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11/02/2014 - 9:35 PM

Brighton Pier

Brighton PierHi Jasmine,
I know this scene very well! It's where I come from and grew up.
Your finished shot (I haven't touched your original) is underexposed and appears to have a slight magenta cast.
I adjusted the exposure simply by using curves; applying thresholds to find a pure black and white, which I thought I'd achieved but there's been a slight shift in the colour during the uploading of my mod. and while the froth is white on the copy I have here, it's still slightly too grey in my uploaded mod. I'm sure you'll get the idea though!
The magenta cast seems to have gone too.
Hope this helps,
Bren.
08/02/2014 - 9:33 PM

Our fantastic chippy

Our fantastic chippyHi Ash,
I think Paul has sums it up when he says that you really needed to have some more foreground.
Personally, I'd have got in closer, or cropped more seriously to remove the top and the RHS.
If possible, it would have paid you to wait until the van had gone too.
I like the idea of the light trails; it's something I've yet to try but be careful, they can easily become very clichéd.
As Keith says (and I'm surprised Paul hasn't), it could do with someone leaning in the doorway with a bag of chips.
I can't agree with Moira re. the white balance. Auto gets it right, or very, very nearly right about 99% of the time. For the other 1% you can correct it in software.
Switching your camera settings to tungsten would remove some of the yellow but it would also change the colour of the shop lights. Assuming this is a shot that you could easily replicate, it might be worth going back and trying several combinations of all of your settings and various compositions.
I've added a mod. in which I've simply cropped it and added a strip of black to the bottom to represent the foreground to which I referred.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

For some reason, not shared with me, my mod. failed to appear, so I uploaded it again.
Naturally, that caused the first one to join it. Please ignore one of them. It matters not, which one!
19/01/2014 - 7:57 PM

Bait Island

Bait IslandYou don't say how you converted this but I wonder if it's really a suitable image for conversion in the first place.
The original's quite flat, with very little tonal range, resulting in the converted versions, looking very heavy and lifeless.
As Eric has said, the lighthouse blends into the sky.
Ideally, you could have done with some low, directional sunlight to brighten it up and cast some shadows.
Hope this helps.
Bren.
31/12/2013 - 7:58 PM

Cafe

CafeHi Torsten,

It's worked, hasn't it . . . ?

If you'd stepped slightly to the left, you'd have got all of the arches centralised, one inside the other and that poster (?) on the wall to the left would have been hidden. You could then, possibly, have cropped it to keep just the arches.
Also, you've missed the top of the closest arch, although I've a feeling that that couldn't be helped.
Once again, the colour and the processing is spot on.

I like it; hope this helps.

Bren.
30/12/2013 - 8:03 PM

Georgie

GeorgieA spot of fill flash would have brought this to life.
I'm sure you took this as a landscape deliberately but I'd be inclined to crop it to a portrait, losing most of the background, which isn't particularly interesting.
Otherwise, I rather like it. It's well focused and the young lady's nearly smiling!
29/12/2013 - 7:33 PM

The Personage No 3

The Personage No 3Hi Mario,
Another good shot.
I'm not sure though, that you needed that -2/3.
It looks slightly underexposed, confirmed and easily adjusted just using levels.
I've added a mod. in which I've done that and I've also slightly desaturated the red channel only.
I've also removed the bit of his hat that stands out to the side. I know it was there in reality and I rarely remove things that are but on this occasion I thought that it might help.
I've also added some catchlights to his eyes.
You've used up a fair bit of space with that white border too.

Hope this helps.

Bren.
28/12/2013 - 7:48 PM

The organist

The organistThis one doesn't work at all for me, I'm afraid.
That dark area seems unattached, as if it's been added on as an afterthought.
I'd probably have stopped with your composition using just the organist and Church organ.

Bren.
28/12/2013 - 7:38 PM

Houses of Parliament

Houses of ParliamentI've stood and taken shots from where you stood to get this many times but I've never taken one quite like this.
Technically, although I'm not really in a position to comment, I think it's very clever. The composition works well and the colours are excellent.
I particularly like the inclusion of the lights from the boat that's passed beneath the bridge.

Also; going off at a slight tangent, there's a school of thought that suggests that including the EXIF etc. when uploading shots is a waste of time and that the shot can't be replicated using those settings. It's being bandied about in the forums at the moment. Whilst that may be true in many, perhaps most, cases, it doesn't apply here and it's not a view to which I subscribe.
This is a shot where the inclusion of the EXIF and shooting data is really helpful. If I was to try to capture something similar, in similar conditions, your settings would be my starting point.


Hope this helps.

Bren.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Quote: Bet someone wants more space!

Sorry to disappoint Paul!

I'd go for less. Quite a bit less.
I realise that the branch was always intended to be a part of the image but I'd crop this to a portrait, losing most of the LHS. Including most of the branch.
Otherwise, I'd leave it alone.

Bren.
14/12/2013 - 8:50 PM

Duo

DuoYou've captured quite a selection of textures here, although I'm struggling just a bit to understand what you're trying to achieve.
I'd be inclined to crop quite a bit from the RHS to remove the window/doorway (?). The rest is sufficiently abstract that I reckon it would still work.
I rather like it.
I can see this hanging on the wall in a waiting room somewhere.

Bren.

Edit: I've added a mod. in which I've made that crop (at the cost of a part of your border) and using 'curves,' I've brightened it slightly.
17/09/2013 - 11:01 PM

High Cup Nick

High Cup Nick
Quote: I would have thought that sRGB was the profile to use to upload to EPZ


It would be.
Generally speaking, sRGB is the profile that you'd use to upload to anywhere on the web, although there are exceptions, as it's the profile that most browsers use by default.
Firefox, I know, is colour managed and can be set to display a range of profiles, defaulting to sRGB when it's shown one it's not sure of and (I think) that Chrome is the same although I don't know how to select a given profile.
IE wasn't colour managed at all until recently and in fact, I'm not sure that it is, even now.
If the two images above are saved in different colour profiles, they might look better on a calibrated monitor but they'll still look different to one another.
08/07/2013 - 11:28 PM

Mulls Resting Ladies 2

Mulls Resting Ladies 2That's more like it Andy!
This one has much more going for it.
I've uploaded a mod in which I applied a black and a white threshold but to be honest the difference is marginal. My intention had been to shed some light on the darkened are on the side of the hull, which I've managed to do but to lighten it ay farther, I'd have been blowing out the highlights in other parts of the shot.

Bren.
07/07/2013 - 8:45 PM

Weldon Brook

Weldon BrookA pleasant enough shot.
Although the histogram just about reaches right across, it looks on here to be slightly washed out and a simple curves adjustment to adjust the contrast livens it up somewhat.
Also, there's a strange green line down the LHS which I also removed.
Please see mod.
Hope this helps.

Bren.
07/07/2013 - 8:23 PM

The Last Battle - reprise

The Last Battle - repriseAs has been said, the shadows let this down.
In fact, I didn't realise, until I read the comments, that they were meant to be shadows at all. At first I thought that they were the bases of model soldiers.
Without an obvious light source (you could add one using Photoshop), they do look a little strange.

Hope this helps.

Bern.
06/07/2013 - 10:30 PM

Tropical Tahiti

Tropical TahitiWith all of the talk about the pointlessness of 'click cliques' and their blindly voting members, no-one's noticed that this shot's actually underexposed, which accounts for some of the blueness and that it's also slightly crooked.
All (except the unnecessary desire for votes) easily fixed using software.
In this case; CS6.

Hope this helps.

Bren.
02/07/2013 - 11:07 PM

French Alley

French Alley
Quote: CS6 does have the lighting effects Bren. Might be in a different place, will check when Im home.

W

Thanks Willie,

It shows up in the same place (filters, render) but it's greyed out.
It would be really useful to know where it really is, or if there's a particular way to access it.
At the moment, I still return to CS5 when I need it.

B.
24/06/2013 - 9:42 PM

The Gift

The GiftHi Ken,

This is a great shot with which to open your pf.

Well lit, everything's as well focused as it possibly can be and as Rod says, the black background works a treat.
If I was to change anything at all, it would be to remove the 'white bits' in the background, one's another bird, I guess.

Others might say that the bird's too central. Personally, I have scant regard for the so-called 'rules of composition' and I'm sure you also have an opinion. If it looks OK to you, then that's all that matters.
I'll look forward to seeing some more of your offerings.

I understand that you've placed a watermark on this by accident. The explanation re. how not to do it again is in the forum thread that Rod began.

Well done, I hope this helps.

Bren.
06/05/2013 - 1:20 AM

Holy Men of the Kumbh

Holy Men of the KumbhHi Elaine,
You haven't done badly at all here.
There are some obvious flaws but nothing that couldn't easily be put right with a bit more tweaking.
Do you use a stylus and tablet to clone these or are they done using the mouse?
Although I struggle with mine a lot of the time, a lot of people suggest that a tablet's the way ro go for fairly serious cloning.
An alternative would have been to remove the men and/or the background, depending on the method you use and replace the background entirely.

You could use one of the dozens of 'spare' ones that you shot on your travels for just that purpose.

You did shoot dozens of spares . . . ?

. . . didn't you?

Bren.
Self Portrait - Another AttemptHi Stevie,
Yes, whether or not to flip these over. It's a bit of a grey area. Either way is correct, I guess!
I've just had another thought. Had you considered cropping and cloning it to remove the tripod head and the stuff on the RHS?
29/03/2013 - 6:49 PM

Enduro mountain biker

Enduro mountain bikerGoods this, isn't it . . . ? !

I'd be inclined to crop out the flash though. There's not much else going on in that side of the image, so I don't think the crop would detract from it in any way.

Bren.