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12/05/2010 - 2:29 PM

Seaweed & Stanchions ...

Seaweed & Stanchions ...When you first look at this, those angles just look wrong, but, the more you look the more it makes sense. The depth of field along the pier is superb acting like a tunnel. The rest, if looked at properly all end up on the lines and points of the rule of thirds, genius!
The seaweed is not bad either.....Wink

Stewart
12/05/2010 - 12:23 AM

Tors

TorsI agree with Peter about the content of the shot.
If you get the chance to go there again you need to 'think' about the shot compositionally i.e. light, lead in, foreground intrest, sunrise, sunset, dark clouds and a host of other items that can make a shot. Always remember the rule of thirds and stick with it, especially for landscape shots. Also what lens are you using? Is it a kit lens (18-55) or have you a 10-20 (the landscape togs favourite lens), if you only have the kit lens use the lower end (18) to give you as much field of vision as possible, filters as well are an essential tool for this a good quality ND grad filter gives so much flexability.
The problem is that although the Tors are intresting in themselves it doesn't make for a quality image. Look at some of the togs on this site and you will see what I mean, they make the most out of little or nothing. This is something that takes time, practise and loads of patience to master.
Have a look through the techniques section at the top of the page and this will cover all you need to know and more about the subjects discussed.
I hope this helps in some small way.
Regards
Stewart
11/05/2010 - 1:04 AM

Colors of spring

Colors of springI like the colours on this and an apt title.
But using such a large apeture, I presume you used f1.8, it really is difficult to get what you want in focus, again I presume you wanted the edges of the petal, try using a bigger apeture, say f5.6, this will give both a norrow field of view and still blur the background. Also there is a lot of shake or movement in the shot, try using a tripod, if not rest the camera on a cushion or bean bag and use the mirror lock up function, this will elliminate camera shake and give a crisper sharper image.
Regards
Stewart
09/05/2010 - 8:23 PM

Badbury Clump

Badbury ClumpGreat colours and presentation as always Phil.
I did a mod though as I thought the tree on the right unbalanced the shot slightly, hope you don't mind?
Stewart
Scaleber : Falls & Bryophyta ...An attractive shot Paul I do like the series of layers as the composition ('scuse the pun) flows through the shot.
I do find however the triangle in the bottom, presume a reflection of the sky, a tad of a distraction from such a fine composition.
I looked at cropping the bottom off just above the largish boulder to the left and a tad off the right side to balance it up, just my opinion mate and look forward to more......Wink
Stewart

PS

Shortlisting cos it is rather good.
20/04/2010 - 10:15 AM

In The Darkest Places

In The Darkest PlacesVery effective shot, like the composition and lighting, great stuff.
I do find however the shaft of light is, how can i put it, a tad strong on the edges. If it was a bit more diffused, I feel it would improve the overall quality as it does tend to distract slightly IMHO. Maybe this was your intention and if so I apologise.
Still a damn good shot and feel it deserves shortlisting.
Regards
Stewart
21/07/2009 - 12:10 PM

Wind Goddess

Wind GoddessWhat a lovely image, very well produced and presented.

'used feathers instead of body paint to convey the light and airey feel of wind.' I think this has worked very well.

Only critique would be to loose the large butterfly in the bottom right hand corner, it unbalances the shot IMHO.

Regards
Stewart
28/05/2009 - 12:49 AM

whatever the weather

whatever the weatherI'm no expert but hopefully point a few things out.
The light on the subject (you?) is to bright and doesn't match the B/G light.
No shadow on the ground (big no no).
It looks as though you are just jumping in the air, there seems no indication of wind, which I think is what you are trying to interpret? May help putting trees in the B/G or maybe in a field of wheat or tall grass to help with the concept.
Not going to knock you as it is not bad for an experiment and we all have to start somewhere, keep at it and you will crack it.
Regards
Stewart
26/05/2009 - 9:53 AM

Lost

LostOne of those magical moments, well taken.
This really oozes potential but is spoilt, i'm afraid to say by the frame. Plus the yellow of the oil seed rape needs lifting as it does seem a bit pale. IMHO
Regards
Stewart
19/05/2009 - 9:19 AM

Another Snakehead

Another SnakeheadVery nice, well isolated, like the rail drops on the grass too.
Would like to see this taken a bit further back to get the leaves in the frame fully, as I feel this spoils it slightly, IMHO.
Regards
Stewart
27/04/2009 - 3:28 AM

scary 2

scary 2Had to look 3 times at this, and each time it has grown on me. Maybe not the type of thing you hang on the wall, but still a cracking piece of art work. The eye is lovely and sharp which makes it for me in the long run.
3 things maybe could improve this, straighten the line of the eyes, darken the ear down to match the other side to balance it up and remove your logo on the bottom IMHO.
Regards
Stewart
27/01/2009 - 10:15 AM

Channel Crossing ...

Channel Crossing ...All 3 would stand proudly on their own Paul, but if i did have to make a choice it would be 3, 2 then 1 (as Ted Rodgers would say).
V1 does have a slight surreal feel to it but not overly so, making it rather pleasing to the eye, especially the graded colours in the sky,
V2 moody and atmospheric, nicely converted.
V1 Just that touch of sepia lifts everything to the next level, i can see more in the rocks and adds a nice tone to the sky behind the trees.
Super work
Stewart

PS didn't realise there was that many trees up there!!!!Wink
03/06/2008 - 12:17 AM

RAF Cosford 2008

RAF Cosford 2008Nice 'first' Karen and well done for having a go.
With my limited knowledge i will try and help you?!?!?!? LOL.
The main trouble with taking these types of action shots is the sky, it's either as bland as last weeks porridge, as blue as the bluest thing on the planet or, hopefully a bit of both. Setting exposure for this is the trick, it has been a while since i did this, but also seem to remember a page in the techniques drop down, worht checking out.
Also shutter speed, try and get the props blurred, rather than static, this gives the feeling of movement. This will vary from plane to plane, so a little bit of tinkering needed.
I hope in some small way i have helped Karen, but there are far better togs on this site who do airshows who can explain in far greater detail than me.
Stew