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11/09/2011 - 4:36 PM

Evening Henge II

Evening Henge IIStunning image, although the very dark area at the top draws my eye and spoils it a bit for me - I would crop it out.
24/09/2010 - 7:52 AM

kingfisher

kingfisherSuch a lovely capture, I do feel it is cropped a bit too tightly, just a tiny bit room on the side of its beak would really improve the composition. I would also be tempted to darken the lightest patch on its belly just a teensy bit as it draws my eye away from its head.
But overall I'm quite jealous, Ive never photographed a kingfisher and doubtIi could do this well in bright sunshine.
Angi
24/06/2010 - 11:41 PM

Things Are Looking Up

Things Are Looking UpI like this Wink
I think it could look better if you could lower your angle more, say have your camera just above the water level, not easy I know, Ive been trying myself this last couple of weeks with mating damselflies in my pond, getting wet hair and chin, with elbows leaning on rocks under the water Wink. I tried to capture a frog from that angle too but by the time I got into position it jumped off the lilypad, grrrr.
Angi
08/04/2010 - 8:46 PM

Freesia

FreesiaI like it a lot but feel the texture is slightly heavy in places. I would love to do a mod if you could upload the HDR and the texture Wink
When overlaying texture layers I often choose areas where I want the texture to be lighter, such as over the flowers and vase, I roughly select the area then feather it quite a lot, I copy this part then delete it from that layer, if it looks right i leave it. If I want more texture in that area then I paste it back in and then reduce the opacity of that new layer until I'm happy with it. I often do this numerous times, slowly building up the image to how I want it to look. (http://www.ephotozine.com/u76915/gallery/1462107)
You should check out MandyD's work on here she does this type of work incredibly well. http://www.ephotozine.com/u88662
Angi
21/03/2010 - 2:58 PM

Crystalised

CrystalisedI like it a lot, although I would do two things different, I would reduce the transparency of the textured layer so its doesnt quite take over and I would play with the colours a little to enhance the golden tones as it seems such a lovely sunny day. Wink
23/07/2009 - 9:06 PM

Grassopper

GrassopperIt can be very difficult to capture some insects in the heat, one way many macro insect photographers get around this is by going out to photograph them at dawn. This way you capture many of them just waking or up, or even still asleep and they are often cooler, resulting in the moving slower.
As you have now discovered, it can be difficult enough to actually capture some insects, let alone get a nice composition. Its hard to see from your smaller image if you have managed to get the focus right - its a good idea to focus on the eye if you possibly can.
For a straight on side view you might get away with an aperture of around 5.6 which helps reduce the background details.
My personal preference on composition would be to to rotate the image slightly and crop it so that the insect is positioned slightly to one side, with space for it to move out into.
Keep practicing, you will get better.
Angi
22/07/2009 - 12:26 AM

bare

bareI love it! You just keep getting better and better. Keep them coming Rebekah. You are so brave, dont think I would dare. You have such a lovely face.
I too prefer this image and the one where you are lying on your side (a few pics before this one, but with similar tones, think it was called honey), to many of the " glamour" pics.
V2 would be my pick of the 3 for several reasons, it seems more real and fitting with the nature of the image, it has more punch and seems to have less manipulation ( not that there is anything wrong with manip). Even the central positioning works for this image.
19/07/2009 - 6:15 PM

Homeward bound

Homeward boundI love it! Fantastic work. Im not sure about the bit of land though, might be worth reworking that bit, still an awesome image, I would be chuffed if I had produced it. The clarity is wonderful and I like the added bits of grass in the foreground. Angi
05/02/2009 - 4:34 PM

self emotional vision

self emotional visionI quite like this, but it is a little noisy, the black and white mod looks good. What settings were you using? Angi