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City Of London Viewed From Tower BridgeI've done a bit of night / blue hour work so I'd like to offer the following:-

Nice tones in the sunset and sky, nicely exposed and nice lines of the bridge. However the shot is a tad on the soft side (especially around the tower on the rhs). I'd recommend shooting this with a smaller apeture, around f11-13 on a rock solid tripod with cable release and use a longer shutter speed. This would help with front to back sharpness and also give you the great starburst effects on the streetlights you see in night shots.

Regarding the composition I'd crop out the crenalations in the fg which do not add anything. If you cannot get these out the shot with the camera on a tripod then get a bean bag rest (wildlife toggers kit) and place it on the ledge and get the shot like that. Finaly the horizon is on a slant and needs a couple of degrees down to the right.

It has a lot of potential this shot. It may need a couple of revisits before you nail it.

Doug.
Blue Aphyllanthes - Provence roadsideExpo looks spot on. Nice dof. Only thing that bugs me is all the "dead heads" in the shot. That cannot be helped I know as it would not be practicle to go gardening at the roadside. However I'd have cloned out that twig 3/4 of the way up the lhs. Could have probably cropped out the rh 1/4 and dropped the top by about the same as not a huge amout is added by these areas. I also noticed that you had ISO 400 and 1/2500 TV. Could have probably gotten away with ISO 100 and a slower TV and reduced the noise (not obvious at this size I know but if you did want to crop it in and print it, it might show).
Cheers
Doug
23/06/2012 - 1:19 PM

St Ives surfer

St Ives surferThe wave has been captured very nicely. However the Surfer is facing the wrong way, you need to get that interaction with the subject and their back does not give that in this case sorry. He is also a bit soft. I noticed that you used f/16. I presume that this was to get him all in focus. I'd be wary of using anything more than f/11 on a crop sensor DSLR as the shot can get soft due to diffraction, especially obvious if the picture is heavily cropped in. You'd have been better off with f5.6-9 as it would have increased the shutter speed whilst giving enough dof to get him sharp due to the distance you are away from the focal point. You'll need as fast a shutter speed as possible with a lens which has no IS in poor light. I'd stick it in AV, on AWB, crank the ISO up to 400-800 (you can always deal with the noise in PP) and play with f5.6-9 next time. Keep at it though, nobody is good overnight.