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paulbroad's Gallery Comments
Strong initially, but so much very dark. The contrast range is just too much for your sensor to handle and the sky could do with a bit less exposure still. You needed a viewpoint with much less dark foreground and a feature in that foreground sufficiently dominant to be the main point of interest. The sky is then the background.
Interesting but a bit under exposed. Depends what you spot metered from. Bet it was the aluminium pans and that would cause the under exposure. It is close though, and much more exposure would cause those pans to be too bright. May be better to work on the shadows with the dodge tool set to about 15% and in small amounts each time.
I like this one. Wish more of your images had that human touch. The blue person serves as a subject and as a fine lead into the rest of the scene. The image is a tiny bit soft, but blowing it up suggests that may be a function of the high ISO xausing some definition loss. Good stuff.
This is actually quite simple and the stronger for that. You really have to clone out thathit of rail at the bottom, though. Strong simple images are the best for simple cameras. Keep things uncomplicated and you have a better chance of success.
You should retain detail in highlights and composition has rules, which can then be broken. Does it look right? Often placing the subject on a third helps, using the artists golden mean for horizons, never placing them on a centre line. Domyou like it?
Quite a nice effort. Not sure about the colour popping here, particularly not the pink. Think I would change the colour. Exposure is good on the boy, but with distractions in the background which you can reduce by darkening with the burning in tool. Lighten the facial shadows slightly with the dodge tool.
No details, but I assume a scan as this is a 500C. Used one at work a bit. Not sure if you can get a digital back that fits? Superg quality as it should be. Just wonder if the highlights might be a bit bright in places which, if this is a scan, may well be a function of scanning.
You give us no details? I'm not too sure about the general appeal of the subject, but the image is technically very flat indeed suggesting the exposure is wrong and/or your conversion to mono was done with an automatic setting rather than the channel mixer. Try and get a full range of tones in your images.
An interesting subject. It has converted to a tight range of grey and needs more contrast to lift it and give impact. I think I would have stayed with colour.
I think I would switch that in camera HDR off, Jas. Whilst the tonal range is very wide and would be difficult here, the end product is a bit flat in places and you are loosing control of the settings. I NEVER use any of the in camera features. Not to say I wouldn't if I thought they would help, but HDr needs very careful control.
And it is a good memory jogger. It is one of those scenes that looks better at the time than it appears in the frame. It does need brightening a bit, but you need the trees either as part of a wider composed scene, or with a few leaves in sharp close up to act as a focal point.
A decent try at an original viewpoint. You need to try and avoid things like the post cut off top and bottom from the compositional point of view as, being red and cu off, it pulls the eye.
Technically a strong image, but the eye make up looks plastered on and not very pleasant. I guess it might be very blue. Glamour make up, unless certain effects are desired, is best subdued and pastel toned. I wonder why you put her head so near the right. Better on the left third. The landscaoe format is good, but head in wrong place.
You are quite a long way under exposed. I know you ave to be careful with the reflective jackets but you needed at least a stop more. If this is your camera gun rather than a more powerful attached unit, you are out of range. Better to up the ISO to give the gun more apparent power.
There is nothing wrong with your composition. A Large Blue Heron doing what they do. You are about half a stop at least under exposed. This should be brighter with near white on the bird. May have been a dull day as your EXIF suggests, but brightening up should be possible even now.
If you talk to them, then it's no longer a candid. a good touristy shot of tourists doing what tourists do! Very bright lighting giving a wide expanse of bright foreground. You have handled the extreme contrast well, but I would take a slice off the foreground, hen work on it to darken a touch with the burning in tool.
Not to my taste, I fear, Jas. Rather over saturated and over done. The tonal range is just wrong and not very pleasing to the eye. The two very red books in the extreme foreground are eye pullers and pastel colours would be better. Not often I'm not keen on your stuff, but then it's not your stuff.
The main problem is that it is just too dark, much too dark. As such, it fails to attract any attention. weather intentional, under exposure or a poor conversion, you needed something to lft it. Dark but with a shaft of brighter light? Something to lift it.