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06/11/2011 - 8:24 AM

Two Grandchildren

Two GrandchildrenYou must be a very proud Grampy Jack, in that sort of environment there's not a lot you can do if you want to enjoy the party, apart from soften the flash with something even a white handkerchief would have done the trick. , or get the big guns out ,reflectors stands another flash etc, but enjoying the party is sometimes better than spending your time thinking about photography, it's a super souvenir of the two of them during a happy time, sadly not enough of them at the moment.
One thing that you could do is to crop out the black shoe at the bottom it rather distracts from the image.
02/07/2011 - 4:35 PM

What a Doll!!

What a Doll!!The milky look on the face is caused by flare, probably from the back light and may be enhanced by a lens that is not perfectly clean, I'm not saying it's the case, just that it does make things worse. A nicer composition would be with the doll further left as she is looking slightly in that direction, as has been said the lighting is not so good but no real soloution has been put forward, I think you may have lit with daylight through a window, a good idea but if you had turned the doll and the camera so the light hit the side of the face ,then with a reflector fill in the other side , it would create a more interesting image with the light on the right dropping off on the left , this would avoid the burnt out arm and the flare into the lens. maybe think about having another trySmile
Phill
A River View with help from Photoshop Elements.I'm a bit worried about the water going downhill Wink 1000th at f13 with 200iso I'm wondering why a shot like this would be fine at 250th, I'm starting to wonder if the info is correct as that seems an awful lot of light , anyway if they are correct try to work at 100 iso for slightly better quality which would have given you a 500th
Phill
30/06/2011 - 11:44 AM

peacock hinge

peacock hingeI am a lover of short depth of field but maybe you have overdone it a tiny bit, I would love to see it all in focus with the backround out, I'm not so sure about the dark area on the right either maybe clone the red to hide it, if you hand held it well done 40th with a 105mm is pushing things to the edge. If you used a tripod why the high iso? You see how much easier it is to critic if you can give us that sort of info when you upload. It's a nice idea and well seen.
Phill
28/06/2011 - 8:50 AM

Thoughts Of Home

Thoughts Of HomeMike , it's pretty good as from the thumbnail I thought it was an old shot, the crop can be improved by chopping a bit from the top but on the other hand you are trying to recreate a snapshot, so maybe not, there are two doubts I have and that's the depth of field , would it be like that with a cheap camera lens say 40mm ?, you have used a telephoto which gives the game away a bit.Now the image does need ageing a bit , so I wonder if complete b/w is right maybe a slight cream color as photographic papers in that era were never dead white , whenever I've attempted this, I used a frame of an old photograph to have a used edge, that I scanned and color matched to the new image , it works well if you have a good scanner if not just photograph it and add your image to the middle, with a texture layer in photoshop (if you have it) you can age the shot as well. It's a very good effort but when trying to reproduce a snapshot try to think about the camera that would have been used by a soldier in 1940. I hope this helps.
Phill
28/06/2011 - 8:32 AM

Car in rain

Car in rainHi Prashant, I think there are two major problems here and that's the image is unsharp in my view for two reasons , movement due to a slow shutter speed and also a general lack of focus. Added to that it is a bit overexposed.
You show no data so maybe it was shot on film making it a much more difficult shot due to the inability to change iso on the spot.
I would also crop out the building on the top right as it adds nothing to the image.
Phill
25/06/2011 - 8:34 AM

Good Luck

Good LuckVivek , it's very difficult to comment with a shot like this when we don't know your intentions, I can only presume it's an look at depth of field,with a 46mm at 5.6 the subject is probably pretty small, the lighting could have been improved by a bit of back light , other than that I'm sorry I can't say more. Next time if you can explain about the subject ,reasons for shooting it and your intention , we could help a lot more.
Phill
22/06/2011 - 12:36 PM

Isle of Man TT

Isle of Man TTI think it's a nice shot although I'm pretty sure your shutter speed is a bit fast for this sort of pan, of course it becomes more difficult the slower the speed but I'm sure the results would be worth it, I would drop to around 125th with an iso of 100 still giving you f11 , expect a success rate of around 1 in 10 but that one would be great. (just hope it's a 10 lap race) Wink
Phill
21/06/2011 - 6:58 AM

Merc AMG SLS

Merc AMG SLSAll looks fine , I wouldn't change anything, It's just a shame the driver isn't visible but other than some very clever retouching I can't see a soloution, if the windows are plastic a light polarising filter may have helped that, but it's a superb effort.
Phill
14/06/2011 - 10:00 AM

El Faro

El FaroI'd say that Frank is 100% on the crop, however I find the blue very pleasing on the origonal , there is a lot of dust on the sensor ,or is it a badscan from a transparency ?
Phill
13/06/2011 - 3:12 PM

Up & Away

Up & AwayLooks a great shot ,except for too much space on the right, and not really close up enough I'll upload a mod to demonstrate.
Phill
04/05/2011 - 9:53 AM

Bell Tout Lighthouse

Bell Tout LighthouseIt's not really the right time of day for this sort of shot, it's lacking that oompf factor you get with a low light, I think by moving forward a bit you could have avoided the two posts that for me detract from the image. Also I'm sure that with a little more research you could have found an angle that would have hidden the road and cars, for me the biggest problem is the light. It's a good location and worth having another go at.
Phill
04/05/2011 - 9:41 AM

Reflecting On A Motoring Icon

Reflecting On A Motoring IconI don't agree with Willie, it's a shot that makes you look further until you see the jaguar on the bonnet, It's a good shot but I think I would lighten the reflection a bit to see the cars in the background a bit better . I'll try a mod.
Phill
02/04/2011 - 10:37 AM

WATCHING A WESTERN

WATCHING A WESTERNThese are difficult shots to do well, for me the background must be dead flat to allow a soft light coming from very low down avoiding reflections in the glass with small white or gold reflectors (card in log strips) around the watch reflecting into the rim,also for a montage of this type all the watches should be from exactly the same angle, with maybe one straight one tilted 45 clockwise and another 45 anti clockwise but all shot directly above.
As a point of interest it is traditional to have the hands at 9 minutes after 10 or 9 minutes before two, this is considered the best way to frame the makers name, also the watch straps are normally closed, with a piece of foam card(unseen) making a support inside the strap allowing the watch to stand up sometimes with 4 pins stuck in the card to act as legs have a look at watch ads and I quarentee 90% will be shot that way.
I hope this is of interest.
Phill
31/03/2011 - 1:43 PM

mood

moodI'm afraid the focus is a problem for me , I see you were at f2,8 not really enough for a close up like this , the focus seems to be on her belly button with very little dof. Try a tripod next time with a longer exposure , as she is relatively still I'm sure you could have gain a couple of stops ,
Phill
25/03/2011 - 12:56 PM

Boxing Bex

Boxing BexNot too softened for me and I like the shot , I hope you did a close up of those super eyes.
phill
23/03/2011 - 12:33 PM

Hot Rod Boogie

Hot Rod BoogieThis is a well exposed shot with good focus, althogh shot very slightly of center, it is very complex with all the reflections in the car . I might have been worthwhile trying one with a polorising filter (if you have one) and what a shame that one of the doors is open as increases the complicated reflections, thanks for showing such an interesting car.
Phill
21/03/2011 - 2:26 PM

Warmth

WarmthShadow, I think you have a problem to start with, the articles you have for the shot have no color harmony , with the pink socks the red ribbon and the orange/red cushion. They all seem to clash , also as to the composition ,it's always dangerous to have three objects that are not overlapped in an image , My feeling is that the socks should be slightly under the cushion and the box in front of the cushion, this would add a little cohesion between the subjects, it also looks a bit over exposed.
You are lacking in focus because of the aperture at f2, I think it's time to get a tripod to help you so you can use longer exposures. boot sales are good for a cheap one.
I've noticed on your other shots that you probably have no lights you could start by using bedside lights or standard lights, just don't forget to color balance the camera for tungsten light.
All the best
Phill
03/03/2011 - 3:28 PM

my daughter

my daughterA super expression but I wonde if you have cropped it in this way to make room for your name, I would love to have seen it with more on top and a bit less on the bottom and less on the right hand side. Maybe brightening the eyes a bit as well . I will upload a mod.
Phill
01/03/2011 - 11:13 AM

Vine

VineTilting the camera used in my day to be called dutching I have no idea why , maybe the Dutch walk around with their heads tilted !!! I am a fan of it and do it a lot but in this case you have gone a bit far with it in my opinion. As Paul said if you have to tilt your head to look at it, it has not worked and I did. As you say yourself it has a dark and mysterious look that is taken away a bit by the sun? I'll have a play with it and see what I come up with.
Phill