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02/03/2012 - 1:02 PM

colour's at the lake

colour's at the lakeHi Billy,

A touch of the same problem as yesterday, with too much of tree invading from the left. Imagine your looking out of a window with shutters and only one shutter is open, this is the same with the tree blocking out a lot of the view. I've rotated the image to the right to level then cropped from the left to reduce the tree branches. Also I added canvas to the right and added more of the image along with some tone adjustments and the removal of some of the branches coming into the image from the top.

Keep clicking Billy.

Take care

Martin
01/03/2012 - 6:59 PM

lake side

lake sideHi William,

If you don't mind me saying this is one of the best in you pf. You've captured some good colours and I understand what you were after with the jetty, although I do agree with ams99 about the trees. Have another look at the images on here with this kind of thing running in a more centrally placed position, there normally balanced on both side with similar detail, ie, water both sides etc. This Image in my opinion would work a touch better if the jetty was placed more to the left, a simple thing like a slight twist to the right before taking the shot would have achieved this. Here's a scenario for you, you take me to this lake to show me the view, now, do you want me to look at the trees on the left or are you showing me the lake with a very little obstructed view Wink . William, a good tip when taking scenic images is to look all round and decide if someone was with you what would you want them to see? this is your shot. (see mod)

All that said, it's still in my opinion one of your best, well done.

Take care

Martin
29/02/2012 - 7:45 PM

wrecked

wreckedHi William,

A cracking image, great shot at your first attempt. It works very well.

William, all I've done in the mod is to give you something else to think about, ok so i've added a touch to the left (not very well) but that's just the way I was taught many years ago. William, when you have finished you image make another copy and turn it to B&W then overlay them, see what you think.

Take care

Martin
29/02/2012 - 6:26 PM

River

RiverHi Tracy,

Another good winter's scene, well done. I love the framing with the tree to the right although I feel the branches coming down from the top tend to invade a bit. In the mod I have removed some of the branches and cropped a little also as the sun is coming from the right I have warmed the tree's on the left by going to channel mixer and with the sliders, up the reds, up the greens and down the blues, with this type of scene you get this effect. Also to bring out the reflections and hanging branches I have used a high pass filter with soft light. I have purposely over sharpend you image to give you an idea what this filter can do, it's down to you to find a balance that pleases you.

Take care

Martin
29/02/2012 - 12:30 PM

Wembury Wave

Wembury WaveHi Andy,

A good composition and a good use of a 1.6exp for the water. Andy, there is obviously sunshine and shadows but I don't know what time of day it was taken. So in the mod I have it in my mind that the sun is just starting to go down, leaving that lovely light on the rocks. I have slightly altered the tones with curves, shrpened and added two gradients to the sky and two to the foreground. The first grad on the sky was a blue colour and then reduced the strength to taste and errased from areas that I didn't want it to touch. The second grad was black with the same procedure and soft light added. Forground was the same, with the first grad colour being taken from the water.

Take care

Martin
28/02/2012 - 5:32 PM

White-Winged Dove

White-Winged DoveHowdy Tim,

If you want some Wood Pigeons let me know, we have that many of them round here at the moment their becoming a pest Wink. Tim you have a touch of noise in this shot which could have something to do with the ISO400, as the ISO gets higher more noise tends to creeps into your image. To be fair Tim i've not done too much with the mod, some slight tones adjusted, the background blurred a touch and the branches removed from in front of the bird to give you a clear view. In your photo software there should be a clone tool, with a bit of practice you will be able to remove alot of things like this and blend into the image.

Take care

Martin
28/02/2012 - 4:14 PM

sunrise

sunriseHi Sai ?

I can understand the concept you have with this shot and I guess it could work quite well. I don't think you need the wires above and I think it works better with just the wire that could appear to be threaded through the sun. Also I think a colour boost to the red sky helps. I have removed the wires from above and added two gradients (one red, and one black) to the sky.

Two nice colourful images in your pf.

Martin
25/02/2012 - 3:20 PM

robin

robinHi William,

A nice shot of a Robin who posed well for your camera although it appears that you were not to happy with the liitle chaps background. There is an outline around the Robin and Bramble where I presume you made your selection. When making your selection it sometimes helps to go to "Modify" and expand by 1 pixel this can just make it a touch tighter. If you are selecting grass (or soft items) your can also then add around 0.7 feather to the edge. There is also a edge finding brush under the refine edge which may help but I'm not sure if this is included in all photoshop programs. There was a little bit of noise in your background colour, most noticeable at the top, which I have tried to remove. On a plain blackground one way to achieve this is to add about 2.4 gaussian blur and adjust from there. I have also given the robin more room to breath by first cropping the image and then adding to the canvas left and bottom before filling with a colour match.

Hope this helps

Nice shot William, well done

Martin
The Great Cat Hunts in The Tall GrassHi Tim,

Animals and pets can make interesting subjects espeically if captured unaware and your son's cat obviousely has her eye's fixed on something. With that in mind it can sometimes work better when cropping to leave more room on the side the eye's are facing thereby giving them room to see. I've done a very quick mod just to show you what I mean.

Nice start to your pf, well done.

Keep clicking

Martin
23/02/2012 - 7:39 PM

Typical Blackpool Weather

Typical Blackpool WeatherHey up Elaine,

Well done gal, you have certainly been practising with (photoshop ?) and you have quite a dramatic image on your hands. I personally only try and use the burn/dodge tool at around 20%, it can add noise. Elaine the adjustments are there for you to play around and learn from but if you are using photoshop click on the "create a layer" icon (half black half white circle) to do your adjustments. It's the same adjustment tool as is under "adjustments" but you automatically get a mask so that you can rub out the bits you don't want adjusted (does that make sense). As for when you've done enough, it's when it's right for you not when it's right for someone else. At the end of the day it's your image.
I've done a mod using curves with a classic "S" and highlight & shadows to try and bring out the sky.

Take care

Martin
23/02/2012 - 11:12 AM

Clifford's Tower, York

Clifford's Tower, YorkHi Andrew,

I have done a quick mod with the intentions of showing you what it may have been like if you had captured this in portrait, it's not a full size portrait although I have stretched, added more canvas to the top and cropped the sides. Sometimes when a building is taken from this angle it can make it look very dramatic, even more so with an angry looking sky. If there's any steps leading up to this Castle (sorry I must be the only person who as never been to York) try taking the image from low down to the steps and following them up to the Castle, but never crop it too tight at the top of the image, it always works better in my opinion if there's still room for the sky.

Hope you get the Idea Andrew.

Good pf

Martin
22/02/2012 - 4:19 PM

Cloudy skies

Cloudy skiesGood afternoon Karen,

I know this type of scene very well. As your shooting in Raw it shouldn't be a problem in re-capturing the scene, it comes down to processing. There possibly is to much sky and if you remove the top section then, yes, you are left with the dramatic clouds but you are also left with a stormy looking sky and I think what drew your eye to this was the blue sky and clouds, a typical British summer day Wink . That said Karen in my opinion you do need to remove some of the sky to balance the image but in the mod I have tried to bring the scene back to life to give you an idea of what you could do, only a lot better in Raw.

Nice diversity to you pf.

Martin
I'm trying to keep my toes warm!Hi Rach,

I think he could do with a pair of woolly socks on, it certainly looks like "Jake frost's" been.

Rach I think the little fellow needs a bit more room, he looks like you've put him in the oven Wink (can you eat Mallards?) anyway, I've added a touch to the right and top and done some slight adjustments to the colours, see what you think. Smile

Your putting together a nice colourful pf Rach where a tight crop can work but sometimes just a tad of extra space in the right areas can help (only in my eye's maybe)

Keep clicking

Martin
20/02/2012 - 9:26 AM

Brrrrrrrrr

BrrrrrrrrrHi Patrick,

I have to agree with your title "Brrrrrrrrr" you've certainly captured a cold feeling, well done. Patrick i've done a quick mod to show what it would have looked like if this image was taken with camera pointing a touch more to the right thereby having the fence more to the left and guiding your eye down the lane.

Nice start to your pf

Keep clicking

Martin
19/02/2012 - 6:37 PM

Taking the Dog for a Walk

Taking the Dog for a WalkHi Elaine,

A little bit of both re-sizing and adding more canvas to the base. What Willie said is correct about stretching the image but in this instant as you thought the silhouettes were a touch small then this was exceptable on a 600 x 400 image, I would be very careful if you are going to apply this to your origanal, it can be done but not to much. I cropped the sky down to an interesting area and then added more canvas to the base and used content aware to fill. If you look at the beach at the base you can see how it's very similar to the area just below their feet. If you don't have contant aware this can be done by copy > paste > free transform.

Elaine, while you will get all the advice about photoshop/cs3,4,5 on here this is not the best way to learn. The best way by far is to go to youtube, do a search for what it is you want to acheive and follow the tutorials you can then pause, do the adjustment to your image and then carry on or go back and repeat as many times as you like.

Hope this helps.

Martin
19/02/2012 - 10:27 AM

Cormorant Over The Stour

Cormorant Over The StourMorning Trev,

A nice capture of this chap in the tree, well done. Trev I guess this is a cropped image? if it is, and you get the chance, try cropping the original again but this time closer to the bird on the right and extending it on the left giving more room for the bird to look into (does that make sense Wink ). Just my opinion Trev but it might work ok.

Take care

Martin
19/02/2012 - 9:23 AM

Arch

ArchGood morning Ade,

A nice image that is full of strong lines and angles. One idea would possibly have been to try and capture this from a slightly different angle that did not include as much of the dark left area, I fully understand this area may hold deatil which may have been exposed through "fill in flash". The roof bars also have a caramel colour which I think works well with the black and white/silver and could have been exposed better in the processing, I have tried to show these things in my mod. Ade, this only my take on your image and the most important thing it to capture what works in your eye's.

Martin
13/02/2012 - 9:22 PM

Under the street light No2

Under the street light No2Hi Mario,
Good shot that works well in this style. I have put my take on the image with a mod, I have adjusted the contrast, slight adjustments for the lighting and leveled the image a touch using the drain pipe on the right.

A really good image Mario and to be fair in my opinion doesn't need a mod but thanks for the chance.

Martin
12/02/2012 - 6:23 PM

forgotten gear

forgotten gearHi Simon,
I'm not sure what you are trying to achieve here, mono, sepia etc. The sky (white) is a little blown out at the top and the image feels (to me) like it's leaning slightly to the right. A good capture Simon with great potential in processing.

Keep clicking

Martin
12/02/2012 - 6:19 PM

orchids

orchidsSimon. I have to agree wth Ray and i'm glad you've taken his advice, hope it worked. I would also like to ask you to extend the canvas by 0.73 to the left, this will give the image room to breath. Nice capture.

MH