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08/12/2013 - 9:45 AM

On the rocks 17

On the rocks 17Stunning light and the focus is excellent, I have a small problem with the composition as the photo is 50% land and 50% sky so split in the centre, this would work as a letter box crop taking off some of the sky with no detail to just above the cloud then this would be perfect in all aspects.

Regards

Trev.
29/11/2013 - 11:29 AM

Reindeer

ReindeerHi Tracey.
First off welcome to EPZ, your choice of settings is very good the f5.6 setting gives a reasonable DOF so rendering the foreground and background defocused! The detail is good as is the sharp eye and always make sure the eye is sharp as this is the most important element, you have done what most people do and placed the Reindeer in the centre of the frame, try to compose so there is less room at the back and more room in front for the animal to move into, the colours are very natural and the shadow does not bother me at all, look up on the net Rule of thirds, this should help with composition.


Regards

Trev.
28/11/2013 - 10:55 AM

Lunch 3

Lunch 3If the others had not commented on the border I would have Simon, a fantastic wildlife capture spoilt by an unnecessary feature, I am not sure if you put your work in to competitions? If you do then I have to tell you that Judges have to take the whole photo to judge and that includes any added border, I have seen many outstanding photographs loose marks for the border, a simple 3px catchline to separate from the background is all that is needed, this is only to help as your have a great skill.

Regards

Trev.
autumn on Pennypack Creek--Reflections #20I have loved this series and this one again Peter very beautiful, but not in agreement with the fallen tree being in the composition, I myself would crop to the the bank leaving it out, it is not needed, only my opinion and others will no doubt disagree.

Regards

Trev.
20/11/2013 - 12:10 PM

childhood

childhoodBeautiful children but several things do spoil the photo, first the children are to central in the frame, second the background is very distracting, third the sidelighting is causing the eyes to be in shadow, there are several things you could do.

One turn the girls around so the sea is the background, or use a shallow DOF to defuse the background, two try to compose to the rule of thirds and place subjects off centre, three use fill flash to fill in the eye shadows, if you think when composing what you are trying to achieve! Then move around and take several photos to come up with best composition and background.

This is not meant to criticise but to help.

Regards

Trev.
15/11/2013 - 11:04 AM

Buttermere Lake

Buttermere LakeWonderful composition and atmosphere Paul, a slight level adjustment needed.

Regards

Trev.
08/11/2013 - 12:30 AM

inocent childhood

inocent childhoodWonderful photo that can be improved! Before pressing the shutter take a second look to see if the capture is missing something, make sure nothing is cut off, like the feet, I would suggest a square crop tighter on the beautiful young girls to the knee and just to top of heads, this will give much more impact.

Regards

Trev.
01/11/2013 - 10:50 AM

Lotus temple

Lotus templeSome added contrast would help and the level needs attending to, I see you shoot in Auto mode, the camera makes all the decisions and it evens out the lighting making the photo have very flat lighting, I would suggest going on line and reading up on shooting in manual mode, too much info to go in to on here.

Regards

Trev.
15/10/2013 - 10:50 AM

Two tomato's and a grape.

Two tomato's and a grape.Still life should have odd numbers as you have here Peter, like the shadow detail and the composition, a couple of things! Where you have cloned on the left hand side you have cloned out the catchline, it is better to add the catchline right at the end, the other thing is the noise! The more you crop the worst the noise becomes, I see that you used 800 ISO! This will also cause noise to appear, as the weather is getting worst as we go in to Winter, why not invest in a tripod and cable release or use self timer you could then use a low ISO, I bought a great travel tripod from Ebay with a head, it is very light and perfect for what you require, the cost 7.00 with 5.00 postage, it is a used item and sell for 40.00 new. This is not to criticise in any way but just to help an old Rhondda lad.

Regards

Trev.
You will either hate it or love it...Being a Vegetarian I have never tasted Marmite Nathan, as you know I work with a calibrated screen so I would suggest adding more black to eliminate the shadow and background from showing.

Regards

Trev.
29/09/2013 - 3:27 PM

Rhos-on-sea jetty

Rhos-on-sea jettyHi Phil.
You can get back detail from the shadows far easier than recovering detail from blown highlights, if you notice on most of my shots that the exposure is usually two or three stops under exposed if there is a white area, you can set a preference in camera to take a sequence of shots, on mine up to nine frames while pressing the shutter, so you would have one as camera, then four over exposure and four under exposure in increments of one stop, or one third of a stop or two thirds of a stop, you decide, I never have to go more than one stop over and one stop under to get a good result. Hope this helps.

Regards

Trev.
Seriously Squawking Starlings Scrapping Silly Sunday ShowdownNathan my friend this is an amazing capture and would have taken my UA today but! it seems you have used noise removal software and it has had an effect on the birds softening the feather details, what I do in this situation is to take out the noise, and then using a mask, paint black back over the birds to bring back the detail, just on the birds as noise does not show up so much on the feathers, I do think this has spoilt an awesome capture and I would have loved to capture it, I hope you take this as me trying to help and not a criticism, it still has my vote though.

Regards

Trev.
29/09/2013 - 3:08 PM

Rhos-on-sea jetty

Rhos-on-sea jettyHi Phil.
Great composition and tones, it is a pity that part of the sky is burnt out, I do think there is detail there that you can recover if the original is shot in Raw, this is the advantage over JPEG that you have five stops either way to bring back detail in highlights and shadows, the other way is to take three shots, one as camera has suggested, one stop under exposure and one stop over exposure, then blend them in Photoshop, do you have your camera screen set to show if there are clipped highlights, good tool to use, also checking the histogram after taking the shot helps, this is not to criticize but to help.

Regards

Trev.
24/09/2013 - 10:01 AM

Still Life"for a change"

Still Life"for a change"V3 also for me Nathan, I think if you had used spot metering on the flame it would not be burnt out, then bring back the dark areas in Photoshop to your liking.

Regards

Trev.
16/09/2013 - 9:23 AM

Bridge of Size

Bridge of SizeLove the composition Dave but the colours are very muted! Just opened this in Photoshop and just clicking the auto buttons-contrast or colour and big difference.

Regards

Trev.
10/09/2013 - 11:49 AM

Montbretia in Green Bottle

Montbretia in Green BottleShadows thrown on the the background would not score well in competition Kate, and I know you enter many competitions! The problem being is the direct frontal flash that you have used, does your camera support off camera flash? if it does then use it higher and too the left or right to anchor the subject with a slight shadow on the floor, this would also entail experimenting with reducing the strength of the flash output, remember from your studio lighting nights at your club how the set up was achieved, hope this helps. I do like the capture but background shadow for me does not work again looking through a retired Judges eyes.

Regards

Trev.
30/04/2013 - 9:44 AM

A Deciduous Azalea

A Deciduous AzaleaHi Peter, this is very sharp but underexposed, if you do the following you will see a difference! if you have Photoshop open the photo, Duplicate the image, click the image tab, click auto tone, then auto contrast, remove the noise, and slightly sharpen. I have downloaded your photo and have done these adjustments, there is a big difference, or add modifications and I will upload for you, only trying to help and not too criticize.

Regards

Trev.
17/04/2013 - 12:59 AM

Gold Chrysanthemums

Gold  ChrysanthemumsThe vase and flowers perfect Kate, I find the backdrop once again competing for attention with the flowers, if it was defused it would possibly work but it is very sharp from front to back, perhaps a dark vignette would tone it down, as again only my opinion and loads will disagree with me.

Regards

Trev.
07/04/2013 - 11:41 AM

Loch Lomond

Loch LomondWhat a fantastic sky and expert exposure in manual mode Graham, only one slight suggestion is to crop off some of the bottom area to where the tree shadow is, there is no interest there and would make a better composition, only my opinion of course and many others will disagree, but still a fantastic capture mate!


Regards

Trev.
02/04/2013 - 7:39 AM

Steam in the Valley

Steam in the ValleyHi Gwynn.
These comments are not meant as criticism but to try and help, first the exposure is excellent good white steam, but two areas that need improving is the composition and level! If you leave room for a moving object to move into then this would be correct as it is the train is right on the edge of the frame and no where to move into, the next thing would be to purchase a tripod and spirit level, this would then take care of keeping the camera level, this one is tilting to the right, you can rectify this in Photoshop normally but as the train is on the edge of frame you might lose some of the train doing this, some cameras allow a thirds grid to be shown when setting up a shot, if you have this facility then use it as it helps composition.

Regards

Trev.