Rakesh Malik

United StatesSeattle WA, United States
9
years of
experience
Specialty: Nature
I am one of those oddball photographers who actually uses natural light for nearly all of my photography. I am also in a small minority for the fact that I don't go hiking without my large format camera; it's one of those old time box cameras like you've seen in pre-World War II films. Sure, I bring my digital camera on my outings as well, but I've found that nothing can match the image quality of the big film camera. Most lightweight backpackers bring shelter, something to sleep in and a tiny point-and-click camera. I add to that, a large metal box with bellows (pleated leather like on an accordion), several lenses, film the size of a postcard, and a sturdy tri-pod. It's not uncommon for me to lug 60 lbs of gear for 30 miles up the side of a mountain. It's worth it. For someone else, it might seem like a constraint, but I find that it allows me to be more creative and get far better photos. My clients appreciate my photographs for their vibrant color; range of tones; and exquisite detail. I often hear that my images are like windows that inspire the viewer to get outside. There are many photographers who do much of the image making after the photo is taken. That's one approach, but I don't rely on Photoshop or other software to create the gem, I use Photoshop only to polish it. I've hiked the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Shenendoah National Park, The Grand Canyon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. My images reflect both the majesty and the intricacy that I love about the natural world. I am part of the National Forest Committee, working to protect the ancient forests that give the Evergreen State its name. I donate a portion of the proceeds from each photography project to the Sierra Club.
Photo Critique
Rating
6.9
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon d60
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
You picked a beautiful subject and included its environment. The black and white treatment gives the image a classic look. Some compositional enhancements and a bit m...
Photo Critique
Rating
7
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is well seen, and also well captured. You did a good job of taking advantage of the duck's reflection and movement in this image. If it were a bit better exposed...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon d40
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a great composition. The only thing detracting is the shadowy lighting on the back wall. In spite of that, it's a very pleasing image, and I always like to se...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.3
Photographer: Michael Reaves
Camera:
Canon Rebel T2i
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
I think that this picture includes too much of the scene There's a lot of potential here, but to exploit it will require some effort. The reflection and the sunset co...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.6
Photographer: Sherri Hollis
Camera: OTHER
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
Birds in general are difficult subjects to capture, and hummingbirds are among the more challenging, due to their small size combined with their active nature. Gettin...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.6
Photographer: Mike Forster
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
I think this image has some potential to be more lively with some post-processing to bring out the color and texture in the hillside in the background, but the compos...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Mike Forster
Camera:
Canon EOS 5D
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a great image. It's a great moment, a magnificent creature, and a moment well captured. Very well done, Mike!
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Robert Dick
Camera: Canon EOS60D
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
The image is well-composed and exposed properly. it evokes a sense of curiosity about where the road leads, and entices the view to explore the mountains in the backg...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.6
Photographer: Cameron Taylor-Brown
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
Overall this is a pleasing image. The clouds look lovely, and so does the sky. It is a little bit unbalanced, because there are two elements with quite a bit of visua...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Jonathan Norris
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This one is a tough one. I like the image, but it's more about the dock than about the water, the fog, and the chill. The lines of the dock draw the eye into the imag...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.1
Photographer: David Barnett
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a nice image, just not quite a "wow" image. I think it has potential though; if this is close to you, then I think it would be well worth your time to go back...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.5
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera: Select
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
A good attempt to put into practice the previous suggestions and also a great way to learn the limits of PS.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.8
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
A good attempt to improve a previous image and learn the limits of PS.
Photo Critique
Rating
9.7
Photographer: Leonard Aschenbrand
Camera:
Nikon D60
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
A great study of the bird of prey family. You captured it's beauty and nature perfectly, Leonard - I hope you managed to get several images as she fed!
Photo Critique
Rating
6.3
Photographer: Rohan Singh
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
I like the idea here. It's an ambitious effort, because it's a challenging lighting situation to work with in the first place, and on top of that capturing rays of li...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.7
Photographer: Vishal Nanda
Camera:
Nikon D50
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a delightful moment that is well-captured. The image tells an endearing story, on that many people can probably identify with. Well done!
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Sophie Crooke
Camera:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
A beautiful shot overall. The seed heads are well-positioned, the colors work well, and the exposure is mostly pretty good. There could be a bit more detail in the sh...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: Sophie Crooke
Camera:
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a lovely image, showing the rose hips as a dominant subject and using the dewdrop and its reflection to good effect. I hope that you continue to work at this,...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: philip policare
Camera:
Nikon Coolpix S70
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a pleasing image, showing the statue in a very different light from the previous image that I critiqued, even though the previous image is almost exactly the ...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: Liam
Category: Photojournalism
Camera:
Canon Digital Rebel XSi
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a well-captured moment, showing the interaction between the two officers in the background and between the 3rd officer and the viewer. The composition is well...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.4
Photographer: Kyrik White
Camera:
Pentax Optio W80
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is well seen and well executed. Paying close attention to details such as this allows one to reveal some exceptional beauty that many people overlook. Macros can...
Photo Critique
Rating
5.9
Photographer: Maria Green
Camera:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
Unfortunately, the best part of the image, the center of the flower, is slightly out of focus and leaves the image feeling a bit out of focus. Otherwise, this would b...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Jolie
Camera:
Panasonic lumix FS18
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This image has a lot of potential. The lake reflecting the sky isn't enough to balance the large amount of negative space in the front left, and the palm frond in the...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.7
Photographer: L Hamilton
Camera:
Canon Digital Rebel XS
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
If the dragonfly itself were completely sharp, I would like this image quite a bit. As it is, it shows a good eye, but a need for more practice getting images like th...
Photo Critique
Rating
5.7
Photographer: Elizabeth Hoadley
Camera: Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This image has a lot of potential, marred by some technical flaws. The selected viewpoint is a good choice, the subject is beautiful, and the decision to place the br...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.4
Photographer: Norm Cutter
Camera:
Canon EOS 50D
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
Though the composition could be stronger, this image has a lot of potential. It's a great choice of subject, the exposure is right on, and the IR conversion is appealing.
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: Carole Wijenberg
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This image is beautiful, and I hope to see more like it.
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Carole Wijenberg
Camera:
Nikon D5000
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a pleasant, peaceful scene that evokes the beauty of winter in an evergreen forest. Well done!
Photo Critique
Rating
6.6
Photographer: Jean O'Callaghan
Camera:
Canon 550d
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
I like the composition and the point of view. I also like that the castle is a silhouette. I would like to see some detail and color in the land, to separate the cast...
Photo Critique
Rating
8.3
Photographer: Harold Barnett
Camera:
Canon 5D MkII
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This image is well seen, and well captured. The choice of a dramatic sky and black and white work well here. Excellent shot!
Photo Critique
Rating
7.9
Photographer: SHARON WHITE
Camera: NIKKON D60
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a great moment, well-capture, and congratulations for finding it in the first place.
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: brandon spencer
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a beautiful picture. The combination of the perspective, which creates the dramatic leading ling, with the balanced gull and surfer make for an engaging image...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: angela bath
Camera:
Kodak EasyShare C180
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a beautiful photo. Capturing reflections was a great idea, and I hope that you continue to do this, so that we can see some more of them!
Photo Critique
Rating
6.3
Photographer: jeanne giles
Camera:
Nikon D90
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This image is well balanced, showing good use of leading lines and also good timing. Photographers frequently lack the patience to wait for the rising or setting sun ...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: Sherryl Lockett
Camera:
Canon EOS 50D
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
I like the idea of the image, children at play are a challenging and rewarding subject, and the position of the streak of glare, so that the children are flanking it,...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.8
Photographer: Deborah Snyder
Camera:
Nikon D700
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
The use of leading lines with a vanishing point gives a good sense of depth, and draws the eye along the textured surface to the sky. Since there is a visual enclosur...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.9
Photographer: Janette Gibson
Camera:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
Most animal photographs are close-ups tightly framing the creature, rather than showing its environment. Showing the creature with its environment tells more of the a...
Photo Critique
Rating
7.3
Photographer: kayla krauss
Camera: Not Selected
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a well-seen image. It evokes a tranquil and mysterious feeling, and encourages the viewer to explore further to see what lies beyond the rise. Though I feel t...
Photo Critique
Rating
8
Photographer: amanda crawford
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
This is a pleasing image of a tree with a lot of character, and an interesting shape. The timing for the shot is well chosen, since it shows the tree in lovely soft l...
Photo Critique
Rating
6.1
Photographer: Victor Mesias
Camera:
Canon Digital Rebel XS
Critiqued by: Rakesh Malik
Well seen, the camera is low to the ground making a good perspective by placing the viewer in the flowers, but the composition is not well defined, and the main subje...