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05/05/2010 - 6:42 AM

People watching

People watchingI think you have done really well here, you certainly succeeded in giving both a sense of motion and a sense of relaxation in hectic surroundings. There are a couple of things I could suggest to improve this image and I have done a mod to illustrate. I did some corrections to the perspective and orientation, bringing the far railing more horizontal and the railings to the right nearer to vertical. There is not much you could have done about this at the time of taking the shaot as this is lens distortion. I also did some sharpening. This being a HDR shot, sharpness can be an issue but I think the "stationary" parts of the image could be sharper.

In any case, well done!
28/04/2010 - 6:00 AM

three whiskers

three whiskersUnfortunately you don't give any shooting info for this shot other than high ISO. The high ISO has left the image dreadfully noisy as I'm sure you appreciate. Colours are very flat too. I did try playing with the levels and saturation in PS, and although that brought some colour back into the image I don't think it improved it any so I didn't upload it.
On the other hand I guess you have achieved a reasonable shutter speed as there is no motion blur (I doubt these guys stayed still for you) so I would suggest there is soom room to play with the aperture. Opening up the aperture would sacrifice some depth of field but that is not necessarily a problem, it may, however, allow you to reduce the ISO and thus the noise and gain a more pleasing image quality.

As for the composition, I like v2 better although the closed eyes spoil it a little. It's always worth a burst of 2 or 3 shots when shooting people and animals so that you can ditch the inevitable closed eyes shot! v1 is cropped just a bit too tight for my liking.

Overall though, nice shots under difficult conditions!
22/04/2010 - 5:40 AM

Edinburgh Church

Edinburgh ChurchJust an additional suggestion in addition to the above, concerning the framing. You have created a black frame, which works well here, but I wonder if you could have a adjusted your shooting position enough so that the window frames themselves made a natural border? At least on the sides. Looks like only a small step back would allow the left and right frames to come into view, then cropping the bottom at the frame as has already been suggested.
20/04/2010 - 4:19 AM

Fisherman

FishermanI'm not sure about the intent of the shot. Was the subject to be the seagull or the seaspray?
The motion blur of the sea and the seagull is not enough if it was intended to give the feeling of movement, just looks out of focus. Similarly if the intent was to freeze the action, the shutter speed was not fast enough. The conditions appear to be bright enough to give a high shutter speed to put some sharpness into that crashing wave!
The horizon is way off level too - a simple straightening would have been very beneficial.
Either way - a fortuitous shot