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17/04/2011 - 12:31 PM

Newark Alley Way

Newark Alley WayThe sun light is good, so is the sunlight effect on foreground. Everything is superb in this image. The man standing there, the lady arriving with trolley, banner board and to add more effects you did a nice job monochroming it... IF the sunlight is bothering you somehow, you could select entire area about the roof top, probably you have to enlarge and select them inch by inch unless the resolution is quite high and further use the exposure tool, curve tool or even photo filter in PS to darken that area... which I find it not necessary. Also I do remember Xiaoli, you used to use coral paint shop pro... so you might have to find them in different way all the above procedures. I shall be checking for you on youtube on how to reduce the exposure in csp
Astyag
15/08/2010 - 6:38 PM

Wasp

Wasp1- You are my new hero, welcome.
2- I am not jealous about your talent at this age (because being jealous is a sin in my belief) yet, I envy my teenage days 16 years ago when I didn't use it the way I should have.
3- I admire your philosophy of life, wasps and their hive and now going back to them. Respect for nature
4- keep up the good work
5- National Geographic is waiting for you
Astyag
19/07/2010 - 7:53 PM

On the wooden bridge(Luzern)

On the wooden bridge(Luzern)I don't know, I feel I am not qualified to give any critiques for this one! However, if something I had to say it would be the reduction of the overexposed area outside the bridge. Again, it could be totally based on ones taste. Me, personally I like it as it is!! yet, if you wanted to reduce those exposures, it would be very good to use curves. I will check for any YouTube tutorial on curves in PSP.
Astyag
10/06/2010 - 7:17 AM

Russian Church

Russian ChurchHmmm, that tree to the right is a real distraction!! Though I don't know how, I am sure that you can find loads of videos on YouTube demonstrating how to remove those trees either in PS CS3, CS4 or even the newly CS5, because I have watched those videos. Wait, let me go and find you some, Ok. here they are Smile
Photoshop CS4 Removing objects
Photoshop CS4 - How to Remove Unwanted Aspects
Hope I'll learn and make a video soon Smile Enjoy!
Astyag
14/04/2010 - 9:49 PM

Deep thought

Deep thoughtHey Ricky, some great stuff over here and well done with first attempt. I am not at all a good portrait photographer, or at least think I am not cause I haven't tried it ever. However, that shadow behind and the reflection of the light on the forehead is somehow need to be fixed. The so called 150 Watt bulbs are acting like a sun (hard light) were it has given a sharp edged shadow, If you could use some reflectors and call somebody to assist you by holding those reflectors and let the light bulbs luminosity hit the reflectors I think you can avoid the sharp edged shadows and the forehead overexposed reflection mate. Hey, sorry for messing your page, hope you'll find it informative and useful Smile However, I still find this portrait so powerful mate
Cheers and regards
Astyag
06/04/2010 - 8:43 AM

Street in Fritzlar

Street in FritzlarThe sky is lacking some drama... It's too white and simple for this fine image, there must be a cloud or sunset, it can be added easily with a photoshop
Check this video on YouTube Smile see how easy it is!
Astyag
01/04/2010 - 3:00 PM

Christ_Church_HDR

Christ_Church_HDROk, this is superb HDR processing, well done. Not very strong and not very soft, like the level. However, a secret to improve your HDR? Ok, HDR is for what? it's to balance the exposure in 2 different environments and present them in one image, where you would have something overexposed and underexposed. So, it works best on a place where you have 2 different exposures. Now, some say church is "the" best place for HDR, reason? because they have glasses, mosaic glasses, colourful ones. And what are behind those glasses during a sunny daytime? light, overexposed light... So, you'll have "the" 2 different light environments that we talked about Smile Hence, I guess you are getting to where I am going, use POV's that shows more of the church windows Smile it will make your image look very powerful, dramatic and magnifying.
Hope this will help, Sorry for messing your page and well done!
9.9 (for using less church windows 0.01)/10!!!
06/02/2010 - 10:47 PM

Windows

WindowsBrilliant effect! well chosen the AV. No it's not an HDR I think! However, it would have looked great in HDR. Xwang, if you needed any help about HDR, I will be more than pleased to assist Smile My HDRs are "not bad" in my portfolio Smile
Astyag
11/01/2010 - 5:32 AM

Frozen Swan

Frozen SwanLike the reflection, I would have tried to remove that bread? or, how about moving the camera to the left and have the view of the frozen pond and have the Swan on the right edge? I wasn't there, who knows what's there on the left, maybe there were something that you didn't want to crop?
Astyag
07/01/2010 - 1:28 PM

Bodmin moor

Bodmin moorComposition, is the word crossed my mind first. Try to remove the closer grass and focus on the field farther, the front field grass has distracted your camera and lens. Exposure value looks a bit high use 0, -1 would be much better. Annnd 55-250mm is not at allll a good lens for landscapes and a beautiful scene like this! You need a lens to get you wide field! Ironically I use it too! in fact my final upload is taken with 55-250mm as you see there, it's meant for another purpose, close up. like the idea, well done, hmm a lens that goes good for this image is 17-40mm or 18-55mm! Practice and you'll get it right, I know
Astyag