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The Lizard by Andrew_Hurley

The Lizard

I do like the colouring in this shot - have a very real feeling to it which we don't often see much in digital shooting as was seen in the film era

However it seems that your focus missed his head and hid the middle of his back, if you can in such shots you really want the eye of the animal (which is looking right at you in this shot) to be in focus, even if nothing else is. I would have either zoomed/stepped back to get the AF on his head (using a single centre AF point only) or used manual focusing to correct it.

Also the lighting has been tricky for you and very harsh. I have done an edit where I used the highlights and shadows tool in photoshop elements; I added light to the shadows to bring out his head more, whilst also adding a lot of shadow to the highlights to lower the glare in the shot to a more acceptable level. I also used a layermask on this (though you can use a selection wizard instead) so that it only affected the insect and the rock he was on and not the background, which does not need the added lighting.

By: Andrew_Hurley

bird in flight by claytonbell

bird in flight

I can't tell what settings you were using, but I suspect a wide open aperture combined with a shutter speed that was as fast as you could go - with a little underexposing as well for more speed. It looks like your focus is good and that you captured the moment, but even with underexposing for a faster speed (assuming this) the shutter has just not been quick enough.
If in this case again I would say flash or a very high ISO are your only real options and of the two I would reach for the flash myself - rather than high noise from a higher ISO.

Its a tricky thing but birds in flight need a lot of speed - its no trick that many bird in flight shots are taken in very bright weather - its because dimmer weather just does not give the light needed for those faster speeds.

By: claytonbell

Shallow Depth by Overread

Shallow Depth

Thanks Adam, especaily the point about the leg brightness aspect - I recently came across some info about brightness in a shot and how it attracts the eye of the viewer (been watching Zack Aries crit videos on his website) though haven't really started applying that thinking to my current works. I might try darkening that leg a bit so that it no longer stands out as much.

As for the range and difficulty it was a little easier this shot since the butterflies were very docile (heck several were so sleepy they appeared dead) so getting close was not too tricky - the setup I had with the 150mm macro and 1.4TC as well as the larger non-native butterflies meant I could keep a decent distance back and I was not at the minimum focusing distance here - close to it, but not as close as fully possible. I can't recall the distance specificaly though

By: Overread

Not quite the right angle! by Overread

Not quite the right angle!

Many thanks for the input both - I do agree on the depth of field point and I can certainly see the benefit of cropping closer ot try and reduce this large foreground out of focus area.
Pamela - I rather like the darker background of your second edit - I tend to favour lowkey in general an upon reflection the background in this shot is suffering abit from the bars between me and the cat causing lines and such to form - though I think the last edit a bit extreme with things Wink Smile

By: Overread

purrfection by Overread

purrfection

I would agree with that comment on the whites - even on the camera histogram they were showing blown out results. I have used flash for fill on some occasions and then underexposed to get the whites undercontrol whilst having the flash for filling in the missing light - it all sounds good in theory, but I need to put more practice into it (at least she was a lot easier to work with than the black cat was!)

edit - also where did you crop in that edit - I can't see quite where it is (must be a fine cut)

By: Overread

Beauty in a simple fly by Overread

Beauty in a simple fly

Many thanks all Smile
as for paying I wish I could - though rotting fruit and honey can work well so I hear

By: Overread

Coming to get ya! by Overread

Coming to get ya!

Thanks for the advice all!
Brettb - plamps and reflectors are something that I have considered using and a reflector like the one you describe is most likly the sort I would go after for some versatility. I do rather like "collecting" kit together so I try to control myself by making very sure that I not only want to but also understand how to use new bits of gear before I get them. I have been wanting to look into a plamp and reflector setup for some time now - the plamp mostly as I do a lot of my shooting handheld and so would like the plamp to hold the reflector - in light/no wind is this easily possible whislt remaining mobile?

Datman - that rule might work well, but sadly I don't think I can put it to use at the moment since my understanding of settings is rather basic - and because my camera lets me change increments in less than one stop sections I don't have a good idea what the full stop settings are as such. Its something to consider for the future though.

As for ringflashes in general I would really like one though at the moment I have my sights set on the canon twinlight setup - mostly as I also have my eyes on the MPE65mm macro also.

By: Overread

Portrate of a bee by Overread

Portrate of a bee

Thanks all Smile

By: Overread

Dinner! by Overread

Dinner!

Thanks all Smile

By: Overread

Swan by Overread

Swan

Thanks All!
I do agree with the highlitghts and background contrast boost CB it makes a noticable different - still can't get on with the cropping though - though square is possibly the best rout.
Online I think its best to leave it as is - were I ever to print this though I think the square would be needed otherwise way too much of the print is wasted space

By: Overread

The old dog by Overread

The old dog

ahh Frodo - thanks Peter

And thank you to the rest of you as well Smile

By: Overread

A Giant shares its food by Overread

A Giant shares its food

Thanks CB!
I agree with what you have suggested in your edit - the selective sharpening actually makes a much more noticable change than I thought it would when I read it in your comments.
Its odd, but yellow appears to be a very strange colour with plants - on flowers I find that it soaks up saturation and had to be tone down quite a bit when compared to the rest of a shot - whilst the banana yellow appears very reflective to my flashlighting.

By: Overread

... fox ... by SueTurner

... fox ...

!! that'll teach us not to put the cameras away till we are well out of the centre!
Fantastic shot there - great depth of field and the background blurs out well - and he is looking right down the barrel as well Smile

By: SueTurner

Storks up! by Overread

Storks up!

Thanks for the compliments all - it was good to meet the rest of you as well - heres to more meetings in the future!

By: Overread

Sleepy by Overread

Sleepy

Thanks for the compliments all Smile
Just to clarify for a few this is a zoo fox not a wild one - so getting close as not the tricky part - though still great that he was sleeping out the in open rather than in a den/house.

By: Overread

Lynix by fishing

Lynix

must say I am not normally a fan of animal motion blur in a shot - however in this case I do think the moving paw is giving a sense of motion to this shot - whilst you have the spot on focus with the eyes looking right at you - great shot Smile

By: fishing

Meerkat watchman by Overread

Meerkat watchman

Thanks CB - must say I agree with your edit - highlights are something that I still really have to get on top of in shots - either at the shooting or the editing. I did increase shadows a bit before uploading - though perhaps I should be a bit more harsh with it at times.

By: Overread

Freedom by Overread

Freedom

Thanks for the compliments all Smile
sadly her phonenumber tag is on the pink collar - or else it would be off her (If I had any say in it). As for panning its something that I do need to learn and need more work at

By: Overread

Evening Landscape by Overread

Evening Landscape

ahh thanks for the input Cath - I do like what you did with the edit and its opend up a new editing method for me as well (hardly ever used many of the overlay modes before) but I do like the effect in your edit - darker and richer colours - especailly in the upper areas with the blue - thanks

By: Overread

Small bird by Overread

Small bird

Thanks for the input all - getting closer through hides and feeders is definatly something that I intend to do - heck if I get close enough I might be able to shift down to the 1.4TC (I can dream can't I Wink).

As for the shooting mode I do tend to stick to AV mode all the time, but recently I have noticed a few times when I find its best to shift to manual
1) When shooting in dimmer lighting - whilst there is the exposure compensation it does not factor in the fact that I am shooting wildlife and sometimes won't go as low as I want it to - In these times I find it more beneficial to have a darker sharp image which can be brightened and at least used in digital formats (though it might never have enough quality for a print) than it is to have a perfectly exposed image with unintentional motion blur.

2) when using flash - I found this out especialy though my macro work and now I mostly stick to full manual when using the flash - I find it simpler than constantly shifting the exposure compensation point

That said I did not realise till I got back in and started editing that the exposure on this shot was a total fluke - I didn't check the exopsure meter nor did I use the preflash mode either - I just picked my settings - pointed and shot. It did work and I did check the histogram in the field, which probably shows that my shooting is perhapse a bit too retrospect and less predictive at times. Though I do think that removing the diffuser might give me more power that I need in the flash at longer ranges

Banehawi thanks for the input, compliments and modification- the burns on the tree I admit, I did not notice till it appeard on EPZ (mostly as I was focused on the bird in editing). As for the flash, during the day I might be able to drop its use - for this shot though I do know that it was needed for the exosure to work as I have shots taken where my finger was faster than the flash recycle and they come out with way too much underexposure.

By: Overread

Underwater Penguin by Overread

Underwater Penguin

Thanks penny, though I was not actually all that close to the glass for this shot - using the zoom on the lens I was a reasonable distance back from it - I think at the time he was after childrens fingers through the glass Wink Tried getting a few diving ones, but kids in the way most of the time.

I like the mod you did - it took the harshness out of the sky area on the shot and did bring out the details more in the face - thanks!

By: Overread

Looking up by Overread

Looking up

Thanks for the compliments Smile

By: Overread

autumn walk by goffy

autumn walk

WOW!
Fantastic photo = almost looks like a painting - great work

By: goffy

Jaguar by Stuart463

Jaguar

Beautiful capture of the markings on the cat - saturation looks a little strong for my tastes and was he really that orange?
I have seen some with a hint of orange, but most I have seen have a more yellowy coat to them - an orange this strong is something I have not seen before.

I love the tight shot, but sadly the compostion just feels a little lacking - I feel like I want to look at either the head lapping at the water or the whole of the cat, but I am presented with the bulk of the body instead.
Still a great capture!

By: Stuart463

Deer by Overread

Deer

Thanks for the advice Andrew, I like what you did with the modification = whilst from memory the buck was not raising his head much at the time, looking at the image again I can see the dip probably caused by the land he was standing on dipping a bit.
And yes it was a very bright day

By: Overread

Hypnotising you by Overread

Hypnotising you

Thanks for the compliments all Smile
I did consider a portrate crop = though with this shot its just that it works out better wide to my eye - the space above him is not doign anything, whilst his body is spread out a bit behind him (even though its out of focuse its still there)

By: Overread

Cheeta by Misty56

Cheeta

Really like this capture - behind glass is always a pain especially on ,what looks like, a bright day! There is some small blown highlights, but they are not that distracting and I do like the soft light lighting the main body of the cat Smile

oh and err - I think its a cheetah not a leopard - tears on the face Wink

By: Misty56

Sweet Tooth 2 by alliec

Sweet Tooth 2

beauty of a shot - great use of the depth of field in this and I love that you got the whole tongue (or what ever that thing that they eat through is called) in focus.
A very bright shot with great lighting and powerful colours - out of interest what was you lighting for this shot?

By: alliec

Bright Fox? by Overread

Bright Fox?

Thanks for the compliments all - and for the pointer about the highlights Jon!

By: Overread

Polecat by Overread

Polecat

Thanks for the compliments all Smile
and good to see others like some of the techy talk Smile

By: Overread