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28/03/2013 - 8:40 PM

"Plenty of Room"

"Plenty of Room"
Quote: I have had the sheer pleasure of a flight in this wonderful old lady Smile

Same here!

The verticals certainly look vertical and the grid in CS6 would appear to confirm it.

The fenceline running up to the nose of the aircraft looks to be awry due to perspective; the fact that it's running away from you.
The short stretch of horizon to the right of the tail fin is, in fact, horizontal, so I reckon that the fence through the middle that's seemingly sloping to the left, really is doing just that. It's the shape of the land.
You won't be able to straighten it without un-straightening something else.

Hope this helps.

Bren.
18/03/2013 - 10:22 PM

Man in Picadilly Circus

Man in Picadilly CircusHi again Jonny,

I know precisely where you were standing and I don't imagine you'll be very popular placing a tripod there!
However, I quite like all the clutter in the background but the railings around the entrance to the tube are a bit distracting.
You could try stepping to the left to avoid them which would add more clutter to your shot.
Another idea would be to get down lower, perhaps even quite a lot lower although that would mean stepping well to the left to avoid the really bright signs in the background here.
As Nick says, I'd up the ISO a bit too.

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

The Hermitage

The HermitageI've uploaded a mod. with a few tweaks.
I opened the image in CS6 and applied the shadows/highlights tool, just at its default settings.
I then selected a black and a white threshold using curves and finally converted it to sRGB.
Hope this helps.

B.
Did i Pick the wrong color today ?Hiya Prabh,
I like this, including all that wall.
The lady's face alone makes the shot. As has been said, it's very busy but I rather like that in some images.
Cropping the top seems like a good idea and Willie's covered the colour.
Keep up the good work!

B.
23/02/2013 - 8:18 PM

Reflection

ReflectionHi Prabh,

The first thing that I thought when I saw this was that you'd got carried away with the processing, notably because of the sea. Then I thought that the grass doesn't look overly saturated; well, perhaps slightly but it was the sea that was catching my attention.
Having read what you've said above, it all makes a lot more sense.
I can't see a blue cast either; the white bits look white on here. There's a lot of very strong blue in there though. Perhaps it's a trick of the light.
I suppose you could get rid of the bin and bags but these days, inspired by a certain Mr. McFade, unless there's a tree or a lamppost growing from someone's ear, I no longer clone things that were there when I took the shot.
The central horizon looks OK to me but you know my views on the so-called "rules."
I'd be more concerned about the speck of dirt directly above the right hand concrete bench end; just above the first and farthest, cloud formation.
Hope this helps.

Bren.
23/02/2013 - 2:16 PM

Childhood

ChildhoodThe image is quite soft and there's a high degree of contrast which, I think, appears a little exaggerated by the vignette.
It would have been nice to seen one or two of their faces too. Perhaps you could have called out to them. That usually turns up a couple of surprised, completely natural, expressions.
The composition as it is doesn't bother me, although it might have been improved if you'd got down to their level.
Also the boy to the right has had his foot cropped off.

Hope this helps.

Bren.
23/02/2013 - 2:05 PM

Morning in Pangandaran

Morning in PangandaranTaking a lead from Prabh, I've I've produced a mod in which I've made a slight alteration to the colour balance, then I selectively increased the saturation in the yellow and red channels only which has brought just a touch of colour to the sky.
I've made a similar crop (16x9), removing a slice from the LHS in the process.
Finally, I (smart) sharpened it 50%@0.8.
As for it being to dark, personally, I'd say not. It was taken quite early in the morning when the light, or the lack of it, was as we see it here.
You could brighten it; I prefer to use curves to lighten it but it's not something that I'd do.

Bren.
12/02/2013 - 10:46 PM

Beach Grass and Ocean

Beach Grass and OceanThe inclusion of the grass does work but personally, I'd have a bit less of it.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I've cropped the bottom and LHS a little.
(That's probably knocked everything off of its thirds but I don't conform to any of the so-called rules of composition.)
Also, it's a little flat. I've made a slight curves adjustment to increase contrast and lift the colours.
Hope this helps.

Bren.
12/02/2013 - 10:27 PM

a change of pace

a change of paceI'm going to take a completely different approach to you Prabh!

I've gone for a tighter crop, concentrating on the seemingly still figures coming through the doorway and keeping just the most prominent blurred ones in the middle. Given more time, I'd also lose the arm that's intruding on the right.
This also removes the slightly converging verticals (not that I'm bothered by them, as most of you will know) and it balances the light a little better.

Not an improvement necessarily; just an alternative.

Bren.
22/10/2012 - 3:06 PM

Morning at Estuary

Morning at EstuaryI wouldn't straighten this.
The true horizon, way off in the background is adequately level and the secondary one, the top of the river bank only falls away very slightly, in proportion to the waterline due to perspective.
Rotating it will leave the trees and flagpoles etc. leaning over.
The Easy Way to get about? Perhaps not.The slogan on the bus and that woman's face make the photograph for me!

You'd have fared a bit better where composition's concerned if you'd stood back a little (if you were able to, of course) and got the whole of the pick-up in the frame; you'd also have got all of the guy on the left and the top of the bus as well. As it is, it's all a bit crowded.

I fact, thinking about it, I might crop the whole of the top off to just above the 'easy way slogan. I think that that's the best part of the image.

Hope this helps.

Bren.
16/10/2012 - 8:24 PM

Bombers Moon

Bombers MoonI like what you've done here. The 'night time' effect works well.
I'm not sure that the light on the Lancaster is falling from the correct direction(s) though and in reality, the bomb doors would only be open in level flight.
Also, I think that the moon's too large.
Some ideas perhaps?
Hope this helps.

Bren.
03/10/2012 - 10:32 PM

Curiosity Shop

Curiosity ShopHi Elaine,

I've had a go at your original too.
Instead of using Topaz, which seems to have an effect all of its own, I simply applied a white threshold and a gentle 'S' curve.
I didn't correct the verticals in the usual sense, because I found that that just caused distortion and the RHS side looks vertical enough to me anyway. Instead, I used the distort tool to pull the top left corner vertically a bit. That's corrected the LHS somewhat but without distorting it.
I used CS6, I'm not sure if the curves tool in Elements will be able to give you the same effect but it's an idea.
Hope this helps.

Bren.
22/09/2012 - 8:39 PM

Morning Sky

Morning SkyYour camera's sensor has been confused by the brightness of the sky next to the dark building and earth and the camera's tried to compromise as it's exposed the image.
The histogram reaches both sides but there's a peak, unsurprisingly, in the centre which represents the sun.
There's quite a bit of detail to be found in the building; it's not cropped, there's just not much foreground.
I've uploaded a mod. in which I added a duplicate layer, which I adjusted using curves to lighten the building.
I then used the history brush to expose the original image, leaving the parts (the building and trees) which I'd just altered.
Finally, I flattened it and saved it.
It was all done quite quickly and it probably shows!
You'd get a better result using (a copy of) your much larger original.

Hope this helps.

Bren.
14/09/2012 - 10:42 AM

wheal coates

wheal coatesHi Darren, welcome to Epz.

Another approach.
In my mod., I desaturated the blue channel only, until the sky and sea were less blue. This worked but unsurprisingly, left a red/magenta cast, so I individually desaturated those channels by what seemed an appropriate amount as well.
That's also affected the saturation in the building and the foreground, which I personally, think were oversaturated to begin with.
At this size, it's hard to say what's causing that halo effect but opening it up in Photoshop, it does look to have been pretty well sharpened. Perhaps just a shade too much.
Hope this helps.

Bren.
11/09/2012 - 9:53 PM

Covent Garden Paella

Covent Garden Paella
Quote: Finally, I would slightly rotate to the right to ensure the building's line (above Candy Cake signage) is 180-degrees and parallel to the photo's edge, not at an angle.


Good advice if you're sure that the tilt is caused by the camera not being straight when you took the shot but in this instance, I don't think that's the problem.
I think that the apparent lean is actually perspective.
If you rotate the image to straighten it, the (nearly) vertical parts in the centre lean to one side. In this instance, I'd remove the offending bit by cropping the top.

Hope this helps.

Bren.

Sorry; should've said that I've uploaded a mod.
26/08/2012 - 11:42 PM

KLCC Malaysia

KLCC MalaysiaI like the detail in this and the fact that everything's well focused.
I particularly like the idea that you've had here and to some extent, I think it's worked.
Sadly though, that the composition just doesn't work for me. I think that you needed to concentrate on the two towers in the centre, perhaps as a portrait and leave the other bits out.
Hope this helps.

Bren.
26/08/2012 - 11:35 PM

Aberdulais water wheel

Aberdulais water wheelI think it works fairly well.
It's let down a bit because many of the tones are quite similar. I'd imagine that the greenery growing up the brickwork stood out more in the colour version because the colours were different whereas here, they're very similar in tone.
I like the idea of including some people. It does indeed show just how large that wheel is but again, they're a bit lost because of they're blending in with the scenery.
A touch more contrast might help.
You don't say how you converted it to B/W. As I'm sure you know, there are lots of ways and most of us have a favourite but some methods work better than others.

Hope this helps.

Bren.
22/08/2012 - 11:04 PM

storm clouds

storm cloudsI agree with Kate regarding the sky. It really is quite impressive and I can see why you wanted to get this shot.
Unfortunately, while the sky's really attractive, the rest of it has been left a little dark. There's actually plenty of colour and detail in there. It just needs coaxing out.
I've uploaded a mod in which, firstly, I've used the shadows/highlights tool to hopefully enhance the sky a little further, having selected it first.
Then I've selected the land bit and used curves to inject some life back into it.
I then selected the sea and again used shadows/highlights to brighten it just slightly.
Finally, I put all three pieces back together; the joins aren't great but you'll get the idea.
All done in CS6.
Hope this helps.

Bren.

Edit: I cropped a tiny bit off of the bottom to remove some damage that I'd caused with the lasso.
As you know, I wouldn't crop anything to place something on a third.

Kate's mono version's good.
13/08/2012 - 9:02 PM

Steps

StepsThe colours work well here and the sharp bits are nicely sharp but I think that it's let down somewhat by the composition.
This is crying out for the staircase to have been exactly central in the image with a portrait, or perhaps, a square crop.

Bren.