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early morning sunrise through the trees in my garden elsecar barnsley s/yShutter speed is too slow Alan.

Theres a rule you need to be aware of for hand holding a shot, and thats the minimum speed you can use is always 1/focal length at 35mm, which is 1/(112* 1.5) = 1/178, or in pratical terms, 1/200th. You used 1/50th. so you will have blur unless you use a tripod; or use Shutter priority, set it to 1/200 and let the camera do the rest.


Hope this helps,


regards


Willie
24/05/2011 - 3:28 PM

Kingfisher

KingfisherIts a very good shot. Great pose and composition. I have never seen a Kingfisher this colour.

The only suggestion I can add that might improve the shot is to crop a little space from the right, and add a little space to the top, - places the bird a little better on thirds. I would enhance the slight catch light in the eye also. I have done this ion a mod and sharpened a little also.


regards


Willie
23/05/2011 - 5:12 PM

Woman

WomanHi Wilfredo, this is a sad image.

Its sad as its a woman in obvious distress shot at the zoom end of your camera, and sad also due to how you describe her and the situation. I will have to give you the benefit of the doubt that your way of communication in English may have led you to give an impression you did not intend at all, - which is that you have taken advantage of a lady who was in no position to object. Its is always best to ask permission, - and in some cases donate a small sum of money, - which I would do in this case. In Engineering, will will study Ethics, and in Photography, the concept of Ethical behaviour also exists, - though its often trampled on these days.

Technically the image can be better, - its soft, and has a yellow tone. Ive loaded a mod for comparison. Either way, including some context in the shot that would describe her situation would have lifted this.


regards


Willie
23/05/2011 - 4:24 PM

the pollen collectors

the pollen collectorsIve loaded the mod.

heres the approach I used.

Withe the black background ready, overlay a 100 pixel grid, - i.e a line every 100 pixels. In photoshop go to edit, preferences, grids, and enter 1 line every 100 pixels, then OK, then show the grid.

Use this to alight each shot. Crop your shots the same size, and drag them onto the background and align with the grid.


Hope this helps,


Regards


Willie
22/05/2011 - 4:16 PM

Boiler

BoilerAs mentioned above, you can make this a much more interesting image, and less of a record shot by getting in close to the detail on the boiler. Theres noting wrong with a record shot, just that it wont stand out and grab attention unless you are fascinated by boilers!

I have loaded a rather extreme mod where most of the original image is cropped out, and Ive used a large white frame to compensate and ended up with a square format. If you compare the two, you can see what the difference can be between a record shot and a detail shot. Theres lots of very nice texture and detail here thats worth displaying.

Hope this is helpful,


regards

Willie
22/05/2011 - 4:05 PM

Cherry Tree

Cherry TreeHi Olivia, and welcome to Ephotozine.

As mentioned by Karen, youve loaded this image for critique, and I will assume you did this intentionally.

It would be good to know if you intended the tilt. Even so, you can make this work if you place the image on a black background (or another solid colour) and make a sort og montage around it with slices of the image overlaid. I dont know what your photoshop skill level is, but this is quite easy to do. I have loaded a mod as an example.

Look forward to more shots, and enjoy the site.


Regards


Willie
21/05/2011 - 1:05 PM

Autumn

AutumnUse a fill flash for a shot like this Emma, as his face is relatively in shade due to the direction of the sun. You can lighten the face quite easily in Photoshop- as in the mod.


Ive cropped a little space from the left also.

The shot otherwise is an attractive one, and its composed nicely, focus and sharpness are good.

There is perhaps a slight bias towards red in the skin tones, which Ive modified on the upload, - I find this is common with Canon. I used colour balance to increase Cyan and Yellow to compensate.You have a fast ens which will be very useful with shooting kids pics.

Hope this is helpful,


Regards


Willie
19/05/2011 - 11:47 PM

Greyson 5 months

Greyson 5 monthsGreat pose and expression, well timed.

A lot of light makes this a little flat, - but also makes it soft, so it may be how you wanted it. For me, a little more contrast doesnt hurt (less flat, more directional light); I would move the baby up the frame, - too close to the bottom; and add a couple of small catch lights to the eyes.


Loaded mods,



regards


Willie
19/05/2011 - 11:28 PM

Red

RedLooks OK to me, - though its better if we had the original to compare to. I noticed a spot on her neck, - dont know if its a blemish that the person has, or something else, but it could be removed. Also cropped as suggested above, and made the background white in a mod.



regards


Willie
17/05/2011 - 3:06 PM

Live The Dream

Live The DreamThis is a better image than yesterdays, being a lot sharper.

The lighting to me appears a little too harsh, casting strong shadows on one side of her face. This can be sorted out by placing the fill light where the camera is, and balancing the light to allow better illumination of the face overall, while still maintaining some shadow to provide depth.

There appears to be a colour cast similar to yesterdays shot, seems a little cold overall. Its best to actually measure the colour temp of your lights rather than set to flash, as they may not be what the flash setting is in software. You can do this by taking a test shot with the model holding a grey card, then click on the grey card in RAW conversion with the white balance tool, and use the setting it indicates for all shots.

I would suggest the composition may look better if you crop from the bottom to place her eye on a third, and add a little more space to the right.

Ive loaded a mod with the crop, colour balance a little warmer, shadows reduced.


Hope this is helpful,



Regards


Willie
17/05/2011 - 2:19 PM

See through...

See through...Both are decent shots, however V1 has had more post processing attention, so looks better here.

if your intention was to make the rocks under water a feature of the shot, then V2 has a lot more to offer with some work, and cropping some space from the top as Frank mentioned. I have loaded a mod of V2 as an example.

A couple of points that might help: use a circular polarizer when shooting water, - it can cut glare and make visibility through the water better; your shot settings would have quite easily supported a much smaller aperture, - using a smaller setting than f/9, - like f/16 may have provided better sharpness and resolution front to back in V2, which has the hills looking a little soft; the colours appear a little too intense in v1, but not enough contrast in V2.


Hope this is helpful,


Regards


Willie
17/05/2011 - 1:45 PM

La muerte anunciada del payaso

La muerte anunciada del payasoA very nice shot, and congratulations on the award. Its interesting, different, colourful, and has a nice sense of madness about it.

I agree it might be better if you lifted the shadow at the left of the male clowns head, and have done this in the mod as an example.


regards


Willie
15/05/2011 - 11:52 PM

Opening Rose

Opening RoseIts a well done shot Ciara.

Ive loaded a mod to show how you can deal with the piece of the Rose leaving the top of the frame.

The trick is to make it look like its intentional, and Ive added quite a bit of additional black space around the flower, while lightly painting in a blur and shadow at the top. In the process, Ive also tilted the flower at an anglem and flipped horizontally.

This is quite easy to do in Photoshop, simply add canvas black canvas as needed, then crop and rotate, making sure black is you background colour. Add enough space to push the flower off centre, so its about on a third.


Hope this is helpful,


Regards


Willie
13/05/2011 - 2:21 PM

Artic Turn

Artic TurnThe shot has the appearance of being off level due to the piece of land at the bottom, - might be better to crop to have this horizontal as it throws the eye off.
The Terns are both extremely soft and out of focus, and Im not sure if they were shot at the same time as the background, or added later, - perhaps you could let us know so we can provide better feedback?
You would have needed to use a very small aperture to get all in focus, and you havent provided any shot settings, so if you can update with the settings it would help also



Regards


Willie
08/05/2011 - 4:08 PM

NZ MADE

NZ MADEA really beautiful shot. I love the out of focus soft background typical of a long lens with a small aperture. All you need is a few raindrops to make it very special.

Its a little underexposed, and with some more contrast it can really pop. I would also suggest tilting the frame to place the fern (?) diagonally in the frame for a more attractive composition.

I have loaded a mod with a curves adjustment that boosts contrast and brightens (look at Levels and see what effect you can have if you drag the end sliders in to meet the histogram); applied Noise Ninja to reduce a very small amount of noise in the background, (this also sharpens the shot a little); re formatted the framing to allow a tilt, which included some cloning and increasing the height of the canvas.


Hope this is helpful,


Regards


Wllie
07/05/2011 - 9:42 PM

Watching.

Watching.An excellent Starling shot. The feathers extended at the top of the head makes this stand out.

Overall, a very small amount underexposed, - and I agree re the gray line at the top being an easy improvement. I would just increase exposure a little, sharpen a tad more and crop as in the mod.



Well done,


Regards


Willie
07/05/2011 - 4:20 PM

We and our friend.

We and our friend.Its a very nice scene. I have loaded a mod to show the difference with the children and the animal having more exposure.

With a shot like this, - its a difficult exposure for the camera. You have dark objects against a fairly bright background. A situation like this will always result in underexposure of the dark objects, which is not good when they are the main subjects.

How to manage this is to overexpose as Paul mentions, or you could get in close to one of the kids faces, check what you camera selects for exposure, then enter this manually and take the shot from your original position, This will bias the exposure towards the faces, - resulting in the darker areas being exposed better, but at the expense of the wall, which will appear a little brighter.


Hope this helps,


regards


Willie
07/05/2011 - 4:04 PM

MOON

MOONWelcome to EPZ Vojislav.


This is a nice Moon shot, - very slightly overexposed, but with good detail.

next time you upload, include the exif details, so we can give better feedback.

I would suggest that you allow more space around the Moon when cropping, - it just looks better, - and in the mod I have sharpened, reduced overall exposure on the left, and increased mid tone contrast.

When you re size for uploading, - open the new image and check for sharpness. Some images will lose detail with compression, and if it has, just apply some sharpening to the new image then upload.


Hope this helps,



Regards


Willie
06/05/2011 - 1:07 AM

Beach comber

Beach comberA nice shot overall, - a moment captured that will mean a lot to you.

Looking at your EXIF data, you could quite easily have used ISO 100 to get the maximum quality, though at 400 there no visible noise.

There appears to be a yellow cast, - this might well be due to light being reflected off the sand up towards your daughter.

There lost of space here to crop to place her on a third, even for an 8 X 10 format. Ive done this in the mod, sharpened a little, brightened her face, and reduced the yellow tone somewhat. Ive also flipped the shot so it "reads" left to right, - sometimes this can make a difference to the viewer.



Hope this is helpful,



Regards


Willie
05/05/2011 - 3:37 PM

Just a baby

Just a babyIts a very good shot.

Its a little flat, - lacking in contrast. This may simply be due to the existing light, or it could be that you might have improved it by underexposing a little. If you look at the histogram, you will see it bunched up in the middle, and in post processing, using the Levels adjustment, pulling the end slider in to meet the start and end of the histogram makes a significant difference.

Ive essentially done this in the mods, - mod 2 is flipped horizontally, - somethings a shot can be more appealing if it "reads" from left to right.



Good work,


Regards


Willie