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01/02/2010 - 10:05 AM

Hastings Sunset

Hastings SunsetA nice image. Brightest point is extreme top right, would have prefered that in a more suitable compositional spot - obviously the setting sun was just out of picture to the right. Would have been really good if it had been on the top left third.

Would mean a long walk to the right!

Paul
31/01/2010 - 6:18 PM

13

13A very nice family portrait in the classical style. To give it real power, I would crop tightly to the face - a full half of the image is shoulder. Still technically very good.

Paul
31/01/2010 - 9:22 AM

outback Victoria Australia

outback Victoria AustraliaVery interesting image, but a strange colour? A bit on the blue side I think - try adding a little red or removing blue/cyan and see what you get.

Paul
31/01/2010 - 9:09 AM

Waitaki Dam

Waitaki DamWell, it is nice to see someone trying to be different, but this one is a bit too clever for me. Some difficulty telling what it was initially, then just a bit too much green water.

Compositionally a bit too different.

Paul
20/01/2010 - 5:22 PM

Sepia Sax Man

Sepia Sax ManWell, I'm different - don't like the very warm sepia at all. A first class image from a great angle demanding punch and contrast, and this is flat. Get rid of the sepia, or go for a VERY dark brown and lift the contrast several orders of magnitude.

Paul
17/01/2010 - 3:47 PM

Alley way in Barcelona

Alley way in BarcelonaYes, you are getting the hang of it. Bright background much better handled than your previous image. Wide tonal range is difficult to handle and we have discussed this at length.

Not sure how close to the light fitting you were, but could also try switching on flash - punch a bit of light into the foreground.

Paul
11/01/2010 - 2:33 PM

bike

bikeVery nice shot but you don't need all the dark wall in the foreground. trim off about half of it, then do a bit of work with the burning in tool on the background.

Paul
11/01/2010 - 2:31 PM

River Festival

River FestivalI'm with shawpaul - image in bottom Rh corner not entirely condusive with idea composition for this type of image. Good sense of movement, but would prefer the sharp plane on the driver - difficult though I know this to be.

paul
10/01/2010 - 10:29 AM

Potting shed

Potting shedYes, the mods are a great improvement. The brightest area in the frame tends to drag the eye and if it is over bright it becomes more pulling than the subject.

Experiment and try things.

paul
07/01/2010 - 12:38 PM

Winter Teasel

Winter Teaselgood enough image, but it is better to expose for the highlights and lighten the shadows and darker areas later. Always expose to record maximum detail - thus for the highlights.

paul
07/10/2009 - 11:34 AM

Duck

DuckDon't mind cut off body, but as such would prefer evn closer. Head well separated from background by shallow depth of field.

Paul
30/08/2009 - 11:28 AM

Kippers for breakfast!

Kippers for breakfast!Very good clean and interesting record. Possibly a bit more appealing with, as mentioned, with a jaunty angle and a bit closer.

paul
23/08/2009 - 4:43 PM

dead cork oak (ec01)

dead cork oak (ec01)The image is a good record, but I think you were struggling simply because you are in bright sun with no interesting lighting.

This image requires a 'sky'. Sunset, clouds, storm, whatever - but not just a blank blue.

A polariser on camera might have helped, depending where the sun actually was - it needs to be at right angles to your viewpoint.

Paul
23/08/2009 - 4:37 PM

Staircase

StaircaseYou have done your own crit. Nice subject and good composition but the bottom is washed out. Try burning in or a step wedge to darken the bottom. Better, expose for the highlights when shooting.

It is much easier to lighten the dark areas in software than try and put detail back into blown highlights.

paul
19/08/2009 - 6:36 PM

Exposure By The Elements

Exposure By The ElementsVery over exposed and the final mod above is much better. You must check your LCD and histogram if you have time and always expose for HIGHLIGHTS, not shadows. You can retrieve detail from shadows, but you cannot replace burnt out detail in highlights.

Paul
19/08/2009 - 6:05 PM

Bee on my Lavender

Bee on my LavenderQuite interesting to look at, but better if you get in rather closer, and your 18/55 - if it is the kit lens, will not let you.

Macro is a specialist subject and you have made a good try. It is better not to have very large blurred items in the forground thought - the sharpest image should be the most prominent.

Paul
20/04/2009 - 9:24 AM

flowercompo

flowercompoInteresting - a lot of impact. The type of shot seen on the wall in a modern minimalist appartment. Not sure about the very high contrast, but that is a very personal observation. Nice to see you trying siomething different.

Paul
19/03/2009 - 7:49 AM

Windmill 1

Windmill 1A good shot WITHOUT the artificial sun and rays - I'm afraid that destroys the image for me - but at least you tried something different.

I have to ask - are you adding or increasing image saturation. If so, i would hold back a bit. I've looked at some of your other work and it is all heavily saturated.

I have a 300D, now rarely used, but it tended to uder saturate if anything. Check your onboard settings.

paul
15/03/2009 - 8:19 AM

Dunmore Petrol Pump - B&W

Dunmore Petrol Pump - B&WInteresting and worthwhile. Definately a B&W shot and would be in Ireland. Modification is better - B&W needs depth, contrast and punch - I printed in a wet darkroom for 40 years! There MUSt be pure whites and full blacks - usually.

Paul