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15/06/2014 - 1:25 PM

Twywell 2014 No 20

Twywell 2014 No 20Nothing wrong with the butterfly but for me the composition doesn't really work due to the perch used. The blown out areas kill it - white can be a tricky colour to work with!

Just my opinion for what its worth Adrian.

Look forward to more marblies - have to travel to find them myself so a rare treat to photograph them!

Matt
13/07/2013 - 8:48 PM

Twywell 2013 No 38

Twywell 2013 No 38Maybe some people view images "small"? It looks better then. However, when seen in the "large" view it is definitely suffering from a blurring effect.

I usually shy away from making any form of critique that might be construed as negative, as it invariably gets you into trouble or shouted down. I just hope Adrian accepts my comments as honest and as from a genuine epz friend.
31/03/2011 - 8:56 PM

Coppice CXCIV

Coppice CXCIVProbably could do with a little more punch in the levels Adrian, but overall very nice LTT shot!

I've always wanted to go to Gigrin myself, will have to try and arrange a trip sometime this year! Anyway, have a great time there and I look forward to seeing your photos from your visit!

Saw my first Swallowtails of the year this week, common and scarce variety. Not in the UK of course, you can't really beat britannicus - roll on June!

Matt
26/05/2010 - 9:27 PM

Moss log

Moss logHi,

Its a nice enough shot of what to me is a window into a fairly typical view of a British woodland habitat. I feel it would be improved by bringing in more of the surrounding ground flora and by including the whole of the sawn end of the log (currently cut off a little at the bottom of the frame).

Maybe take it another time during the day too, early morning or evening when the sunlight isnt going to be so harsh.

Actually, I would myself take a different approach on the shot entirely. From this image the sawn end of the log looks like it might provide an image in its own right. By that I mean most probably a macro shot to bring out the fine details of the grain, splits in the wood and so on - almost like an abstract or natural art if you like.

If you look at some of my most recent uploads (including todays) you will see what I am driving at hopefully.

Regards
Matt
21/05/2009 - 10:44 PM

Rushes

RushesHi,

My first comment would be to request that you write more in your description when asking for critique. Otherwise its not easy to know what it is you were trying to achieve etc.

Lack of technical information also prohibits a thorough critique. The lens you used would be helpful and other settings such as ISO, DOF, shutter speed etc.

My interpretation of it is that you're intending to concentrate on the reeds themselves. If thats the case I would be trying to get a much less cluttered background to foreground the reeds far more. So perhaps you could photograph some more but make sure there isn't anything behind them for some distance? Plus use a small f number to blur the background.

Also, maybe try to shoot it at sunrise or sunset to get some nice warm orange lighting on the reeds, that always looks good.

Regards
Matt
21/05/2009 - 9:46 PM

Roosting

RoostingHi,

Here are a few observations from me on your shot...

A bit soft (most evident in the large version). That could be due to the wind you describe. Did you use a tripod, or any other means of support? If the butterfly was roosted for the night it wouldn't have flown off so there would be plenty of time to try and get as sharp an image of it as possible.

Composition wise its pretty good. I might have kept more of the buttercup stem in the frame myself, but other than that it looks good with a nice clean background to highlight the main subject of the butterfly.

Kind regards,
Matt
21/05/2009 - 9:40 PM

puple orchid

puple orchidHi,

This is an excellent first attempt! You have captured some very fine detail and the lighting on the flower emphasises this beautifully. Plus, the background is uncluttered & has pleasing colour too.

All in all its a very good flower image. To create a more dynamic composition and to make the image into something more interesting I would suggest stepping back a little bit and going lower. That way you should be able to get most or all of the plant into the frame. It will mean shooting at ground level, or very close to it - should be able to achieve some soft fluffy out of focus grass in and around the plant itself too, which can be very pleasing to the eye.

Just my thoughts really!
Kind regards
Matt
29/04/2009 - 9:27 PM

Whitethroat

WhitethroatBrilliant sharp detail and a fine shot overall. Its so interesting to see something a little different than the bird just perched. To see it actually doing something gives it the X-factor (for me at least).

No real negatives, just a very minor one - a few quite hot spots, most noticeable the bramble stem on the right hand side of the frame. Nothing that detracts from the image really though.

Regards,
Matt
09/06/2008 - 7:59 PM

shadow

shadowI like this effect. Perhaps it would work even better if the hand had something to interact with and was seen to be reaching out to touch something - either a real object leant against the wall, or something sprayed onto the wall. I appreciate that this was a spontaneous shot though!

Well seen and acted upon!

Matt
06/06/2008 - 9:32 PM

gswood5

gswood5Hi there,

Firstly I do wonder why people are coming into the critique gallery and leaving pretty pointless comments, along the "nice shot" vein. Anyway, that aside lets move onto your shot...

I agree with Pauls comments to a certain degree above but have some differences of opinion. Firstly, the slight lack of detail to me converts into "blurred". Not drastically, but enough to render it lacking in a critical area. I don't know if you used a tripod or not but (as paul says) its always a good idea (depending on conditions and equipment - so many variables in photography!) if you can with longer range shots like these. If you didn't then this is probably caused by camera shake or other settings like too low a shutter speed for example.

There is no way of knowing what focal length you took this as you haven't said, that would be useful info. The lens may well have a sweet spot along its focal length, so a more experienced birder or user of this lens may have been able to comment more if you'd said.

I think Paul was right to give the shot more "impact" in his mod. It does appear to be lacking in decent light, contrast and saturation levels a bit. I am guessing it was taken during a dull day? Which is all we get lately!

Regarding compositon, I actually feel your crop (and then pauls) are too tight altogether. I too would probably lose a bit of the trunk on the left, but I would also allow more space around the bird - its head and tail are almost touching the frame edge, and to me that almost never looks or feels right. Let it breathe.....

All that said, its a valiant first attempt and thanks for putting it up here for people like me to "pull apart"!

Regards,
Matt
31/05/2008 - 9:52 PM

Green Finch Carduelis chloris

Green Finch Carduelis chlorisThe shot looks over exposed - especially noticeable in the beak, legs, seeds, they are all burnt out.

Its also a bit on the soft side and the background is quite noisy. You could run that through noise reduction software though.

If your intention (composition wise) was a shot of a bird feeding in the garden then you have succeeded. If however you (like most people) want to get a natural "wild" look then you'll need to try and eliminate the seeds and feeding area look, and also try to get in closer. But the most important thing aside from that would be to not get any garden like habitat in the background - vegetation can be ok unless its obviously gardeny, but fences and other man made objects are easily recognisable.

Its all in the settings when you shoot really, but the further away the background vegetation is the easier it will be to lose it.

Regards
Matt
31/05/2008 - 8:50 PM

Starling

StarlingAfraid I must disagree with Ann and say it doesn't work. The Starling looks like its either floating in mid air or is a stuffed / dead bird.

Theres nothing wrong with the shot of the bird itself though, just IMHO the presentation doesn't work. I'd prefer to see it either inside its frame or without one altogether, and on a perch.

Regards
Matt