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02/11/2009 - 4:43 PM

Diasica

DiasicaRoy i can say this is beautiful, superb, well done, but today i am telling you something different:-

1. if you do not use tripod, you should not break the rule of thumb( the shutter speed should not be less than the focal length but here you have used 1/30 shutter speed and focal length is 42mm Smile you should use 1/60 at this focal length that is 42mm)

2. iso 400 is not at all a good choice because it can produce noise in your image. try to use iso 100 or around this. actually f11 is a small aperture opening and this force you to use iso 400.

3. for any kind of close up work f5.6 or lower than that will be better.

( consider a situation:- you want to fill a pot with water and you open a tap.

the pot = your image(that you want to take and see through a view finder)

the water = the light(that you need to expose your image properly)

the tap = the shutter(that you want to open for a certain time to fill the pot or to capture the image with proper exposure)

the size of the tap = the aperture opening(large f number means small aperture opening)

so it is a math and always calculate and execute.


although a vote to your image for a good ps work.
23/10/2009 - 5:08 PM

Wrecked and Abandoned

Wrecked and Abandonedminor tweaking at the horizon in v2, but i prefer v1, according to me it is not at all a distraction, but it is giving more balance, beautiful work.
10/10/2009 - 7:30 PM

untiled

untiledbeautiful framing but i should say that if you want to frame a picture, you should be very careful because on the one hand it looks excellent and on the other hand it gives a little distraction to the subject. so you should do a balance between the two. here the branches of the tree occupy the most portion of the image and the house, i suppose your subject, is positioned behind the right hand side tree.


another point is that the highlighted part of the image at the left side has a bit distraction. both this problem could easily be sorted out, if you could position yourself slightly more at the left side to take this shot.


Hope it helps,
somnath
24/09/2009 - 4:26 AM

Canal HDR.

Canal HDR.beautifully you have done this, but as you have said it is an HDR image, then i must say that you can use this technology for high dynamic range images because our eye can see 50000:1 dynamic range but camera can capture 300:1 dynamic range resulting lost detail in both highlighted and shadow area. here in this case the dynamic range of the scene i presume is not very high and you can capture it without the HDR technology by properly setting the Ev +/- value.


although if you want to experiment with the HDR technology, first you have to capture at least 3 to 7 images of different exposures of the same scene using a tripod(a must), the settings of every such images should be the same except the shutter speed. you should take raw images if possible. then you should use photoshop.


as you have said it is an early morning picture, so i can say it hardly requires an hdr image processing. you have asked for any kind of help to this images, so i am giving you a link below for better understanding this technology.

link


although a vote to your work because there is no such lost detail in the highlighted as well as shadow area.

Hope it helps,
somnath
11/09/2009 - 7:45 AM

Kiss

Kissit is a mature piece of composition, the statue is used here as a mirror
of the couple, notwithstanding the high dynamic range of the scene you have maintained a proper exposure as well. the branches of the tree is used here to frame the subject, lovely work, but as you have sent it to the critique gallery i must say that there is a bit noise in the picture, particularly at the sky. i do not know the technique you have used for this shot because you have not yet post it. can you post it? so that it would be easy to say something.

i am giving you 90/100 for this shot and particularly for the composition.
06/09/2009 - 12:16 PM

ant mimic spider

ant mimic spiderbeautiful spider, and you have taken it beautifully. your composition is superb. the DOF you have chosen for the shot is superb according to me. but you should be more careful about the selection of proper background. the background of the image is well blurred but the lighter and the darker part is creating a contrast as a result it has a slight distraction on the subject. you could use a white card at the background at the time of shooting or you can correct it at the time of processing at the digital dark room.

Hope it helps,
somnath
04/09/2009 - 7:05 PM

In hot pursuit

In hot pursuitare you an user of photoshop ? if you are, then first open an image and duplicate the layer, apply high pass filter of radius 4 and now change the blending mode of that particular layer to vivid light and then flatten the image. again duplicate the layer and apply high pass filter of radius 6.9 and now change the blending mode to color and opacity 40% and flatten the image. the result is in my modification.
there are actually so many methods to do it but i have done this. i am also a novice of photoshop and i think the process can be better explained by the others and according to me the other modification has done this job in a better way.

Hope it helps,
somnath
03/09/2009 - 11:38 AM

IOW - boats

IOW - boatsbeautifully you have done this. but only two different exposures can not do a better job every time. three to five shots of different exposures can obviously give you better result. you have done well to capture the high dynamic range of the scene but still there is a lot of space to work with like the foreground shadow area is a bit dark and you can also consult the histogram, there is a lot of tonal density at the left side wall as well as there is clipping at that wall. you can also do this kind of work very easily. you can capture a raw image and consult the histogram if there is any clipping at the right side wall of the histogram or not. because lost detail at the highlighted area can not be recovered. then you can convert the raw image by using any raw image converter many time by several exposures and then merge them together at the digital dark room.
the horizontal level of this image is also not right. you should consider the water level to correct it.

i have uploaded a modification and corrected the horizontal level and made curves adjustment to reveal the shadow area.

Hope you like it,
somnath
01/09/2009 - 5:35 AM

Painted town

Painted townreally it is looking like a painting and it is all about color and composition. in spite of the high dynamic range of the scene you have captured this image beautifully. the harsh light here added tint to the colors but it would have been better if you had taken the image at slightly low light condition or you had underexposed the image slightly.
the vertical line of the image is not right and you could have corrected it before uploading.

the title and the color of the image motivates me to give an water color paint effect to this image. i have uploaded a modification here and given that effect. if you can do it you can play with it. if you want to know about that effect, you can ask me i will give you explanation.

Hope you like it,
somnath
31/08/2009 - 11:43 AM

Sad Story

Sad Storyyour child did a great job. you have captured it well. the eye of the dog indicates the pain. but i think there is an unnatural color cast in the image you could have adjusted it before uploading. the placement of the eye is at the middle of the frame but it often works well if you avoid such kind of placement. i have uploaded a modification here. i have cropped the distracting part of the foreground and adjusted the color balance. i have also given an effect if you like and want to know you can leave message or PM me. i shall post the knowhow.

With regards,
somnath
31/08/2009 - 5:56 AM

Sunset Cliff

Sunset Cliffbeautifully you have captured the scene. but as you have sent it to the critique gallery i must say the placement of the person standing at the right side of the frame is very high. you could have given slightly more space for the sky. you may have tried to capture the wave resulting such kind of placement but if it is not at all possible at the time of capture you could have done this at the time of post processing. the horizontal level of this image is slightly out of the mark(0.14 CW degree). i guess there is some rock at the top right side of the frame but it would have been better if you had cropped them out because it has a little distraction on the person standing there.

i have uploaded a modification here and i have adjusted the horizontal level and added canvas at the top and filled it by cloning the nearest pixels. i have also increased the sharpness a bit. i have cropped out the distracting rock at the top right side of the image.

Hope you like it,
somnath
29/08/2009 - 1:13 PM

Steps in colour

Steps in colouri agree with carabosse above. so i am trying to give you some extra points. the first bulb is a bit distracting and i guess as you have included that bulb in the image the other part of the image became very dark. it would have been better if you had excluded it. for night photography i think tripod is a must. low shutter speed and low ISO can produce better result. you can also select the darkest area of the image and let the camera do exposure control, press the shutter half way down and then you position your camera( holding the shutter in that way) to take the scene as you want and press the shutter full way down. in this way you can cheat your camera and can get a bright scene.

Hope it helps,
somnath
29/08/2009 - 12:37 PM

long gone

long goneit is a beautiful image but as you have sent it to the critique gallery i must say that there is an unnatural color cast in this image. as you have exposed for the sky the foreground land became dark. always consult in camera histogram for this kind of situation. there is a lot of data at the left side of the histogram resulting an underexposure but the right side contains comparitively very low data as well as there is a small gap at the right side of the histogram. you can adjust +/- EV for proper exposure and you can take several shots till you are satisfied with the result.

i have uploaded a modification here and adjusted levels to the best of my ability and shifted the unnatural color cast.

Hope you like it,
somnath
29/08/2009 - 10:06 AM

Temple

Templebeautiful picture. but it is a result of tight cropping or crop factor of the camera that some part of the temples are out of the frame. mono version of this image works well. but over all the image is very much dark because you have exposed for the sky. in such a situation when there is a bright sky at the back ground you can try HDR technique. you can capture the same image by several exposure and merge them at the time of post processing. it can give you a beautiful result. if it is not possible to capture four temples at a time you can capture three in a better way and giving some space to every side. the vertical level of this image is also not right and in such cases you can make correction of camera distortion at the time of post processing.

Hope it helps,
somnath.
27/08/2009 - 12:44 PM

sunrise over the Ugie

sunrise over the Ugiemiptog has given you good advice above, use of circular polarizing filter can be very helpful to remove glare in such situations. always try to consult in camera histogram after every shot and avoid any kind clipping at either wall of the histogram because if there is any clipping at the right side wall you will lose detail in the bright area and any clipping at the left side wall means loss of detail at the shadow area and in that case you can take image again avoiding any such clipping and properly exposing by the help of +/- EV. you also have a problem with the lens because i guess there is something at the top right side of the image. i am giving you a link to better understand the histogram.

but the dynamic range of such situation can give you a result of clipping at each side of the histogram which means your camera can not hold the dynamic range of the scene. in that case HDR image can help you. you can shoot the same image by different exposure and combine them at the time of post processing.

the horizon of this image is not right. i have uploaded a modification here and straiten the horizon. raw image is better for post processing so i can not do better with this jpeg image. i have adjusted the curves at each color channel.

Hope it helps,
somnath
27/08/2009 - 11:51 AM

lake malawi sunset

lake malawi sunsetyou have tried hard to give this image a good look and you have got success to some extend. but one thing to remember that we can see through our eyes more than 50000:1 dynamic range of light from the very bright area to the dark. our camera can not do it because it has only about 300:1 dynamic range. so from the very bright spot of the sun to the dark silhouette there is a lot of tonal range which a camera can not capture. you have tried to tweak this image in a software to give a better look or to fit this dynamic range resulting posterization (unnatural shift of color) at the reflection of the sun light at the water. better to exclude the sun ball as PHIL said above because in this way you might get a comparitively lower dynamic range for proper capture by your camera as well as you can get natural color of the sky and a good reflection of the sun. you should also give more space to the front of the boat placing it at the left side of the frame.

Hope it helps,
somnath
25/08/2009 - 10:44 AM

Dark and Bright

Dark and Brightbeautiful image and composition. i only have a problem with the use of cigar here because it is leading the eye to a different place. you could have used it in a different manner or excluded it. but it is only my view and i should say you have done a superb job here.
25/08/2009 - 8:59 AM

Manhatton, New York.

Manhatton, New York.it is a good landscape shot. but the horizon is not right. the image is also lacking sharpness and contrast. i have uploaded a modification here and added canvas in such a way as to correct the horizon, filled the canvas by cloning from nearest pixels. i have also adjusted the curves and sharpened the image. but i have done this very quickly and you can do it yourself better by taking some time.

i guess there was a bright sunlight at the scene and in that case the polarizing and nd grad filter work well to give better definition of the sky. the sky portion of this image is not good enough. try the rule of third to give better proportion for the sky and the land and use those filters if possible. you can get obviously a better result.

Hope it helps,
somnath
22/08/2009 - 7:23 AM

Rambutan Fruit

Rambutan Fruiti agree with the above comments. the lighting is the main tool of photography and photography is nothing but to capture light. you have to use the light purposefully. any kind of still photography is in 2d form but you can use light in such a manner as to give a feeling of 3d subject. the light you have used here is not at all bad and it is a soft light but the lower part of the fruit is very much dark due to its shadow as pamela said. the background is also an essential part of photography. example:- think a dark background with blackish subject if it is not at all for any artistic purpose like comparison, nature, shades etc., you should generally avoid this kind of situation. for giving a good contrast and saturation to your subject you should learn color effect. the background here has a little distraction on the subject and i guess that there is a chair at the background and the lines of the chair is creating a contrast to catch the eye of the viewer. so it would have been better if you had removed the chair before capturing and i think the color of the wall could have given more definition to your subject. or as pamela said you could have used some kind of card or paper at the background. you could have also included the complete reflection of the fruit at the table. one source of light is good but more than that can give you better definition of the subject. you could have used another source of light may be from a different angle and adjusting it until you are satisfied with the result.

Hope it helps,
somnath
21/08/2009 - 12:55 PM

suprise

suprisei do not know why you have made this comment to your own photo.

obviously it is a good feel and you have captured the sun very well. very nice atmosphere you have created. the person at the left side of the frame and the sun at the right side gives a good balance to your image. not many points you have left with this image to critique. but the horizontal level is not right. the space at the right side of the frame after the sun is, i think , too much to serve any purpose. but you could have cropped out slightly that part to give a better balance of the image. although you may have a different opinion but i think it would have been better if you had cloned out the other boats.

Hope it helps,
somnath