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05/02/2014 - 7:51 PM

Single Snowdrop

Single SnowdropI like the vase and the snowdrop a lot.
As to the background, I can see you have been @ the RH side, about where the bend is.
Now here is a hint towards invisible cloning: 50% coverage, use a soft irregular brush and do i PS exactly what you would to mending the paint on you wood chip wall paper, stub it on rather than smear Smile . Blur the result slightly and fade 50% . Go over it again if needed.
And when you are done, desaturate the yellow a bit. perfect!
31/12/2013 - 12:03 PM

Iran Isfahan

Iran IsfahanI like the slight hint of the beautiful window through the veil.
If you don't mind, try to improve contrast and crop around the central fountain, so you loose the modern żlamp? on the left and give the window more impact.
just a thought!
01/12/2013 - 10:42 PM

Butterfly

ButterflyLooks like an erites species, but I don't recognise it from SE Asia, where did you take it?
A hint:
to take a large insect like a butterfly of this kind (2" ) use at least f/8, better f/11 unless you want some arty effect. Then you get the eyes and more sharp, which looks bettter . You have possibly used AF which focusses on what it feels like and never the eye.
that is just me, I have taken a lot of tropical butterflies in the jungle, I know it is very difficult as they never sit still where the good light is. So one does get carried away and forgets to set the lens correctly
08/11/2013 - 9:30 AM

calm

calmsorry it is a nice composition but too blurry With f 14 you should have focused just behind the rock. And if you had used more than ISO 100 the water might have been sharp as well.
25/09/2013 - 2:05 PM

Bee on black

Bee on blackLooks good. Try extension tubes next time, you don't loose the aperture. I often use one 36mm tube with a 200-400, it comes in handy for bugs. TC comes a bit soft close up.
18/09/2013 - 5:54 PM

Open

Openthe colours of the grot are well spotted and make excellent material.
I would have been tempted to shoot this without the lower triangle of concrete.
also, grot wants to be gritty. That is only my opinion of course but the peeling decay needs more sharpness then this I think.
the choice of the subject is very good and I'd like to se some more shots of it.
30/07/2013 - 8:47 AM

Tortoiseshell Triptych

Tortoiseshell  Triptychoh yes, that is a lot better than the first one!!
cause the flowers contrast nicely with the butterflies, lots of variety and good light.
tripods and butterflies don't go together, tripods don't have wings!
as to the defocussed b/g that is very easy: focus on butterfly as in the left one, the others could not be defocussed. the left one was probably taken at too short a distance to get bokeh. no exif at all so I can't say really. I always use the 200mm or longer for butterflies myself.
28/07/2013 - 12:05 AM

Putting the Steam to Bed

Putting the Steam to Bedgreat atmosphere and well chosen POV.. excellent light
Not 100% about the crop, I might have sliced of the bottom bit to where the outer rails meet the frame or if you rfer where the first shiny by of macadam starts.
26/07/2013 - 9:58 AM

Dragon fly

Dragon flyHi,
it is as Kate says a decent first.
since we got the same lens I can assume you use the same methods.
iso 200 is totally unnecessary for a d3s.
hence your aperture is too big and your speed is way too slow. it is dead easy with that lens, you can stay at 2m from the desired df and just keep them coming.
when I took this one the light was not good at all but you just got to give them at least f/8 better more. Don't worry about bokeh, that lens produces it nicely!

just keep practising, half an hour, set your iso to at least 800 and have another go!
17/07/2013 - 12:10 AM

Big bird in the Danube Delta.

Big bird in the Danube Delta.can't believe nobody out of 9 viewers votrd for this. excellent light through the wings and great timing.
Only I would have been tempted to leave for room for the crane to fly into .. so crop upper left and leave for on the lower right.
10/07/2013 - 10:52 AM

Encounter

EncounterI think this is a good, natural image. I have seen many posing deer uploaded here on epz, but after having been around here for a while I strongly suspect most of those are not taken in the wild as you have.
I have been trying to take a decent deer shot for years and find it very difficult, they are completely unpredictable, the come back to spots once in a fortnight and are extremely shy.
So I think 2 voters out of 20 views is very unfair.

may I suggest that you crop ten percent on the left, a bit of the mushy bottom and the dark tree on the right Smile
09/07/2013 - 11:51 PM

Scalpsie Bay Rothesay

Scalpsie Bay Rothesaysplendid panorama, pity you didn't upload it big Wink
btw to reduce noise: noise reduction by topaz is the keyword. and set the sharpening 'masking' in LR to at least 20 that avoids extra grain by LR.
DON'T use sharpening in PS RAW import. That avoids 50% of the noise. Then let Topaz do the rest Smile I actually never sharpen anything, only use detail or micro contrast.
28/06/2013 - 4:12 PM

Butterfly

Butterflythe perch and the composition are very good, the crop could have left out the top. I'd remove the top 20-25%, it is not a very nice bokeh and more distracting than helping
My main critique is the focus. You have focused on the tail, not the head. One aspires in nature photography to have the eyes sharp, or the centre of the flower.
I suspect you left the aperture fully open for a bokeh effect, that is in principle a nice idea but not if the subject is at an angle.
Next time try a longer lens if you got one ( say a 80-200 tele zoom goes a long way for butterflies) and set the aperture to at least 8, better 11, depending on the lens. With your 50mm you can get away with 8. Or try to be parallel to the butterfly. And do not be afraid to use 800 asa if you need it do achieve a high speed or more depth, there is no law against it Smile
23/05/2013 - 7:55 PM

Rainbow People

Rainbow Peopleit is a fine shot, only it feels like you have blown up the saturation a bit.
Composition is very good!
04/04/2013 - 5:46 PM

Wind blown Cosmos

Wind blown CosmosWell Will thinks you used AF, I don't know. I never would. doesn't help with macros.
My hint is that is the ONE thing you want to do manual. Just use your eyes. Takes far too much time to start selecting points and all that and then do you like it. Your DOF button will tell you what the picture will really look like.
As to the speed being too slow, Will is right. 1/400 in the wind Smile Tell the guy who told you about 100 ASA to go and shoot some birds. Or flutterbys Smile
The DOF is too shallow.. if you do this to get a special soft effect like Mandy D or in here get at least one flower center really very sharp.

I now I'm again lecturing here. If I annoy you, I'll stop. And the colours are gorgeous, so is the composition.
03/04/2013 - 10:45 AM

Inner beauty

Inner beautya lovely series, what a great flower.
maybe a bit more DOF might help here. you don't really need 100 iso, it doesn't help with macro. We usually try to get a smaller aperture to get more detail and DOF.Smile
No I'm not nagging, just trying to say how to improve a picture with fantastic light and composition..
03/04/2013 - 9:08 AM

Friends

Friendsok. Critique... it is not easy to take birds with a short lens, but those are big enough to stand a chance. a group like this is spectacular, exposure and light are spot on.
I would have cropped off the twigs on the right, some of the green in the bottom and removed the greey twig in the front. it is quite easy with any cloning tool. if that is too tricky, you can always dye it green with a brush and colour only.

maybe I would have gone for just two of them in 'dialogue'.

It often helps to wait till you get the right view, with no interfering branches etc, like at takeoff.
well that is my two cents worth of bird experience.
23/11/2012 - 11:31 PM

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaksbeautiful composition and light.
May I suggest that you avoid the obvious cloning duplication in the center though? it is better to gently transplant bit of forest left and right and let them then overlap with reduced transparency.
Or use the healing brush to clean up the seems.
26/08/2012 - 7:50 AM

Summertime

SummertimeYes the smaller cop would be nice, too. But I also like it as it is.
I might have tried 'diffusion' in the lens effects or clean without twirly ness as a prior enhancer .
Simplify might have given the groups edges... It would have left the groups sharp and clear and softened the surroundings.
Keep experimenting. My night shot was a 'simplify' conversion.
23/06/2012 - 12:54 AM

small wonder

small wonderHard to jusdge detail if you upload such small crops. 1000x1000 is already very small but you didn't use them
the best detail is in no 2. There is oodles of detail in the bee and part of the flower is also sharp.
the DOF in no 1 is almost not here, I reckon the fur could be a tad sharper.
In no 3 it seems you focussed on the petal, not the ant. Well I would have gone for the ant.

I just saw that you used a 60mm. Now for insects that is very difficult to get so close without standing in your own way. To get a 1:1 you have to be at about 12 cm.. not ideal so you are facing a really difficult job.
Try perhaps a 90mm or 105 or even your tele with an extension. I can hear you say well you got all that I haven't. Since I miss my 180mm I had to come uo with all sorts of ideas how to get my insects any which way. So far the best workaround was the tle for butterflies and the 90 with extension for everything else.