Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!


Connect to User


dark_lord's Gallery Comments

dark_lord > dark_lord Recent Activity > dark_lord's Gallery Comments
Battle of the giants by Coen

Battle of the giants

10 m, that's pretty close especially when they are in action like this.
Good stuff from Paul, and it does benefit from darkening down. The dark skins and/or shadows wouldn't have helped with the exposure.
Not too bad to darken down even if a jpg but better still if it'd been a RAW file. Worth setting AE lock or using manual, after metering on a mid-tone (or checking the histogram after a test shot if there ewas the time!).

But the action is good and a well timed capture.


By: Coen

Fly Agaric fungus by ChasD

Fly Agaric fungus

I've not seen any this year, nor the past few years. Before then they seemed to be in lots of places.

I'd consider a crop just above the orange leaf on the right edge, makes the image stronger as it removes a small distraction and there's not much that the bottom quarter of the image adds to the overall picture.

Other than that, lovely capture Smile


By: ChasD

Make way for me! by RobLouw

Make way for me!

You've timed this perfectly with the vulture coming in to land.
Without that the picture would not have the same imapct, just a record of a group of birds feeding.

there is some slight movement blur visible in the landing bird. While not detrimental (at least it implies movement) you could easily have sacrificed one stop or more of aperture for a faster shutter speed. There's no need to use f/16, as f/8 should have been sufficient for that sort of group and give better lens performance too.

The 6D is supposed to be pretty good at high ISO, and certianly at the size on here there's no noise visible, but even so, in such bright conditions you could use a lower setting and still have sufficient options for aperture and shutter.

But you got the shot.


By: RobLouw

Rocks on Stroove beach by ladigit

Rocks on Stroove beach

Sometimes shots can be pleasing even if there is little 'interest' so to speak. An attractive image with the warm tones of sunrise.
Yes there may be more interest if, say, there were a figure or boat visible.

I've tried a square crop, to reduce the amount of rocks and make more of that diagonal channel of water. Diagonal lines are supposed to be mor dynamic and suggest energy, so by making that a stronger element there is more to grab the viewer's attention.


By: ladigit

Beauty by Hobs


Welcome from me also.

Photographing white plumage is always difficult, but you've taken this in what looks like quite overcast conditions so you've managed to retain detailin the feathers.
It's easy to lose detail in the darker areas, so lightening those selectively as Pamela has done is the way to go. Imagine a portrait with no eye detail (unless that is the look you want!), and birds and animals are no different.

Of course, to make the most of this you need to focus sharply on the eye (again, the same for human or animal portraits, unless after a specific effect), and be critical with your work. The number you'll reject for being 'just off' can be very high, at least to start with, but always strive for the best you can get.
That's just a general point, as at the size on here it looks ok, and a little localised sharpening can make the world of difference.

It's also good to see a different composition, and we don't always need to see the whole creature, detail shots are good to take.


By: Hobs

Audi Q5 by Philo

Audi Q5

Ok with the image behind.
You could have taken a shot of the car and, using layers and masks, put an image behind the car yourself. I could imagine that in a brochure or advert for example.

Showrooms can have lots of clutter and the issue here is the ad stand on the left.
Pillars, ceilings, doors, with their strong graphic lines, some office furniture would suit the upmarket/technical/business look, though I can't see them wanting to rearrange the whole showroom for you.
Keeping with that theme/look, mono is a good choice, simplifying the image. Indeed Audi use a lot of mono in their corporate and advertising stuff.

On the whole I think you've done a good job here.

What does the winner get?


By: Philo

Contrails by mdconnors


It's generally accepted that there should be no or little clipping of dark and light tones.
While this is a worthwhile approach for colour images, there are times when making the blacks properly black does benefit the image and this is more suitable for mono images.
I'm not saying lose all detail in the shadow/black areas, but you can push mono more in this respect. Some images will take this treatment better than others.
One question you could ask is 'does there need to be detail in the ground?' on this image. Thoughthere may be some who would like to see detail, having the ground completely black, like a silhouette creates a good anchor for the image and makes the viewer concentrate onthe sky details, the line of ground just acting as a visual reference.

Or put it another way, go with your instincts!


By: mdconnors

Thursty by dusfim


I'd like to know what the reenactment was , it looks medieval.
This has good detail and lovely rich warm tones.
A nice character study that, while would work in mono, I think would not be as pleasing to look at as the colour.

My issue with this is that it's cropped in very close and it looks liek a disembodied arm, or someone else's arm, is holding the tankard.This isn't helped by the dark area of clothing making the chainmail stand out so well.

I think i'd like to see a slightly wider view so we can see it's this guy raising the tankard, or alternatively closer in so that we see less of the arm and then mentally assume it's his arm.


By: dusfim

Morning has broken... by Fred263

Morning has broken...

V1 for me, it has a strong focal point that V2 does not.
Placing the tog at the edge works for me, less intrusive than being in the centre or on a 'third'.

By: Fred263

West Yorkshire Dales by Louise_Morris

West Yorkshire Dales

Yes, they are a nice place. Spent a week up there at the end of September.

By: Louise_Morris

Big Cheese for Sunday by dark_lord

Big Cheese for Sunday

I almost mentioned Wallace and Gromit Pamela, though they are my favourite cartoon characters.

By: dark_lord

Taking off by jonnydart

Taking off

I haven't been to Darley Moor for ages (I was still shooting film!) but I thought this wa ther just looking at the thumbnail.
Well caught.

By: jonnydart

View to Muker by dark_lord

View to Muker

That sounds painful Jennifer.
Thanks Richard.

By: dark_lord

Fallow Bucks by PLCimagery

Fallow Bucks

Good stuff, a great capture.

By: PLCimagery

Grip by WMulryne


Welcome from me also.

Not only has John's crop made the image more balanced by placing the subject off centre, on an 'image third' (imagine two vertical and horizontal lines criss-crossing the image, and putting your subject on one of those imaginery lines), but it has removed the distracting blobs from the flower bud and leaf.

It's always hard to avoid such elements when chasing insects around a plant.
However, it's attention to detail in the background as much as with macro work as any other subject that makes the differnece.
Once you've got a 'record shot' in the bag, take your time and consider the placement of all the elements in the frame.
Sometimes you'll get the chance, sometimes not.

Looking at your exif details, generally a smaller aperture is best for close-up work, to keep as much of the subject sharp.
But, if you're using available light that may result in too slow a shutter speed. Not to worry, wider apertures can work well, though you need to be even more critical with your focussing, which by looking at this shot you have no problems with.
A benefit of the wider aperture has meant the plant is less sharp and makes a nice diffuse surround so the insect stands out more.

It's swings and roundabouts I'm afraid, and proof that there's more than one approach.


By: WMulryne

a dream of flying by DANIELWINTER

a dream of flying

I too was thinking along the lines of a crop like dudler's. The brown area top right is a less appealing area, given the brightness and coolour of the other puddles which is why I'd remove it, or at least part of it.

However, full marks for thinking this one out and capturing it.
It's refreshing to see images like this that don't rely on manipulation.



Tortoiseshell by georgiepoolie


Lovely detail on this, and a good clean background, nice one.

By: georgiepoolie

Rocky Coastline by NDODS

Rocky Coastline

I'm tending towards the mono as my favourite.


FE 180 by Nikonuser1

FE 180

Mono for me on this one.

By: Nikonuser1

Wheatear by hasslebladuk


A beautiful capture, very good work.

By: hasslebladuk

jenny wren two by stokesy

jenny wren two

Very nice capture.

By: stokesy

dapper darter by CarolG

dapper darter

Good ones, I like the head on shot.

By: CarolG

A Pair of Provosts by brian1208

A Pair of Provosts

Blending modes can work, but they do take into account the colours on each layer so a variation in the sky may not be noticeable to us but when combined with another image the difference can become clear.
That's why Layer Masks are a better bet but you need to be accurate with your selections.
On the other hand you could use your blending mode and a Layer Mask so you don't need to be as accurate with a selection so you can get away with it.
Worth having a play.


By: brian1208

Hampstead Heath by SlowSong

Hampstead Heath

A good spot.

By: SlowSong

Waiting for a Train by dark_lord

Waiting for a Train

Didn't think of that one Bob Smile

By: dark_lord

Mirror... by kousik


Tony makes a good suggestion about cropping.
A square crop would work well too, as the sides of the image don't add anything. Neither do they detract, but cropping would simplify the image.

The misty effect suits the spiritual look, I agree, but the issue is not the focus. The unsharpness is quite simply and clearly due to camera movement. The exif data backs this up.
The camera needs to be held steady at that sort of speed. Did you use a tripod? If not, the movement is not as bad as I would expect. If so, just pressing the shutter is enough for slight movement of the camera during exposure and this is the result. Using a cable release or even the self time would mean no direct contact with the camera during the exposure, thus ensuring stability.

I would also consider using a smaller aperture to ensure all of the details in the figure are sharp, though to be fair looking at this version I can't tell if f/5.6 was sufficient or not - always worth trying different apertures if you have the time and review later.


By: kousik

Golden Granite by ianrobinson

Golden Granite

Lovely one!

By: ianrobinson

into the wild texture by Bernabedellamattia

into the wild texture

Did the magazine use this image?
What was the brief for this, and what was the message to be portrayed?

Answering those questions will help guide the critique.
In the absence of those I'll comment as far as I can.

Normally there would be more space for the model to look into, but I can see that showing the dress would be more important.

My main issue with this is that there is a lot of detail in t4rms of light andshade in both the background and the dress and all this makes the image more complicated than perhaps it needs to be, and lessens the interest in the dress/model. Of course this may work better as a double page spread in a magazine.

A colour version would work better in this respect, and certainly for the Critique Gallery a colour version for reference is always a good idea.
Of course, if the magazine wanted mono, then that's their decision, they are the customer.
Sometimes as photographers we just need to accept that even though our preference would be for something different!


By: Bernabedellamattia

Ingleton Waterfall Trail by Sarah43

Ingleton Waterfall Trail

At least there's some water flowing there, a lot of the becks are quite low with the lack of rain recently.

By: Sarah43