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Comments on this portfolio:

Kent Draper , March 30, 2007; 12:36 P.M.

Nice work Ian

Let me be the first to welcome you to photo.net. Thanks for the comment on my pic. You have some really good work here and I will be back soon to hopefully see more :)....

Kent Draper

Ric Marder , April 06, 2007; 11:35 P.M.

Very nice nature pics Ian.

I'm envious of your "one foggy morning". You captured it beautifully.

george critchley , April 16, 2007; 05:35 P.M.

Thanks for the comment, i have since updated an edited one, please let me know what you think, i value the views of such a proven photographer thanks in advance. George

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Jan Piller , April 20, 2007; 01:36 P.M.

Ian

Well that was fun!! I sure enjoyed the tour through Algonquin! You've got some great shots here! Regards,

John Warren , April 23, 2007; 06:21 A.M.

Iceland/portfolio

Hi Ian, Many thanks for your input. Well spotted,unfortunately some shots do not transfer well to PN (I don't know why). If you look at the bulldog shot,the original is pin sharp.The other shot of the Icelandic church was taken the same day with the same camera and that has transferred OK>>I should not be so lazy and try another down-load. I'm not sure what you mean about the crop. The church has to be dead centre and I am of the old 'Cartier-Bresson school'of do not crop. Off-setting objects is only for trendy amateur photographic clubs. When I interviewed for an assistant the first thing I looked for was could they get the object they were photographing middle frame. Your portfolio shows great promise - congratulations - but, and there is always a but. Your forte is obviously landscsape.Try not to fall into the trap of once you get a first-class result repeat the same shot time and again (we old pros call it padding) The same goes for the macro/micro lens. Look on the majority of PN's portfolios and it is packed with shots of flowers and butterfly's. Ask yourself why? BECAUSE IT IS EASY.....You have undoubted talent so stand back and use it and above all, get your own style.........and........SMILE John

Ian Cox-Leigh , April 23, 2007; 09:33 P.M.

Thanks to Kent, Rick, George and Jan. Your encouragement is most appreciated.

Also, thank you to John for your comments. There is a lot of truth in them and I thank you for that. I have few thoughts in return:

1. I stand by my statement that the hill appearing on the right edge of your frame adds nothing and is distracting. I can fully understand the wish to leave the church centred; but, I would consider a 10-15% tighter crop all around to remove that hillock and make the church the unchallenged focus of the image.

3. "Your forte is obviously landscsape." Really? I think that is true too. Most others I have shown my images to don't come to that conclusion though; so, its nice to have someone of your experience agree.

4. I agree with the observation that my portfolio currently looks a bit 'padded'. But, I have some problems addressing that. First, I need to learn to edit better and be more cold about editing. I need to separate what I like from what is objectively good. I also need help in determining that difference between what I like and what is objectively good (which is one of my reasons for using PN's critique forum).

Thank you again for your comments.

Ian

John Warren , April 24, 2007; 07:39 A.M.

Downloads

Ian, I take your comments on downloading to heart, once I have put something on the site I am too lazy to correct the faults, comes with old age..It is good to see a young up-and-coming photographer taking the 'art'so seriously. Over the last 50 years I have taken hundreds of thousands of photographs (our library contains 6 million images)and I now find it difficult to pick and concentrate upon just one image because I have so many to choose from. You are lucky, you have the 'photographers eye'not given to the many....USE IT...and try all and everything and don't worry about the failures (there will be many).Look at the great photographers work,Bert Hardy, Cartier-Bresson,Edward Weston,Paul Strand and note how they put and image together. DON'T COPY THEM...Do it your way. In the end it will be your style that gets noticed but only if it has some originality.....John

Wolf Zorrito , April 24, 2007; 03:25 P.M.

Nice meeting you Ian. Wolf

Angela Churchill , April 26, 2007; 10:56 P.M.

Hi Ian, Wonderful portfolio! I stumbled across it tonight with a posting from your Algonquin pics. I need to visit there for sure! Wonderful collection you have here!

Angela

Juan Carlos Vindas , April 27, 2007; 10:40 P.M.

Amigo

Ehh. Very good portfolio, great shots of the foggy morning, keep sharing your great work. Best regards

Ian Cox-Leigh , April 28, 2007; 11:26 A.M.

Thank you Wolf, Angela, and Juan for your kind words.

Dennis Aubrey , April 30, 2007; 10:28 A.M.

Fine work here ...

... Ian, nice to see how serious you are about this. A quick comment on the PN issue with John Warren; alot of time you don't see the image that you posted because the images are recompressed by PN, depending on the size of the original image. If you post an image that shows a "Larger" category, it means that the image you initially see has been resized and recompressed by PN. Both the resizing and the recompression introduce changes in the image, especially in color and detail.

Anna Klaene , April 30, 2007; 12:30 P.M.

Nice portfolio! Thank you for sharing.

Anna

Ian Cox-Leigh , April 30, 2007; 01:23 P.M.

Thanks! And thank you for rating my abstract. I've been waiting quite a while for that to get the final 11th vote so it would appear in my 'most rated' page.

Ross Yourth , May 04, 2007; 05:16 P.M.

Hi Ian

Sorry to be so tardy in replying to your comments of the image in my Temp folder On Apr. 21st. I'm with you, I still do not know which image I like better altho I lean towards the B&W probably because it is more abstract in nature . On the other hand it was a heavily overcast day with very little colour.The image was taken in Prince Wi;lliam Sound in Alaska in 2005.Mark this trip down as a "Someday I must visit this area before I am old & decrepit" I enjoyed your images of flowers & gardens & feel you have the ability to improve in other areas.One technique that has helped me in commenting om other people's work is to study the image & say why I like the image & what attracts me to it. Best regards _Ross

Ian Cox-Leigh , May 04, 2007; 08:55 P.M.

Hi Ross,

Thanks for stopping by. Although, I must admit, I'm a little confused by your comment that: "One technique that has helped me in commenting om other people's work is to study the image & say why I like the image & what attracts me to it."

Surely, that's what I did. Is it not? So, then, why the comment?

Paul F , May 05, 2007; 06:49 A.M.

Ian

Dropped by to look at your portfolio after seeing your reference to Jane Jacobs with your Famous Streets post. I am a retired architect / town planner and she was a great heroine of mine in the 1960's. Greatly enjoyed looking over your shots and reading some of the technical chat. I will take the opportunity to comment on your crit requests in future.

Regards

Paul F

Alberto Quintal , June 03, 2007; 07:22 P.M.

Hi, Ian

Beautiful portfolio, excellent photos, great colors and details.

Alberto

Tom Sheridan , June 06, 2007; 10:06 A.M.

A fellow Torontonian ...

Looked through your p'folio, and saw some interesting shots of familiar territory. Other viewers have referred to Henri Cartier-Bresson: in that light, may I suggest you try photographing some of the interesting people in this town (i.e. Kensington Market, street vendors, street festivals and children)and the results will be pleasantly surprising. LOL. You may want to look at my snaps.

Juan Carlos Vindas , June 08, 2007; 11:00 P.M.

Amigo

Once again I am here, I can see you have been very busy shooting, that?s very good, thank you for rating some of my shots, and thank you for sharing your great work! jc

Raj Nandwana , June 11, 2007; 12:13 A.M.

dear Ian

many thanks for your kind comments on the Orchid photo. I live in Mumbai and have been started growing orchids since a year. There are so many myth about these plants and everyone seem to have his or her own method. There are some species which can tolerate Mumbai(India) climate. Most of these pictures have been shot in most adverse lighting conditions without flash.There is very little photoshop as well.

Thanks again for stopping by, cheers Rajen

Gershon Levi , June 11, 2007; 12:38 P.M.

Hello Ian. Thank you for your rating in my photo. I think you have a great portfolio with the exellents shots.

Ian Cox-Leigh , June 12, 2007; 12:24 A.M.

Paul, Alberto, Tom, Raj, Gershon, thank you for your kind words. Juan, thanks again!

Tom, I'm just not comfortable photographing people in public. Plus, I don't really find either portraiture or street photography all that interesting unless it is really, really well done (like Eisenstaedt).

Liz Weisiger , June 12, 2007; 02:00 P.M.

Ian, thank you for the comment on my heron pictures. I love your work. Looking for more of it...

Gunn White , June 16, 2007; 03:14 P.M.

Thanks for looking, voting and commenting on my photo of Pia. You have a nice portfolio with many very good shots! Keep clicking.

Trent Sexton , June 17, 2007; 04:12 P.M.

Ian, Thank you for the rating on my work. I don't feel like I deserve such high praise, it is flattering, thank you! I can really appreciate your work you are displaying here. I find so much beauty and inspiration in nature, I perceive the same feelings shown through your work. - Trent

Yves Pichon , June 21, 2007; 05:04 A.M.

It is difficult to add anything new. I realy like your portfolio which is very rich and contains many very good shots. You do have what is called a very good eye and now, a very good camera which does help, as you know. Nature photography is great, and now you can sort and keep pictures on DVDs, much easier than for old black and white negatives or slides. I whish I see more of your pictures in the next future. Try portraits. Cheers. Yves P.

Andrew Campbell , June 23, 2007; 07:54 A.M.

Thanks for your recent rating.

Best regards.

John Galyon , June 23, 2007; 08:48 P.M.

thanks for your recent visits and kind comments on my photos. good to see someone your age with the obvious dedication to the craft. keep shooting...keep learning and most of all...keep enjoying taking photographs!

Giuliano Boiti , June 25, 2007; 02:27 A.M.

interesting gallery ,congrats...

Ian Cox-Leigh , June 27, 2007; 12:02 P.M.

Hmm. I wish PN would tell me when I got new portfolio comments!

Belated thanks to Liz, Gunn, and Trent. Most sincere thanks as well to Yves, Andrew, John, and Giuliano.

Paul Schofield , June 27, 2007; 04:35 P.M.

Interesting varied collection. Well done. All the best.

Ian Cox-Leigh , July 08, 2007; 09:27 P.M.

Thanks Paul.

John O'Berry , July 13, 2007; 05:47 P.M.

Re: "Tea Time"

Ian,

Thanks for you rating on my photo. I enjoyed your work very much. The "Gulls" and great. I shoot them a lot But, Have not taken very many that were good.

John

Chung Lee , July 15, 2007; 01:29 P.M.

Thank you

Ian, Thank you for rating one of my images. You have a beautiful portfolio, filled with creative pictures. They are all well composed with nice colors and perfect lighting. Great work.

Ian Cox-Leigh , July 15, 2007; 05:48 P.M.

John, Chung Lee, you're welcome. I rated and commented on your works because I enjoyed them immensely. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my work.

Emily Tan , July 16, 2007; 04:32 A.M.

Hello

Thank you for your comment on my photo, Ian! It was really helpful. I'll play around with B&W versions of the picture.

I love all your pictures, especially your abstracts and your firework pictures. Fireworks are so difficult to photograph but you've done a beautiful job!

I'm actually going to Toronto this Summer for a bit, so maybe I'll keep an eye out for some of the sites you've photographed!

-Rebecca

Bert Reitter , July 16, 2007; 09:18 A.M.

Hi, Ian

I have carefully perused your portfolio and happily express my compliments. Since I am an old "Algonquin Hound" myself, I particularly liked the images of this beautiful region. If you have nothing better to do I would invite you to visit my "Algonquin Park" series. ...Bert

Ian Cox-Leigh , July 16, 2007; 06:21 P.M.

Thank you Rebecca and Bert.

Rebecca, I hope you enjoy your visit to Toronto -- there are many great places in this city. Most of those that I photograph in are because they bring nature into the heart of the city and make it easy for us urban nature photographers to get some shots. It isn't the sort of thing I'd visit while on vacation; but, if you'd like to see that sort of thing go to the Don Valley Brickworks Park. It is an old clay quarry cut into the valley walls and has been turned into naturalized ponds, meadows and marshes. It has a host of birds (more than half of those in my portfolio come from there) and other neat stuff too. You'll want to hire a cab or drive there as the walk down the valley side it a little bit long (might be fun to come back walking if you got a cab there; but, not both ways).

As a tourist to Toronto, I'd urge you to go for walk through the streets of Kensington Market. It is a bustling Bohemian place full of good food, cheap wares, and Toronto's diversity. It is in many ways unlike the rest of the city and quite unique while still somehow it is emblematic of the city -- a delightful paradox.

Anthony Gutowski , July 20, 2007; 11:44 P.M.

Hi Ian

You have an incredible range of images in your portfolio,from your excellent macro work to your nature and landscapes. I see in your work a real since of composition and mood. You have a talent for photography. Hope to see more of your work in the near future. Thank you for your comments on my portfolio. I agree that I sometimes have a problem with color as you can see in my gallery I have a preference for sometimes oversaturating my images to give more of my emotional state of mind, rather than limiting it to what the camera captures. I appreciate the redo on the Assateague image,it makes a bold statement and simplifies the image to boot. Keep up the excellent work and feel free to critique my work anytime. Regards Anthony

Florin Cojoc , July 23, 2007; 02:17 P.M.

beautiful natural portfolio, congrats

Anush Krishnaswami , July 26, 2007; 05:50 P.M.

Nice...

As somebody else has pointed out, your portfolio covers a wide range. I really love your muted tones folder. Thanks for your rating on my pic btw.

Taha Idris , July 29, 2007; 05:29 A.M.

Hi Ian

Thanks for your comments on one of my pictures. I took a look again and agree with your opinion. I have therefore decided to delete the photo. Best wishes. Taha

Gordon B , July 30, 2007; 12:23 P.M.

There is much to admire in these folders. You have a keen eye. You are young so have lots of time to refine your style and hone your technique. I have to a agree with John Warren's comment about " padding " . You need to look through similar images and pick the winner. As stands, viewer could be left with the impression that you just could not make up your mind and consequently threw them all in the folder. Keep up the good work. Really like your muted tone works.

roger sonneland , August 01, 2007; 06:26 P.M.

Ian

Has taken me a while to find your portfolio, but am pleased that I have. What stands out the most to me is the lack of black backgrounds on your florals. I say "BRAVO". So many people run out of ideas, so they just pop a black background on and say thats it. Some nice work here, well done!!

Ian Cox-Leigh , August 04, 2007; 01:18 A.M.

Anthony, thank you very much for your kind comments. I don't think your work crosses into over-saturation in general (or even in the image I commented upon); I was just not really taken with the hues in the image. In general I really like your work and am sure I'll be back to see whats new soon enough.

Florin, thanks.

Anush Krishnaswami, I'm glad you enjoyed looking around. The 'muted tones' works are my favourites too -- I think they have the most to say.

Gordon, thank you for being so honest. It is good to hear where I have some room for improvement. I can only laugh though -- if you think my portfolio looks padded now, you should have seen it when John left the comment! Most of the time, it really is that I couldn't decide which was best or which was most evocative. It really hurts my head when I finally reach a decision and go through the folders and find that the one I most like was the one that drew the least comments or got the weakest ratings.

Hmm . . . another vote for the muted tones too. Good news.

Roger, thanks. I generally dislike black backgrounds in nature photography -- so no risk of me adopting them! Personally, I find it much easier to control the light and DOF in camera than play around with darkening the background in post. I'd rather be shooting than working a photo in post -- most of my images never see CS3 and are only worked in Lightroom.

Gordon B , August 07, 2007; 08:04 P.M.

Hi Ian, I realize in Hindsight that padded was perhaps too harsh of a term and I should not have borrowed it. I was not trying to say that you are deliberately try to make your portfolio appear larger than is justified. I was more eluding to the fact that in some instances ( for example Fritillary 1&2) you have two very similar images side by side and IMHO choosing one and loosing the other would make the folder flow better. I too find one of the biggest challenges in post production is deciding which in a series is strongest and worthy of attention. Back when I shot film this was less of a problem as I took fewer frames of a given subject, although I still chewed up film at a good rate :-) Now with digital I spend quite a bit of time pouring over files trying to decide which ones to work on. The wonderful up side is that with some of my more experimental work I can try every option which comes to mind. I look forward to spending more time viewing your work. If you do not mind the occasional blunt comment I will continue to leave behind my thoughts.

Regards

Gord

Ian Cox-Leigh , August 08, 2007; 12:12 A.M.

Gordon, feel free to leave all the blunt comments you like. They are probably far more useful than all the ones that only mention the good things.

Also, for the record, I don't really mind the term padded all that much and agree there is some truth in it. But, I will also agree with you that I am NOT deliberately trying to make my portfolio seem bigger. For example, I've whittled the fritillary series down from the original folder of 10 images that I first posted to three (and now two -- I took one off just now). I'm trying to keep to under 300 images and as close to 200 as I feel is possible at any one time.

Keith Harper , September 14, 2007; 06:04 P.M.

Hi Ian

Thanks for the rating. You have some strong shots here. Great mono work. Regards, Keith

Alberta P. , September 15, 2007; 02:00 P.M.

Well-thought titles

Not only have I delighted in the photos in your portfolio, but I've also enjoyed the titles that you carefully selected for these masterpieces. Bravo!

Ian Cox-Leigh , September 18, 2007; 02:20 A.M.

Thanks you both Keith and Alberta.

B McManus , September 29, 2007; 01:10 A.M.

Very nice and well selected portfolio.

Alessandro Gagliardini , October 10, 2007; 10:43 A.M.

Great colours in your gallery Ian, i like your landscapes and your flowers. Best regards,

Alessandro

Charalampos-Philip Iossifidis , October 14, 2007; 01:44 A.M.

Your B&W work is simply amazing! Consider a separate website with B&W only! Congratulations & all the best!

Ian Cox-Leigh , October 14, 2007; 04:17 A.M.

Thank you B McManus, Allesandro, and Charalampos-Philip for you comments.

Charalampos-Philip, I've been thinking about trying to move to all B&W for a while now. But, I keep coming across just too many images that wouldn't work without colour. Perhaps dividing my work between a B&W and a Colour presentation would give me the immersion into B&W I desire. I certainly promise to consider it.

I am planning on developing my own website in the next 1-1.5 years and will certainly have a more distinct division between B&W work and colour work at that point.

Kristijan Janjic , October 18, 2007; 05:39 P.M.

Ian,

you have excellent portfolio so please don't move any of photos from it. many thanks for comment on one of my photos.

best regards,

kikki

Tony Hadley , November 01, 2007; 02:41 A.M.

A super portfolio and willing to share information. Congrats. Tony (Rive Sud, QC)

Jeremy B. , November 01, 2007; 10:36 A.M.

Thank you for voting on one of my photos. :) I love your B&W work.

Garnet Humelsine , November 01, 2007; 07:13 P.M.

Great portfolio! I especially like the B&W work. As a student of photography, I find B&W harder because you have to concentrate more on composition. The starkness and contrast of the deadwood is the kind of work I'm striving for.

Ian Cox-Leigh , November 05, 2007; 11:34 A.M.

Kristijan, Tony, Jeremy, and Garnet, thank you for your comments.

I am particularly glad that my B&W work has garnered such attention. It represents, in general, the work that I feel best embodies my vision and that I feel most connected with.

Vaughan Guenley , November 05, 2007; 12:12 P.M.

Ian, A phenomenal demonstration of technique, thanks for the tour, you have represented your region as well as your vision with excellence.

Ian Cox-Leigh , November 07, 2007; 04:07 P.M.

Thank you Antonio and Vaughan. Your words are almost effusive.

Sam Norris , November 16, 2007; 10:15 P.M.

Splendid portfolio!

Jonathan Elcock , November 21, 2007; 04:22 P.M.

You've got an amazing portfolio here. You have really managed to bring out the beauty in nature. Keep on posting, and I'll be back.

Tim James , November 24, 2007; 01:48 A.M.

Good job--thanks for not taking the pictures everyone else does.

PNF Photography , November 25, 2007; 08:03 P.M.

A very strong gallery of repeat patterns and wonderful shapes. Your eye is very strong at seeing the patterns of nature.

Ian Cox-Leigh , November 30, 2007; 10:33 A.M.

Sam, Tim, Jonathan, and PNF, thank you all for your comments.

Marc Epstein , December 16, 2007; 02:02 P.M.

A recent rating brought me to view your extensive portfolio, Ian. Im glad to have visited and noticed this and will be returning. Thank you/ Marc

Rachel Ann Foster , December 26, 2007; 03:55 P.M.

A brilliant portfolio, and the brilliant photographer is one of my favorite photographers! (Going to post on some other favorites now....!) Happy New Year!

Kristina Kraft , January 07, 2008; 01:08 P.M.

You have captured your homeland from impressive angles. I like that angles and your presentation of Canada. It's different from the other ones.

Michael S. Maddox , January 11, 2008; 05:05 A.M.

You have a very impressive portfolio, Ian. Your many beautiful photographs show your obvious talent.

Hanna Cowpe , January 26, 2008; 09:28 P.M.

Ian, I came across your name through a forum thread and was delighted to see your extensive portfolio. Your wide variety of subjects and approaches compile an enjoyable and well crafted collection of images. Your affinity for plants suits me well and I look forward to returning to delve deeper.

Ian Cox-Leigh , January 27, 2008; 11:09 P.M.

Marc, Rachel, Kristina, Michael and Hanna, thank you all for your wonderful comments.

Vítor Ribeiro , February 05, 2008; 02:59 A.M.

Beautiful portfolio!

Jeremy B. , February 06, 2008; 04:52 P.M.

You have some stunning work.

Isaac Chavel , February 08, 2008; 08:03 A.M.

hello

Just discovered your work. The monochrome work stands out as extremely imaginative (this takes nothing away from the color). Enjoyed it immensely.

Diana Webb , February 08, 2008; 03:16 P.M.

Your portfolio, Ian, is a work of art. You do look at the details of a subject and seem to then creatively turn it into a work of art. They are excellent.

Thank you for your comment on my catus garden. I am totally a beginner to photography but through comments from PN, looking at all these photos in PN, and taking classes I am learning each day.

Johanna Mantere , February 09, 2008; 03:03 A.M.

Hi Ian, thanks for your comment on my photo "Brothers", itb was so encouraging. Your portfolio is very creative and interesting, i like especially the folder "Responses"..it's very strong and original.

Blesses, Johanna

john d , February 10, 2008; 03:40 P.M.

Great stuff Ian.I think you have managed to find you own special style here.Hope you also continues that way in the future. I enjoyed your portfolio a lot.Keep up the great work!

Best regards

Rachel Ann Foster , February 14, 2008; 08:05 P.M.

Ian...there are a few photographers on PN destined for greatness. You are one.

Ian Cox-Leigh , February 16, 2008; 02:25 P.M.

Vitor, Jeremy, Isaac, and Diana, thank you for your encouraging comments. I appreciate you taking the time to make them.

Johanna, you are most welcome. There are not enough people who make thought out and thorough responses to images on Photo.net. Figuring that change has to begin with oneself, I endeavour to leave a well thought out response whenever I leave a comment.

I also think there are not enough people who take the time to really look at and engage with a photo here (or elsewhere). Minor White claimed that you could not form any reasonable opinion of an image without engaging with it for at least 30 minutes. While I might quibble with the exact length of time, I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment. I think many photographs -- including your 'Brothers' -- simply need a more patient observer for them to be appreciated.

Ian Cox-Leigh , February 16, 2008; 02:29 P.M.

One more thing, Johanna: thank you for the comment on the Responses series. It has garnered less attention than many of my other images and yet I continue to really like that series as a whole.

Orvill, thank you. Finding personal vision is the hardest task and I am flattered that you can see an individuality in my style.

Rachel, what can I say but thank you, I hope you're correct, and I suspect it will be a lot of work.

Rachel Ann Foster , February 21, 2008; 12:49 A.M.

Ah, Ian, would you want it if it came easily?

Urska G. , March 28, 2008; 06:16 A.M.

Ian, how beautiful is nature through your eye, thank you!

Kostas Angelopoulos , April 11, 2008; 10:20 A.M.

Hello Ian!

The more time I spend on this site, the more need I have to find works like yours. Lately, as I can see, you're attempting to fields, in my humble opinion, that digital photography should reach again to find what was there and we couldn't see it before. Quality that can be transform to clear meaning and then to stronger messages. Aesthetically and environmentally speaking. By captivating this deeper beauty you can make someone to feel free to breath. Me for example. And I thank you for that. You're doing invaluable work. Best wishes

Ian Cox-Leigh , April 18, 2008; 09:44 P.M.

Urska, thank you for your comment. Despite my recent propensity for industrial scenes, nature remains close to my heart. I'm glad you enjoyed my work.

Kostas, your effusive comments have made my blush and grin. Thanks.

Chan Chen , April 23, 2008; 09:28 A.M.

Thanks

Hi, Ian

Thanks for your kindly rating on my photo "let's see the new MRT station R18". I look through your bio and portfolio. I like mant of your photos especially the flowers ones. They are very colorful, beautiful and creative. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work. Best regards!

El Porte-Bonheur , April 28, 2008; 05:56 A.M.

Hello, Ian

First and for all, thank you for your quite regular visits ,comments and ratings on my recent submissions- which -in fact- gave me the opportunity to discover your works. It took me quite a while to stroll through your folders and I will be back when I've digested what I have seen so far.. In summary, I can't point out any favorite folder because I found a variety of top o' the bill scenes, moods and color combinations - presented in a highly professional and narrative way. Every picture tells a story.. Awaiting your next postings. Big compliment and kind regards, El.

Michael Anderson , May 12, 2008; 03:37 A.M.

Ian,

I wish I could be as elegant as you are with your fantastic commentary on the posts of others. Your images deserve more poetic prose than I can give. You have an incredibly artistic eye and your images are more than a perfect composition or moment. The entire presentation is like a symphony with many levels of complexity, from the initial idea through to the choice of white balance or tone in the final image. Fantastic work!!

-Mike

Nancy Barrett , May 27, 2008; 03:20 P.M.

Hi Ian,

I discovered your portfolio through the work of another fellow Torontonian. For someone half my age and who has spent only a couple of years seriously applying himself to photography, I think your work shows remarkable maturity and vision. I've had some kind of camera in my hands since I was a kid (somewhere back in the Triassic era), but have only recently begun to narrow and focus my vision and have become inspired to improve. I enjoyed wandering through your portfolio, although I may have to come back to take it all in...I recognized a few scenes, including the Cheltenham Badlands (I just submitted one of mine for critique today--and yours are much better), Algonquin, and Toronto. I'm new here at Photo-net and it's always good to "meet" fellow T.O. city dwellers.

Hope to see more of your work soon, Nancy

Allison Whitt , May 27, 2008; 06:50 P.M.

I'm glad I stumbled upon your portfolio. Very nice work indeed. You obviously see the dramatics in ordinary everyday things. Very far from "boring"

Jeremy Richter , May 28, 2008; 04:20 P.M.

Like Allison above me, I am glad to have found your portfolio. I look forward to visiting it regularly. JR

Christal Steele , May 29, 2008; 09:18 A.M.

Ian

I have to leave for work, but I wanted to pass along some information that you may find useful. I saw a comment you made on Chris H's Bowman Lake photo, and I see that you'll soon be going to Glacier National Park. My husband and I will be going later this summer too. Anyway, I ordered a publication that suggests good photo ops for Glacier and Waterton. If you're interested, check it out. And I'll be back for a proper visit to your gallery as soon as I have time. Go here: http://photosecrets.com/ Then click on 'GUIDES'

Jacob Eliana , July 15, 2008; 08:09 P.M.

This man is half my age and twice the photographer. Well done!

Samuli Haataja , July 22, 2008; 05:16 A.M.

Great work Ian, great. I'm a sucker for b&w photography so I liked those photos most, but I have to admire you for bravely picking up very different subjects from interios shots to macros. Keep going! And thanks for commenting on my photos!

Laura Delegal , July 22, 2008; 02:56 P.M.

Thanks Ian

Thanks Ian for taking time to do some work on my photos. They are much improved. I came over here to thank you and am once again "ashamed" and humbled. Your portfolio is wonderful and I aspire to cover things as well as you. I was stunned when I looked at the details on some of your floral and insect pictures to find that you shot them with a Nikon D80 camera and Nikon 70-300mm lens. I was thinking you used a macro lens. I used this same equipment to take some shots of flowers and dragonflies this weekend, but they looked NOTHING like yours. I hope you don't mind my asking, but I'd like to learn what I can do to improve: Did you use a tripod? Did you make manual settings or use one of the program settings? Did you do much post-processing? How did you come across such beautiful flowers? They are just wonderful:

http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6579282 and http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=6427023

Thanks again for your help.

Daniel Ewert , July 24, 2008; 11:58 P.M.

Beautiful portfolio, Ian. I especially like your mountain landscapes and badlands photos. Well done.

Ian Cox-Leigh , July 27, 2008; 12:13 A.M.

Oh dear, I have been neglecting this page for while, haven't I?

Fly Chen, thanks. It intriguing that we like such different images of each other's portfolios. I like your architectural images and you like my botanical ones.

El-Porte Bonheur, I am glad you enjoy the variety in my work. I too enjoy the variety in your portfolio -- from great product/studio images to evocative travel shots. There are a great many people you argue that to be successful we must specialize. You and I seem to be trying to prove the merits of a generalist approach and are fighting to keep a place open for it.

Michael Anderson, I am in awe of so much of your work that to leave a comment as I did was a pleasure and not a chore in the least. I am thrilled you bothered to come here and leave such a nice comment in reply.

Nancy Barrett, I agree, it is always nice to find a fellow Torontonian on here. I hope to find the time to give a good long visit to your portfolio one of these days. From the short time I have spent looking over your work, I can say I really admire your eye for the small details in the world around us -- whether that is a olive bar in a store, a few vines or leaves, or some small patterns of stone and water in the landscape. Sometimes I feel there are too many attempts at a grand vision of sweeping landscapes and not enough people probing the smaller details.

Allison Whitt, Jeremy Richter, thanks for stopping to leave your comments. I'm glad you both found something in my pages that caught your eye.

Christal Steele, thanks for the heads-up. I am recently back from my trip. Although I did not make it to Glacier NP (the Going to the Sun Road was closed into late June this year and the North Fork road was too so I omitted it from my trip), I did buy a couple of Robert Hitchamn's "Photograph America" Newsletters and found them to be useful. He greatly overstates the amount of time I would want to spend in a place; but, other than that, they were well written and inspiring guides. Thanks for the suggestion.

Jacob Eliana, (or should I say Rachel?) thank you again. You continued support and optimism about my photography is heart warming and encouraging. It was a joy to meet you and your charming family finally, on your way to Montreal. I hope you enjoyed your time there and all is well with you.

Samuli Haataja, thanks. I am always thrilled when someone with a tremendous skill for a specific field (such as you have with your moody, emotive, shallow DOF, square-crop B&W images -- at least judging from the few you've posted so far) never-the-less likes a range of images of mine that span the variety of subjects and styles that interest me. I often feel like I really should focus on a given style and/or subject and I am reassured that my varied interests aren't too much of a problem when I get nice comments like yours.

Laura Delegal, your most welcome. I enjoyed sharing what I have learned about post processing. I will send you an in depth email about how I do/did my insect and floral images. For now, the short answer is I do everything wrong -- no tripod, no filters, not a macro lens, very little PP. Oh, and most of the flowers are from my garden.

Daniel Ewert, thanks for your recent visits and for your nice comment. The badlands shots were from among my first experiences using grads and trying my hand at landscapes. They were a pivotal point in my development as a photographer. They represented a major shift to a slower, more pre-visualized process for me which was aided by the shift of thought process that working with grads and tripods required. That the photos still have merit to fresh eyes viewing my pages makes we quite happy. Thanks again.

Jeremy Richter , July 27, 2008; 10:19 P.M.

Thank you for the insightful comments you left on a couple of my photos. Feedback is always nice, especially the good. Yours is a portfolio I enjoy returning to. Best, JR

Raymond Banfield , August 01, 2008; 11:16 A.M.

Ian

Doing what I like to do best on my days off and thats surfing PN. Ran across your folio and got to tell you, very impressive. You have a great eye and obviously a wonderful dedication to your craft. Can't wait to revisit to see what new additions you have put on...RAY

Ronda Sliter , August 11, 2008; 12:54 A.M.

Thank you for your comment on my Lady Bug photo, the feed back is very appreciated.

Ian Cox-Leigh , August 11, 2008; 08:01 A.M.

Raymond, thanks.

Ronda, glad to be of help. Thanks for stopping by.

Sean Depuydt , August 13, 2008; 09:37 P.M.

Ian, somehow I missed all of your B&W images. YOu really have an eye. Keep up the great work. - Sean

Tony McBurney , August 14, 2008; 05:55 A.M.

thanks

thanks for your considered and generous review of my sunset image. I like many of your images, especially the guggenhiem series because of the manner in which you composed the forms into abstract bands. The diffuse light and it's varied effect on the curved surfaces descending the space is very pleasing and nicely captured.

Tony

Fred Frank , August 15, 2008; 01:48 A.M.

Ian

I have been wandering around your portfolio and wanted to say to you that I enjoyed my time doing so. You have many images that appealed to me. Also I wanted to thank you for recently commenting on one of my photos. You have critiqued one or two others that belong to me and you have always been thoughtful and encouraging. If I could put photos together as well as you put words together I might actually become a good photographer. Thanks, Fred

Ian Cox-Leigh , August 20, 2008; 09:54 A.M.

Sean, Tony, Fred thank you all sincerely.

Steve Sieren , August 23, 2008; 12:00 A.M.

Amazing Work

Wow I'm surprised at how much quality work you have.. Makes me wonder how long it took to that many good shot. You've got a great eye for compistion and it's all very artistic.

Cheers

Gianluigi Albanese , August 26, 2008; 06:51 P.M.

Nice portfolio, bravo

Brenda Thompson , August 26, 2008; 09:49 P.M.

Thank you so much for commenting on my sunflower "rear view". Your portfolio is full of interesting images. I love the dead wood, florals and landscapes. Keep up the great work. You are very talented.

Dimitare Tchilinguirov , August 27, 2008; 01:16 P.M.

Ian,

Thank you for the amazingly detailed and constructive criticism on my photos! If we ever meet in person the drinks are on me!!!

Great portfolio BTW! Your “Platte Generating Station” is one of the best lightning photos that I’ve ever seen. I will be a frequent visitor to your page for sure!

Regards, Dimitare

Harnois Yves , September 01, 2008; 04:06 P.M.

fabulous

Your work is very intense and technically perfect. Congratulation and keep working in this way.

Ian Cox-Leigh , September 07, 2008; 10:24 A.M.

Thanks all for the feedback -- it is certainly appreciated and helps to keep me striving to improve.

Alexandru Badulescu , September 12, 2008; 05:19 A.M.

Absolutely stunning portfolio! Excellent work from beginning to end! Regards, Alex.

Angela Churchill , September 22, 2008; 08:36 P.M.

Would you believe that after all this time, I still haven't stopped off in Algonquin? Only driven through... lol.. I will just have to continue to admire your images :) And... oh how I admire them.. all of them. Very stunning portfolio my friend. Love your Toronto pics too :)

Raymond Banfield , September 23, 2008; 11:21 A.M.

Ian

Quick thanks for stopping by and commenting on " Waiting for the dawn ". I'm glad you did because I was able to tab over to your folio and " wander " thru your beautiful shots again. I really liked your black and white photographs for the super tonal ranges and great composition. I also commented on a couple of your museum shots which caught my eye. Great body of work Ian and will be checking back to see what wonderful additions you have added...RAY

Nancy Barrett , September 26, 2008; 09:59 A.M.

Thank you so much, Ian, for your wonderful comments on my "Falls" image! I think I really got lucky here. No grad filter, not even a tripod (shhh, don't tell on me). It was late afternoon and the falls was in shadow...if I had gone for a smoother look, it would have gotten camera shake anyway. Have a great day! Nancy

juan carlos carrera , September 28, 2008; 03:43 P.M.

thanks for the comments that bring me here Ian!

I've spent lot of time in your portfolio, full of fine art: nature, botanical, landscapes... arquitectures... all kind of photography, thats amazing.

I'll came back to your portfolio, for sure!

Ioan Alexandru Chiru , September 29, 2008; 01:16 P.M.

Hi,

A hard work made a very nice portfolio and great colors, congratulations !

Raymond Banfield , October 25, 2008; 10:32 A.M.

Ian

Sorry but I seemed to have missed a couple of your comments on my folio. Apologies for that because they were very on the mark!. Appreciated your sending along the sharper version of Early desert morn. Can't wait to get back to Photoshop CS3. New computer comes in this week and finally will be able to download CS3 on it. Been using Microsoft Anniversary Edition 2006 for the past few months. It was my original post production program. Nice program but no match for shooting RAW and then working them on Photoshop. Can't wait for the 3 Amigos next trip in 2 weeks. Figure I'll get a semester of learning from my mentors, Chris and Leo. Got a lot of catching up to do. Big thanks for adding the Mormon Tea shot to your favorites...RAY

Dror Baldinger , October 31, 2008; 02:24 P.M.

incredible work. love your guggenheim folder.

Jim Cowan , December 14, 2008; 06:32 A.M.

I enjoyed looking through your portfolio, in particular I liked your landscapes and florals. You have some beautiful images!

Nancy Barrett , December 24, 2008; 09:53 A.M.


Happy Holidays!

Ian, I just wanted to wish you and your family the very best of the season and happy shooting in 2009! Best wishes, Nancy

florian r. , January 04, 2009; 08:03 A.M.

Ian

first i want to thank you for the recent coment you left on my stuff. second i want to express that i see the passion with witch you follow photography. your landscapes are a delight, and your details are very poetic. after your images seem to be displayed in random order i dont know where your interests lead to but let me tell you that i was especially attracted by the three (urban) night shots, and the rather abstract views of this port. thanks for your support, and have a successful new year. best wishes from vie, fr.

Jacob Eliana , January 09, 2009; 03:29 A.M.

Your landscapes are astonishingly good.

Gary Crabbe , January 31, 2009; 09:42 P.M.

Ian:

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my portfolio; I really enjoyed looking through yours as well. You've built up an incredibly diverse and eclectic set of images, and I think I'm especially drawn to your B&W flowers & plants. Cheers & keep up the good work.

Kent B , February 15, 2009; 06:40 A.M.

Ian, I realized I have not left a comment on your portfolio so shame on me and thanks to you for always be such a kind and supportive source of inspiration. I'm not the most active member but I do follow your work and read through the comments and I always feel inspired to do more after visiting. You are an artist, a gentleman, and passionate about your craft. The pleasure is all ours.

Roxana Chiru , February 18, 2009; 07:06 A.M.

Interesting portfolio with great shoots, congratulations ! Ilike very much portfolio 3 and 6. Best regards RoxanaChiru

Bettie Coetzee , February 27, 2009; 12:37 A.M.

Marvelous

STarting with the driftwood which is a favourite of mine too, right through to the botanical, and the latest 'ordinary' urban landscape your work inspires me. I'll keep coming back for food for thought and feeling.

David Noble , March 03, 2009; 09:19 A.M.

Ian, what a super porfolio you have.

Wide range of subjects, and not one duff image among them.

Jim Downs , March 12, 2009; 07:04 P.M.

Ian, You have a real touch with landscapes and a good eye for botanicals also. Good luck with your Egyptian studies. GJ

Kevin Walsh , March 18, 2009; 10:47 P.M.

Hey Ian

Great gallery! Your landscape work is fabulous. I wonder if you have any plans for the D3X since your type of work might benefit from it?

Ian Cox-Leigh , March 22, 2009; 01:51 A.M.

I see that I have been ignoring my portfolio page for far too long.

Alexandru, thanks!

Angela, I'm sorry PN didn't work out for you (I see that your account is now fully marked as deleted). I enjoyed your work (especially your quad and tri-toning and your lovely city-scenes) and I miss having a convenient place to stop by and view it.

Raymond, thanks for both your comments here and all the rest throughout my pages. Your work keeps getting better and better and I'm sure having some finer tools at your disposal will only help you perfect the craft. Also, you don't know how envious I am of the three of you (Chris, Leo, and yourself) and your jaunts to Death Valley or Joshua Tree NPs and all that.

Nancy, thanks for the comments and the best wishes.

Juan Carlos, Ioan, Dror, and Jim, thank you all for your kind words.

Florian, thank you for your comments. You are right that my page can seem a little jumbled and all-over-the-place. I wish I had a consistency of approach that unified my images more fully while leaving plenty of room for variability. I admire people like Juan Carlos (above) who work in a very identifiable style and yet produce such varied and engaging work. I have been pouring over the work of Joseph Hoflehner recently and thought the same thing. I wish I could focus more. But, I love too many different approaches! To abandon any of them hurts too much.

I am glad you liked my night and Portlands shots. They are close to my heart and I am also glad you, in particular, liked them as they share a sensibility with some of what you do best.

Je vous remercie pour votre bien souhaits et j'espère que vous aurez beaucoup de succès et de bonheur par votre photographie.

Rachel, thanks for your continued support and interest.

Ian Cox-Leigh , March 22, 2009; 02:10 A.M.

Gary, thanks!

Kent thank you. What a gracious comment! I'll have to remember to quote you sometime.

I'm just sorry I went so very, very long looking at all your images before leaving any comments!

Roxana, thanks. Those Guggenheim images seem to be quite popular. I should probably do some more architectural work here in Toronto.

Bettie, Dave, and Jim, thanks!

Kevin, thank you the compliment. As for the D3X, I have no plans to acquire it for a number of reasons.

1. It is too big. I would much prefer a D700X (or whatever it gets called), i.e. I wouldn't mind more pixels, I don't mind the trade-off of poorer low-light performance because I shoot everything at ISO 100; but, I don't want something so heavy and bulky as the D3X.

2. I am broke. I couldn't afford any new equipment right now even if I really needed something.

3. If I had enough money, I'd be more likely to buy a Chamonix 4x5 large-format camera. I would really like camera movements for a lot of the Portlands work I'm doing and for some of the architectural work I want to do. Plus, it might be fun working with film.

Thanks again to everyone. Your kind words help keep me motivated when set-backs and disappointments rear their heads.

kambiz babakhani , April 23, 2011; 11:49 A.M.

Bravo

I really like your portfolio, is so pure and natural i like the way you shoose your subjects, Very good line of work my friend,

Warm regards

Kambiz

CLIVE RAMSDEN , September 12, 2011; 05:45 P.M.

Hi Ian nice night photography love it , and good range of photos good shooting.

Ian . , March 24, 2012; 11:52 A.M.

Portlands

I lived down near that area for years. Love the series. 

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