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Jestertheclown's Activity

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German Mono wing aircraft

German Mono wing aircraft by ugly

Me. (Later Bf.) 108. "Taifun."

Reconnaissance/transport light aircraft.


Cat by adonoghue

I'd never have thought of using a ringflash for a shot like this.

The fact is, I've never used a ringflash in my life but I rather like the effect that it's created.

History in bronze

History in bronze by adamsa

I recognised this as son as I saw it.
I've got a number of similar shots that I took there last year and I'd be the first to agree that it's not a simple subject to photograph well.
Being indoors, there's no natural light in the accepted sense and although the station's well lit, it is very artificial.
Very, very, diffused flash can help but beware of blown highlights.
Willie mentions white balance; I'll go against the flow here and say that I use AWB every time and adjust it later and in this instance, that might be the way to go. I don't think that there's a pre-set WB that's really designed to cope with what you're dealing with here.


Gypsy Moth

Gypsy Moth by lawbert

Are you sure that's not a "Tiger Moth?"

From nowhere to anywhere

From nowhere to anywhere by IGreenGables

I've just downloaded and opened this in Lightroom with no trouble at all.
Also, there's nothing to be gained by saving your image at 600ppi.
Provided the pixel dimensions; ie. the length and breadth of the image are correct, in this case, 1000px. on the longest side, the ppi. figure that you enter will make no difference to the way in which it's displayed on a monitor.

its called a Hodo

its called a Hodo by unk001

The horizon's not straight.

Building @ Sanchi

Building @ Sanchi by vikaskhair

The correction, if that's the right word, of verticals is always open to debate as it's such a subjective idea.
It's only possible to get verticals truly vertical if the lens's front element is itself vertical and exactly parallel in the vertical plane to the subject and even then, there's likely to be some distortion around the edges.
When you're shooting across, or up (or both!) at a subject you'll almost always encounter some distortion due to perspective which can't really be completely got rid of. Pulling one corner outwards will cause the middle to distort, for example. It's really a case of making adjustments until it "looks right."
In reality, of course, we see perspective in everything at which we look. It's just that our brains tell us not to notice it.
Personally, unless it's extreme, I rarely touch the verticals in my images. Doing so can so easily make matter worse.
But as I say, it's subjective.


Beacon by IGreenGables

Has anyone opened this in Photoshop?
I've no ideas why this should be but I've just done so and the image that opens is nothing like the one I see here.
Without making any changes at all, the exposure's better; it's still slightly underexposed but nowhere near as much as it is here, contrast is far more accurate and there's detail throughout the shot.
Applying thresholds improves both exposure and contrast and lifts that detail.
I didn't do so but I also think that the twigs in the foreground could be cropped and cloned out.
Also, Photoshop is telling me that this is saved at 600ppi. There's no need to save at anywhere near that size.
I've uploaded a mod. but unfortunately, the uploading process has degraded it.
The detail that was apparent through the middle has reverted to blackness again and the sky's become burned out. I've no idea why that should have happened either, although it's not the first time.
I have to suspect that there's a connection between the degraded mod. and the suddenly improved appearance when I opened the shot in Photoshop in the first place.

The calm ( in colour)

The calm ( in colour) by Madoldie

Can't really help, I'm afraid.
I'm not sure what that spot is.
Flare perhaps?
There's no obvious localised source of light and I'd have expected to see more than one spot.
And not right in the centre.

ed2go Assignment 2 - my lily

ed2go Assignment 2 - my lily by wyewye


As Paul says, have a go; have dozens of goes and see what you prefer. With practice, you'll find that flash will improve some shots and not others.

Personally, I use a small hotshoe flash which remains firmly attached to my camera at all times and I very rarely take a shot without using it.

Even in bright sunlight , it can lift shadows on people's faces and open up otherwise hidden details.

You won't see a wedding photographer shooting without one. (Or if you do, don't hire him!)

Fill in flash livens up almost all shots but there are just those few occasions . . . !

There's some good advice above and his shot's a really promising start.

Good luck.


Red Grouse in August Heather

Red Grouse in August Heather by Andrewstockham

You don't give us any details but I suspect that this is a pretty serious crop from a much larger image?

Poppies under the morning sun...

Poppies under the morning sun... by xwang

Hi Jasmine,
I'd leave it alone; in fact I think that it could do with a slightly wider view, showing more to the sides of the railings.
The cropped version focuses on the poppies but at the expense of knowing what it is that we're looking at.
It becomes just a shot of some flowers sandwiched between two slabs of dark, bluish colour.
In fact, using Photoshop, I could easily replicate that on any shot.

Hope this helps.


Ancona (Italy): Tramonti hills of the Marche.

Ancona (Italy): Tramonti hills of the Marche. by aldo43

Quote: But I never clone out vapour trails.

I hardly ever clone out anything.
I as once advised by a certain Mr. McFade, that unless someone's got a tree growing from their ear or something similar, if it was there when I took the shot, it can stay there.

The reds

The reds by airfreq

Hi George,
Well taken and I love the content.
However, I'd question your use of a border that matches the predominant colour in the shot.
It's not usually a good idea.

Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel by Philo

Hi Phil,

Long time no see!

I get to shoot these (not literally) all the time in our local park and the results, as here, can be very rewarding.

If I was to be really picky, I think that I'd go for an even closer crop, filling the frame with nothing but squirrel.

Not an improvement necessarily; just an alternative.


Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge by smilly

Tower Bridge, actually.

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