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08/11/2012 - 10:19 PM

In the Spotlight ...

In the Spotlight ...Bit torn on this one Paul. The blue tarps kind of require the mono conversion as they are too distracting in the colour, but the flip side is that it seems a shame to lose the colours in the trees being picked out by the light.

But then again, maybe you are right and it is a fine conversion.
04/07/2012 - 7:02 AM

The Crowns ...

The Crowns ...Water does look a bit blue Paul, its a more noticeable tint in the spray in the shadow of the rocks on my screen.

Fine comp and detail with the light picking out the mines nicely. I love Cornwall, but have yet to get a decent image there.
06/08/2011 - 8:13 PM

Fairford 2011

Fairford 2011Like the angle and the vapour. I would be inclined to tweak the levels a bit to brighten it up as it looks a little under exposed and I would also crop some of the space from behind the aircraft.

It is obviously a personal preference, but I find more space in front of an aircraft than behind 'feels' right, where as the other way round feels like it is escaping from you.
13/09/2010 - 12:38 AM

Late Licks ...

Late Licks ...I find my eye drawn to the sun at first but then I find myself looking away and down, probably as I would were I standing there, and that takes me to the light catching the rocks which are the touch of excellence in this for me. From there my eye roams around the details in the rocks and the grass flitting back to the highlights.

So while I do not linger on the sun itself I think it is important that it is there as the source should be as visible as the light it casts.

I really, really like it and I am almost surprised it 'only' has a HC. Wink
26/07/2010 - 2:05 PM

sunderland air show

sunderland air showThe flares are a good addition to the shot and add well to the sense of action, but I find the halo and sharpening artifacts round the F-16 very distracting.

The halo looks like it could be the result of some selective dodging to bring out some detail in the aircraft. As the sky is fairly dark I suspect there is enough latitude to tweak the levels on the entire image to bring out the aircraft details without losing the sky or creating the halo, you could then burn back some dark shades in the surrounding clouds if you felt the resultant sky was too light.
Blackrock Cottage-GLENCOE_SCOTLANDCongrats on the award, that sky is rather special, however for me I think the FG is showing the signs of the relatively high processing.

I am not sure how it looks in the original, but in the large version here the grass and heather seems to have lost a lot of detail to processing artifacts.

I have shot here a few times and appreciate the light contrasts you would have been contending with. Bracketing or more grads at the time would obviously have given you some more processing options or balanced it out at capture. With only one shot to use though I am wondering if processing the raw twice, once for the sky and once for the FG and blending them would have resulted in more detail being retained.

Without seeing the source file is is pure speculation on my part obviously, but curious to know how much detail is present in the original.

17/11/2008 - 10:46 PM

Remnants ...

Remnants ...Top 2/3 excellent, a bit undecided about the bottom 1/3 because (at this size at least) the detail is a little lost so it acts as more of a distraction to the rest of the scene rather than complimenting it. Where it breaks up into the water is great, but from there down I am not so sure. Maybe a few steps further forward or a pano covering the same arc?

23/10/2008 - 12:14 AM

Getting Stuck In ...

Getting Stuck In ...Photogenic for sure and well used here again. So well picked out by the light that it all works really well despite having such a large chunk of metal sort taking up a large percentage of the shot. That is not a crit though as it does work, just an observation and a welcome reminder to look for less obvious shots.

08/10/2008 - 9:53 PM


millstoneI like the shot dazza, light is good and well placed on the stone, but in response to your request, I can see a minor halo effect where the rock edge meets the inversion which suggest it may be slightly over sharpened. The sharpening does look ok on the face of the rock though.

Rather than knocking the sharpening back across the whole image when processing, you could sharpen to the same level and then run a small 'tipped' history brush along the edges at say 50% to knock the sharpness back selectively.

Not sure if I am telling you how to suck eggs though so let me know if you want some more info on this.

As for colour I think the sky is perhaps just a hint too indigo, but that could be down to preference rather than colour matching issues.

These are only very minor niggles though and do not detract significantly from a good image.

26/06/2008 - 12:21 AM

Early Rise ...

Early Rise ...Certainly a subject that stands up well to repeated viewings Paul. Looks like you are spoilt for choice in terms of FG interest. I like the more varied colours in the FG of this. The depth of colour balances out well with the sky.

31/05/2008 - 4:53 PM


YelloUnderhand and devious, I like it.

I think it would be unfair to consider the rape shot just a carrot though as it is a bold and appealing shot in its own right, but I guess the point is it could be half as bold and half as appealing and it would still get twice as many votes as the industrial scene.

Moving on the industrial scene, I would imagine printed large this would be a very strong image, but on screen I am finding the mono conversion a little flat and slightly lacking in lead in.

You have two relatively featureless areas with the water and the sky and the only element that is bold enough to stop the eye roaming around too much is the checkerboard pattern bottom right. As a result I find myself wondering if it would be better without that or with a stronger conversion to try and amp up the other details.

I would therefore have to say on reflection (or perhaps due to EPZ conditioning) that the field scene is a more accomplished shot of its genre than the industrial one imho.

21/05/2008 - 10:21 AM

Anchor Ring 2

Anchor Ring 2Ellie, thanks for the PM. It is a valid question about the shadow/highlight tool so I thought I should post the response here.

In the top menu of Photoshop you have: | file | Edit | Image | etc. click on image, move down to Adjustments (2nd down) and then on that menu about two thirds of the way down you will see shadow/highlight. Click on this to open the shadow highlight tool.

It defaults to 50% which is way too much, but subtle use of this can pull out some details from the shadows.

It will introduce noise if you use it too much so I would only suggest using it selectively.

Hope that helps.

21/05/2008 - 9:37 AM

Anchor Ring 2

Anchor Ring 2I think this is a strong image with good composition and detail, but for me it is a little too dark. There is some great detail in the FG rock and ring, but I feel like we are losing some of it in the shadow and as you get closer to the water all the detail starts to disappear in shadow.

Also through the ring securing the larger ring to the rock the sky is noticeably brighter where I suspect it may have been missed with the level adjustment layers.

I think the saturation is ok, but I would be tempted to try pulling it back a bit to see.

I have uploaded a quick mod. I have left the saturation the same, but tried to address some of the other issues I raise above.

14/05/2008 - 11:40 PM


Sirjohnmandeville.It is a good shot. The sky is warm, but subtle enough to not be over powering and it balances out well against the slick black gloss of the car. I would agree with Hilary though that it is a real shame the right corner of the car is cut off. If that was in frame and it was cropped to 3:2 ratio (which I think would complement the composition) it would go from being good to great,

14/05/2008 - 11:13 PM

From the Darkside

From the DarksideI really like this Fran. I think Paul is right about the lack of sharpness in the FG, but I also agree that it does not detract.

It is an interesting comp with the water line running through the centre and the fall almost central as well, but it works very well. The FG and the reflection of the fall all balance it out nicely.