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28/02/2015 - 8:28 AM

Micro World

Micro WorldI love the color and the detail especially in the foreground. I think if you cropped a liitle more than half of the top away and left the fronds of lichen as a diagonal across the image it would make a stronger, more focussed natural abstract. Well seen. A
21/04/2014 - 8:51 AM

Wood pile.

Wood pile.An interesting, moody looking spot. On my screen it looks a bit overexposed and I would probably advise adjusting it darker in levels and then increasing the contrast a little.
17/11/2013 - 12:23 PM


constructionWell taken image and the tilt is enhancing - but the dust spot in the sky is not. I must admit to being guilty of similar oversights on occasion and it usually improves my memory for a while. Delightfully happy shot. A
The Old Lighthouse at Spurn PointI like the idea of this composition but you have left a couple of dust spots in the sky. Also on my screen it looks a bit flat for a shot taken in sunlight (there are strong shadows for the poles) and I think I would increase the contrast and brighten the foreground in your software. A nice image is always worth spending a little time on. A
03/11/2013 - 10:04 AM

Grey Heron 2

Grey Heron 2Difficult flat light. I think I might have tried underexposing by half or a third of a stop and boosted the contrast a bit in software. nevertheless a pleasing result. A
23/07/2013 - 7:38 AM


hiNice images but I notice you have cut off the tails in each case. This could be corrected by taking the picture in a vertical or "portrait" format. You have several excellent images in your recent portfolio but in quite a number your background skies are ' burned' out. You may need to check your camera settings with regard to exposure compensation - may I suggest that you set your exposure at 1/2 a stop underexposed (or even more on a very bright day). Your shots will look a bit darker and the color stronger. What's more you can select and adjust dark pixels easily in your software, but once pixels are burned out they are gone and you cant get them back.
I enjoy the way you are 'seeing' things - your pictures show a desire to celebrate life. Keep it up. A
02/03/2013 - 8:49 AM

Glencoe Water Carving

Glencoe Water CarvingIts a good image of falling water perhaps composed a little too tight. I may have added a bit more, top and bottom, to the composition. How to take these is a matter of personal preference - there is a modern move to flatten out moving water and make it look 'milky' supposedly to 'enhance' the sense of movement. My personal feeling is that the movement is best captured with very little or no milky 'slowing' of the shapes of the water. So here I would probably have increased the ISO to 200 + and increased the aperture to f14 or even f11 to make a higher shutter speed and keep the water clean and crisp. If I have doubts about what would look best I often take several shots at different shutter speeds to give myself options. Personally I think that the use of ND filters to 'slow' water is overrated but does sometimes make stunning seascape compositions. I rarely use slow shutter speeds on streams or waterfalls as I am looking for the 'freshness' of stream water as opposed to the aged and endless feeling I get from the ocean. This is just my opinion - you must look for what you feel is best. Good luck. A
16/11/2012 - 7:07 AM

Last of the Summer Wine

Last of the Summer WineInteresting image Andy - I think I might have tried a shot with the bottle slightly off centre - perhaps crop a bitoff the left and bottom to increase the drama. This fine capture well worth a bit of experimentation. A
Everyone should have..  a really small falconThe bird is beautifully clear. I don't have a problem with foreground blur but the sheer size of this blurred section I do find a bit distracting. I would probably have tried a change of format ( to square) cropping a little on the left and bottom and quite a lot on the right. I would not remove the blur but reduce its size in comparison with the Hobby and hopefully convert it's potential to distract into a sense of balanced dof. This is a fine capture - my own idea is to always look at ( and try) alternative formats if I have a good image as I can sometimes improve on it even more. A
17/06/2012 - 9:38 AM

Worm anyone?

Worm anyone?Another good one Moira. Im not sure what software you use but I find that at ISO 800 I'm still ok with the 7D but I expose to the right (increase exposure) anything from one third to two stops to increase the available tones for adjustment in PS afterwards. You should not delete slightly pale, flat looking shots seen on the camera monitor at the time of taking. They may be your 'best' images to work on once you are back in your software program. This shot looks fine. A
25/05/2012 - 3:20 PM


LucieNice model and nice light - the face and eyes look a bit soft and for me the background screen is a tad complicated and a bit distracting. I think I might have tried this against the simple dark textured wall at the back - same distance away to leave it slightly out of focus.
Ford Escort Mk1 - Roskirk StagesThe panning has helped though even the front of the car is a tad on the soft side. I don't do much of this but I do photograph flying birds a lot and for really fast moving objects you still have to have a very fast shutter speed. You don't give capture data here but Im guessing if you doubled your shutter speed and prefocussed on the spot your panning shots would get better and better. It also helps to use a big aperture so that backgrounds are out of focus anyway. Even so one has to try a lot of shots and then select. Good luck. A
13/11/2011 - 6:40 AM

Whats on her mind??.....

Whats on her mind??.....Another nice portrait Michelle - with similar problems to yesterday. Also It would be worth trying different backgrounds - in particular try not to use backgrounds that have very similar tonal density to the subject unless you are doing very high or low key shots - and also try not to have material visible in the background that will distract from the subject. I would crop this image to a fairly tight square format, select the portrait outline for sharpening and then select the inverse (background) and blur it even more.
You have hit the ground running and so I am pushing a little to help you along - enjoy your learning experience and why not try a portrait with eye contact soon! A
29/10/2011 - 7:01 AM


bgbA lovely capture with a nicely blurred background habitat - I think if it were mine I would crop out the empty space on both right and left margins and present it as a square format. This would give more strength to the butterfly and remove some of the dead space on the sides. Well worth a try. A
20/10/2011 - 7:57 AM

The Aisle

The AisleBeautifully captured HDR. The only distraction for me is the lens distortion causing the sides to lean inward - especially the left as it extends down to the level of the pews. I think I would have tried a correction here - maybe even check the difference in appearance by using something simple eg. image>transform>skew and pull out the top corners to have a look - sometimes that saves the grind of delving into more complicated ways of correcting for lens distortion. A
29/09/2011 - 9:26 AM

Forever . . . . Melkbos...

Forever . . . . Melkbos...The only Melkbos I know is a beach near Cape Town. The sky, the light and the reflections are lovely, Linda, but the horizon is not straight and can easily be corrected in your software. You can either rotate the picture until the horizon is level and then crop ( this will change your composition slightly) or you can go to adjust/enhance image>transform>skew and pull up the right top corner and down on the left bottom corner until it is level. This will create some distortions of perspective but will hardly be noticeable as there is lot of space in the shot. Welcome and good luck. A
20/07/2011 - 9:56 PM

Last Wall Standing

Last Wall StandingAn interesting composition and caption. The only distraction for me is that the picture is tilted to the right and this is worth correcting. The exposure is good and the depth of field shows good definition front and back with some interesting shadows lines adding tension to the composition. Correction of the tilt is easy in software - in elements go to Image > transform > Skew and drag out the top left corner and the bottom right corner a little until you are happy with the verticals. A
12/06/2011 - 11:39 PM

Gone Fishing..

Gone Fishing..Interesting construction. This one would be helped by 'Dodging' the light areas to increase the contrast. This is an adjustment available in most software and allows you to choose which areas to lighten - or which areas to darken if you 'Burn' - an essential skill for Black and white images and one which was used extensively before the advent of digital manipulation. Keep reviewing your images and maybe if you click on the M button on your epz upload page you may persuade someone to modify your image and tell you how he/she did it. Even when you don't like the mod you may learn something about the technique they have used. Cheers. A
12/06/2011 - 8:18 PM

Trout fishing at sunset

Trout fishing at sunsetNice evening silhouette shot - if you have photo software you might straighten the horizon just a little - it looks to me to be down a bit on the left. A
14/05/2011 - 5:54 PM

Old Hunstanton Beach

Old Hunstanton BeachYou have caught the light beautifully. The only issue I have is that the subject is smack in the middle. I would probably convert this to a square format (unusual but not impossible for a landscape ) by cropping the right hand edge into the middle of the right hand set of foreground rocks. Or you could crop the left side! This is not heavy criticism as it is already a pleasing shot - more of an invitation to play with alternatives. If I think I have a good shot I often copy it then play with the copy to see if I can improve on it in some way. A