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24/02/2015 - 12:32 PM


BlencathraNice scene.
On my screen it does not look in need of much sharpening.
Any attempt at sharpening using various methods and blending modes seems to result in halos.
Did you do an input sharpening in Adobe RAW? Then leave output sharpening until you resize for print size or screen.

It does look better with an increase in mid tone contrast in levels.
The mod looks over sharpened on my screen.

Using a large res camera does require new techniques as you are discovering.

20/02/2015 - 12:28 PM


BuskerI like this photo, Good capture.
It looks sharp and the colours are good.
Better in colour as I think the BW looks a touch flat. I will try a mod.

You cropped from the full capture, maybe more from the right hand side would balance better.
Was he also singing? Open mouths add to images of buskers. There is slight movement on his strumming hand, or may it's not quite sharp.(due to depth of field, focus or aperture used) This is good and slower shutter speeds can be used to show hand movement adding a dynamic feel to an image.

He looking a his hand which is fine. Eye contact can look better still.

30/01/2015 - 2:03 PM

Dove hangout

Dove hangoutInteresting image.
I feel this type of image has potential, stark, cold and wintery.
I have done a mod (click on modifications above) This pursues the idea of birds sitting in trees starkly outlined against a plain sky.
I cropped, over sharpened and did a rather harsh BW conversion.
If you consider this is a way to go taken the advice about a longer lens and tripod if you have them.
You image is not very sharp, it should be with 1/200 shutter speed.
It may be to do with reducing the image pixel size for the net. Often images need resharpening after reducing pixels.

28/01/2015 - 1:55 PM


PoinsettiaI prefer V!, the exposure and colours look fine. You have focused on the centre row of heads and they are nicely sharp.
I find the out of focus heads behind are a distraction.
For this image I would have tried to get all the heads in focus, bigger aperture and slower shutter speed.
Other than that, moving the camera position to the left may have enabled you to isolate one head against a red leaf background.
You have to ask your self what was the purpose of the photo. Did you what to show record detail of one head? or create an overall pretty flower photo?
I think a wider view of the whole flower may have been best, more like V2 but showing one flower but without stick.
Your approach is good, takes lots of shots from different angles closer and further away.

23/08/2014 - 12:35 PM

ed2go Assignment 2 - my lily

ed2go Assignment 2 - my lilyThe exposure looks ok with detail showing on white areas. White flowers can be difficult to expose correctly. I would not use flash to photograph this flower especially when a tripod can be used, unless it was windy and the plant was swaying around.

Choose the aperture required to achieve the depth of field (area in focus front to back) required. A slow shutter speed does not matter when using a tripod unless it's windy.
Aperture/DOF will depend on if you want the whole flower in focus or perhaps just the centre. If you want the whole flower sharp try to choose one which is detached from the background which should normally be as out of focus as possible.

My main advice with this image is regarding composition. Have a look a the shape of an arum lily and you will see the beauty of the flower lies in it's tapering shape leading up to the upper sweeping open area. You have missed this with your camera angle which shows just a top view.
Study a flower during your composition and access how to show it's beauty.

Still a nice photo, just keep taking as many shots as you can. Take a hundred and you will get one really good one. Experiment with camera settings and camera angles.
30/01/2014 - 11:04 AM

A cattle "angry" egret

A cattle "angry" egretGood capture of the bird. The image is sharp where it needs to be, the face.
Some of the white areas have burnt out due to over exposure,( no details left showing). If your editing software can show you a histogram you would see peaking to the right hand side.
Your data says you used manual exposure, you need at least one stop less.
f8 was a good aperture and 100 ISO was suitable so you should have increased the speed from 1/200th to 1/400th.

18/01/2014 - 4:23 PM

"Micro Moon" 2

"Micro Moon" 2Attractive photo.
Better composition than last but maybe not as sharp.
For exposures of over one sec you should engage long exposure compensation to help reduce noise.
I've copied and pasted below.

quote "The Canon T3i (d600) offers two types of adjustable noise reduction. Long Exposure noise reduction can be performed for exposures one second or longer, and works by taking a second "dark frame" of equal duration with the shutter closed, and then subtracting it from the first frame. This reduces or eliminates most noise generated by the sensor during long exposures at low ISOs, but can make noise worse at higher ISOs (at ISO 1,600 and above). Available settings are Off, Auto and On, and are accessed from Custom Function II-4. The Off setting is the default."

Something is not right for the image to be so unsharp.
Focusing manually on on setting just a touch under infinity at F16 should have both moon and spire in sharp focus. (can't be sure from photo how far away church actually is)
Have a look here: http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html and do a few calculations.
Certainly use manual focus and magnify in live view to check.
Auto focus just won't do job in poor light.
If lens has VR (what ever Canon call vibration reduction) it should be disabled when using a tripod.

f16 would have given 2sec which should have been ok for rising moon but longer would show movement. As Paul says f32 is not good and would result in loss of quality from lens. f8 or f11 much better but watch out for movement of subject (moon) You could probably use ISO 200 and f11 with 2sec.
I personally shoot a number of frames with a range of settings with semi dark subjects as I'm not sure results are always predictable or even repeatable.

Imaginative photography, just a little fine tuning,

15/01/2014 - 7:43 PM


ColorsA good idea and an interesting photo.
I do think it could be improved a little. The pencils would be better arranged without any gaps as top right.
Some of the pencils are a bit roughly made, the yellow in the middle spoils the symmetry of the composition.
Focusing seems ok to me, maybe a little sharpening is required. (Often after resizing for the web a little sharpening is required)
I personally think the settings at f2.8 and 1/100th second were good.These settings should have result in a sharp image. No depth of field was required as effectively you were photographing a flat surface.
Lighting looks good.
My advice is to choose the pencils carefully keep them together with a rubber band or something and consider the colours and how they relate to the general arrangement.
Great idea.

03/12/2013 - 9:21 AM

Gallery visit

Gallery visitGood composition, an eye catching image.
Just a little more space behind the camera would be better.
The items in the window are not in focus. I don't know if this was intended.
I feel it would add to the photo to be able to see the details of things in the window.
Having used f11 the camera must have focused or have been focused some where in front of the bike.

17/11/2013 - 11:28 AM

Mount Maroma and lake

Mount Maroma and lakeA good image. Clear and well exposed. Good composition with interesting foreground. Good use of aperture to get every thing in sharp focus.
Considerations may be:
It's an expansive scene, would this image have been even better in landscape format, but maybe you would have lost the attractive cloud?
an interesting person sitting on the rock might have added to the picture, or maybe a boat going by.

16/11/2013 - 11:05 AM

Lake Vinuela sunset

Lake Vinuela sunsetGood reflection, a lovely scene. I agree the bush does not add much. Having foreground interest is good but the bush is boring and a bit too central and distracting.
I've done a mod where I've levelled slightly and lightened the shadows a little.
It may have been level but the shape of the land makes it look a bit of a slope.
Lightening the shadows is a matter of taste but looks better to me, it brings out mist lying against the distant hills.
These are my view, see what others comment.

18/09/2013 - 11:24 AM

Small street

Small streetAttractive image, I like this. Nice processing.
As per suggestions above I have done a mod removing yellow 'thing' and a few bits.
I used Photoshop CC content aware and cloning tool. you could use Elements tools also.
As a matter of interest I see two main doorways when first looking at the image, although there are four plus the window. As a general rule (which is often broken) 1, 3, or 5 objects, flowers, doors, anything, tend to have a better balance than 2 or 4.
This is to do with being creating pleasing composition for many viewers. It's like all the composition rules, very subtle but look at pleasing compositions and check out the various rules. Often the easiest on the eye are those which follow the classic compositions used for centuries in the painting art world.
Obviously, as in this case, 2 objects can work.

15/09/2013 - 11:34 AM

Letters on the rocks

Letters on the rocksI'm into abstracts and I like this one.

I read your title - Letters on the Rocks, I've done a mod where I've rotated the image and cropped to bring the letters down towards the bottom left third interception. This helps the eye see the letters first and then leads into the interesting textures and shapes. For what ever reason abstract often seem (to me at least) to look better in landscape format.
I also made adjustments in levels, brightening and increasing mid tone contrast.

Abstracts are always very subjective, these are my views, other will have have a different take which may be equally valid.
I think you may already be aware that using an ISO of 1100 with not result in quality images in normal photography. A slower speed of say 1/60th or wider aperture of say f5.6 would have allowed an ISO of around say 550. It's actually better to stick to 200 - 400 - 800 ISO. Being a flat surface f5.6 would have been fine.


14/09/2013 - 12:21 PM

Eye Eye

Eye EyeThe composition works well for me. I can see that twinkle.
As you said the light was very bright and that shows in the image. The light area on the right is lacking detail.
This does not really spoil the image too much.
Taking photos outside in bright sunlight can be improved by three techniques
fill flash
A little flash would lighten the shadows
a reflector would lighten the shadows
a diffuser would even out the light.
You do need a little directional light to shape the feature.
You need to practice and have a patient model and an assistance, take lots of exposures with different set ups.
Check out infill flash techniques, low the power,
12/08/2013 - 3:16 PM

St Mary's Quayside

St Mary's QuaysideA rather grim looking scene. This may have been intended given the controversial nature of the power station.
In my view an OK photo with a reasonable composition although I feel the positioning of the boat is wrong.
Settings and focus look good.
The attempt at symmetry does not really work because its not clear where the slipway is intended to lead the eye to. Bits of other boats distract the eye on route to whatever the subject matter might be. The boat and power station compete for attention.
As regards the HDR and processing, a pretty good example of misuse. The sky is un natural and over bearing, looking at the various clouds it just does not work.
HDR is meant to expand the dynamic range rather than the gloomy flattening effect in this image.
I think there is a good picture waiting. Wait for the boat to be moved and visit in the evening with a good natural sky and some nice warm light lower in the sky to add some relief and details to the image.

Note. I have made this critique as Nathan asked me to do so by personal message.

21/07/2013 - 8:02 PM

Gods Light

Gods LightA good image, very sensitive capture.
I like this image myself, it creates the feeling of isolation and dedication of the early monks at this very special place. I see primitive shelter and a hard life whilst serving their beliefs. The simple stone work, the plain cross and a light.
The portrait format leads me towards the light, the cross and the world beyond.
In my mod I've lightened the shadows, removed some of the green and also flipped the image to allow the eye to lead from the larger area of stone work towards the main subject matters. I've also straightened and used the distort tool to line things up a bit.
As Paul says two exposures, or a capture with RAW and processing two images would be needed to show detail of the outside through the window. Whether what was to be seen through the window would add to the image we don't know.
20/07/2013 - 10:58 AM

Belhaven Bridge Walkway

Belhaven Bridge WalkwayGood image, very photogenic subject and beautiful sky.
For total success with this type of image it must (for most viewers) be totally symmetrical, it is not.
There is more room between the post on the left and edge than on the right. Also the post on the right appears to lean in.
It is difficult to level as there is very little real horizon. The land beyond the jetty goes out from the left, becoming more distant.
I have done two mods, the first using the distort tool and second levelled as well (sorry about wrong upload of another mod)
It's never going to be perfect as the camera was not quite in the correct position for total symmetry.
I tried lightening like silverfoxey but the base had been badly built and has jaggy lines which in my view spoil your image.
As has been said, good one,
18/07/2013 - 10:20 AM

sunset on sea

sunset on seawelcome to ePhotozine Critique Gallery.
You have captured a beautiful and dramatic sky with some good reflections on the sea.
Orkney is a good area for skyscapes and you certainly choose a good one.
A couple of points.
Firstly the sea horizon is not level, it is very important to either level the camera when taking the photo (the best approach) or level it during processing.
I find the colours rather too strong. Also I notice that there are halos along some contrasting areas.
I suggest reprocessing the image keeping in mind how the image looked at the time. Also viewing large during processing to check each adjustment.
You have a strange colour cast. I did a mod (click on modifications above) but apart from straightening I could not do much with the colours.
See what others think, these are just my views,
07/07/2013 - 8:32 PM

Flower Power

Flower PowerHi,
This is a nice flower picture.
The main problems is the lack of detail in the highlights. Eric mod corrects this a little. I have done a mod where I used Photoshop's shadows/highlights slider to recover most of the possible detail. I also sharpened a touch.
You lighting wa too harsh and contrasty, the hard shadows from the two lighting directions reduce the appeal of the image. As presented the right hand side is just about pure white which is not correct.
Use gentle light, diffused or soft window light, a tripod to steady the camera for the inevitable long shutter speed and an aperture to suit. With a large aperture F4 and focus on the centre and have some areas of petals out of focus or a smaller say f16 still focus near centre and have more of flower in sharp focus (small ap = greater depth of field, more in focus front to back)
06/07/2013 - 9:08 AM

Tropical Tahiti

Tropical TahitiI like this picture, it has the feel of an illustration.
I would say the composition is is fine with the boat is in the correct area of the frame.
It's sharp and the colours good.
I like sailing and travel so it's interesting to me.
As regards votes i would say it is a "better" image than others of yours that got more votes.
I'm not sure why it got fewer votes. You posted it on a Sunday morning a time when less of the regular users may not be on line. It also depends in which sub gallery you posted it. Say you put a pic in 'flowers and plants' or even better 'nudes' you would get a lot more people just looking through who would vote if they liked your photo.
Without doubt the people who post images that attract 40 or 60 votes every time will be part of a friendship/vote for vote group. These people's images get votes even when they are just ok or even poor so have little bearing on the quality of the picture.
There are some outstanding photographers here who have a big following but often you can see great photos with only 10 or 20 votes.
In my experience votes do tell me something about how good an image of mine might be, but not always. I don't vote on a persons's photo just because they voted on mine. If you do that your lost.
Good photo anyway, wish I was there,