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paulbroad's Gallery Comments
I like the harsh look. It suites better. The Hoodie doesn't matter to me but I would try and tone down the two highlight skin areas just a bit if any detail is left. The face would look better close to the left edge of the frame, moving it away from dead centre.
The composition is fine but your processing has some real problems. There is considerable image flare from the lighting which is unfortunate, but the colours are a long long way out. Quite garish.
I like it. You will rarely get an outdoor IR shot sharp when using filters due to the long exposure necessary. If the goriillapod was attached to the bridge, you would need to stand still and no one else walk on it. The effect is unusual but IR should not be judged on sharpness and image quality, and I rarely say that, it is effect.
It is under exposed, but it is also rather unsharp due to the slow shutter speed and, I guess, hand holding. You need to use a tripod and work on the exposure. Shoot several images with different settings and try and get better lighting with a smaller aperture to increase depth of field. f8 or 11.
The idea is very good and the combination of images well done. The quality is, I fear, not so good. The girl is very unsharp and she should be sharp. Obviously cannot make further comment on that because we have no details. The lighting is too strong, resulting in flare and burn out.
Frankly, you are going to struggle with this. It's not very sharp at all, so enlargement by cropping will just make things worse. Lighting is heavy and grey so very much against you. You needed a nice bright sunset behind silhouetting the trees and birds, but also a longer lens and a tripod to get the resolution.
A good shot, but you could do with a bit more in there. Better to shoot in thipose few minutes when the sky still has a deep blue tone and there is some detail in the surroundings. There are very large areas of heavy black here.
Good grief, that's a bit drastic and, unless you are shooting critical images then hardly necessary. Shoot RAW + best JPG. You then have the best olf both worlds. A JPG which is likely to be close to correct for most purposes and a RAW file to adjust WB if necessary.
Very effective indeed. The mono is dramatic, but I'll bet a colour version is at least as good. Probably better for me.
Decent holiday record . you do need to get all the chap in, though, or crop at the waste with him in the foreground.
You either need the feet in, or ziim in even closer to just torso and expressions. Just cropping the feet doesn't work well.
The pose and framing are good. The eyes are a touch dark and could easily be lifted with the dodge took. They are slightly soft because your plane of focus is further back on her head. The hair at the back of her head at each side is very sharp.
You appear to have a very good range of tones. It is a long time since I had anything to do with the Ansel Adams zone system. I'm not really sure how you can employ it with the camera Meyer, or are you using a hand Meyer?
Effective and a good conversion with full range of tones. When blown up the top of the image looks less sharp than rpthe bottom to me. It is acceptable, but I think you have focused lower down and f5 has not quite been enough to give overall sharpness.
I knew it was HDR the second that I saw it. The tonal range is over compressed giving a slightly flat look. I wouldn't have thought HDR was necessary here? An aside is a slight softness overall which I think will be a result of combining images.
Your originals are very flat. V1 is quite a good close up with decent tones and a reasonable plane of focus. The lighting is poor and not really adequate for the job, and I can't even see any aphids. You need at least 1:1 full macro for such subjects.
Your EXIF surely cannot be right? ISO3200, 130 @5.6. It must have been nearly dark!
A tighter crop which gives a stronger image. The very bright area at top right is a little unfortunate and there is a degree of softness in part of the flower due to a relatively narrow depth of field. I realise the lighting was low but modern gear will handle ISO 400 with ease.
This looks over exposed with axwashy flat effect. I think you need to look at your monitor settings! Try brightening your screen image.
Very nice and superb family record of an original type. Just a tiny bit over exposed. Easily corrected in software, then a really good 'un.