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Steve Cribbin's Activity

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Competition Entries: 20
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Elephants by matiyalust

Hi matiyalust,

This is a an interesting image of the elephant family but unfortunately there appears to be something wrong with your camera - unless you have altered the image after taking it.
I have looked at the four images that you have uploaded and the problem is the same on the butterfly image.
Both of these images have a strong cyan colour cast to them.
The image data shows that you have used the auto white balance for all of your images but only the ones with the flash turned on have the right white balance.
I would suggest that you try to use the sunshine setting for normal outdoor images rather than the auto white balance to see if that is working properly.
Otherwise, use the auto white balance but leave the flash turned on.
It will not have much, if any, lighting effect beyond about 3m but it does appear to correct the problem.
I hope that you are able to get over this problem and take many good photos.



Power by Ashley102

I agree with Paul and Moira - it is an excellent image just needing some detail changes.
As well as the fencing in the corner to be removed, I would clone out the hair on the right hand horn, as viewed.
Keep up the good work.


Silent Assassin

Silent Assassin by ColinEJ

I really enjoy this image.
All attention on the bird - great texture, exposure, colour, sharpness, etc.
Ideal background.
Top work.


Before the end of the day

Before the end of the day by ZanetaFrenn

A beautiful image, completing an excellent year on epz and a wonderful portfolio.


Stormy Weather Teignmouth Pier

Stormy Weather Teignmouth Pier by freestyle

A really cracking dramatic scene Bob.
I agree with the others that this is the best use for HDR and you have pulled it off really well.
My only criticism is that the image appears to be falling off the the right and might be better levelled up a little.
The textures in the clouds and the surf are wonderful and the lighting on the pier is delightful.
Great work.


Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland by bart_hoga

Great grass and sky.
I love the way that the Sigma gives the impression of skies rushing into the centre.
Not sure about the castle.
Good work.


Deer Running

Deer Running by Loudon

It was definitely worth the effort and I think that it has largely come off.
I wonder whether there is too much in the image to allow the eye to investigate it properly and to draw you to it in the first place.
I can't decide what it is about the blurred background that is jarring with me.
Perhaps the apparent movement of the static grass is undermining the real movement in the deer.
I think that maybe too much of the movement comes from camera shake and not enough from the animals themselves.
However, it does add to the impressionists' feel.
I still like looking at it though.
End of ramble.


Red Grouse feeding on heather seed

Red Grouse feeding on heather seed by rmccombe

The stark graphical composition lifts this image above the excellent standard that it already achieves as a natural history shot.
Good luck in the composition.

Underwater 2

Underwater 2 by ELo7

I think that it is fantastic that you are attempting this project. I cannot imagine the extra problems that this creates logistically, practically and aesthetically for you and your model.
I am sure that there will be a lot of learning along the way but you have made a great start.
Showing my age now, this makes me think of the Gerry Anderson "Stingray" programme, using puppets, that I used to watch as a child, but I can't see the strings in your image!
I love the contrast between the model's dress and the background.
The variation in the background, model's posture and expression and the flowing hair are all great, capped off by the excellent bubble trail.
Great adventurous work Emma.


Pier head, Liverpool

Pier head, Liverpool by davey_griffo

I like this image for all of the points above.
I have uploaded a mod taking a different approach.
In terms of the architecture, it was always going to be difficult in such an iconic location.
I don't think that it would have worked copying the style of the existing Liver Building, as it was bound to be inferior and mocked for copying.



Crossword by Curtain

I like the setting of the scene, the calm tones and the atmosphere created.
I think that there are some things that don't fit, or distract, though.
The remote control unit and the blue colours, from the TV(?), in the glass seem to conflict with the crossword theme.
The light out-of focus chair back and the highlight on the table in the bottom left corner are visually distrcated but could easily be toned down.
I think that this is a great idea and a wonderful corner to shoot it.
Good work.



Hare by saltholme

Excellent image! The lighting, tones, composition, focus, etc are all spot on. This is a very, very pleasing image. If you plan to use it for competitions or publication, and I think that you should, then you might want to consider two small cloning operations. The dark out-of-focus shape on the lower part of the left edge and the short sharp grass tip on the upper part of the right edge.
Stunning work, worth the effort.


Bonkers for conkers

Bonkers for conkers by littlesparrow


The subject, colours and lighting drew me to this thumbnail. Those elements of your image are great, so you have visualised and set up the subject very well.
This would have been a cracking image if the conker in the foreground was in focus. I see from your portfolio that you are quite new to the site and you say that you are a learner, so I hope that you do not mind constructive comments.
The focus on the open shell in the background might be because the focussing point is set to the centre of the viewfinder and has just missed the conker. If so, try composing with the focussing point on the part that you want sharp, half-press the shutter release and then recompose before continuing to press the shutter fully down.
It might also have been caused by the camera being too close to the subject for the camera's settings. Try switching to macro mode and/or using a smaller aperture (f/16 if possible) to get more depth of field (more in focus).
I see from your frame and writing that you are already using an image editing programme so you could consider cloning out the light spots on your otherwise excellent dark surface - these tend to distract people from your subject.
Good luck with your photography - you definitely have an eye for it.



THE MODEL by magda_indigo

As creative as ever Magda. An excellent image and a beautiul model - well worth the effort for both of you. Great work.


Donkey talk

Donkey talk by paul_indigo

A wonderful image, exposure and presentation Paul. The colours are great, bags of detail and I can feel the sand between my toes. Hope you and Magda are well. Great work.



Gannet by chunky1972

Excellent timing - I don't think that I have seen a shot like this before. Perhaps you could make this image even better by adjusting some of the parameters to lift the gannet from the background more. Good work.


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