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Taking to the air

Taking to the air by Lillian

Cracking shot.

Autumn Birches

Autumn Birches by MalcolmM

Beautiful shot.

Silver Studded Blue

Silver Studded Blue by BenKiteley

Prees Heath, I must make a note of that, all I associate it with at the moment is the car auction site Grin

Super shot.


Atlas Moth

Atlas Moth by FeatherFriend

A pity you can't appreciate the size of this from the image, even at 1000 px Smile

Holy Austin Rock Houses at Kinver 2

Holy Austin Rock Houses at Kinver 2 by DicksPics

Very interesting, I've never been but always known of these even before the NT took them over.

Worth Waiting For

Worth Waiting For by DicksPics

Manual focussing is definitely the way to go. Auto would be confused and may not lock on properly, especially as you may not have a focus point exactly over a firework as it explodes.
Wide apertures are ok as the lens would be focussed on the distance and even at say f/4 there'd be enough depth of field, as you'd be using wider angles (generally) anyway.
Lower ISO would give longer shutter speeds so the fireworks would render as trails. However, I like the high ISO approach as the bursts have some detail, as you see them. You just need to watch the noise so it's good you've a 5D2.

Fab 1

Fab 1 by DicksPics

I remember seeing this at one of the Motor Shows on the Ford stand, thinking back it must have been 2004.

Down the hatch!

Down the hatch! by Holmewood

Excellent timing, a ery common piece of behaviour but not often captured, or as well as this.

Juvenile Goldfinch

Juvenile Goldfinch by Holmewood

We've had a few of these visit the feeder briefly, but not been able to get a shot.

The No-Sunflower

The No-Sunflower by SlowSong

I agree with Moira about the square crop.
Toned mono works well enhancing the shapes of the leaves, something that colour wouldn't do so well.

Mean Machine.

Mean Machine. by bricurtis

It has more of a look of an illustration then a photo, that's not a criticism but more of an observation. Attractively processed all the same Smile


Travelator by Philpot

Works well without a figure, as do many modern architecture shots, as they tend to be impersonal and clinical.
Having said that, a figure or three would add a different slant, and silhouettes would be good.

Hardcastle Crags

Hardcastle Crags by MalcolmS

A popular subject, but I like your treatment of this.

Pecket Well Sunset

Pecket Well Sunset by gazza77

You've captured a lovely scene, and those purples of the heather are really vibrant.

there are a couple of flare spots in the middle distance, while not being obtrusive, are better off removed, and are relatively easy to clone out, unlike larger spots that can appear. I shalll do a mod.

I like the use of wideangles to show lots of foreground. However, the extreme bottom of the image sees detail disappearing in the shadows, so it's worth trying to lighten that. Alternatively, if it's for display I would consider a small crop. Conversely, it would make a good cover image as text can be placed on that darker area and be easily read.
Sometimes you can look at a picture in different ways depending on intended uses.

Other than those considerations, I wouldn't change anything here.

Nice one.


Two bottles of beer in colour

Two bottles of beer in colour by Madoldie

This does look better in colour.

The glare has been removed from the bottles well, though looking closely there are the tell tale highlights on the embossed lettring that give the light source away. I wouldn't expect anyone to 'remove' those in software. Rather like looking at the size and shape of catchlights in a portrait reveals what shape of softbox or umbrella was used!

As I mentioned last night, the key is in modifying the light source.

It's said that odd numbers of objects work better than even numbers.
Followin on from Paul's comment yeaterday about the out of focus bottle being dominant, it's worth trying another bottle on the right for balance. Then the eye should be drawn to the central bottle that's sharp.
I would also try a version where the out of focus bottles are behind the sharp one rather than in front, to give the sharp bottle more prominence but still retain the effect you're trying here.

It's always a good idea to have alternatives, and these ideas can be applied to other still life shots you may do.

Just another thought, if you could shoot with off camera flash from the side, that would complement the mood of the graphic on the label. You may need to play around with angles but the nights are drawing in now!


The Last Two

The Last Two by lawbert

Must've been a great sight and sound despite the dull weather.

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