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13/07/2013 - 11:03 AM

Twywell 2013 No 38

Twywell 2013 No 38Looks a little soft/blurry by your usual high standards Adrian, maybe that's down to the shutter speed?????......Just an opinion of course Smile

10/07/2013 - 10:34 AM

Something to think about....

Something to think about....Oh you're so gonna hate me for this Nathan and to be honest I feel terrible for saying it especially after reading such a good narrative.......However, this isn't a mossie! It's commonly called a Dance Fly and is from the family Empididae from the fly order, Diptera. They're also sometimes confused with Dagger Flies or Balloon Flies, which are very similar.......They can still give you a nasty nip mind you, but generally they predate on other insects......

Sorry, good image all the same Tongue Hope you feel better soon AdeWink
07/07/2013 - 11:56 AM

Can't Stop I'm a Busy Bee!

Can't Stop I'm a Busy Bee!For my mind, it's been cropped to tightly and thus fills the frame a little too much......It's also lost some of it original sharpness and is a little pixelated because of this IMHO. Like to see the bigger image if possible.....

07/07/2013 - 10:38 AM

The Last Battle - reprise

The Last Battle - repriseSome great manipulative work shown here John which is very difficult to fault, having looked at it for a few moments now and trying to find fault (very difficult) with it, the only thing that strikes me as being a little strange is the shadow looks a little long on the wounded individual in the foreground on the left......But this is being really nit picky with what is essentially a very pleasing image to view.

30/06/2013 - 4:13 AM


DamselflyIt's let down somewhat by the extremely narrow DOF, if the extension tubes used were of the electronic type which would have allowed you to set the aperture, I'd have tried to shoot the image at something like f9-11, as you used flash this shouldn't have been a problem, but would have made the overall final image much sharper as you'd have squeezed more detail from the less limited DOF. However, I'm assuming your extension tubes were of the manual type, which if this had been the case I had try to make a small image stack of say 8-12 images and then overlayed them using something like Zerene or Combine ZP. Using this method would have enable you to obtain much more detail and a much greater DOF.......If you need more information on the technique, have a look HERE Which is an EPZ article which explains the technique......Have a look at some of the extreme macros in my own portfolio to see what can be achieved using the stacking method.

Given the gear used though, it's still a valiant effort. well done to you.
12/04/2013 - 7:43 PM

LTT and catkins

LTT and catkinsA little over-sharpened perhaps Gary, but acceptable all the same......keep em coming matey Smile

24/03/2013 - 9:01 PM


bitternIt's a grand effort of a rarely seen bird, however, I'd have used the centre focus point and tried to get a lock on the eye, which IMHO is the most important part in an image like this and you've missed it quite somewhat. I'm not sure if you've cropped it like this or if was how you've framed the image when taking the shot, I assuming it's how you framed it at time, but to state the obvious, you've clipped that tail Blush IS02000 and a shutter speed of 1/4000sec seems a little excessive. I'd probably gone for an ISO800 and a slightly smaller aperture, F8-9 which would have helped in keeping things sharp especially the around the eye. Having shot the same species in the same kinda of light I know they ain't easy....Never mind, better luck next time.
26/11/2012 - 10:12 AM

Black Swan

Black SwanIt's not a Black Swan it's a dirty duck as we call them here Tongue

Seriously, it fills the frame too much and of course you've chopped it's leg off! You just needed to have walked back a little or widened the zoom somewhat, it would have looked a lot better had you composed the image so the whole bird was in the frame and the head/neck was in the centre, sometimes the closer you get to your subject is not always the best. But as a second attempt at wildlife photography, I've seen a lot worse.......Keep at it and it will come I assure you.

Have a look at Lee Fishers work and you'll see what I mean.

17/11/2012 - 10:02 AM

Beware, here i come.

Beware, here i come.It's a valiant effort at this kind of photography and I know myself by experience just how tricky this kind of imagery can be. However, I would have approached it a slightly different way and used a stacking method to achieve better DOF. How do I do this with a live specimen I hear you ask, well there are ways and means, but my favourite is to cool the subject in the fridge in a specimen pot prior to shooting for about 10 minutes. This is a natural way of getting the subject into a bit of a torpor and would have enabled you to shoot many images at the same time without the subject moving. Once you have all your images, you can then process them using stacking software such as Helicon, Zerene or if you wanted free software CombineZP. It takes a fair amount of skill and practice to get right, but without wishing to be egotistical look at my PORTFOLIO to see what can be achieved using this lens and the software I mention. If you need any further help or want to know how to go about stacking there are plenty of links on the web or you can always PM me and I'll try and give you some advice if you want it.
As I initially said though it's a valiant effort for a one shot image using this lens, but the lens is so much more capable and can produce much better images once you get your head around the very steep learning curve that comes with it......Best of luck.....

06/10/2012 - 9:11 PM

A Parting Kiss

A Parting KissAs an exercise in manipulation one cannot fail to be impressed with your skills Clint, as for whether the image actually works or not?......Yes why not!....The only thing that distracts the eye for me are the reflections on the bulb, looks like a fireplace or some other household appliance? Get rid of these, maybe saturate the colours on the butterflies as they look a little drab and bingo I think! It certainly works better than a lot of other manipulated images we see on EPZ.

26/09/2012 - 11:10 AM


PRETTY PETALSAs others have already mentioned the whites are just too hot and over exposed, you could have used a smaller aperture, but that would have affected the DOF somewhat, it would have been much better to shoot in Tv mode and shorten the shutter opening time to something like 1/500sec, this would have kept the exposure much more in check......I also notice the image was metered on Spot, with this particular image I think it would have worked much better had it been set to Evalutive......Well that's a few thoughts to get you going Wink Valiant effort all the same.

10/09/2012 - 5:58 PM

Peasant Woman

Peasant WomanStraight out of the 18th century, except the fine steamed creases in the tablecloth and the toy....Crop/clone away these, tweak the hot whites a little, maybe add a little texture, repost......Bang on!Tongue

08/09/2012 - 9:30 AM

Newquay Little Fistral Beach

Newquay Little Fistral BeachSmashing action capture, I 'personally' would have a tweak with the levels as I think the water spray is just a little over exposed and hot, however as I said this is a personal view, others will no doubt disagree with me Smile

21/07/2012 - 10:57 AM

River Tempest in a breeze

River Tempest in a breezeV2 for me here too......although there are one or two natural marks on the skin I might just cloned away, a white speck just below the tiara I'd want to lose and I think I'd have a bash at one of the catch-lights in the left eye and maybe just saturate the eyes a little more. However, as someone has already mentioned this might end up with the result of overworking the image! Apologies if I'm sounding picky or seem to be over criticising it, I'm only really just trying to point out the very few flaws there are in the pursuit of perfection......

Ade Smile (gulp)
27/06/2012 - 2:37 AM

You take the high road

You take the high roadGreat motorsport action image Steve, would have liked to see a little motion blur on the wheels/tyres, but that's really me just being extremely picky with it.....

16/06/2012 - 6:56 PM


DamselflyAs a first attempt it's a very valiant effort, POV is off somewhat which is why it goes soft on the tail. It's also a little over-exposed in places, but I wouldn't worry about it.......Keep practising is the best critique I can offer, especially on that POV.....Well done.

03/06/2012 - 11:13 AM

Garlic 'n' Onion

Garlic 'n' OnionIt's a nice still life shot to be working with, but I find the background a little too sharp and in focus for my tastes......I see you shot it at F16, which seems to my mind to be too small. I think I'd have moved the background further back from the main subject and shot it at something like f5.6-8 and then seen how it looked. The reflections bouncing back off the pot lid distract a little too too, but that could easily cured when processing or by shooting a stop lower.........It's a great effort all the same and the image definitely works, it just needs a slightly different approach......Hope you find my comments of use....

23/05/2012 - 9:31 PM

Spider Macro

Spider MacroThis very good, I see you shot it with an aperture of just F5.6, now I know the shutter speed was slow, but I'd had tried a much smaller aperture just to give me just that little more DOF. It just lacks a little depth IMHO....Great effort all the same.

03/05/2012 - 1:19 AM

Time for Tea....

Time for Tea....Monofill half pound fishing line available at all good fishing tackle shops threaded through the t-bag and super-glued to the sugar lump. The fishing line is almost invisible to the naked eye and what you might be able to see would simply clone away......Should cost no more than a few quid. Always have it in my macro studio for shooting bugs and such like........Another one of my secrets gone Wink Great effort Ali.

27/04/2012 - 4:37 PM

Hidden Gem

Hidden GemKnow this fall well and it's an excellent image of it, however I feel it could do with a few degrees of anti-clockwise rotation as it's a little off the vertical.....