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26/11/2014 - 8:44 AM

Waiting on Momma

Waiting on MommaA nice natural history image with great appeal. Difficult to choose angles, depends where the nest is.

Obviously flash. Often necessary for a quick shot so as not to alam the parents too much. You have simply popped up the camera gun on automatic I suspect. Hence 1/60 @ f5.6, the auto flash setting. The result is a tiny depth of field at 250mm and just the prime head sharp enough.

The camera flash is not powerful but you are at ISO400, to help, so for shots like this, try setting 1/200 @ f11 or even 16 on manual, then use the flash.

If you are within range, the camera will calculate the flash required and boost output to expose correctly. You would then have a lot more depth of field with very similar tones.

21/11/2014 - 9:12 AM

Olympic View

Olympic ViewNot a bad effort at all. The problem, as you identify, is not a lot of separation between bridge and background, built your exposure is good.

Often a good idea to shoot such images whilst there us still a little light in the sky, thus a deep blue rather than black. The foreground reflections are also not very distinct and separate from the main image.

Ideally, a slightly different viewpoint, but often not possible.

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes stays alone.”The idea is good, the execution needs thought. The contrast and colour is rather over the top with loss of background detail. For once, I want more included. I wand to see the seat legs fully in frame.

19/11/2014 - 8:40 PM

#193 through the water

#193 through the waterA good tight action composition. Well done.

Inwoukd clone out the two white flag direction boards and burn in the bottom right a bit to increase density there.

The colours are just a tiny bit strange. Not enough to matter much but a slight reduction in contrast that becomes apparent.

We Will Remember: past and futureWhat I will say is a first class try at moving away from a rather conventional scene. You had to have the red. It is mandatory here and I do actually think it would be better all colour.BUT, THE MAIN PRIBLEM FOR ME IS THE HANDRAIL?P. IT TOTALLY DOMINATES THE IMAGE AND LEADS THE EYE IN A STEAIGHT LINE DOWN THE KIDDLE.


I would actuaky look for a slightly different viewpoint so that handrail is less dominent.

15/11/2014 - 5:54 PM

Lost in Thoughts

Lost in ThoughtsQuite a nice image. Well composed. I would brighten the eyes and the rather flat image is not helped by your yellowish tones. If you are toning, then contrast can suffer because, usually, toning kills all decent black and thus lowers contrast.

The yellowish tone is not ideal and a much darker brown based sepiacwould be more in keeping with a possibke added contrast boost.

10/11/2014 - 8:37 PM

Striated Caracara

Striated CaracaraA fine image in many ways, but the composition is wrong. You either need all the bird, or just the head. A much tighter crop in other words. This is neither here nor there with a lot of quite bright background.

Full bird for a record. Tight head crop for impact.

This is going to be hard to swallowWrong side of the bird for me. Needed to be a front three quartets not back. Think your plane of focus is on the back of the wing rathervthan the head. If you are on autofocus using the centre spot, that is where it would be and the depth of field is not enough at a wide aperture to compensate.

06/11/2014 - 8:17 AM

Forth Bridge

Forth BridgePretty good night shot in the architectural record/pictorial vein. Well done. You could crop top and bottom a bit to give a more panoramic view. Bit of bridge missing not a problem for me.

02/11/2014 - 7:46 AM

Sleeping Sumatran Tiger

Sleeping Sumatran TigerI would stay with colour on subjects such as this, and the composition is good. Unfortunately you are rather unsharp and this is movement by the look of it. Yo must get a plane of critical sharpness in an animal shot like this, crisp and clear. That needs some sort of support in low light, or flash.

Two basics of photography. Exposure and sharpness.

30/10/2014 - 5:56 PM

Acco Harbour, Israel North.

Acco Harbour, Israel North.Hang on while I count them!

A nice happy group. I might crop the top to remove the background land and, if you had a flash with you, a burst of fill to brighten the faces, but a good shot.

30/10/2014 - 8:27 AM


Dont..Laugh..Try and shoot an action panorama in single frames and see what happens when you try and stitch it! However, panoramas are not ideal for action shots however they are shot. The time lapse between frames means problems, but rapid in camera work is likely to work beat where you actually pan the camera as the shutter fires regularly.

This is quite good in it's way. I think the left side needs to go and i would crop just to the left of that central group putting them on the left. Much better as a composition. Then try and lift that group a bit with the dodge tool.

26/10/2014 - 8:17 AM


Alice...This is really not a bad effort at all. It does look pretty realistic. The rabbit is a touch burnt out but you have made just one error that jars. You have cropped her toes on one leg?

That is very noticeable and, on a shot such as this, you should have seen that one coming.

22/10/2014 - 12:31 PM


SatisfactionA nice family record. Would prefer all the horses hed in frame rather than behind the fence. The real shot for me here would be much, much tighter. Just horse head and young lady.

More impact and a tighter relationship.

20/10/2014 - 8:18 AM

Front on jump

Front on jumpGood angle, composition and background. For that, full marks. The fence is hugely dominant and I look at that rather than horse and rider. That's lighting or after work or both. A bit of dodging to lift the horse and rider, possibly. It may be a touch under exposed, so try a general brightening, than darken the fence if necessary.

14/10/2014 - 3:43 PM

Hud Hud.

Hud Hud.Basically, the tonal range is too great. You need the foreground brighter, but the brighter area of the sky darker. You may be able to do something in software, but, I suspect, not enough. I hate to say it, but HDR might have been the way to go, or a graduated ND filter. How many people regularly carry such items unless on a known commission?

08/10/2014 - 3:51 PM

Edwardian Portrait.

Edwardian Portrait.I think anyone will pick up the halo. It is pretty obvious and not natural. This could be very good. The basic quality is there, but your processing is over the top. You need to have a word with whoever sets up the club lighting. You need a lityke more on the face with brolly or soft box and a sugnificznt power reduction on the backlight.

There is z real skill in studio multi light set ups and a club is not always the best venue. Each light should be set and calibrated with a flash meter, or test shots taken and adjustments then made.

05/10/2014 - 8:19 AM

What are you looking at??

What are you looking at??Willie says all. There are two main technical criteria for basic image making which apply almost all of the time. Get the exposure right. get the main part of the image sharp. The conditions here are not going to let you do that. A powerful flash would be the only answer but then the image would scream 'flash'.

You needed more light and it is just not there. Fast shutter speed in excess of 1/500 and keep off the creative settings. They do nothing to help you learn.

You have baisically done as well as you are going to in the situation regardless of any other methods.

26/09/2014 - 7:38 AM


destinyFine content, well exposed and sharp, but either initially, or in conversion the image has gone flat with a compression of tones. You may be under exposed due to all that white foam I would think. Brighten things up a bit and you have a fine image.

18/09/2014 - 9:25 AM

Dark Skies

Dark SkiesMixed feelings. Good to try a different effect rarher than just a record, but as a keen aircraft fan, I would like the Triplane a bit more distinct. I would go for full detail in the aircraft, or a full sihouette, which could be very dramatic. Put that aircraft, in near silhouette, in front of a good sunset and you have the Hun in the sun. A real potential classic.

The current effect is a little flat with compressed tones.