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16/01/2015 - 9:34 PM

The sea was rough

The sea was roughNow you're beginning to use different settings and really learn how to use your new camera.
When I attempt to capture waves I use Shutter Priority (different name on a Nikon) and if I select 1/400 sec I put the ISO up to 320 or 400 to get enough light and speed to capture the action.
Sometimes it can be too bright, so you have to experiment as the light is always different.
Downside is burn out in the sky so maybe avoid including the sky in your image.
Other members may have different suggestions. Try them all and compare results.
V1 - you've exposed for the sky but the wave is dark.
V4 - the wave is good but sky burnt out.
Can you see what I'm getting at?
Kate GrinGrinGrin
31/12/2014 - 2:06 PM

Whooper Swan

Whooper SwanBeautiful detail in that neck, good catchlight and good b/g colour to show off his yellow beak.
Max keep up the good work - hope 2015 is great year for you in every way.
Did you learn how to do masks yet?
When you lighten or darken an image but don't want it all over, you make a layer mask see the symbol
at top of levels, you then take the brush tool making sure it is a soft brush, then with the black square on top of the white square, third from bottom in tools at left hand side - brush over the area you want to keep as it was. You can switch to the white square on top if you want to correct an area you've brushed out. You can vary the opacity also if you just want to partially erase a levels move.
You should find a Utube video on most things you want to learn.
There's loads I still need to learn.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
29/12/2014 - 10:22 PM

Whooper Swans

Whooper SwansThe black point can be found in Levels on left of the histogram where there are three choices of black(top) grey(middle) and white (bottom). You click the little pointer - looks like a dagger on black, grey or white then choose something in your image which should be one of those colours. This then corrects
the white balance throughout your image. Sometimes it looks quite extreme and I'm not entirely sure why that happens. Hopefully banehawi will get back to you to explain.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
16/12/2014 - 11:38 PM

Naughty Fox

Naughty FoxGood to see the fun element introduced Dave!
Green b/g makes a good contrast for the hair.
I'd maybe tone down that forehead shine and even out the tan make-up unless
you felt it suited the more light hearted portrait.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
08/12/2014 - 11:05 PM

Two of a kind...

Two of a kind...Lovely detail in the necks Fred - I do agree with dudler about the breathing space.
you can't help the left hand side since that was how you framed it but extending the top
is easy. If you click the crop tool then pull up the middle top marker to extend the image size, then you can clone in with a soft brush (top left) and clone in the water taking care not to have a repeating pattern. If you have elements 12 or 13 there is an amazing tool called Content Aware - the blank space which you'll have after extending the image can be selected with selection tool, then press backspace which activates Content Aware and it fills in the space you've selected - sometimes you
have to clone out parts which you don't want and also you usually need to fill in around the edges.
you'll find a Utube video for mostly every thing you want to learn.
Just Google Utube learn to clone or use Content Aware or anything else you want to learn.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
03/11/2014 - 12:46 PM

Castle at Lindesfarne

Castle at LindesfarneA lovely pov in V1 but I think it could be improved in Photoshop/ Elements.
More contrast could be brought out and the shadows lifted.
If you enable mods, I'm sure somebody will have a try.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
03/06/2014 - 5:58 PM

Salford Gold

Salford GoldMy first reaction to this image was that it was too bright.
something I'm guilty of myself.
I tried moving the gamma slide to the righ to darken the shadows
and I liked it better - more depth and contrast.
Try it and see Jason - let me know if you prefer it as is.
I often find mods of my images are so much better.
That said it's an amzing image.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
18/04/2014 - 10:24 PM

The missing clock ...

The missing clock ...An interesting effect with topaz adjust - the hard thing is choosing from the presets!
The noise in one area is curious - the blur tool on that area might help.
Remove noise should be under filters I think in elements.
Have a lovely Easter.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
16/04/2014 - 3:48 PM

Come inside..

Come inside..A beautiful tulip Fred and lovely bokeh in background which could probably do with dulling down a little so as not to distract from your subject. I'd probably do this with a layer mask - when you brighten your image, keep the flower bright, but with a layer mask you can erase the brightness on the b/g. There will be a demonstration tutorial on site or on utube which could show you this.
Critique team will maybe explain also.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
09/02/2014 - 2:09 PM

Crazy Angle

Crazy AngleGreat angle Billy - lovely old homestead.
I love the colour as it is but wanted to lighten the grass in the mono.
Don't think the mod has altered much. I burn tin the shadows a bit in stone work and grass
but to lighten the grass, I think I'd have needed to do it in channels in photoshop other than a selection.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
27/01/2014 - 2:22 PM

titanic quarter at night

titanic quarter at nightA lovely angle on this amazing building Billy.
I've uploaded a mod to demonstrate if you clip a corner as you have top let - it is easy to add to the canvas
and clone in the missing tip. In Photoshop under Image, Canvas you choose a colour to match area needing extended,
add to height or width number (experiment till you learn how much) then choose to add top, bottom, left or right by selecting arrow,
this takes a little while to understand as you seem to select in opposite direction from chosen destination. Not sure how it's laid out in
Very useful to learn this as we so often spoil a good image by missing a little bit.
I didn't make any other adjustments Billy - you're more adept at Night Photography than I am.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
25/01/2014 - 11:51 PM

Lapwings in flight

Lapwings in flightI doubt that any image of a flock of birds can capture what you see and feel as they head for pastures new.
I notice you were on Spot metering which was probably from shooting another image - I assume Evalutive would be best choice -
so many settings to consider and no time if the birds suddenly appear.
I found seagulls were good bird to practise bird images, as they don't seem to fly so fast!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
06/01/2014 - 11:32 PM

Pretty Duck

Pretty DuckWhat a lovely duck Ray - not well up on names but I'm sure plenty people will know what it is.
You may have clipped his tail with your border. If you choose outside the image for your border, you can avoid this.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
06/01/2014 - 12:11 PM

wind and water

wind and waterGreat potential Billy in these scenes. I particularly like V5 with a good lead in
and some lovely waves crashing in. Maybe without sky detail a little crop would make this stronger.
V1 needs the definition of a fine border against the pale blue Ephotozine b/g.
Graduated filters are possibly the only answer to retaining sky detail, unless you do HDR which
isn't easy to process really well.
V3 has great potential too with the strong orange colour with those greys.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
01/12/2013 - 4:05 PM

In flight

In flightTwo lovely bird in flight images.
V1 is a little overexposed, loosing some detail in upper wing,
but more detail in V2. Not easy to do in bright light!
Sharpness is excellent.
09/11/2013 - 11:42 PM

St Pauls

St PaulsMono can't be learned in a day.
It does need practise.
You have taken this in RAW which is good.
I think the whites are blown a bit - you should be able to see detail
in shadows and in the whites. St. Paul's does look overexposed.
If you use Photshop or Elements you should convert to mono not desaturate.
Then use the colour sliders to adjust each colour in the image.
Go back to Levels, hold down the Alt key and check the right hand side of slider - the screen will show up
any areas which are blown in white. Similarly hold Alt key and check the blacks at the left handside.
Ideally you should have a full tonal range with a little white and a little black and every tone in between.
You can rescue the blown areas a little by using the burn highlights tool and bring back detail in shadows by burning
the shadows.
02/11/2013 - 10:21 PM

Field Of Dreams

Field Of DreamsV3 by a smidgeon!
Stunning image with the dark tree trunks a perfect foil for the carpet of bluebells.
Banehawi suggested holding the control key and then straighten with distort tool, whichever corner you need to work on -
this then doesn't distort the rest of the image. Try this and see if it works for you.
22/10/2013 - 10:38 PM


tiredExcellent image of the wheel Billy ( a little more space top and bottom would make it perfect.)
I like the idea of the hole in the wall beside the wheel echoing the hole in the wheel itself.
If you find you've taken an image a little tight like this, you can crop outside the existing image and clone in
easily on an image like this with wall at top and grassy ground at bottom.
I'll try and do a mod. WhiteRose1 and banehawi ( your pal Willie) did mods for me today to brighten up my
Fig image, so we're all learning from each other.
21/10/2013 - 12:28 AM


flowersBeautiful bright flowers but I think you could have got a couple of images here,
by concentrating on the Gananzia (I think it's called on the left) or the pink flower on right
from a wider angle.
I did a little crop of the one side - didn't alter anything else as you've exposed for it well.
See what you think!
18/08/2013 - 11:42 AM


RefectoryOriginal image is excellent with so much detail.
V2 is a very good conversion with good tonal range.
V3 does have some areas which are blocked without any detail,
which camera club judges would criticise - that is not to say that
camera club judges are the arbitors of what is right or wrong!!!!
I merely comment on my limited experience - so it's great to see this
type of thing debated by several people.
I like V2.