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paulbroad's Gallery Comments
I can only repeat my previous observations. Horse and rider, great, background a serious issue. You need a different location for real success. May be some outdoor events as weather improves?
I fear I struggle here. I do see, vaguely, what you are trying to say, but the content just doesn't fit to me. You have obviously carried out some selective blurring but it just looks like a very dirty lens to me.
A good effort. What is realistic? Who knows ! It does a job and is worth looking at.
Must be looking at a different world to me!
A decent image. Assume inshore Zodiac crew as there are only three. It is reasonably obvious what they are.
Not a bad effort at all. Adequately sharp and well caught in general. My mate and I are in the middle of a series of trials on bird photography, testing various lenses. The problem idps balancing sharpness, use ability in the field and cost.
Quite a striking shot. A polariser is unlikely to do anything here other than loose 1.5 stops. The reflections are strong in that area but acceptable.
Other than fruit I have no idea what this is and, without your one word title, would not have guessed fruit either. Therin lies your problem. Shooting at f20, even with an 'L' lens, is not going to give the best quality.
I'm sure the parents love it. I, as an outsider, am not so keen. I would not have added grain and would stay with colour. The effect, to me is very grey and sombre, rather than a happy image as it should be.
This is what HDR is actually meant for and the contrast range is well handled. This is a pictorial record and quite well done. The verticals sit in that mid range between OK as effect, but need correcting for accuracy.
Composition will always be contentious along with content. I quite like it as you have presented. The foreground has detail and leads nicely to the boats placed well on the top left third.
Not sure. The idea is good but I think it is a bit too grey. There are no blacks anywhere and, in the old wet darkroom days, we would say it was a touch muddy. I think a bit more contrast in terms of a good solid black would still give that cold desolate effect.
I bet the parents really like it and that is all that matters. The eyes are a touch soft which should not be the case with your gear and the effect overall is over exposure. It's not over exposed, but the backgrounfpd is almost too blindingly bright.
Nice enough scene. It is a touch flat, but only slightly. It is a very good try at HDR which is not really intended for this type of image as multiple exposures. I think that, what is missing is a bit of drama and contrast. The HDR has done too good a job of controlling tonal range to the point of compressing it.
Willie says all. You are on manual, so how are you arriving at the camera setting? You are rather underexposed and the slow shutter speed has resulted in shake and thus a very soft image.
The technique is OK, but I struggle with the content. Content will always be subjective and success will depend on the viewer. There's nothing much there and I don't get the carming effect. For me, and I emphasise, for me, it needs a focal point to stabilise the eye when viewing.
Dudler last paragraph is the important one. Majorca and ISO800 should not, if luck is good, come together. There is a lack of crisp sharpness here which may be image compression, but with a flat subject such as this, aperture priority f7.1 and a suitable shutter speed. You do not need f13. Try and get away from full AE and try 'P' using program shift to get the desired combination of aperture or shutter speed. Best is probably aperture priority for general shooting.
Technically covered above. You are significantly under exposed on the flowers.