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Back in time by laantre

Back in time

I too would never have realised that this was a composite, so you've obviously got that right!
The processing and final overall colour may not be to everyone's taste but it works well for me.
As for the compositon, well, I quite famously disregard the so-called rules, so I'm quite OK with the central(ish) position, although John's mod. is good.
Hope this helps.

By: laantre

"In memory of Winston" by Coen

"In memory of Winston"

Quote: He died 50 years ago today

The day the Empire died.

By: Coen

Bridge&trees by xwang


Hi Jas!
Surreal and ethereal with a bridge to, well, who knows . . . ?
I don't usually like this kind of thing but this is a real exception.
If I was to change anything, it would be to crop just a bit from the RHS to put the outer edge of the handrail in the corner and lose that first tree but that's only my opinion.
A terrific shot.

By: xwang

Sunrise on the Sands by lobsterboy

Sunrise on the Sands

Like it Chris.

By: lobsterboy

See-Through Frock by Mozzytheboy

See-Through Frock

It's worked, hasn't it ! ?

By: Mozzytheboy

Thistle by Mozzytheboy


Different, isn't it . . . ?

By: Mozzytheboy

Feed me!! by kathrynlouise

Feed me!!

The opportunity of a lifetime and certainly something that I've never done.

(Although I did once get to lean on the nose of a white rhino!)

By: kathrynlouise

Lancing Chapel by alanbalkham

Lancing Chapel

Lancing College and the old Toll bridge.
I can remember when that bridge carried two way traffic.
The story goes that a bus was once blown over the side. I'm not sure that that's actually true but it's gone down in Sussex folklore.
Not that any of that helps,I'm afraid!

By: alanbalkham

Snow 2 by kathrynlouise

Snow 2

Hi Kathryn,
This is good but despite the histogram telling me otherwise, it's a little underexposed.
Your camera's meter has tried to "see" the snow as mid-grey, rather than white and has set an exposure accordingly. Possibly made worse by using "Programme?" You'll fare better using "Aperture."
Also, the -0.3 that you have dialled in hasn't helped.
To expose for a shot like this, with a fair amount of snow, you needed to dial in some deliberate overexposure. Perhaps as much as a full stop, in some cases, to allow for the meter's misreading.
Try using black and white "thresholds" in curves on the image above and you'll see what I mean.
There's a really great shot in there. It just neds a little help!

Hope this helps.


And good luck for tomorrow!

By: kathrynlouise

Tis Chilly! by Mozzytheboy

Tis Chilly!

Another excellent shot Mike and full marks for finding it.
As before and even with that +0.33, it's a bit underexposed, meaning that the tones are flattened slightly.
It may be that 'Programme' mode is the culprit. Try 'Aperture' perhaps? I know you know how to!
Anyway, a threshold adjustment using curves does the trick.

By: Mozzytheboy

Snow! by kathrynlouise


Great shot Kathryn and good luck with Thursday.

Please let us know how you get on.

By: kathrynlouise

Helleborus by Mozzytheboy


Hi again Mike,
Some really good colours in there.
It's just a shade underexposed but only a shade and given that the camera was pointing towards the sky that's no surprise.
In fact, it's done a good job, getting it almost exactly right.
I find the second flower. on the left, is a bit of a distraction but there's some rim lighting on the main one which adds some separation.
Did you consider any other crops? A square one's the obvious one but there's also an 8x10 in there, losing most of the left hand side.
Hope this helps.

By: Mozzytheboy

Potterhanworth Church by Mozzytheboy

Potterhanworth Church

Hi Mike,
Somehow, I seem to have missed this one.
Once again, That new camera impresses me with its performance.
I don't know how much you've done to this by way of processing; not much if I know you as well as I think I do but it's sharp and given that the light and weather were most certainly not on your side, the colours look natural.
It's a shade underexposed. I used "levels" (an "S" curve would also do the trick) and pulling the right hand slider in to meet the graph livens it up a bit; moving the centre one a whisker to the right boosts the contrast which, I think, also helps.
Well done my friend.

By: Mozzytheboy

Reality & The drops of dew on the spider's web.......... by SvetAriadne

Reality & The drops of dew on the spider's web..........

Quote: If you look at the blog of EPZ member jestertheclown he has an easy technique for doing this.

Almost Willie.

Since I no longer bother much with this site, I'm now blogless.
However, the "invisible watermark" technique is here.

. . . and here.

Personally, although they both work, I prefer the second method.
You'll find that doing it the way of that first link, there can be a tendency for the mark to show through.

Hope this helps.


By: SvetAriadne

Blue Tit by ali63

Blue Tit

Nice but it's about a stop underexposed.

By: ali63

Texting! by paulbroad


At last . . . !

The elusive man and his dog . . . !

Seriously Paul, you know my views on the 'thirds' nonsense, so this composition is fine in my book.
Also, I'd leave the spot of light on his specs.
A certain Mr. McFade once said that if something was there when you took the shot, unless it looks a if a tree's growing from someone's ear; leave it there.
I agree with him.


By: paulbroad

Jemima Puddle-Duck by Mozzytheboy

Jemima Puddle-Duck

I'll overlook the title!
Nicely captured Mike, although there are some artefacts in the background.
The green background's not doing you any favours either.
There's a school of thought; to which I subscribe, which says that the frame or surround to a shot should never be the same, or similar to, the predominant colour in the image.
Hope this helps and that the eyes situation improves as quickly as possible.

By: Mozzytheboy

Icing Sugar Frost by Mozzytheboy

Icing Sugar Frost

This is brilliant Mike.
Like candied jellies.

By: Mozzytheboy

Ruskington Church Lincolnshire by Mozzytheboy

Ruskington Church Lincolnshire

Hi Mike,
Manipulated in what way . . . ?

By: Mozzytheboy

Blackburn Meadows by Philo

Blackburn Meadows

Great shot Phil.
I remember the previous one.

By: Philo

Merry Christmas by kathrynlouise

Merry Christmas

I don't really 'do' Christmas; in fact, I've been walking around the school for the last two weeks with a big red badge pinned to my lanyard with the words "I hate Christmas" written on it.
For the Christmas dinner; I was on duty, not partaking, I wore a black Santa's hat with "Bah Humbug!" written around the fur on the brim.
Everyone there, staff and students, now call me "The Grinch." I dare say that it'll stick too.
I've even got a "grinch@ . . . ." email address.

However, in your case, since you're always so pleasant to me, I'll bite the bullet and wish you a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year, anyway!

By: kathrynlouise

Winter Starling by petebfrance

Winter Starling

Quote: Very few of them actually manage to hang on, but they're pretty game....

The problem with those green nets is that birds frequently get their legs trapped and end up either injuring or losing the leg to get away.
I think. over time, they come to realise the danger and become a bit circumspect.
I break the fatballs into smaller pieces and drop them into a wire basket feeder. That seems to do the trick.

By: petebfrance

Happy Days! by paulbroad

Happy Days!

I like this Paul.
I've added a mod.; no more than an alternative take on it in which I used the "push process" pre-set in Nik SilverEfex.
The other thing I did was to simply tidy up the background.
I think it's one of those shots that "just works." There must be dozens of variations that you could apply and all of them would look OK.

By: paulbroad

Lotus Elan by strokebloke

Lotus Elan

Quote: A pig to get into and even more so, to get out of.

Agreed Jack.
A friend of mine had one of the "Gold Leaf Team Lotus" liveried ones back in the old days.
Its greatest failing was the "doughnuts" that they employed in the half shafts.
A restored one would certainly have universal joints in their place.

It's not yours then . . . ?

By: strokebloke

Thoughtful. by iancrowson


Hi Ian,
I don't think there's much I can add to what's been said.
I trust you're well.

By: iancrowson

Westminster Southbank by true

Westminster Southbank

Sometimes it's worth getting up at silly times!

However, that's not "Southbank," which is on the south side of the river and which Westminster isn't.

This is "Embankment."

By: true

RD250A by kermode111


You don't see many of these about.
Do you have the colour version, or better still, the colour version with the whole thing in shot?
I'd love to see it.

By: kermode111

Brighton Old Peer at dusk by Clairbear74

Brighton Old Peer at dusk

Actually, that's "The West Pier;" there is no "Brighton Old Peer."

"Brighton Pier," a bit farther along the beach and which will forever be known to Brightonians as "The Palace Pier" is in a far better state of health.

By: Clairbear74

Towards Salisbury, Wiltshire by LouiseTopp

Towards Salisbury, Wiltshire

Quote: Does it look too sharp?

Hi Louise,
I'd say it's slightly oversharpened, although it's hard to make a realistic judgement with a shot as tiny as these are.
I see what you mean re.the steeple. Everything else that should be vertical is OK.

By: LouiseTopp

Living Statue by alancharlton

Living Statue

Quote: Do you know?


By: alancharlton