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Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl by Karen_Summers

have to say that i far prefer your 'environmental' versions

smelling fror food

smelling fror food by ugly

slightly missed the critical focus point there mate - you weren't on "all points" were you?

So tiring!

So tiring! by Lillian

composition is a tad centralised for my personal preference but otherwise a great image

Here's looking at  you .....................

Here's looking at you ..................... by morpheus1955

You are likely already aware of one of the "rules" of portraits, which is that the nose should not break the contour of the cheek.

It's an easy one to forget (or ignore) but here it does make the left hand models nose and chin quite prominent. Apologies if offence caused - simply trying to help.

Short Eared Owl

Short Eared Owl by Karen_Summers

On a scale of 1-perfect this is a good 8, erring to 9! it should be a 10 in most people's eyes and maybe they would be right, after all you can't exactly control where the light falls / does not fall on the subject. Easily good enough for my UA today.

What actually amazes me is that such an image can have 80+ unique views and 30 of those viewers did not deem it worthy of a vote - and i thought that i was critical!

O.K........ WHO THREW THAT FEATHER!

O.K........ WHO THREW THAT FEATHER! by barbarahirst

Barbara, I can see that you are not new to photography so am wary of leaving any unsolicited advice - if it causes offence in any way then I genuinely apologise.

I guess that you are using either 'all points' focusing or centre focus - the problem being with the latter that with most people it then means that the subject is centred within the image.

If you were to reverse this issue - select a single focus point (i think the D80 has 9 or thereabouts) that is most appropriate to the best position of the subject within the frame then you would get an accurately focused image but also instantly improve your composition.

If you are not familiar with traditional standards for composition then start by looking up "rule of thirds" or look at this brief guide. If you do not think it is important for your own images then worst case scenario is that you have wasted 5 minutes of your life - but 90% of people i speak with agree that just this simple basic improved their images massively

A Christmas smile :)

A Christmas smile :) by shishidog

Just an opinion, and apologies if not appreciated, but I think a little more thought regards the choice of Aperture and strength / position of your lighting would have improved the image.

Also, if using your own DIY studio then consider paper-rolls rather than cloth - I know it's more destructive / costly but you will find it worthwhile regards background creases etc..

Over the Top

Over the Top by teocali

An endearing image for sure but please excuse the question as to whether the Red and the Crestie are wild-wild or fed for photography wild.
Also, for perhaps newer photographers, could you explain your choice of settings please?

Dog Agility Trials 2014

Dog Agility Trials 2014 by FeatherFriend

A cracker there Geoff and good to read that I am not the only one that considers BG - having been told on here that there are not relevant.

Watching us!

Watching us! by Lillian

Love V2 but, for me, V1 is completely wrong composition and cropping (well done to Shaj for actually noticing and commenting in a marginally more pc-friendly way) Excellent exposure and detail though.

Take off

Take off by gary_d

excellent image but can i check - your tag states Wildlife/Nature whereas personally I have only ever managed this sort of image with Captive Animals.

Jaguar at 150mph

Jaguar at 150mph by WintonPhotography

I am completely with you regards moving vs static images although our methods differ somewhat, and the inherent problem with yours is that you end up with an image that is (marginally) weakened by it's composition.

Just an opinion and hopefully one that does not cause too much offence.

Old Man in the Trees

Old Man in the Trees by lobsterboy

nothing at all wrong with 'holiday snaps' that no not look like the classification suggests - do not do yourself down!

Girl and Wall

Girl and Wall by Dixxipix

Always interested to hear why other 'togs' choose settings that i can see no logic in - as always willing to learn.

Why shutter priority please?

Cheetah licking its lips

Cheetah licking its lips by markohawkins

Personally think that, unless proving some point or other, subjects should be shot at their eye-level. On occasion, shooting from our own can produce interesting viewpoints but i think that's an exception rather than the norm.

Here the viewpoint almost hides the Cheetah's eye and perhaps the more normal viewpoint would have been an improvement?

Don't really understand why Shutter priority is used rather than Aperture priority in any event but especially with a subject during it's near-static moments.

Waiting

Waiting by jester1812

hi Jester, not a terrible attempt but i feel it could have been improved with a little attention to the exposure, composition, and background.

If you are not already familiar with it, take a look at Exposure Compensation - this will allow you take control of the exposure from the camera without having to move to full manual.

More than willing to help if required.

TopicDate Made
Flash - aaaarrrgh28/09/2014 - 6:44 AM
IR triggers01/04/2014 - 12:52 PM
Canon settings - 'flat' images26/03/2014 - 8:11 AM
Travel Tripod04/03/2013 - 10:25 AM
Camera Club 'practical' evening29/01/2013 - 3:35 PM
'workflow' and oddity23/09/2012 - 8:22 AM
TopicDate Contibuted
Photography At Its Best?06/02/2015 - 3:14 PM
Eos 60d upgrade?21/01/2015 - 9:30 AM
Day 09 December 2014: Seal Photography 09/12/2014 - 4:33 PM
Flash - aaaarrrgh29/09/2014 - 7:25 AM
Turning off colour management28/09/2014 - 6:36 AM
Camera Club programme Ideas26/08/2014 - 4:39 PM
curse of the purple sky19/08/2014 - 12:57 PM
Insurance claim19/06/2014 - 11:19 AM
Any good, easy web hosting sites12/06/2014 - 9:07 PM
Photographing aircraft11/06/2014 - 1:45 PM
IR triggers01/04/2014 - 12:52 PM
Canon settings - 'flat' images26/03/2014 - 6:25 PM
Wildlife photography classes/lessons21/08/2013 - 12:14 PM
Please recommend a tripod?04/08/2013 - 11:54 AM
cruise ship photography help please!14/03/2013 - 7:09 PM
PortfolioAdded Date/Comment

TatraPhotography

Added Date: 18/04/2014 - 8:55 AM

Great portfolio! I guess captive birds - but really do not care as so well captured. Somewhat different to my own photography attempt in the Tatras, cam Bear trekking... found sh*t in the woods.

photographerjoe

Added Date: 17/03/2014 - 9:57 AM

Very often a 'varied' portfolio shows up someone's weaknesses. Not so here, well done on an interesting and competent selection.

Trev_B

Added Date: 02/01/2014 - 10:38 AM

nice varied selection even from a specialised subject, i'm with you on the 'like' issue - the only thing worse being "ahh, that's cute" Wink

justin c

Added Date: 20/10/2013 - 10:33 PM

some excellent stuff here, lovely detail and great variety of images eve with the same subject

Bogwoppett

Added Date: 11/10/2013 - 12:06 PM

what i really really like is the fact that even the nudes are subtle - well done for NOT taking the same approach as many others

NeilS

Added Date: 26/08/2013 - 10:14 AM

well Neil, some of your stuff is good.... but some is astounding! only saw you for first time today, due to the fabulous Swifts.

Brian_Scott

Added Date: 10/06/2013 - 11:49 AM

fabulous collection - surely one of the most consistent / high quality on here. can't see any exif at all - what are you using Brian?

LeeFisher

Added Date: 24/05/2013 - 8:11 AM

some truly great images here Lee

terry_cavner

Added Date: 13/04/2013 - 7:43 AM

i am delighted to have found and viewed your pf, and gutted to have not seen it before Wink

Maccas

Added Date: 02/03/2013 - 6:32 PM

surprised i have not noticed you before given similar interests -have to say i am somewhat envious of the Goldfinch, perhaps i could trade you for a few Redpoll Wink

Tom-Melton

Added Date: 16/02/2013 - 6:22 AM

great pf of detailed images

Fotofunguy

Added Date: 03/02/2013 - 5:17 PM

Ignoring those where you have 'done a Levett'*, a good pf building up here Barrie Grin

(*for those not familiar with the phraseology... see 'applied a vignette or texture somewhat badly' - named affectionately after a member of local camera club)

YorkshireSam

Added Date: 01/02/2013 - 2:54 PM

Fabulous gallery of images that make you come back and look again. Inspiring

marktc

Added Date: 28/01/2013 - 10:53 PM

some great work and a portfolio i shall come back to

bricurtis

Added Date: 22/12/2012 - 9:00 AM

a lovely looking pf, full of colour, detail and great composition