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01/04/2013 - 9:43 AM

The Red Tulip

The Red TulipLove the shape of the stem and all the colours compliment each other very well Kate, this is only my opinion I would clone out the light reflected area at the bottom to make completely black.

Regards

Trev.
16/03/2013 - 12:31 PM

Mona

MonaThis is the time that fill in flash should be used Debu, it would eliminate the dark shadows around the eye,s, on portraits make sure the focal point is on the eyes and they are exposed correctly, the D200 pop up flash is excellent for this. She is very beautiful and seems at ease with having her photo taken, except for the shadows a nice portrait.

Have a good weekend.

Regards

Trev.
09/01/2013 - 12:44 AM

Oil & Water 2

Oil &  Water 2Hi Kate.
I would suggest using a tripod if you have not done, so you could then shoot at 100 ISO to avoid noise on the image, also f27.0 is not needed on this still life f8 would be great and around about the sweet spot for the lens. have you tried manual mode and using the status bars to achieve correct exposure? Lots of spots on the photo that with time you can remove, keep going and you will come up with the correct settings, then write them down to use again.

Regards

Trev.
05/12/2012 - 4:25 PM

Take one clove....

Take one clove....Hi Ann.
A few things spring to mind, first off the background is not pure black, you can see an image in the background, I had this with Ronnie a few days ago! It showed up on my screen and Ade's screen but not on others, so it depends on the quality of the projector being used if this will show, second is still life works better in odd numbers 1-3-5 and so on, the point of view depends on getting all the reflections included, this has been done, the colours are good, There is some dead space so a crop would work to make a tighter composition, the lighting and textures are good, my mark for this would be 15. hope this helps.


Regards

Trev.
04/12/2012 - 10:29 AM

View from the Window

View from the WindowWhen taking snow photos Kate you need to overexpose to get the snow white, beautiful scene though.


Regards

Trev.
17/11/2012 - 11:34 AM

Looe , Cornwall

Looe , CornwallNice trip around Looe from my armchair Eric, some tricky lighting situations there, if there is a very bright sky and main subject in shade! Do not be afraid to crop the sky out and the auto exposure would then cope very well.


Regards

Trev.
Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)
Quote: The downside of the denoise is it smooths out detail as well. Selective denoise on the background?? (but don't ask me how). Did you mean to use that shutter speed? The positives - it's a beautiful composition and pose, and sharp on the eyes. Lovely image, Ann.

Dave

I was also curious about the shutter speed Ann unless it was moving very fast! To just use software to remove noise from background, use the program to take noise away on a layer mask, then paint black in just over the cat, that removes the denoise software from just the cat and leaves the background with the noise removed.

Regards

Trev.
05/10/2012 - 9:38 PM

Geraniums in Blue Pot

Geraniums in Blue PotI think you lost points for the composition with the pot very central Kate, the pot in the background is also competing for attention, a few paces to the right would have made a difference. There are some great shadow details and textures there, but the step also needs some burning applied to tone it down.


Regards

Trev.
01/10/2012 - 9:02 PM

Physalis

PhysalisIn my opinion Kate this one is not as successful as red palette, the outer edges are brighter than the fruit! So giving the impression of under exposure, the fruit needs some colour applied to make the viewer place the attention there, the soft focus is very good, once again only my opinion and loads I expect will disagree.

Regards

Trev.
24/09/2012 - 2:12 PM

Wren about to feed its young

Wren about to feed its youngExcellent composition Bob with the wren characteristic upright tail, good clean background, this one could be great to learn to clone on, the bottom left branch and the right hand side branch could go to make it not to cluttered, always make sure you are working on a copy and not the original, Ctrl and J is the shortcut to bring up a copy layer in Photoshop. nice capture.

Regards

Trev.
22/09/2012 - 9:35 PM

Alstroemeria 1

Alstroemeria 1Both uploads Kate the background is competing with the flowers, V2 is completely dominating and flowers come second, V1 is better with the flowers pin sharp but the pattern on the background is also competing, flowers with plain backgrounds always do well in competition, the funny thing is Judges ask for something new, when you do just that they mark it low, you cannot win sometimes.

Regards

Trev.
19/09/2012 - 5:01 PM

Spectral Aura

Spectral AuraAwesome capture Dave, that is the problem with using ND Grads is it darkens other parts of the image, have you tried the Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw, using this you can lighten or darken any part of the photo, with my Tiger upload today the light was very tricky and the eye's were so dark you could not see them, using the Adjustment Brush it has brought back detail to the eyes, would work on the church.

Regards

Trev.
03/09/2012 - 12:27 AM

Ahoy

AhoyWith this one Phil a few paces to the right and a few paces back would have made this a better composition, if you look at the composition! You have room on the left that is not so important as getting in all the boats, two have been cut off and also the top of masts, before pressing the shutter look again and see if the composition can be improved, this slows you down and makes you think, try it.

Regards

Trev.
28/06/2012 - 8:57 PM

Enjoy Your Tripod

Enjoy Your TripodHi Diane
The speed will change automatically in Aperture mode, the more you go up the scale EG: one stop up f5.6 the shutter speed will drop one stop. you could have taken this at about 125th sec at f16, still fast enough for hand holding or if shaky like me on a tripod, did you manually focus or auto focus? it looks like auto focus with the focus point not in centre of frame (the focus point can be moved, have a look at your manual to make sure you have not moved it from centre position), when you focus manually do not just use the centre to focus! The whole screen can be used, hope this is not over your head at the moment, just remember that if you just want a subject in focus and the rest of the background out of focus, then use a shallow depth of field like you have done at f4! Then the more you go up the scale f5.6, f8, f11, f16 and so on, the more you go up the more the depth of field gets so at say f22 most of the shot would be in focus, to practice this put camera on tripod and then do not move it, place some objects on a table diagonally going away from you, then at f4 focus on the object nearest you, then take a photo, the objects behind will be out of focus, now change to f5.6 and take a photo, keep doing this right up the scale until f22, now every thing will be in focus, this is how depth of field works.

Regards

Trev.
26/06/2012 - 11:01 AM

Have I Got News For You!

Have I Got News For You!Hi Diane! HORAHHHHH, she has a tripod, the next thing is use it all the time, and you will not want to be without it, when shooting macros use manual focus, if you use auto focus you get a focus shift when pressing the shutter button that leads to unsharp pics, a cheap remote lead helps a great deal, and if you have the facility use the mirror up function, to keep the flower from moving I use several methods, wooden meat skewers stuck in the ground tied with black cotton is a cheap method, then there are the purpose built clamps that attach to the tripod one end and the other clamps on the flower, your upload is dark on the stamen if you go back on some of my flower shots you will see that I photographed the same flower, the stamens on these were dark like yours! To get around this I use the adjustment brush in Camera Raw, it is a fantastic tool, you just brush over the dark area and use the sliders to get correct exposure on just the part you have brushed over, it takes a few attempts to get used to it, but a fantastic tool to use.

This is a bit long winded but hope it helps.

Regards

Trev.
19/04/2012 - 3:04 PM

Betws Y Coed

Betws Y CoedHi Netta, you can only take what is there weather wise, go to Google and tap in Rule of Thirds, you should try to follow this in landscape photography, at the moment the river bank is in the middle of the composition so cutting the photo in half, this in landscapes is not visually attractive, so some of the top could be cropped for a more pleasing composed image, I would also try High pass sharpen to bring out more detail on the stones, once this has been applied erase the sharpening just leaving the sharpness on the rocks, I hope this is not too technical, the other option is to allow modifications, hope this helps my friend.

Regards

Trev.
10/03/2012 - 11:49 AM

York Daffodils

York DaffodilsHi Diane
Must agree with Trev! if you can get near these settings! In Camera Raw I use Amount 80 to 100 normally 80, Radius 0.8, Detail 25 to 30, if you have Camera Raw there is another slider called Masking, use this so you are not sharpening the background, the best way to do this is hold down the Alt Key, all the photo goes white! Keep sliding to the right and you will see the outlines of the subject start to appear, when to background goes black! Stop, now you have only sharpened the main subject. hope this helps.
The composition of the hill creating a triangle is excellent you have a great eye for photography composition.


Regards

Trev.
26/02/2012 - 12:58 PM

Heavy Load

Heavy LoadExcellent macro capture and presentation, there are two off-putting areas that I would attend to! The bright areas at the bottom and on the back, some careful cloning would take care of this, it leads the eye away from the insect, this is only my opinion and others might disagree.

Regards

Trev.
22/02/2012 - 2:05 PM

Town Hall at Quarter Past

Town Hall at Quarter PastMust agree with Steve on this, shooting in Raw mode gives far more latitude to alter exposures like this, In camera raw you could get one exposure for shadows then save and one for the bright areas then save, then blend them together for a good exposed capture, but if you can get it right in camera it saves on the processing afterwards, just watch the Histogram after the exposure Diane.

Regards

Trev.
18/02/2012 - 11:28 AM

hillside

hillsideSorry Gwynn.
But this does not work, the sky is totally blown and the colours are all wrong and it is over sharpened. It is no good giving a vote for a photo that is wrong, some help for you would be better, I know you are new but you have to control your exposure to get the sky from being over exposed, did you look up Histogram on Google as suggested, on film cameras you did not know about the exposure until the film was developed, but with the Histogram on Digital cameras you know as soon as you capture the shot that it is exposed correctly, once again this is trying to help you improve, and not to dampen your enthusiasm for photography.

Regards

Trev.