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Alex againt tree in hat

Alex againt tree in hat by ugly

Youve captured her eyes very nicely Dave.

Are there cuts on her arms?



Watching Telly

Watching Telly by iancrowson

Well hes grown quite a bit!

The image Shambles is not quite an HDR image, but an in-camera attempt at an HDR image. The result of the in-camera process will never be as "good" as one done using HDR software.

Also, keep in mind, and Jas can comment on this, neither you or I know what post processing was applied to that image in terms of increasing shadow detail. Increasing shadow detail, depending on how much is applied, will amplify any noise present in shadows and dark areas, and the viewable noise will worsen as the ISO increases, - even from ISO 100 to ISO 200.

The correct approach to HDR is always to shoot at the lowest possible ISO, always. And this is to minimise the chance that noise in shadow will be visible; and the first step in HDR processing is to reduce noise before processing. So yes, noise has to be managed in HDR, starting with the ISO.

So you question is why HDR, since so much detail can be extracted from a RAW file. The dynamic range available in a RAW file is 5 - 7 stops, depending on the sensor/camera.
You can extract lots of detail from shadows, and manage highlights in RAW processing of course, using a single file.

This is done by lifting shadow detail, i.e amplifying the dark areas, and compressing highlights if they are "hot".

However, think about bracketing; if you had your RAW shot, along with that same raw shot you you had a -2 version (theres the highlights managed without compression) and a + 2 version (theres the shadow detail without amplification) and you combined the best of the three, that would likely give you a better result?

So HDR is auto bracketing. And it will provide a better final image when done correctly. HDR should not show any noise in shadows.

Theres another step in HDR processing, or another process really, where the RAW images, and you need basically 3 as described, it can be more, but three work 95% of the time, where the software outputs a 32 bit file. That 32 bit file contains a vast amount of "information", way more that the 8 or 16 bit original. This file needs to be tone-mapped to represent a viewable file on our monitors; it could also just be converted to an 8 bit file and left as-is, but it will not has a more 3-D effect that tone mapping, applied correctly, can provide. There are various HDR/Tone mapping programmes, Photomatix being the most popular, then NIK, and HDR Pro.

You have most likely seen awful HDR/Tone mapped images, as have I. The probable reason for this is that the software comes with a bunch of presets, all that look weird.
However, when tone mapping is done, ignoring the gaudy prestes, and worked manually, the results can be quite amazing.

Heres a link to a popular HDR site: http://www.hdrspotting.com/

The images you have here are terrific. I can see, if I pixel peep, some noise, and more in the 6400 that the 1600, - but thats of no significance; noise usually wont print.

Noise reduction though has its down side too, and that due to how NR works. As you know, it works by blurring and softening the image, and if you can minimise that by using the lowest possible ISO, thats better. How cameras perform better now than before with higher ISO is a combination of cooler sensors (not as hot), better amplifiers with better signal to noise ratio (also a heat issue). And many of use are using larger sensors. Small sensor compacts still have awful noise past ISO 400 in may cases.

LightRoom also has become very good with its NR capabilities.

So hope this covers all the bases. HDR is an acquired taste, and good HDR is amazing, - well beyond the capabilities of a single RAW capture. BTW, you can use a single image to produce whats called a Pseudo HDR image, - they dont look great for the most part, but there the occasional one...



Storm on the Vestmann

Storm on the Vestmann by jerryiron

Dramatic image.

You used -4/3 to get the exposure right for the sky, but this underexposed the shore and the rocks; its probably a shot you need to bracket for best results.

Ive loaded a mod where I have made 2 exposures from what you have here and blended them to show what a bracketed exposure may look like.

I used Adobe RAW to make the exposures.



York Shambles

York Shambles by xwang

Heres a tutorial you might enjoy Jasmine, - as might others.


Gold Finch

Gold Finch by RobinH

This is really a terrific image. Its great to explain how your set up worked, its very helpful to others, and it also works so well.

It works just as it is.

As you want critique, just a few comments, mainly on post processing and cropping.

You set the white balance to 8100K, and that likely a little warm for the shot; perhaps 6000K or so. I tried basing this assumption on light and time of day, but your cameras time is not set correctly; can we assume its PM, the same time?

In raw processing, theres a couple of tweaks I would do differently, apart from white balance; once white balance is lowered, clarity set to 0, and vibrance set to 0, I set colour to +10. I set blacks from a positive value to -5. What this does is allow an increase in exposure, as before, the yellow was being over-saturated, which will look like overexposure, when its not.

Small changes that can have a big impact.

In PS, I cropped and re framed to place the Finch further left by adding canvas on the right, and lowering the head in the frame also.

The eye Ive made very slightly darker, just a touch, and with clarity reduced in RAW, I can apply more sharpening.

All in the mod. Its a great shot, well done.



Low Summer Sun !

Low Summer Sun ! by TornadoTys

Welcome to EPZ Tyson.

This is very well done, and creative.

Exposure is quite good, and it works well as it is.

To improve it, if you want to, a few suggestions.

When shooting a brick wall, you need to be really square on, and parallel; in this image, your lens is closer to the left of the image than the right, so you have the impression of the horizontal lines tending to converge on the right.

To get a darker shdow, underexpose the shot; its good as it is, so its a tip for future images, and the shadow will be blacker. You can, if you like also so this is Photoshop or similar, and thats what Ive done in the modification I uploaded.

Scroll up, click the modifications tab to view.

Well done, and enjoy the site.




Hope! by paulbroad

Nice timing. Maybe a touch under?


Jeannie in Blue

Jeannie in Blue by joshwa

I like the pose, and the model is very attractive.

A few observations.

ISO 1600 was likely a little high, though there no visible noise at this size.

The skin smoothing software has caused an issue with here eyes, and a couple of other places; if you look closely at the whites of her eyes, you can see that the red facial colour has bled into the eyes; it has also bled into the blue at the top of her shoulder. It may e just a case of fine tuning the programme.

The skin tone is very yellow biased, and a little underexposed; the levels/curves may show overexposed, or close to it, but that because the red and yellow channels are over-saturated; once this is addressed, the image easily responds to +0.8 with no difficulty.

The composition has her head rather high in the frame, - and it works well also with some space above her head to lower it.

Loaded 2 mods. You can see a difference in her eyes, and thats simply because red was desaturated in the eyes only. Nothing else done to her eyes.

The colour balance for the skin was adjusted separately, along with exposure.

See what you think.



Buxton River - North Norfolk.

Buxton River - North Norfolk. by Adee

Interesting effect.


Harvest Mouse

Harvest Mouse by ValSaxby

Lovely shot Val.


New Hampshire's Spring Horizon

New Hampshire's Spring Horizon by trentg23

Welcome to EPZ Trent.

Overall, the scene you captured appears to be underexposed to some extent. This is to be expected when shooting either snow, or the sky. You would normally apply a positive exposure compensation to counter the cameras metering logic which causes underexposure. So+ 2/3 to +1, try one, check the LCD and adjust as needed.

You used Landscape mode; this will exaggerate blue and green, and is appropriate in may cases when shooting a landscape; it looks like it has, in conjunction with underexposure, and a cool white balance made the image bluer that it should be. Best to shoot in RAW.

The composition is mainly sky, taking up over 2/3 of the image; there are a few spots either on the lens or the sensor that show up in the sky, upper left, and centre top.
It may have been a better composition to include more of the snow covered foreground, and less sky. Not a whole lot, just a little.

I have uploaded a modifications that reflects my comments, and is cropped to a 16 X 9 format. Scroll up this page, click the Modifications tab to view.

Enjoy the site.



Stepping stones

Stepping stones by joshwa

Nicely done.

Minor mod uploaded, - that tip pf a twig on the left was bothering me! A little sharper and minor tweaks.


Speed Queen

Speed Queen by lifesnapper

Speed McQueen.

Brans Hatch is the high fibre racing circuit?


Seagulls on the wind

Seagulls on the wind by jerryiron

Welcome Alexander. This is nice. You really get the feeling of a storm coming. Its amazing how the gulls anticipate the storm, and line up facing it.

I like the dark look of the shot. I did crop it into a 16 X 9 with that left gull removed also.

regards, and enjoy the site.


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Added Date: 28/09/2009 - 10:10 PM

Some nice work, - youve a good eye for a shot



Added Date: 27/09/2009 - 7:01 PM

Lots of really good shots in this portfolio, - many deserving of much more acknowledgment than theyre getting.



Added Date: 08/02/2009 - 3:59 PM

A superb set of images showing a real connection with the subjects in many cases. A master class in the art of b&w.



Added Date: 30/07/2008 - 8:48 PM

Nice range of very good shots, especially the portraits



Added Date: 20/07/2008 - 3:21 AM

Love your pf, - you have a terrific eye for a shot.



Added Date: 28/06/2008 - 8:26 PM

Moira, I just LOVE the Dublin series, - as a part Irish person you will understand how your journey, so well documented in this series really resonates with a person born and raised there, as I am.




Added Date: 28/05/2008 - 2:37 AM

Beautiful set of landscapes, well done.



Added Date: 09/05/2008 - 12:17 AM

I like your new PF pic Vic.



Added Date: 07/05/2008 - 8:43 PM

Very nice portfolio



Added Date: 24/03/2008 - 3:45 PM

You have a very nice portfolio, - Im inspired to take better shots around Toronto!

Added you to my favourites.




Added Date: 22/02/2008 - 9:55 PM

I love you banner shot, - quirky and fun, reflects your style very well.



Added Date: 14/02/2008 - 10:34 PM

Nice portfolio, - keep doing the weird stuff.



Added Date: 29/10/2007 - 12:27 AM

Very nice, varied portfolio, - somewhat overlooked I would think.




Added Date: 14/07/2007 - 4:18 AM

Nice pf, - and nothing wrong with nice Marley Park ducks either...



Added Date: 14/07/2007 - 2:41 AM

Lovely portfolio, - has a very unique personal feel.