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14/08/2011 - 9:51 PM

Derwent Long EX

Derwent Long EXBeautiful colours in this one Jerry. I think I'd have done away with the few tree branches on the right hand side and possibly tilted the image to straighten the edge of the lake and bring the nearest posts closer to vertical. Smile
Dave
26/07/2011 - 10:39 PM

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire DalesClassic Yorkshire countryside. I agree with a lot of what Dave says apart from taking it later in the day. Sadly, this site is obsessed with the 'golden hour' but with a sky like this and shadows and highlights caused by the clouds, this seems to me to be the perfect time for the shot. You could of course crop the image as suggested by Helen but nothing beats getting it right in camera. Smile
Dave
23/07/2011 - 10:58 PM

Its been ages

Its been agesNice to see you back Jerry, I too like the off centre lead in. I wonder if it would have been possible to get a lower viewpoint which would have silhouetted the bird on the second right hand post against the sky, making him stand out more. Also, imo, the first right hand post has been lightened too much giving it a slightly unnatural look. Please understand these are minor issues in what is overall a fine, original composition.
Dave
24/06/2011 - 12:06 AM

Three Grassy Pathways

Three Grassy PathwaysLovely shots all, looks like a great location. V3 is my favourite as I think the beach provides a much stronger lead-in to the ruin (?) beyond. The path would have been great had it wound its way further into the image rather than disappearing behind the grassy knoll. I also prefer the light in V3 but, as you say, there is always next time. I look forward to your future visits to this spot, it looks a gem. Smile
Dave
06/06/2011 - 10:13 PM

Caerfanell Falls

Caerfanell FallsIt depends what strength of ND Filter you were using. Once that is established, it is a fairly simple bit of maths to work out shutter speed. I'm not sure that flash would have much impact on a 60 second exposure but I've never tried it so I could be wrong. So long as there is some detail in the dark areas, you can use a Layer Mask to bring out the darkest parts of the image. As a composition, the image is a little unbalanced and may have worked better as a portrait shot with less foliage on the right hand side. All in all though, a fine first effort with an ND Filter. Let me know which one it was and I will try and be a bit more precise with the maths bit. Smile
Dave
25/05/2011 - 6:40 PM

Elgol the paradise

Elgol the paradiseThis is truly beautiful. The sunkissed foreground, the loch and the mist mountains beyond, absolutely fabulous. In my opinion you did not need to include the sun in the frame as it draws the eye away from the mountains whereas the rest if image tries to draw it towards them. I think the image would appear much more restful without the inclusion of the sun. Smile
Dave
02/02/2011 - 9:42 PM

Grandes Rocques

Grandes RocquesLovely image Steve and doesn't look overcooked at all. I think more could have been done to bring out the patches of sunlight on some of the foreground rocks, maybe with a masked off curves layer and it is, in my opinion, a bit oversharpened (although, to be fair, that is the trend on here these days and it's a long way from the worst I've seen). Composition-wise, I think you are being hard on yourself, it is full of interest and we can only use what Mother Nature provides. Hope I haven't been too honest for you because it's really only nitpicking over what is a fine image.
Dave
30/11/2010 - 12:17 PM

Higger Tor

Higger TorNice shot Steve and well done just for getting up there. I've read what you've written above so I will be hyper-critical but I'll preface my criticism by saying that this is a shot I would have been perfectly happy with had I taken it. Here goes; The fg rock is a little tight to the bottom of the image and, as there is little of interest in the sky, it could have been given more room. The dark areas of the image, particularly the trees on the far right, are, perhaps, a little distracting although this is not as noticable when viewed Large. I do like the lead in but it maybe has less impact due to the super-wide angle (A trap that I still fall into all the time) and the light on the mid and background rocks is excellent. Processing-wise, everything looks fine.
I hope these comments are helpful (I wouldn't have said half as much if you hadn't written what you did) although I don't believe they explain the lack of views/votes which is a complete mystery. There are many examples on here of less competent work that attracts far more attention.
Finally, in my opinion, this site needs more people like yourself because there is a real trend towards voting for those who can make the best use of software rather than for photographic skills and, ultimately, that cannot be a good thing. Please keep posting.
Dave
25/10/2010 - 9:43 PM

Wast Water Black & white

Wast Water Black & whiteApart from the crop being a little too tight to the fg rock I think it works superbly and I reckon the colour version will be worth viewing too. Nice to see you posting again Jerry. Smile
Dave
21/09/2010 - 11:03 PM

Blea Tarn from Wrynose Pass

Blea Tarn from Wrynose PassAs usual with your work Jane, this is a wonderfully crafted image. The light on the hills and the detail in the sky are both excellent. However, if you will indulge my pickiness for a few moments I have an observation which I believe is true of many peoples' images on here, including my own on occasions. The 10-20mm lens has a tendency to push the middle of the image way into the background, meaning the subject, in this case the Tarn, is a very small percentage of the total picture. At the same time you have a foreground that, whilst not boring exactly, is not what the shot is about, taking up about a quarter of the total shot. Please don't be offended by my comments, it is more of a general observation on landscape images on epz which are dominated by this super-wide angle lens, something of which I am as guilty of as the next person. Smile
Dave
17/09/2010 - 11:17 PM

A batch from Dartmoor

A batch from DartmoorThere are some nice ones amongst this lot Jerry, it's a shame the sky didn't play ball for you. V5 and V7 certainly show why it's not a good idea to point your lens straight at the sun and V1 is my favourite of the bunch. Don't beat yourself up over the struggle to get to grips with this difficult landscape, especially as conditions were so unfavourable. My only suggestion would be to look for compositions that exclude the sky all together.
All the best,
Dave
06/09/2010 - 9:40 PM

Last of the Surfers

Last of the SurfersWonderful colours Jerry and I too like the surfboard in the fg but my eye is drawn straight away to the yellow ball just above the horizon instead of being able to make it's way past the board and into the rest of the scene. Just a thought. Smile
Dave