaps I should have played around with it a bit. Also the muddy sky was not played with. Again something I missed perhaps.

    I like the B&W but think I prefer the colour.

    Now, do I go back and play with this one or move on to another shot? I always struggle knowing when to…[Read more]

  • Hi All,

    Been a while since I posted here. Life has taken over from photography! However I retire in two weeks time, so hopefully will be able to contribute more and get back to my portraits!


    This was shot from a visit to the beach with the granddaughter.

    I like the image but wanted to isolate the figure and give that sense of…[Read more]

  • Nice light and technical stuff, but I do think it lacks a central interest point to get the eye involved at the start.

    The red/apple idea might do it.

    Good shot though


  • It has been a while since I posted here. Day job pressures and Christmas have eroded my photography time. I have some portrait sessions planned, but meanwhile have started a bit of Street photography again, something I have done for 2 or 3 years now.

    This pair struck me as interesting. I would have liked a shot with them walking more directly to…[Read more]