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paulbroad's Gallery Comments
This could be very good indeed but the flare ruins the effect totally for me, destroying contrast and impact. The whole tonal range has gone flat. I am a bit amazed at your settings, too. Why not f16? Would probably then get a lot less flare and more contrast without any problems with greater depth of field here.
Well, you have done that. Tight crisp grain as TRI-X.
Not a success I fear. The lottery advert on the extreme right is sharp. Hence your focal point is way back beyond the rider and you have both motion AND focusing error blur. You will not correct that one.
Black and white and natural do not really go in the same sentence. You see in colour, and I would have stayed with colour. OK, but not really an ideal mono subject.
Good try, but a bit under exposed and a bit heavy to the left compositionally. I know you cant add lights, but it is a pity there were not some on the causeway to the right.
I like the tight crop, but you do have quite a cyan cast, visible in the whites and giving everything that blue shade. You need to warm things up a bit - remove some cyan and/or add some red. You also need a few minutes to clone out the white and red circuit marker tape. I know it's there, but it is a huge distraction and is dead easy to clone out on this image.
Technically spot on. Now go for something a bit more dramatic. He is looking off camera and looks bored. One light and a soft box is like that. Adequate for a soft flat female glamour shot - just - but you need strong impact based lighting for a striking male image.
As with the last one, you need something a bit more dramatic happening. Lighting! Speed! Something to lift the image. Ths is technically OK but has little to keep the viewers attention and certainly not their interest.
Mostly as I expected. It is fashion, I suppose, of a sort, and these strange crops often seem to appear in fashion magazines. I suspect cropped to fit a space available rather than for true compositional excellence.
And thats where you went wrong. You have over done the lightening of shadows and darkening of highlights to give a compression of tones resulting in flat colours. Looks like an HDR because that is basicially what HDR does.
A decent ffort. I would have stayed with colour, though. There are not enough interesting shades for mono to have much impact and such scenes should, in my opinion, be inn colour unless the lighting has great impact, when mono can work.
The idea is good, but you are under exposed through the window and it shows. A bit of simple work with the dodge tool will lift the horse significantly and the burning in tool, reduce the human bit.
Your pan was not quite fast enough resulting in a less than sharp Spitfire body. The body needs to be sharp, the prop blurred and the background showing motion blur. With a full frame camera, I would have been at ISO400, may be 800 for this type of thing, getting a smaller aperture to use the lens to the best of it's ability - f8 or 11 - and possibly a touch more shutter speed.
A bit under exposed I think. Looks a touch heavy. For me, it needs a subject. There is nothing to fix the eye on and no real compositional shapes. F20 not need, f8 would do.
Unfortunately, possibly due to size, I find it very difficult to see what I assume I should be seeing here? There also appears to be evidebce of flare in a purple haze, bottom centre?
It's a good record which you had to take. Unfortunately for the best results the lighting is against you. The sky is very bright and the lighting coming from behind meaning the main interest, the ceramic poppies, are in shade. They needed the light.
There really is no need to modify this. Superb technical image with tight composition demanding attention.
For what purpose do you require the image? If it's to show the dragonfly as a record, then the quality is terrible. The huge amount ofgrain ruins the definition. If it's for effect, then you have a different image, with some interest due the the image softness and break up.
Quite a strong image as is but a greater depth of field would be even better. Not sure wha aperture range you have, and tiny apertures on none specialist macro lenses can result is soft images. Ideally about f11 or 16 if the lense quality will take it and a tripod to deal with the long exposure.