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paulbroad's Gallery Comments

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Great Tit by Philo

Great Tit

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.

Never assume that anyone commenting on your image knows everythinv!

This is very good indeed. But Phill fullg understands sharp and exposure anyway. Nice sruff.


By: Philo

Toen wij uit Rotterdam vertrokken (when we left Rotterdam) by kuipje

Toen wij uit Rotterdam vertrokken (when we left Rotterdam)

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.

Then, if you understand, use your own chosen settings for specific shots or sequences providing you understand what the colour temperature implications are.


By: kuipje

The Red Arrows swoop-by…….. by L3PNDPhoto

The Red Arrows swoop-by……..

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.

Using continuos drive and focus is not a good idea with aerial shots at any time. You can release the shutter on single frame at a pretty high speed anyway and, as you suggest, judgement will then be rather better.


By: L3PNDPhoto

Dentchasers by ladigit


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.

Depth of field dealt with above. After learning about basic exposure and focusing, the next thing to fully digest is the use of shutter speed and aperture and the effects of each on the image.


By: ladigit

College Rules: Party Foul by WhoIsTaeSmith

College Rules: Party Foul

A perfectly acceptable subject. Fits a library litter theme. There is something very wrong with your processing. The image is very over exposed and there are wide white lines round objects. Not sure what you have done but the effect is not ideal.


By: WhoIsTaeSmith

Harriet's Staircase by ladigit

Harriet's Staircase

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.

If you used a tripod you really should not increase ISO. Just use the correct exposure, long as it might be. I might consider a bit of dodging onthe shadows.


By: ladigit

leopard in zoo by Rousseau

leopard in zoo

The EXIF looks wrong. Bright sun, ISO800? Just doesn't seem right.

Could have been really good, but you have burn out of highlights and a very strange yellow colour cast. Difficult to figure what went wrong.


By: Rousseau

Damsels by robberridge


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.

I have the 50/500 and I assume the construction is very similar. Very sharp on a tripod with critical focusing, but not the ideal lens on the hoof, although yours has OS I think. Minimum focus at 500mm is 3 metres.


By: robberridge

Flesh Fly by paulbroad

Flesh Fly

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.

The whole poibt is, I think, do you want natural history record, or do you want pictorial. Text books, which is my usual aim via libraries, need this type of shot, not the arty stuffwith lots of blur. I accept that can look good in certain situations, but is not a scientific record.

Most of the time, I like to see insects sharp. Ideally this could be on a tilt to better use the frame, I agree.

The reason I put it in was that we get so many insect macro shots that are not sharp anywhere, or sharp on the wrong plane. Macro is not easy and you must decide on your own approach.

But, something must be sharp, and I mean sharp. Not nearly.


By: paulbroad

Gull in the garden by LouiseTopp

Gull in the garden

Two separate images, really. You need a link and a very low viewpoint, as Pamella suggests, to put the blooms and gull on the same plane would help. Poppies and gull still a rather tenuous link.


By: LouiseTopp

Deck by Nigeve1


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.

As you say, a tripod and low ISO would be even better. Modern gear is, indeed, much better at handling high ISO, but too many people then use such settings when they really should not. The lower the ISO to get the desired result the better if youvwant image quality.


By: Nigeve1

The happiest wall by DiegoSuarezP

The happiest wall

You need to use colour channels, but my problem is the utter confusion of it all. Quite an interesting time looking at all the different objects, but no real order to it and a bit soft.

The latter is the main problem. You needed this pin sharp.


By: DiegoSuarezP

Open Wide by karkley

Open Wide

Very, very difficult to do and you have a reasonable effort indeed. Ideally, you need the birds rather larger in the frame with possibly a touch more exposure, but ideal and sensibly possible are not always the same.


By: karkley

Leopard by Piyush_singhal


Nothing to add to what Willie has said. Pretty good, but rather tight in the frame and a bit blue.


By: Piyush_singhal

Sky Shot: 1 by IshanPathak

Sky Shot: 1

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?


By: IshanPathak

Seaweed hut @ freshwater west. by piemon

Seaweed hut @ freshwater west.

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.

Every image should have a purpose. Record, books, information, decoration?


By: piemon

Sunset over Lincolnshire by al9er0

Sunset over Lincolnshire

Quite impressive in it's way, but needs to be a touch brighter. The sky would then have more power whilst the trees would remain in sihouette. Could really be anywhere, of course.


By: al9er0

Whispers by ladigit


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.

Believe me, in competition, that would result in rejection from most of the judges I once associated with in the PAGB.


By: ladigit

Searching for wormth by Rousseau

Searching for wormth

You needed more cat showing, better focusing and rather a lot more technical control. You cannot use a 2 sec exposure for shots like this!


By: Rousseau

Goldilocks knocked.... by louiserogers

Goldilocks knocked....

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.

Here, a bit to the left, looking right, a touch less exposure and a good powerful external flash as fill. Get the basics right.


By: louiserogers

Cornish sunset by LouiseTopp

Cornish sunset

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.


By: LouiseTopp

Another sunset in Menorca by IvanBarnes70

Another sunset in Menorca

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.


By: IvanBarnes70

Sunrise. by JackesPhotography


Just get that horizon straight and you have a very nice image of it's type. The problem for me is not really of this image, it is that the whole genre is now quite common and you need something in there to actually set the image appar from quite a lot of others.


By: JackesPhotography

Rio water falls by Baycan

Rio water falls

Basically, you are over exposed, and that will effect colour balance. Get the exposure right and the white balance problem may well go away. Doesn't actually seem terribly sharp anywhere. I assume a good solid tripod and careful manual focusing?


By: Baycan

Russian doll feeding her chickens by HarrietH

Russian doll feeding her chickens

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.

The pro answer is a light tent. These are used for shiny small objects. Completely surrounf the object with a white translucent object with a hole for the camera lens, then light the light tent fromthe outside as evenly as possible.


By: HarrietH

dream land by artrbn

dream land

Yes, top and bottom crop both required taking the format to near panoramic. Toomuch wasted space with not content. I think I would have stayed with colour here.


By: artrbn

Follow the leader by niicii

Follow the leader

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.

This one does work well in mono.


By: niicii

Dandylion by LouiseTopp


Willie sums it up. The flower is very soft and it is almost certainkey subject movement. The flower head must be sharp. Whatever it takes to get that! Higher ISO, tripod, whatever.


By: LouiseTopp

SHOOTSTANDWALKYAWN by youmightlikethis


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.


By: youmightlikethis