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20/08/2009 - 11:34 AM

BalBoa Park

BalBoa Parkyou have done well particularly according to the situation. the reflection of the sky at the water is superb. but here the sky is very bright and the reflection of it at the water is blue because of the angle of the light falling at the sensor. and i guess you have selectively tweaked the sky to give it a better look resulting posterization at the sky( unnatural shifting of tone). you could have used the spot meter of the camera for the sky and the building separately. and you could have used ND grad filter of the same value or slightly lower than the value of such difference( exposure values measured by the spot meter). the horizontal level is also not right according to the water level. another easy way, you have, is that you could have taken a picture exposing for the sky and another exposing for the building and you can merge them at the digital darkroom.

Hope it helps,
somnath
20/08/2009 - 11:11 AM

Caterpillar on Nasturtium leaf

Caterpillar on Nasturtium leafKelly it is not a true macro and it can not give you life size image(1:1). but whatever you have done with this one is appreciable. i also donot have any such lens so i can not help you in this regard.

compositionally i can tell you that you could have included the whole body of the caterpillar rather cutting it from the back side, may be it would have been possible to include the whole body giving space to the front to move if you had placed it completely diagonally. and the spot at the leaf has a little distraction on the subject, you could have cloned it out.
19/08/2009 - 8:05 PM

through the rock

through the rockMadmac i am giving you three links below to make your hobby interesting if possible go through it. because we all are in a same situation and always try to develop.

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19/08/2009 - 7:52 AM

Tree

Treeyou have done well with a camera phone. but one thing i must say that you could have excluded the sun ball from the frame because the highlighted area of the image has lost detail. so if possible you could have used a different angle for this shot to exclude the sun ball. the inclusion of the tree is also not complete because some branches are outside the frame. actually you have taken this picture from a very close point and this problem would not have arisen if you had captured it form a distant place including the whole tree placing it at the left side of the frame so that the sun ball remains outside the frame.

Hope it helps,
somnath
19/08/2009 - 7:14 AM

Exposure By The Elements

Exposure By The Elementsyou have created a very nice atmosphere. the texture of the oak leaf is really very nice. but one thing is catching my eyes that is the vertical line of the window, which is not at all right. the highlighted area of the image has lost detail. always consult with incamera histogram for properexposure. if there is any clipping on either side of the wall, you just experiment with the exposure compensation and avoid any such clipping. bracketing is also a very useful tool in this regard.

Hope it helps,
somnath
17/08/2009 - 12:03 PM

Quaysaide

Quaysaidebeautiful capture. but i think there is a problem of vignette in this image so that the corners are looking black. study this link if possible so that you can better exploit the capacity this amazing lens. although you have done a very good job here. i have a different view (you may not agree) if you had placed the rope diagonally in the frame to lead the eye to the ship, i think it would have been better.

Hope you like it,
somnath
16/08/2009 - 4:47 PM

Lonely

Lonelya nice picture, good contrast and excellent detail. but i think it would have been better if the back ground was in soft focus. you could have used f5.6 or lower than that for this shot. i donot know whether there was breeze or not and if not then a slower shutter speed and low ISO for this shot is more preferable. although you have done a good job here.
15/08/2009 - 5:06 AM

Lindean Swans

Lindean Swansexcellent capture barral. but as you have sent it to the critique gallery i must say everything is good in this image except the placement of the tree at the middle of the frame. it is creating a bit obstruction. According to my point of view, if you had placed the tree at the left side of the image and the swans at the right giving a complete view of the fog, lake, other trees etc. at the middle, it would have been better with a decent balance. but in that case also it would not have been a portrait of swans as your title suggests rather it would have been a landscape picture as you have presented here. if possible always select a proper title because it has some bearing with the image itself. but you have created a fantastic mood here with this image.

Hope it helps,
somnath
14/08/2009 - 7:29 PM

an orchid

an orchidirin the question you have asked is really not clear to me. i do not know whether you are asking for suggestion to make better utilization of the lens or to make a better photography. if you are asking for better utilization of the lens, then you first decide what category of picture you are making. It is really very silly to say that it is not a macro photography but a portrait of flowers. in that case your composition is diagonal which is excellent. but you could have avoided the clutter at the background, which has a distractive effect on the subject. if it was not possible to avoid it at the time of taking the picture, you could have easily done this at the digital dark room. if you were trying to do a macro photography with this lens, you could have taken this picture at 0.9 ft distance and if necessary you could also have cropped. but one thing i must say the lens you are using is not a macro lens and can not give you good result. if possible you can buy a macro lens(better) for 1:1 or life size image otherwise you can purchase a close up filter +1,+2,+3,+4 or +10 of 52mm.

Hope it helps,
somnath
14/08/2009 - 4:33 PM

Dragon head close up

Dragon head close upwell capture no doubt about it. i notice that you are using a 60mm macro lens and 1.4 TC i don't exactly know why you have invested money in this manner because total price of both exceeds the price of a reasonably good 100 mm macro lens. Although you may have a good logic behind it.

your subject in this image is the head of the dragon fly and you have captured very good detail of it's head. again the focus and point of interest is also the head. but you have tried to place it at the center of the frame which is not marking this image as an extraordinary piece of work. placement of the subject at the center of the image does not work well every time so it is better to avoid such kind of placement. compositionally, you could have experimented with the subject because dragon fly often gives many chances to do that. e.g you could have placed the full body of the dragonfly diagonally giving a soft focus to lead the eye to the head of it(sharp focus) maintaining good detail of it's head. It is an example and personally my view you may differ.

Hope it helps,
somnath
13/08/2009 - 11:23 AM

Beach Sunset

Beach Sunsetthe horizontal level in this image is not right. you have tried to capture the sunset view. you have done well but i think it would have been better if you had waited a few minutes for the sun to go below the horizon. this kind of situation always gives a challenge to everyone. any kind of bright spot(like the sun) in an image has a distractive effect on the whole image. use of ND grad filter can give you better exposure result.

Hope it helps,
somnath
13/08/2009 - 11:05 AM

Maxims Casino Southend

Maxims Casino Southendriaanuys has given you good feedback. the image is very much attracting, sharp. but first work with the horizon it is not level. from the title and description of the image i can say that you have tried to show us the casino and its entrance. the inclusion of the river gives us an idea about the location of the casino. you could have either avoided the cars or included them completely. if you were not able to include the complete view of the casino, you could have excluded some part of the image at the left side to include at least the complete view of the casino at the right side. you have also given a blue cast in this image it is looking good but the river and the sky at the back ground is looking unnatural.

Hope it helps,
somnath
13/08/2009 - 10:46 AM

through the rock

through the rockyou have used a different angle for this shot and it is good to experiment with. but as said above the purpose is unknown. if you have tried to create frame by the rock, i must say in such cases the frame should have a soft focus and the background should be sharp otherwise the frame would have a distracting effect on the subject. in this image the background view is not sharp enough and the foreground rock has a distracting effect on the background view. use of different angle should serve a good purpose and could have been exploited for creative composition. so better to give explanation what you have tried to do here. unless it will be difficult to critique.
13/08/2009 - 10:23 AM

Buenos Dias

Buenos Diasexcellent capture. i like the natural light here. as you have sent it to the critique gallery i must say that the foreground barrier is not matching with this image. you could have stepped forward at the time of taking the shot to exclude it. if possible you could also have included some interest in this image like a boat or a bird etc. compositionally i should say that the bright light at the sky and the reflection of it is close to the center. you could have excluded some part of the left side image to gain some part at the right side which could have given a better look. you could also have tried to use 2/3 rd of the frame for the sky because the sky is interesting and rest for the water. although it only my view you may differ. it is also an excellent image.

Hope you like,
somnath
12/08/2009 - 11:28 AM

by the bay

by the baywell spotted and really a good capture. but work with the horizon it is not level. you could also have cropped out some unwanted part of the image at the bottom. i have uploaded a modification. i have cropped the bottom of the image slightly and made level adjustment in every color Chanel and sharpened a bit.

the silhouette and the setting sun both are very close to each other you could have taken a different angle to separate them in a balanced manner (the setting sun could be slightly at the left side of the frame and the silhouette at the right).Although you have done a very good job.

best wishes,
somu
St Botolph's Church,Boston,Lincolnshire (The Boston Stump)very difficult condition for a good image. you have send it to the critique gallery for help. i am giving you some points if you like it you can use particularly for this kind of situation.

1. always try to read in camera histogram for proper exposure because this kind of situation gives you a challenge to expose properly.

2. you or your camera has exposed for the highlighted part of the image as a result maximum part of the image has lost detail in the dark area.

3. this kind of situation often requires ND grad filter for proper exposure of the sky as well as of the land.

4. the sun below the horizon is the best time for this kind of photography or at least the sun should be behind you.

5. take multiple exposure and merge the images.

Hope it helps,
somu
11/08/2009 - 6:51 PM

Spice of Life

Spice of Lifeit is a very difficult situation for any kind of photography. the highlighted part in this image has lost detail. always try to consult in camera histogram(if you can read) at the time of capturing the image. you can see there is a lot of data at the left side wall of the histogram. it is not at all good. always capture raw image if possible and ensure slightly overexposure for digital photography as the sensor apply liner concept and correct it at post processing, it can reduce noise as well as it can give you more tonal range. but avoid clipping in either side of the wall of the histogram and ensure that the spreading does not result in posterization.

as the title and description of the image suggests you have tried to show various spices in this image and i think you could have easily done this from taking the image from a different angle avoiding the harsh sunlight at the wall.

Hope it helps,
somnath
11/08/2009 - 11:38 AM

Zara single light

Zara single lightyou have made good use of one light in this image. i have seen your portfolio and i must say you are a great portrait photographer. but the light here is very much harsh. the skin tone particularly below the eye of the girl has lost detail. you could have used a soft light for this shot like the previous one you have made(zara-studio). soft light is better for portrait photography even in case of use of only one light. the position of the hand could have been better exploited if you have not cut it at the left side of the image forming a triangle. although you have done a good job here.
11/08/2009 - 11:15 AM

Mother & Child

Mother & Childthis is a very difficult situation for photography. you have done a decent job. you have not specified the technology yet for this shot.
you may have made an exposure setting for the subject or the camera may have done this job(auto) while you have made a focus to the subject as a result the background sky or the highlighted area in this image has lost detail. every time you should consult the in camera histogram for proper exposure. the highlighted sky at the background has a distractive effect on the subject. it is because the human eye is not generally accustomed with seeing very highlighted area but our eye can interpret shadow area very well.

i have uploaded a modification here. i have selected your subject and inversed the selection and made level adjustment. i have also slightly blurred the background and sharpened the subject to bring the attention. i have also cropped out some unwanted highlighted area in this image.

Hope you like it,
somnath
09/08/2009 - 4:49 PM

The Bee Set

The Bee Seti think you have used in this shot 18-55 mm kit lens and you have captured the bee very well. the buds at the bottom left side of the frame leading our eyes to the bee and it is a good diagonal composition. you may have tried to make a balance with a bud (i suppose) at the top left side of the frame and a bud at the bottom right side of the frame. but by doing this you have included some unwanted space at the top of the frame. you could have avoided symmetrical balancing for this shot without compromising for any unwanted space at the top of the frame. in my modification i have avoided this kind of balancing.

always try to consult the in camera histogram for proper exposure.
you can see at the histogram that there is so much clipping at the left side wall that means the shadow area in this image has lost detail. i have also made level adjustment in my modification.

a new and quick technique about dslr(any kind) is slightly overexposure but not clipping at the right side wall of the histogram can give you more tonal range by post processing and can reduce noise. so exposure compensation can misguide you. It is a result of recent research if anybody interested to know it can PM me.