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Black Winged Stilt by AlexAppleby

Black Winged Stilt

Absolutely beautiful shot, rather worrying write-up Smile

By: AlexAppleby

Chiffchaff by dven


You know spring has arrived when you see these Smile

By: dven

Safe Shadow by dark_lord

Safe Shadow

Quite, Simon Grin

By: dark_lord

Tea Break by dark_lord

Tea Break

Thank you Walter.

By: dark_lord

More from Lola's by gajewski

More from Lola's

A lovely botannical abstract. Red and green are such contrasting colours, they work really well here.

By: gajewski

Blooming Colour by NDODS

Blooming Colour

Nice one Nathan.


Lunch 93 by SimonFletch

Lunch 93

I'm sure the guy's are comfortable with what they are doing, but as they have boots on we can't tell if they still have their original feet Grin

By: SimonFletch

Oiceoptoma Thoracicum- Red Breasted Carrion Beetle by ali63

Oiceoptoma Thoracicum- Red Breasted Carrion Beetle

Super shot. Insects can be really striking creatures.

By: ali63

Lunch 94 by SimonFletch

Lunch 94

Kids and ice cream seem to be one thing that's a familiar sight in nearly every culture and country.
Lovely captures and I will catch up with your other lunch images from my time away.


By: SimonFletch

Brooklyn Bridge Rush by TimMunsey

Brooklyn Bridge Rush

V1 for me, more abstract and impersonal showing the rush. Having said that, I like V2 too.

By: TimMunsey

Mallard by AlexAppleby


That must be one of the lowest levels I've seen on this type of shot that isn't underwater Grin

By: AlexAppleby

Sir's having us on by mrswoolybill

Sir's having us on

Well the low angle definitely helps as we're on a level with the kids. Great timing, too.

By: mrswoolybill

Off to church with Daddy by danbrann

Off to church with Daddy

However much I try to like the colour image with it's misty atmospheric look, I still prefer the mono Smile

By: danbrann

Skokholm Sunrise by dark_lord

Skokholm Sunrise

Thanks Alex, hope you enjoy it. I have a few more shots to put up of the work behind the scenes.

By: dark_lord

it does not work in mono by youmightlikethis

it does not work in mono

The vibrance of colour is more attractive to the eye.

However, you've got an interesting subject with lots of shapes and textures so the ingredients for a good mono are there.

The toning you've applied is attractive, but the mono conversion itself is muddy and lacking in contrast, which toning can exacerbate.
You sometimes have to be extreme with the colour channels and the Curves control for contrast in mono.

I have seen you do some quite contrasty mono work in the past which looks good so I can't see why you didn't apply that here.

i'll have a go at a mod.


By: youmightlikethis

Rocks & Sky by Pollyjc

Rocks & Sky

A very appealing study of this rock formation, and composed well so the rock in the distance complements the one in the foreground.
I agree a little more space for the main subject to 'breathe' would be less claustrophobic in the frame.

I do like mono images, and Paul has beaten me to that one, so i've soncentrated on making the most of the colour.
Blue skies and beautiful sunshine have made this an attractive image and it's easy to see why you'd want to photograph it, but your original is lacking. nothing a bit of post processing can't help with. Most images need some help one way or another.
I increased red and yellow in Colour Balance to make the image warmer in tone. I roughly selected the sky and darkened this in Curves but you could use Levels to get a similar effect. this has given an effect similar to using a polarising filter to darken the blue of a weak sky. Finally I increased saturation by a small amount and cropped off some excess sky to make the rock more prominent in the frame.


By: Pollyjc

What Sunset? by hamishp

What Sunset?

I'd agree with all that Paul has said.
Whiile I like this image too, I've uploaded a mod with a slightly tighter crop, removing the crane and making the group of people fit evenly in the frame. It's not a big issue but it does help concentration on the group, which is what you saw that made you take the image.
This crop also places the sun on an intersection of the image thirds. while not saying you should always stick to the rules, it can make a difference, and as it's a classical rule it fits in well with the classical locaton!
So yes, a decisive moment but don't be afraid to trim a little.


By: hamishp

Orange Tip by NigelKiteley

Orange Tip

Excellent stuff. I must keep an eye out for these myself.

By: NigelKiteley

Whitby Shadows by Baz72

Whitby Shadows

Beautifully atmospheric image.

By: Baz72

Venetian Street Scene by PhillipMinnis

Venetian Street Scene

The way those guys are walking, they look quite shifty Grin

By: PhillipMinnis

Pretty Weed? by mjparmy

Pretty Weed?

Yes, and it looks like greater stitchwort.
Very nice backlighting, and I'd give this a little lightening using Curves to boost the brightness while still maintaining contrast.

By: mjparmy

Goldfinches in Flight by NeilS

Goldfinches in Flight

A super set of images you've got here.

By: NeilS

Green Field by billmyl

Green Field

I prefer Moira's crop as it's cleaner and bolder, something which benefits this type of image.

The one thing to take away from this (and from your other uploads) is to take numerous crops in camera at the time. That's something we should all remember, too.


By: billmyl

Shiny Happy Beetles. by bricurtis

Shiny Happy Beetles.

Cracking shot.
Now capture the next stage in their life cycle and that I'm sure won't get as many votes Wink. Rather revolting and why I haven't uploaded mine Grin

By: bricurtis

Corn Bunting by AlexAppleby

Corn Bunting

So they have fields just like us then Grin

Great capture all the same.

By: AlexAppleby

The Crimson Field by Baden

The Crimson Field

The softness of the edge of the hair is at odds with the relative sharpness of the background, which highlights the manipulation and I feel I have to mention it, but on the whole I do quite like this one.

By: Baden

fest by youmightlikethis


None are particularly strong, so it's a matter of which is less weak.

V1 is just a record of a performance in the middle of a street. The guys in yellow draw the eye from the performers which are tending to blend with the background. A lower viewpoint would help somewhat in terms of separation, and moving furhter back but using a longer focal length. Even at f/4 and 24 mm the background is distinct.

In V2 the appeal lies in the contrast between the two expressions, though the attention lies in the expression of the girl on the left. The faces are not sharp which reduces the strength of the image. A strong image needs sharp eyes here, so you need to be critical with your focussing, and critical with your results.

V3 is a bolder composition but it looks more like some musicians walking past than walking along performing. Difficult when there are several people in the shot but waiting fro a moment when there is more involvement of the players with the music would result in a more engaging image.

By: youmightlikethis

Unknown I.D by dave1967

Unknown I.D

I'm guessing this is not a crop, so the insect would be around 25 mm in body length?
Might help with ID, I will try my beetle book later.

By: dave1967

Christopher by AnnChown


A lovely mono portrait.
Scruffier clothing would give a different mood. This one looks like a guy who's returned to a place after being away for a time, scruffier would hint at a guy who's been there forever. Both shots I could see working.
If you have the luxury of being able to revisit, with the subject in tow, we'd be interested in seeing the results.
Someties you can't beat spur of the moment shots Smile

By: AnnChown