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Colin Smale's Activity

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Damselfly "Who you looking at"

Damselfly "Who you looking at" by Leedavieshadley

I think this is a good attempt and worth another go. Got to get both eyes in focus, makes a heck of a difference. The oof brown leaf is a distraction, can do without that especially the eyecatching white on it.
Macro, quality macro, is never going to be easy but IMO it is not as difficlt as some folk imagine, it just takes forethought/planning (photograph it in your mind's eye first) and then apply that info to the task.
Once that damselfy is 'in situ' move around it. Another trick is to keep camera still and get hold of the base holding the twig/damselfly and move that into best position.


Lapwing by Zonda

Nice shot, you are obviously used to correct exposures, handled the light very well here. So, as this is a critique forum and you are looking for constructive honest comments. Even though it is a nice shot, the lapwing looks a bit tired/sleepy. I would have just made a little click sound to get it to open its eyes and maybe give you a little head turn. For those who think this will scare the bird off, it wont. Wink

So much colour

So much colour by esoxlucius

Just wondering why 800 iso in this light?

Quiet Contemplation

Quiet Contemplation by SoulOfNature

Cripes, you have certainly got an eye for landscapes. Beautiful job.

Bluey With Its Nutz

Bluey With Its Nutz by GarethRobinson

The lighting, detail and composition of this picture are simply fantastic but you must find a way of hiding the peanuts eh?
Now that the bird is used to the set-up, how about drilling a hole just out of sight and crushing the nuts?
Supersonic pic though.

Glass Wing

Glass Wing by SoulOfNature

Awww c'mon VintageRed, you can't get both antennas sharp from this angle, not even at f22 !
It's a great shot, I am going to look out for these critters, do they have these at every butterfly farm ?


pink by adrian2208

I can see why you framed it Adrian, it's a picture I would hang on my wall. Superstuff.

Australian Kestrel

Australian Kestrel by boydmace

Bird's pin sharp but for me, that sky is just too dark. Can you select it and lighten it a tad ?

Standing Firm

Standing Firm by dmhuynh72

Wish you were a member of our camera club !! Great composition and a very well thought out picture.


Robin by Cacus

This poor guy looks like he/she is busy feeding chicks, not got the slick plumage of early spring but nicely caught, pose is spot on and you have that all important catchlight.
I would certainly clone out that white fencepost in bottom right hand corner, my eye keeps moving to it.

Bittern Botaurus stellaris

Bittern Botaurus stellaris by Graywolf

Nice one, you can see how well they can blend into the reeds in a deeper reedbed.


Hoverfly by callum1

Nice clean shot. What aperture did you use ?

Formation Flight

Formation Flight by rykers

Nice formation but I would like to see a bit more punch to it. Would be nice to see a blue sky, good blue skies behind white swans always looks terrific and would lift this shot no end.

In a Hover

In a Hover by klewis

A bit soft 'wotashot' ??? Yes, I used to have a monitor like that once, but I put it in a charity shop and bought a decent one, sounds like you bought my old one !!!

Top shot my friend.

Early Morning

Early Morning by ian walker

Nice pic but the windmill is the wrong way round. Breaking the 'rules' sometimes does work but not this time.
Facing the right hand side and so close to the edge, has spoiled the balance of the pic. If it was not possible to place this in a better position during shooting I would move it to the left in Photoshop.

Dare  to  be  different

Dare to be different by oldham

It don't do a thing while it's got the white thing.
Why on earth did you leave that in mate ?

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Canon Pixma MG3200 printer no print14/07/2014 - 9:09 PM
What is this?07/07/2014 - 8:55 AM
Colormunki problem15/06/2014 - 5:54 PM
removal of huge canon printer on screen menu04/06/2014 - 6:07 PM
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Where's comp pix?10/07/2013 - 11:24 AM
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