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24/04/2015 - 3:32 PM

Hollly

HolllyBeware of spot metering Robert.


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24/04/2015 - 3:30 PM

Gathering my thoughts

Gathering my thoughtsIt a nice image overall Peter.

Pity the front legs are missing, Im sure they are enormous. Its hard to think of everything though.

Ive suggested a couple of changes in the mod Ive uploaded: I would crop space from the right, moving his head to the right, and also a little from the bottom to make the omission of the legs appear deliberate ( a good technique!);
The white balance is set to cloudy, and that, in conjunction with a positive vibrance adjustment I think makes him look too yellow, or too saturated. Its important to realise with that statement that a lot of what you and I see are dependent on our monitors, which likely differ; this is why calibration of monitors is important. I wonder if it was cloudy, meaning no sun was visible in the sky, or perhaps where the Lion sat was somewhat shady, - they do like the shade.

I would also fill on those bright spots behind in that greenery, as they can be a distraction.

Take a look at the mod, but view it large, - it wont look right viewed small. There is a little sharpening, and the catch-lights in his eyes are brighter.



regards


Willie
24/04/2015 - 3:08 PM

Between mountains and lake

Between mountains and lakeIts a nice scene. It could be used in a travel guide, showing a typical small village in the area.

Its also a very difficult shot as the light presents some problems; the strong evening Sun if reflecting brightly off the many houses, which in turn, underexposes part of the image. Its a balance between keeping the whites, and showing the darker areas, and the lake is one of those darker areas that will look better if its brighter.

Bracketing couple of shots and combining in post processing would allow you to combine the best of both worlds.

There is a small piece of the top of the lake visible, and that indicates, unless its distortion, that the image need to be rotated clockwise by 1 degree, - quite small.

The white balance seems cool for the sunny conditions and time of day, - its 4950K, and I would think perhaps closer to 6000K for a warmer appearance.

The mod has these areas addressed, and also sharpened.



Regards


Willie
23/04/2015 - 4:19 PM

Killarney, April 2015

Killarney, April 2015Re sRGB and Adobe RGB profiles; A colour managed web browser (like Firefox) will convert Adobe to sRGB and display it, and do nothing to sRGB. A non colour managed browser can show some odd results when presented with anything other than sRGB. So its all about the browser, and how it shows you the image. Use sRGB all the time for the WEB, and Adobe or ProPhoto for printing.


heres a browser test page: http://www.gballard.net/psd/go_live_page_profile/embeddedJPEGprofiles.html
23/04/2015 - 3:45 PM

Killarney, April 2015

Killarney, April 2015This is interesting.


I have uploaded a number of screen shots above that you can view and read.

The point of what Im uploading, as far as Histogram is concerned, is that a BRIGHTNESS histogram is the wrong histogram for an experienced tog to look at to decide is a shot is overexposed; the individual R, G and B channel histograms are much better. In this case, they will show that its largely the RED channel thats pushing the histogram to the right; and the threshold view shows the shot is actually underexposed.

The series of screen shots show how it can be seen, and how using the threshold to mark brightest and darkets points, then using the Curves dropper can help; there is a down side, and that is any colour cast, as in one that should be there, is removed.

The exif shows an auto WB Tracey, though to be honest, this looks very red for auto; unless you have adjusted Auto to be warmer (which you can do).

The worrying thing is that the image has significant noise, but an odd, radial line -like noise. Is it possibel that you has been running a number of longer exposures around this time? I ask as it possible the sensor was physically hot when this was shot; and using long exposure noise reduction may have helped. This is all guesswork, as I wasnt there.

So can you shed any light on this? Have you cleaned you sensor recently? Have you checked the sensor for de-lamination, - some layers of the protective surface can flake off and older sensor thats cleaned a lot? Not trying to worry you, - its unlikely.

So let me know if this helps.


BTW, ETTR should be used only for RAW, as you can retrieve all the upper dynamic range from a RAW shot in the converter; the theory is that the right side third contains 60%+ of the digital data in the file. Not for JPEG.

Regards


Willie
22/04/2015 - 2:47 PM

Idol on Vestmann Island

Idol on Vestmann IslandThe stone figure looks very like the Inikshuks that are found in the Canadian north. The Inuit people build them.

Like previous shots, you exposued for the sky, using the negative compensation, which leaves everything else underexposed.

Its a good opportunity for bracketing, and blending exposures in post processing, which is what Ive done in the mod.



Regards



Willie
20/04/2015 - 9:05 PM

What happened to the view?

What happened to the view?Maybe take shots of other people coping with the weather; or the boat. Best to have something that will hold the attention of the viewer if at all possible.

I tweaked the image to provide more contrast, - its really not very different.



Regards


Willie
19/04/2015 - 3:27 PM

The blurred Maritime player

The blurred Maritime playerHi, welcome to the critique gallery.

The reason the player is blurred, and it will be the same for most cases where theres blur in an action shot, is that you shutter speed is too slow. You would need around 1/500th to stop this motion, rather than the 1/90th you have here, which itself is too slow unless the camera has some sort of image stabilisation.
In addition, you have zoomed in closer than 4mm, to 17mm. At 4mm, your chances of freezing the action would be better, as the shutter speed you have would work better at 4mm, and though likely a little slow depending on the speed of the action, it would be better that 17mm. Try, in that same environment, 4mm (not zoomed in) and 1/160 and ISO 3200. Try to position yourself, or point the camera to exclude the bright light coming in the upper wall.
The setting is inside a gym, and you are shooting into some bright light coming in at the top, so the environment is really not on your side at all.

So yes, your camera is not likely to "like" this type of place for action shots. BUT it should perform well in brighter light, outdoors, and the trick there is a fast shutter speed also. Better light will allow lower ISO and faster speeds, so dont give up, This scene here would be a real challenge for a professional DSLR.

I cant do anything to remove the blur, just brighten the image which Ive done in the mod.


Regards


Willie

INTP/ENTP.
18/04/2015 - 11:49 PM

Clouds over the pass

Clouds over the passCertainly very dramatic. Dante's Inferno comes to mind, a burning cauldron of fire.


The question is, and the reason why we ask for details about the intent of a shot, is to understand how much os this is as you or actually the camera saw the scene; and how much is added for dramatic effect. Knowing this will affect how a critique is done.

I am assuming that you wanted a dramatic, red, burning presentation, and it works well with this intent.

I would suggest a couple of things I observed; you used spot metering, so the image is almost certainly underexposed; I dont know what the white balance was in the original before you changed it, - was it warmer or cooler? Red and yellow are over-saturated. There is no sense of and of the Suns rays coming thought, - there are certainly areas where the cloud is thinner where the glow is brighter, and its very attractive.

So, with that in mind, I have altered the image as in the mod; the exposure is increased; the colour balance is less warm, but not cool; saturation of red and yellow are reduced such that they fill the histogram without overshooting the right hand side. The result is quite a bit different, - not necessarily better, its a personal choice.



Regards



Willie
17/04/2015 - 2:40 PM

Low Summer Sun !

Low Summer Sun !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.


Regards


Willie
15/04/2015 - 3:22 PM

End of the day

End of the dayThis is a lovely scene. It looks so peaceful.

The silhouettes of the people on the left add a lot to the image, as does the boat.

I tought it might tikted down a little on the right, but I could be wrong. I dod make it appear level anyway in the mod.



The settings look good, - you can use a smaller aperture for something like this, like f/11, but it still looks quite sharp closer to the camera.

I made the darker parts closer to black in the mods, and increased exppsure very slightly on the water, along with a little sharpening.

I would like to see more space at the bottom, under the boat, and in mod2, I cropped to a 16 X 9 format, adding space there, - see what you think.


Good work,



regards


Willie
13/04/2015 - 9:59 PM

Stones and Trees

Stones and TreesHi Bill.


Youve blended the exposure together well.

I wonder what you did to determine how to expose for the land, and also for the sky to get optimal results?

I imagine you used a tripod, so Im not sure why theres some blurring/movement in the trees at the top? Perhaps wind.

To my eyes and PS measurements, the land area is underexposed, while the sky is slightly overexposed, so to combine both seamlessly I would address that.

I think you might need to take multiple exposures, use the LCD to check, and select one of many that represents a good sky, and a good land. It can take several, rarely two.


Take a look at the mod, - it has the brighter land and darker sky.




Regards




Willie
13/04/2015 - 9:29 PM

Dont get to close!!

Dont get to close!!Use a single focus point, not the default multiple points (they small dots/boxes that flash in the viewfinder); place the single focus point where you want it, - the eye in this case, and half-press, focus should lock on the eye, then shoot.

if you have problems with this, use manual focus. You can autofucus, and then correct using the focus ring manually if its a little off.

The camera in this case found it easiest to focus just in front of the eyes.

Also, - use a smaller aperture, - like f/5.6. Wont fix the focus problems, - but you will get greater depth.




Regards

Willie
12/04/2015 - 4:21 PM

Dijana

DijanaVery good Maya. You can get excellent results with the equipment you have!

The combination of rust and glamour is timeless.

The old VW Beetle (my first car, and green too ) has a straight and flat windscreen, so its not reflecting a lot of light, which is great.

A small observation would be to have her arms so the creases are not there, - or have her wear long gloves.

The mods Ive uploaded are just different in small ways; the exposure a little brighter; the contrast behind the window a little higher too as glass reduces contrast. Mod 2 has a film stock filter applied. I left the bits on the window mostly. I like them.



Regards



Willie
12/04/2015 - 1:28 PM

Ice cream man

Ice cream manHi Prabh, welcome back!

Two mods from me. Was the man on the bike moving?

Settings, apart from the +2/3 are not bad, but Im guessing you did that because his face is in shadow?

It can look a lot better with some post processing that reduces exposure.

Your missus is right, - get back into doing what you enjoy..


Regards



Willie
09/04/2015 - 7:12 PM

Morning Sun

Morning SunSuperb shot either way.



Hard to suggest a lot without trying something and looking at it.


I took the original colour ans tweaked that a little. For something to so, I cropped a little off bot right, and the bottom. I would not take a lot off the right as that hilltop with the trees is attractive.

Mod2 is a high contrast version of this that doesnt look a whole lot different from yours.


I will play with some radical crops and see what pops up.



regards


Willie
07/04/2015 - 2:30 PM

Making a bit of a splash

Making a bit of a splashA nice shot. A little brighter doesnt hurt I think. Try cropping space from the left and adding to the right to pace the eyes on a third, - looks better.



Regards


Willie
06/04/2015 - 9:59 PM

Edmondthorpe Church

Edmondthorpe ChurchIs this s tilt-shift blur applied in processing?


The image to me appears quite dark overall, not just the sky. It is very dark at the top, but it may be because the whole image is underexposed?


I uploaded a mod of what is closer to a good exposure for me, and in addition, Ive uploaded a scree shot of your original showing a curves or levels view from Photoshop that shows the extent of underexposure.

Regards


Willie
03/04/2015 - 5:10 PM

Secured Chain tight

Secured Chain tightHi Paul.


Its a decent shot. The first thing that comes across is the colour, which to me is a pinkish tone, so I have to assume this is how you wanted it.

The diagonal composition is good; I wonder if the diagonal started to left and ended, lower right might appear better, just as its the way we read?

So Ive rotated the image in the mod, and tweaked lighting a little, the overall effect being brighter.


Take a look and see,


Regards


Willie
03/04/2015 - 4:46 PM

Portrait 2

Portrait 2Hi Ishan.

Its another god portrait. You have nice out of focus effect here too.

I wonder why theres that bright line by the front of his face, and back of his head? Was it in the original, or perhaps a result of processing?

There is indeed a colour cast, but its green, not yellow. To me it looks like the colour of the light may have been green is he was shaded by shrubs, trees, general green foliage.

That bright area is a distraction; it can be reduced, but if you cropped close on the right, you then only have the smaller bright area on the left to close carefully.

Ive done this in the mod, and reduced green using the colour balance tool, which does this my increasing the level of magenta.

Take a look and see what you think.

I assume this is shot in the same timeframe as the last shot, - but I will check.



Regards



Willie