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Forum Topics:7
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Competition Entries: 5
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storm approaching

storm approaching by Jon.H

Very nice. Great looking clouds.

If you crop up from the bottom, to just below where those tractor tracks turn, it places the horizon on a third, and looks more terrific



Raven by peterjay78

A Jay takes a shot of a Raven!

Its a really nice shot peter, crisp, detailed and colourful.

Theres more than one third, and the "rule" is there as a guide, not as a rule. The eye currently is close to an intersection of thirds.

The mod has the eye on a horizontal third line, with more space added behind so its not cramped, - which is more of a concern really that if the eye is on a third, - leave space around the bird.

A square crop can work as in the mod, which leaves more space in front than behind, which is what you want.

Your white balance was set in cloudy, and to me it looks like sunny would be a better option, - thats what the mod is.

Overall youve done very well, and use the thirds as a guide, dont be a slave to it when something different is clearly better.



The Holy Family of the Galapagos Islands

The Holy Family of the Galapagos Islands by jerryiron

I also prefer your other version, - we can see them better, and theyre not cramped by the edge of the frame in front of their noses.

I did upload a mod. This was from your RED period I notice. Before the BLUE period!




Diagonals by davidburleson

At the time of taking the shot, apart fro using a lower ISO, I would suggest you decide if you want to prioritise the sky, or the bulk of the buildings, which are quite a bit darker.

If I assume you want the buildings, I would add a +2/3 to +1 exposure compensation.

In processing, - apart from removing the cable which is quite simple, Ive made a couple of changes to the RAW adjustments that were in the exif.

I reset all the changes, so where whites were say +15, I set to -15, using ACR. With that done, I increased exposure by 0.95; and increased colour temp, - +15 and +2; this is largely a shade shot, so a higher temp will work better.

I lifted shadows and blacks a little, then open it in CS6.

I slightly darkened the upper area only, using curves, a layer mask and a grad filter. With exposure increased, noise was a little more visible, so a slight NR and sharpening. Added a small amount of colour sat.

Cable removal was a combination of the patch tool in content aware, strict mode, which worked well in the sky and on the left, and some close, careful cloning on the right.

Filled in a sliver of white bottom right from a rotation. Its a nice shot with the angles of the windows and the buildings.

I think it look decent, - how about you? Is this what you were looking for?



Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral by TornadoTys

The image has good detail overall, but is bith underexposed, and as you can see, tilted.

When shooting upwards, into the sky, always use exposure compensation and set a positive amount, +2/3 or +1; this will balance the cameras decision to underexpose.

The mod has this done, and is also straightened, so its not leaning to the left.



Landing Gear Down

Landing Gear Down by MaryFaith

Very well caught



Terry by Daisymaye

Terrific detail and a great expression.



Crestfallen. by ozimax

Lovely expression.



Cheeky by Drummerdelight

A really good set of documentary shots. That V1 is really something.


This is My Turf!

This is My Turf! by ctxuk

This is very good.

Focus is spot on; white balance looks great; exposure is there for the most part.

Where exposure can be better is on the face of the Fox, and the chest area.

The reason its a bit dark in the original exposure, is that the fox is lit mainly from behind, and this naturally throws shadows on the face. In a situation like this, you would normally increase exposure by +1 or so.

Since this was not done, you can still get the fox brighter in post processing; I notice you did some tweaks in RAW with shadows and blacks that had some, but not a lot of impact. This is because your really do need that exposure increase, and yes, it will blow out a lot of the bright areas, - but you have a great fox shot. Other than this, you can use the shadow tool to brighten the face only.

You used a multiply layer, and what this does is darken the image overall; you can try a Screen layer instead, that brightens the image.

In the mod, Ive tried to restore the original RAW defaults; then remove the multiply layer by using a screen layer at 25%, and then lifting the shadow on the face and chest.
There are tiny catch-lights in the eyes you can see once the shadow is lifted, and I enhanced these in the mod.
You can see quite a difference in the mod.

IF this looks too bright to you, its likely your monitor should be calibrated. At the bottom left of this screen, theres a calibration bar, with 16 separate boxes running from white to black. For a calibrated monitor (not a laptop or tablet), you should see sixteen separate boxes, with none of them running into each other.





Theres a button that can put a pissed off looking god in a chariot drawn by 4 snorting stallions in the sky for this type of shot. We didnt tell you about that one either.


Butterfly world - Teesside

Butterfly world - Teesside by dpr59

Uploaded a mod that I did a day or so ago and forgot about!

Oversaturated quite a bit for me, and the mod has less saturation, especially of reds and yellows.



The Moon

The Moon by dpr59

Ive never tried astro-photography, so I cant comment on the technique.

I assume you have a way to attach the camera to a Barlowe?

My initial thought is that its quite good, but that the shutter speed is a bit slow, which contributes to the softness. Unless the scope is a tracking model, motor drive.

Then, when editing the image, the lower half or so responded well to sharpening, while the brighter, upper area didnt; so perhaps this is less about shutter speed ( as you know, the Moon is moving) and more about depth, which is a function also of the scope.

Its still worth trying a faster shutter as you experiment, along with a higher ISO, - not too high as the camera may not perform well.

The mod also has contrast increased, which makes the darks darker, and the upper canvas increased in size. It looks quite decent I think.




OF SOLITUDE AND by youmightlikethis

Its a nice scene. I would prefer this cropped wider/shorter as in the mod. You have put all the effort on impact into V1, so its not comparing and apple to an apple.

It did need a slight straighten also.


Evening ride

Evening ride by Joline

The toned mono suits the "tone" of the subject and image.


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PortfolioAdded Date/Comment


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.