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The Shard at night

The Shard at night by ianrobinson

It would be perfect if you could just have moved the Shard a bit to the right so all the perspective lines converged - remiss of you. Seriously - this is a superbly executed shot and well spotted on the location. The deserted street keeps a formal clarity about this - I'm sure the architects would be pleased with this showcase of their work.

Thames at night

Thames at night by emmaS

You're also [very] slightly out on orientation - probably less than 1. But the fact the composition is unbalanced [with the Eye occupying the upper left] probably exaggerates that slightly. Drag a guide out against the uprights [if you're using Photoshop] and rotate counter clockwise. That would mean cropping even more of the Eye though - so it's more something to look out for in future.

With these sorts of shots, even with the virtual spirit levels built into some modern cameras, it's really tricky to get orientation 100% right. You have done very well in avoiding much in the way of lens or perspective distortion.

Desa Atas Awan

Desa Atas Awan by jonathanbp

Jonathon, you've spoiled an otherwise very good shot by over brightening the whites of the eyes. The fact I know you've done it should be sufficient to tell you it's too much.

Durdle Dorset

Durdle Dorset by sut68

With the sun so low and bright I've expected the foreground to be quite dark, but it's perfectly exposed and toned - is this not too far off as captured? I'm gobsmacked! Well done on the POTW - the email roundup led me here.

Ladybower Milky Way

Ladybower Milky Way by JamesGrantPhotography

I wouldn't have believed you could get a shot like that in England - let alone Ladybower [which is only around 30/40 miles from where I live!]

Are you shooting with a Sony 7 - I know it's small size here, but it does look pretty clean @ISO6400. I've no experience with this sort of photography - would 20 sec be optimal so you don't get any motion in the star pattern or would that matter much?

It's a superb photo anyway - the crepuscular light adding that bit extra to the spectacular view of the galaxy - very well done!

Excavating Mars

Excavating Mars by Ian71

I'm at a complete loss as to how you did it, but I'm glad you shared it with us - superb atmospheric shot.


Ellis by K4RL

A nice well shot image and I like the post processing for the retro feel in keeping with the TV and the decor. For me however, the dress does not fit with the period...

Hairwash day

Hairwash day by kenp666

Quote: Excellent & beautiful image Ken. Renoir? I'd say more reminiscent of the Dutch artist Vermeer ..... master of the single point light source in intimate domestic scenes.

Excelent & beautiful (Oh, already said that Wink )

Dave B.

Yes, I thought Vermeer instantly too - the subject, the lighting, the colours and even the ceramics all nod to Vermeer.

I can only suppose the influence is subconscious, Ken - but it's very strong.

That's not a bad thing in any way, in fact it's quite remarkable you've achieved such a striking evocation of Vermeer without consciously aiming for it. Wish I could do that...

Piazza del Plebiscito

Piazza del Plebiscito by Morgs

I've only ever passed through Naples [it doesn't have a great reputation], so I was surprised to see such a cracker of a shot - on a gloomy day at that. Superb composition and tones too - I expect it would look good in mono, but I can't help feel it would lose some of the atmosphere the blue tones are giving this.

Congratulations on POTW - well deserved.

Some road on yorkshire dales

Some road on yorkshire dales by ramki_thepower

I think you meant 3.25pm - in the afternoon (the EXIF says a 1/60th exposure!). I suppose this looks unnatural because it is unnatural - a fair bit of post-processing going on that's accentuated the dark sky against the sunlit landscape - an effect that's not so uncommon in Yorkshire. (Unless of course you've dropped in an entirely different sky...)

Unusual is not a bad thing - although I would have liked to have seen what the original was like - it may be a slight case of 'over-egging the pudding' [ie going a bit too far with the after shot processing].

time & tilt

time & tilt by sawsengee

I see you're not just a fan of the blue hour photography [I've never heard it called that before!] but also a wonderful exponent of it.

So I'm doubly flattered by your comment - you have a lovely portfolio of this stuff.

Wedding :)

Wedding :) by jonathanwo

At first glance I thought it was blown [looking on a mac], but a bit closer scrutiny shows there's a highlight at the bottom centre of the dress that's considerably brighter than the body of the dress and I'm sure the detail in the dress comes out a lot more in print/larger size.

One caveat for me is the edge of the tree/flower bed at top left - I'd be really tempted to clone that out as it's a bit distracting/unbalancing.

I like it overall though and can see why the couple would be pleased.


Flyinoid by biker11

That is one hell of a shot.

I'm with the others in wanting to know all your secrets...Tongue

the jetty

the jetty by deanz333

At first glance I thought 'not another jetty shot'. But there's an austere formality about this one and an evocation of stillness that elevates it above the common and makes it well worth posting.

Well done.


Olga by ade_mcfade

You got this on location???!!!!

Which speedlights were you using? Is it just backlight+ fill?

God, I have so much to learn. I thought this was damn good for studio. Under a bridge? *shakes head, sulks*

199 Steps Whitby

199 Steps Whitby by phil99

Yes, the light here is lovely and the exposure just right. What timing/ISO did you use for the shot?

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Added Date: 04/11/2008 - 5:41 PM

Very impressive portfolio, Ade. I missed the mod you took the time to upload on one of my shots, but I wanted to thank you for that.

It's especially appreciated when it comes from someone who is obviously so good at this game...