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Jestertheclown's Gallery Comments

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Nikki at Brighton by Dixxipix

Nikki at Brighton

The symmetry here's almost spot on but you've chopped off the top of "The Birdcage," as it's known locally.
There's a fair amount of unnecessary "stuff" to either side too.
I think you'd have done better to present this as an 8X10 portrait to address the above.
Otherwise, it's hard to offer much of an opinion on a shot at this size but on a positive note, I rather like the processing and resultant colours.
Hope this helps.

By: Dixxipix

Quadcopter II by strokebloke

Quadcopter II

I'd be afraid to use it!

By: strokebloke

State of the Art Model Aero Flying by strokebloke

State of the Art Model Aero Flying

That's quite impressive Jack.

Presumably, it can also be flown via. radio control by an operator?

By: strokebloke

Cheers!! by Jat_Riski


If anyone ever served me a pint with a head like that, they'd get it straight back!

By: Jat_Riski

Old enemies by JackC

Old enemies

Quote: A Hurricane with an ME109 on it's tail.

Sort of.
That's actually a "Buchon."
It's a Bf.109 (they stopped being Me. 109s early on in the war) airframe, ironically, fitted with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.
They were built under licence in Spain after WW2.

By: JackC

Old School Ford Pop by ahughes3

Old School Ford Pop

There would appear to be artefacts all over the door, or is it a reflection of something?
Also, you really needed to get rid of those telegraph wires and the top of their pole.
I'd like to see the non-manipulated, original version of this.

By: ahughes3

Dragon Rapide by Les_Cornwell

Dragon Rapide

Not sure what manipulation's been carried out here, although I think I can probably guess!
Regardless, it's a striking image.
Personally, I'd be inclined to crop a bit from the bottom, losing the treetops and so on and concentrating on the sky.
As an aside, I've flown in one of these. It was erm, interesting, to say the least!

By: Les_Cornwell

Rain due by Dairtreephoto

Rain due

Spot metering?

By: Dairtreephoto

A Pair of Provosts by brian1208

A Pair of Provosts

I've got a collection of skies, many from several cameras ago.

Whenever I use one as you've done here, as a background, it automatically becomes the bottom layer and regardless of what I place on top of it, Photoshop, CS6, in my case, always identifies the finished result, as that original image.

Hope this helps.


By: brian1208

Teignmouth back beach, Devon. by LouiseTopp

Teignmouth back beach, Devon.

Hi Louise,
This is one of those shots that will probably create a different opinion from everyone that offers critique upon it and I'm not about to become the first!
As for the afterlife being something like this; I could also quite happily settle for it.

By: LouiseTopp

Bi Plane by gwynn56

Bi Plane

A De Havilland Tiger Moth.

By: gwynn56

T Bucket by xleex

T Bucket

I've been looking at these car and bike shots and some of the vehicles are pretty impressive.
Sadly though, I'm not a fan of the processing; I'm assuming it's HDR?
I'd really like to see the originals.


By: xleex

German Mono wing aircraft by ugly

German Mono wing aircraft

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

Reconnaissance/transport light aircraft.

By: ugly

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.

By: adonoghue

History in bronze by adamsa

History in bronze

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.


By: adamsa

Gypsy Moth by lawbert

Gypsy Moth

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

By: lawbert

From nowhere to anywhere by IGreenGables

From nowhere to anywhere

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.

By: IGreenGables

its called a Hodo by unk001

its called a Hodo

The horizon's not straight.

By: unk001

Building @ Sanchi by vikaskhair

Building @ Sanchi

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.

By: vikaskhair

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.

By: IGreenGables

The calm ( in colour) by Madoldie

The calm ( in colour)

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.

By: Madoldie

ed2go Assignment 2 - my lily by wyewye

ed2go Assignment 2 - my lily


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.


By: wyewye

Red Grouse in August Heather by Andrewstockham

Red Grouse in August Heather

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

By: Andrewstockham

Poppies under the morning sun... by xwang

Poppies under the morning sun...

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.


By: xwang

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

Ancona (Italy): Tramonti hills of the Marche.

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.

By: aldo43

The reds by airfreq

The reds

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.

By: airfreq

Grey Squirrel by Philo

Grey Squirrel

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.


By: Philo

Tower Bridge by smilly

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, actually.

By: smilly

Calendar Girl! by kathrynlouise

Calendar Girl!

. . . I told you so!

Your work deserves some proper recognition and this is exactly the kind of exposure (sorry!) that your images should be receiving.

Next stop, that in-house exhibition that I was talking about . . . ?

Well done!


By: kathrynlouise

Parked in a meadow by LouiseTopp

Parked in a meadow

Hi Louise,

I'm not a fan of landscapes but I rather like this.
As Willie has said, the exposure's not quite right but I can't see anything else that might require attention.
The horizon's perfectly level and the colours just jump out at you.
You suggest meditation; I was more in mind of a good book with my shirt off but I guess we're thinking along (fairly) similar lines!

Well done.


By: LouiseTopp