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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.
regards
Ian
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.


regards
Ian
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,

regards
Ian
15/01/2014 - 7:43 PM

Colors

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.

regards
Ian
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.

regards
Ian
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.

regards
Ian
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.

regards
Ian
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.
regards

Ian
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.

regards

Ian
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
reflectors
diffusers
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,
regards
Ian
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.

regards
Ian
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.
regards
Ian
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,
Ian
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,
regards
Ian
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)
regards
Ian
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,
regards
Ian
05/07/2013 - 2:41 PM

Floating Orchid

Floating OrchidGood image. I too like the stem and buds emerging fro the darkness. As orchid images go this is quite good.
Looking at the composition I would try crop a little from the plain black on the right to make a 10x8 format, the main flowers are a little central..
I would also suggest trying reducing highlights just a touch to maybe get a little more detail on the very light areas. If you have photoshop or elements use the highlights slider in adjustments (adjustments>shadows/highlights or if shot in RAW recover highlights in Adobe RAW.
Orchids are not particularly easy to expose for. I would capture in RAW with three bracketed exposures each for a variety of lighting positions so maybe having 9 or 12 images. To capture the little texture they have, a little cross lighting is needed.
regards
Ian
01/07/2013 - 12:38 PM

The Brass

The BrassInteresting photo. Good composition and the reflections are great.
I feel that your selective focusing has not totally worked. I would prefer to have all three men in sharp focus in this composition.
I can't tell how far away you were but say say 40ft if you had used f11 and 1/200sec all three would be sharp using the technique of spot focusing on the middle one.
http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html ...this calculator allows you to enter camera details and a play will give you info to consider.
I think it was a stabilised lens you used so 1/200sec should be fine without a tripod.
The people in the background are nicely out of focus but would be sharper at F11 which would not be as good.
Public events are difficult as its difficult to take control of camera position etc.
These are my views, see what others think,
regards
Ian
30/06/2013 - 11:49 AM

The Rose in the woods

The Rose in the woodsAn interesting photo
This is a technique we don't see much of in the critique gallery. It can work very well to create artistic effects. I feel you are on the way here.
The main thing that I would correct with the picture is the composition, I find the rose is too central.
I've done a mod cropping to move the rose up and right. I've increased mid tones and sharpened a little.
Just how good the image is is fairly subjective. i like the picture and can see potential, keep working at the technique.
These are my views, hope you get more feedback and advice,
regards
Ian
29/06/2013 - 10:53 AM

Loch View

Loch ViewGood one.
The composition works for me. Whilst the post is not fantastic fore ground interest it works.
Because of the distance and maybe poor visibility its difficult to say if focus was correct I get the slight impression the grass in the fore ground is sharper than the distance. The aperture of f22 should have taken care of depth of field so long as you focused well into the scene. (say 30 metres) Using f16 may have been a better choice if a better area of your lens was considered (diffraction)
A small point would be cloning out the wires from the post towards the middle.
As regards the BW conversion, it looks ok but taking the comment above in consideration I've done a mod (click on modifications above) where I increased mid tone contrast in photoshop levels , whitened the whites (whitish) and darkened the blacks. This takes away some of the greyness of the picture.
Mull is generally a grey place, although having worked in that area for years I know it can be glorious too. I personally don't like BW for landscapes but it works here to show a grim landscape.
My view colour for beauty, BW for grimness.
These are my views, hope you get more comments,
http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html
regards
Ian