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Watching and waiting

Watching and waiting by running_man

have you found a good place Trev
are you telling? Wink
Phil

The Singer and the Squadron Leader

The Singer and the Squadron Leader by Scippy

ah Stuart,
nice diagonal with Miss Marina Mae, he is too old for her though. Wink

she is lovely isn,t she. i have some shots from a couple years ago, was she at Critch last week

Phil

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk by Brian_Scott

The quality in this is awesome
Phil

four spot chaser

four spot chaser by ATHERTON

I missed you by 5 minutes, spoke to a lady who had your card

Phil

Express Delivery

Express Delivery by Nigeve1

hi,
i have been trying for the last 6 years every June and its quite difficult to track the puffins because they do not hold a straight predictable course. strangely the terns i find easy. i have never had any luck by pre focusing.

the 3 d tracking i think may be more suitable for sport and the dynamic (centre position) is the best way to go. you can select 9 /21/ 51 or so focus points on my d300s and in theory once you lock focus the camera will sense movement from one point to the next and so on if the subject moves off the point you locked him on to whilst tracking.

problem here is the more points you choose, the more thinking the processor has to do and i am sure that the response time is greater. i have had more success with 9 points than 21. i position the cross hair on the top third and follow the bird in. i also think that the responsiveness of the lens to focus is important as i recently borrowed a Nikon 300 f4 which i found locks on far quicker and with very little hunting compared to my 70-300 zoom
Phil

St Mary's Dawn

St Mary's Dawn by gjbrooks

ahh pink sky morning 4.am as i recall.

phil

European Swallowtail

European Swallowtail by NigelKiteley

that Is stunning quality
pHIL

Kestrel

Kestrel by Scippy

great stuff, i just printed the same frame, how odd is that ???

enjoyed the day
Phil

Reflections 0f the Workhouse

Reflections 0f the Workhouse by Scippy

Hope you had a good day.
Phil

Exploring Talisker Bay

Exploring Talisker Bay by KatyJ

hi,
excellent location, beautiful sand pattern framed well and i like the square format.

the image looks exciting in the thumb but the overpowing gritty conversion takes away some of the impact when its full size.

the figure im not so sure, i think i prefer the scene without but if i were to include, id try and get low enough and him far enough back to try and split the horizon with him, hes kind of in the right place but lost aginst the dark sea and has a load of water above his head,

if i couldnt break the horizon maybe a step or two forwards onto the sand as a backdrop could work better, either way i do like the reflection of him.

its hard to establish the conditions of the day due to the conversion and treatment but im guessing it was pretty flat light and so the temptation to grunge up a mono conversion,

its subjective and you probably love the result but i feel that its too gritty and to abrubt a tonal range for the lovely location i know this is. a look through the various presets in nik efex may have suggested alternatives, possibly even infra red may have worked well. it would be nice to have the original to experiment with.

one of my favourite photographers, permajet sponsered Hugh Milsom works this location quite a lot and he gos more for subdued tones but makes wonderful studies of this beach and islands behind. look him up , he is worth seeing and especially his prints in life are spectacular.

i wish i was there at the time,
regards
Phil

Teignmouth Pier

Teignmouth Pier by spud159

its a great its a good position with the diagonal working with you and the overall feel is pretty good for the nd usage, looks like there is just a little movement in the water which i prefer to all milk.

for me though i feel there may be just a bit too much pier and not quite enough of the water to complete the balance. it would have been so good if you could have had a diagonal springing from the top left hand corner, possibly moving slightly further away and to the right ( waders on timeWink ) maybe a slightly wider angle lens.

i do like pier shots, think i have one in my show case and this looks a really good location but i feel the structure is overpowering and there is not quite enough lovely water.

cant fault the execution
Phil

Phil

Sex and the City

Sex and the City by harryw

well its a well conceived image and obviously one that falls into for and againsts,
but here is my take.

as a thumb it looked remarkable in fact it grabbed by eye but then lost something and felt fabricated when i viewed large.

i take both views above and dont mind if its definition is darker or paler and im happy dark on the figure but i think you need to take the blur tool, enlarge on screen and soften the edge to stop it looking cut out with scissors.

i think the white blow out halo behing the figure is exagerating the contrast and preventing the figure having a base to anchor on which in turn is making the shadow difficult to anchor. i know its the light source but there is no base. the shadow im sure would be longer and more defined with such a powerful backlight. its just losing out on minute details but it has all the hallmarks of a great shot.

regards
Phil

Fog in the park

Fog in the park by ASimaging

hi,
nice scene, path leads in nice and exposures pretty good, just needs something exta happening to make a difference and lift it from the ordinary.

just to illustrate, i flipped it horizontally so that it reads left to right, and in line with Paul, suggestion which i agree with totally agree, i roughly added a figure from one i took in similar conditions, boosted saturation, contrast and slightly rotated to visually make the sloping horizon easier on the eye. i also ran it through a nik- efex glam glow filter at 20%

all this is subjective and its all perfectly acceptable as it is i am just showing options available to you.

regards
Phil

Old times

Old times by mikewatson

i like the content and the choice to go sepia works quite well.

as suggested above, id suggest tightening up composition on the right and id have given more space on the top left. in fact its better to shoot with space around and crop in computer, its safer in the end.

as Willie rightly points out your settings are a little on the edge of making life difficult for you.

if you are hand holding and i suspect that is the case you will have great difficulty avoiding camera shake at less 1/60sec and you may just get away with 1/30 but slower is just asking for trouble.

on the other hand you could afford to balance that out with a stop or two and set f5.6 on aperture priority, even go wide open if you have to but do not go the way of too slow a speed to hold still. its not for me but a very well known photographer i know advocates setting auto iso and prog mode for safety when doing this type of work and override to a choice aperture if you wish to,

you have another problem here, focus is suggesting the central focus screen but you have a subject each side so the sharpest area is not either face but the garlic. the movement in the rear figure adds to this issue.

i enjoy reenactment events, they are a great source of images.

regards
Phil

Sophie

Sophie by xwang

hi,
well its not unusual for my point of view may be slightly different. but then photography is an intuitive and personal thing.

if i were taking her portrait at any other time id take the tight crop version or a fuller version in surroundings but this is a wedding and a moment caught during an important part of the service. im guessing but it suggests signing the register.

i feel sure she would want to recognise that, so i have in my mod resisted the temptation to turn it into simply a portrait by darkening the shadows etc and simply cropped slightly to get the dress springing from the bottom left corner, take away the the area of dress containing eye catching jewels, and leave the suggestion of the new husband in the background together with the pen and book because for me they are very important elements to this particular shot,

i also do not like to crop partially into a tattoo and if you were going for a tighter crop id be tempted to leave in the whole of the star.

the fact she has turned around and given you the opportunity to grab an intimate second is nice.

regards
Phil

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