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paulbroad's Gallery Comments
Anything, of any quality, is relevant in a critique section. Even if perfect, and there is no such thing, the image shows others further down the learning curve how and what is possible. Everyone, and I mean, EVERYONE, can learn.
The huge danger with not using AWB as the standard setting is that you forget to reset for each shot in different lighting, or that you don't really understand colour tempersture. I would leave the camera set on AWB for grab shots as it usually gets things close to correct.
I think the slight under exposure actually helps here. It is such a pity that you clipped those wings as it is neither here nor there. This needs all aircraft fully in frame, just. The effect and composition are, otherwise, very very good indeed.
A decent street record. Just a touch on the heavy side as a mono conversion. I would brighten things just a touch and might just work the dodge tool here and there. Sometimes street scenes look better a bit hard and gritty, and this looks like one of those. Not the most pleasant of streets.
This is pretty good. The verticals being out is simply not a problem here. You cannot point a wide angle up and not converge verticals. Adds to the effect.
A good try but not the ideal tool. Difficult to tell if it's fully sharp at this size, but the Damsel really needs to be bigger in the frame and the second fly has huge subject movement.
Not focus rack. I do use one on occasion, but on more static subjects. This is simply a monopod and rocking the camera backwards and forewards to acheive focus. No time to use a focus rack with most insects.
I prefer the mono for once, but there are areas that show a touch over exposure. The burning in tool may bring things back as there looks to be detail. The very high ISO is better dealt with as a mono, getting rid of rogue colour pixels and chromatic noise.
Very difficult to get within the sebsor tonal range, and you are a bit off. The highlights are blown, but to get the exposure right for highlights, then the dark areas would be very dark. Not really sure about your content here. Is it the clouds, the sun beams or the tower that is the subject?
Do you mean, is this good enough to print? Looks it in general . Is there a touch of HDR in there. Think I detect a little tonal compression, but looks quite good. Once you have printed it at, say, A2, what then? On a wall? In an exhibition.
The second animal in the background spoils this for me. It becomes a jumble and you only needed the one head, or a completely different arrangenent of the two heads. I've read the other comments and struggle with why others are accepting this compositionally.
If you are offering your services professionally as your logo suggests, I would step back a bit and make sure you have the basics mastered. I'm sorry to sound a bit severe, but you have a great deal of contrast lost here due to image flare from the sun. You will not fully correct this iin any image editor and must consider your viewpoints more carefully.
The problem with all these over the water sunsets is that they look so good to the eye, but rarely translate to a good image. The sun here has lost form by being so bright and, compositionally, there is no subject. You need something in the beam of reflected glare. A silhouetted yacht, rowing boat, motor boat or something to act as the focal point.
The basis here is nice. Strong and simple and that usually works. Here, just a tiny bit less exposure, but mainly the couple more distinct as a couple. I wondered what on earth the silhouette actually wass at first site. Better side by side holding hands for example.
A polariser will not stop this because the reflected light is not polarised. Even a diffuser will not stop glare on shiny surfaces, but should help reduce it. The answer is not easy. Very flat lighting in the first place, then brighten and up the contrast to put some punch back.
I would stay with the chosen ISO. You will hardly see any difference in quality and after conversion to this quite contrasty image, probably will see none at all. Quite effective and well seen. I think I would concentrate on the righthand group of animals. The image is split into two a bit, and I feel the strongest image is on the right.
Good quality but just too much going on. Every figure is doing something different and is sharp enough to demand attention. Even the most dominent figure is not strong enough to fully command the scene. She needs to be rather larger and stronger in the frame.