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17/04/2014 - 6:17 AM

Moo..

Moo..Beautifully caught.

A shame she didn't wander just a little forward, so you could avoid the background clutter - but that can be replaced if you have a post processing programme. Smile
21/03/2014 - 4:09 PM

Macro Attempt

Macro AttemptFor me this is a beautiful capture of a Poppy - the bee adds that little extra interest! Smile

Be careful to keep the main subject totally in frame (I see you've just touched the edge with the petal on the left), unless you are going to crop even closer to the center. It's really difficult to capture some flowers outside, especially Poppies which wave around in the breeze - you've done really well!

With my mod all I've done is crop a little closer to the bee (I may have gone closer, but because you've had to resize for upload it became a little pixellated). Well worth experimenting with different crops and seeing which you prefer.

Edit: Mmmm. I'm not really happy with the quality of the image now I've uploaded it (I wish there was some way of deleting it), but it does give you any idea of how I might have cropped it. Smile
17/03/2014 - 8:34 PM

Cats.

Cats.Isn't it amazing where cats can make themselves comfortable! The wood gives this a lovely warm feel to it (I think I would crop off the chair, bottom right). Smile
20/01/2014 - 5:32 PM

Cats...

Cats...They are so sweet!

Looking down on them has given you a lovely image, perhaps next time you could lie down on the floor with them - this would give you a totally different perspective! Smile
18/01/2014 - 7:19 AM

Summer...2

Summer...2You've caught the rays brilliantly, an improvement may have been to have included a little more tree in the foreground (using the sun as a spotlight).
Be very careful when photographing the sun, not only can it damage your eyes, but also the camera! Smile
10/01/2014 - 7:33 AM

Snail Trail

Snail TrailHi Paul, welcome to EPZ! Smile

This is a gorgeous shot of a snail, I like the way you've captured its reflection too. I wonder if it would be improved (compositionally) by having the snail in the bottom left, rather then top right. This would give room for the snail to 'move into'. Smile
27/10/2013 - 7:47 AM

Butterfly

ButterflyA beautifully caught Painted Lady.

I'm sure you've spent ages on the presentation (frame), but personally I think it's a little overpowering for the subject. The butterfly has bright colours, as do the flowers - having a brightly coloured frame too detracts from the subject. Personally, I would have cropped off the half flower on the right and (if you really wanted a frame) outlined it with a few pixels of black. Of course having said that, we are all different and this is just my opinion - others will think differently! Smile
07/10/2013 - 7:06 AM

lady

ladyHi Connor, welcome to EPZ! Grin

Your dog is gorgeous, such a pretty face! Smile

The low lighting has given you some problems, but I'm glad to see you didn't use flash (it can hurt eyes!). I shall look forward to seeing more of her, perhaps next time you could face her to the light - then you can have a lower ISO and higher shutter speed.

I hope you enjoy your time with us, if you have any problems/questions, don't be afraid to ask! Smile
11/09/2013 - 7:35 AM

Homing in

Homing inA lovely capture, I really like the angle and composition - plus its eye is lovely and sharp.

Just a little flat. Adjusting the 'Lighting Levels', especially the blue and green, would bring out the gorgeous tones on the feathers. Smile

Edit: I've just visited your 'Life Through a Lens'! The similar image there is perfect - I can't understand why the quality of this image is so different!!!!
04/08/2013 - 10:10 AM

Drops of Water

Drops of WaterBeautifully caught! Your point of focus is just in the right place! Smile

I may have turned the camera on its side, tall subjects look better using a tall format, but that is a minor point! Smile
Thistles in front of Huntington TowersYou've focused on the thistles brilliantly - I think if you had lowered your camera slightly, having more of the thistles in view, it would have improved the shot. Having so little of the plant almost makes it accidental. Smile
30/07/2013 - 7:10 AM

Not a good one

Not a good oneIt's not that bad! A little tatty, but that's hardly your fault. It's a Malaysian Lacewing by the way.

The trouble with Butterfly Farms is there is usually a path, which you have to stay on, so you can't pick and choose your angles - perhaps a more side on view would have improved the shot. Also, because the butterflies try to fly, they batter themselves against the glass (which is why they look so tatty). It's well lit and sharp, apart from the composition and condition, what more can we ask! Smile
13/07/2013 - 12:44 PM

i can see you !!!!

i can see you !!!!A gorgeous scene - I really like the composition and format. I also like the fact you've not only caught the heron, but the wonderful reflection of the tree.

I've had a bit of a play in Photoshop Elements 9, I didn't do a lot though. Just a few tweaks in 'Lighting' and 'Contrast'. A small crop (left and bottom) and a little sharpening. I also removed the white boat(?) on the right. If I was more adept I may have changed the sky, but that is just me! Smile

Thank you for allowing mods.
04/03/2013 - 7:02 AM

Snow drop

Snow dropA gorgeous close up of a Snowdrop. I think I would crop a little off the left hand side, to remove the petal which is peeping in! Smile
25/02/2013 - 8:53 PM

Red Admiral Detail

Red Admiral DetailIf I flip quickly between the two there are signs that you've used the clone tool - would running the 'blur' tool over both areas help to hide that. Also, the colours in the second version seem somehow more muted (flat), I think I prefer the vibrant colours of the original. Smile
22/02/2013 - 9:02 PM

Spring is round the corner

Spring is round the cornerWhat a beautifully simple shot! I really like how you've caught the daffodil and the way it seems to be in the spotlight.

I think I would be tempted to crop off some of the right hand side - leaving a little more space between the daffodil and the left hand edge (for the daffodil to 'look' into). This would give a tall thin format, which I feel suits a tall thin subject. I may even have flipped the image, so the daffodil was 'looking' to the right.

Saying that, the image looks good just as it is! Smile
20/02/2013 - 8:52 PM

Drops of sun on a snow drop!

Drops of sun on a snow drop!I really like the low point of view and the way you've used the sun to back light the snowdrops.

I think I may have been tempted to turn the camera on it's side and get a little closer, just concentrating on the flowers rather then including the sun (which is quite strong!). Smile
11/02/2013 - 12:39 PM

The little warrior

The little warriorOh! It's gorgeous, what a pretty little mantis!

I think an improved image would be just a little closer with plain surroundings (or perhaps perched on a leaf). I can see this little one being a wonderful model for many more photographs! Grin
24/01/2013 - 6:07 PM

Water dripping

Water drippingA good try, but your point of focus is a little out - because the droplets are the main subject of the image, they should be really sharp. If you look, you can see the sharpest area on your photo is the wall, it's only 2 or 3 inches out, but it makes all the difference! Smile
20/01/2013 - 1:40 PM

Another flower

Another flowerLovely colours!! I agree with 'pluckyfilly' about it being a little too much to the left - but as for the background, it's quite easy to replace if you have a post processing programme. I use Photoshop Elements 9 but there are free ones you can download from the internet (Gimp is one, but there are others).

With this, because it's quite a simple shape I would 'Select' the flower (which would stop that being changed in any way), then (using the 'Clone' tool) I would choose the grassy background and move the tool over the fingers. This would replace fingers with grass. After that, I might give the image a little more canvas (space) on the left and fill that with grass. In this way you can put your flower on the 'third'. There are a few 'soft' areas on the flower. This can be cured by using the 'Sharpen' tool, just running it over the soft areas. Smile

I really do like the yellow against the green though, quite eye catching! Smile