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I do like this kind of shot, and this is a good spot. There's some nice pattern and symmetry, and good textures. (I would be tempted to not bother cloning the blemishes out for that reason - but that's just me )
Shrikanta - first can I say that I'm not a wildlife phtogrpaher by any stretch - so feel free to ignore this. Filling the frame here works really well, and is a general rule which works. However, I've got a feeling you've cropped this quite heavily from an original image where the butterfly was much smaller in the frame. Unfortunately this means there's a lack of detail in the butterfly and the digital noise in the image is quite bad - so it's not as pleasing on my eye. Short of using a longer focal length lens, the only possibility I cna think of is to try and reduce the noise with software (NeatImage, NoiseNinja or the like). I'm sure someone with a better grasp of these things will be along shortly with more specific help. Hope I've not been teaching grandma to suck eggs.....
Rob - the light and shadow in this work really well. It has a definite 'back streets' atmosphere. You've done well with difficult exposure (I think the cobbles are a little 'blown' in places - but this doesn't particularly detract from the image for me). I find the bike (?) in the bottom right a bit distracting, and the figure in the street is a bit distant - and I think might help if he was a bit more prominent. I've uploaded a crop - see what you think. Only my subjective thoughts - obviously - to be taken or left as you see fit
Ed - the large version of this is a must, and I can guess that printed large it will be even more impressive. I can't comment on the technical side of the capture (except that it sounds like a hell of a lot of hard work!). I love the way it's turned out, though - the colour and light are sumptuous - really lush and cool feel to it. The range of colours in browns and greens really work well. My only difficulty with it is my eyes struggle to find a point to rest on - but I don't know if that's necessarily a bad thing with a large pano image? From your descriptioni, may be you wnated the viewer to follow the water form the pool on the right to the rocks on the left? There's just so much going on - but I really think this can't be judged on a normal sized monitor. Congrats on the result, though
This has a really good mood to it - the sweeping sky is fantastic -gives real movement to the shot. Like the balance from the opposite positioning of the reeds and the trees. I just wonder if a slight crop on the RHS to take out that intruding half tree might help. Just tried it with my broswer and it gives a more expansive feel to it, I think. Just a suggestion
I think the black and white works well for this and it makes a good abstract. Particularly like the slightly out of focus 'bits' (for want of a better word) - gives the imge a bit of movement. Would be interested to see an even more minimalist version of this with more balck space left on the LHS and the top. Nice work
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Like Mari, I've not been around much recently, but fully intend catching up with your latests stuff. You've got a great eye, and a really unique view of things - and most importantly you're never afraid to do something different. Always a great source of both encouragement and inspiration
Keep them coming
Added Date: 30/08/2007 - 12:02 PM
Thanks Nicholas - I'm flattered it's always good to hear form you, and your coments are always appreciated.
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Thanks Nicola I'm not sure I agree - but it's nice of you to say so! Thanks for looking.
Added Date: 30/08/2006 - 12:09 PM
Thansk for dropping by Alex - glad you liked it.
I chop and change with my Showcase page - sometimes it's up front sometimes I like my most recent work to be first. Keep 'em guessing, that's what I say Good to hear from you.
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Thanks Rachel, appreciate you taking the time to look through it.
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Hey Mikey! Thought you'd gone for good - great to hear from you. Well you say the nicest things, and if that's how I'm percieved then I'm a happy man Much appreciated, sir. Catch you soon I hope.