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Poppy beauble by LouiseTopp

Poppy beauble

Hi Louise,

As Willie says; I'd leave it alone.


By: LouiseTopp

Parakeet on-route to Everest by pluckyfilly

Parakeet on-route to Everest

Means business, I'd say . . . !

By: pluckyfilly

Trophy by strokebloke


That's brilliant Jack.

Obviously, the woodwork's all your own doing but did you turn the pellet too?


By: strokebloke

Balmashanner War Memorial 2 by billmyl

Balmashanner War Memorial 2

It's good but I'd crop a bit from the bottom.

Also, (and it's easily fixed) there's a tiny bit of something; I think it's a leaf, in the top left hand corner.


By: billmyl

Man-Monsters by iancrowson


Works for me Ian.

As Willie says, I think that in this case, the movement is an asset.


By: iancrowson

Red Kites by kathrynlouise

Red Kites

Hi Kathryn,
I have these living in the wild on the Downs behind where I live and we get a regular visitor over the school at about lunchtime, nearly every day, as one of them searches for food. The children don't seem to be very interested but the staff love watching it.
Quite often, it will circle just above the rooftop.
I did get a few shots of it once but they suffered in much the same way that yours has insomuch as, even using my 55-300mm. and D90, the bird was always too far away to get anything reasonable.
Still, it's good to see you'er having a go at something new.
Take care,

By: kathrynlouise

At The Carwash by ade_mcfade

At The Carwash

Quote: They've tidied it up and it wasn't quite as dark this time

. . . and you were both sober this time!

By: ade_mcfade

Golden Weaver by StrayCat

Golden Weaver

Hi Denny,
A well taken shot, given the circumstances.
As you're already aware,the on-board flash hasn't done you any favours but there's plenty of detail in the plumage and everything that should be, is in focus.
I use a Meike MK 300 speedlite, which is effectively a poor man's SB 400, in almost every shot, day or night. It will never light up a large room but as a fill flash and for this type of situation, it's excellent.

By: StrayCat

Old cameras by xwang

Old cameras

I've got an "Ensign Ful-Vue," twin lens reflex which I've managed to date as having been produced between 1950 and 1953.

It's still got film in it!

By: xwang

old faithful 2 by jocas

old faithful 2

Quote: that's a new one on me !!

Same here.

I recognise its aliases though!

By: jocas

Orange or Yellow by Mozzytheboy

Orange or Yellow

Hi Mike.
I love that processing.
I've got a similar(ish) shot that I took a couple of years ago, of a bright red rose but with the entire background to a negative.
With regard to your shot, my old moan about underexposure rears its head again and maybe I'd tone down the brighter grey bits in the background but other than that I think it really works.

By: Mozzytheboy

old faithful by jocas

old faithful

Quote: maybe CZ or Jawa ??

That was my first thought.
I'm not sure about that logo either.
Whatever it is, it must struggle to drag that sidecar along.

By: jocas

Last Night's Snowfall by StrayCat

Last Night's Snowfall

Is this how it came from the camera Denny?

It's quite a bit overexposed..

By: StrayCat

Playtime. by paulbroad


Just leave it as it is.

By: paulbroad

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