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08/12/2014 - 6:02 AM

Bamburgh Dawn

Bamburgh DawnGreat craggy feel to this one, lovely line in and the colour of the sea and sky tie it all together really well. I like the subtle lighting on the castle giving it form. Happy memories of our trip there! One minor distraction is all the flecks of white over the FG water. Is it noise from pushing the contrast at ISO1600? If so using some selective noise reduction in processing should settle it.
03/11/2014 - 12:37 PM

Worthing Pier II

Worthing Pier IITwo good lead in lines and lots of drama in the sky. I like the multi coloured pebbles too, there's a lot of visual interest going on. I wonder about dodging the posts a little to bring out more detail in them too (a minor point only)?
28/09/2014 - 10:18 AM

Standing Alone

Standing AloneYes Kel! This has worked really well; a great lead in chain of rocks, sharp front to back and a limited palette that ties the whole image together really well. The light on the tower adds so much depth to the lighthouse and really makes it stand out against the clouds. The only improvement I can suggest is to clone out the dust bunny on the water to the left of the foremost rock (there may be another in the clouds but I can't be sure at this resolution). Also I just wonder about darkening down the water at the left frame edge where it's brighter and a little distracting (select the area in PSE, feather by about 150 pixels and apply a levels adjustment to bring it down to the same tone as the rest of the sea (or use a mask in your Lightroom)). That aside, this has a much higher quality feel compared to yesterdays, it's a real beauty!
27/09/2014 - 6:33 PM

I am a rock - I am an island

I am a rock - I am an islandYou've caught the water spill really well but I agree with Paul, the water is a bit bright for my taste. 0.6sec has worked well to catch the water movement but you might have been able to retain the same shutter speed but without bright water by inverting your 0.3ND hard grad to mask the water. The sky has great colour but in drawing the eye it exposes the lighthouse being a bit soft. That's either as we discussed not using mirror lock up or else f/11 not giving sufficient DoF; you can focus bracket with one shot for foreground and one for the lighthouse then blend in processing. The comp works but I think both the rock and the lighthouse could do with more space between them and the frame edge; did you shoot a landscape orientation? Overall I'm impressed by the water movement, look forward to getting out with you next weekend, we'll have to check the tides to see if we return to this spot! Smile
Mono no 4 - a seldom seen scene......Wow, where it that?!! Wink Great processing, the sky in particular is very special. The spill has good movement but for me feels a tad cut off by the right frame edge and I might have been tempted to give a little more space to the burn when framing. A minor point in an excellent image though!
18/08/2014 - 10:52 AM

Hawks Ka

Hawks KaI prefer the warmer and greater range of colour in this compared to the long exposure. The rippling of the reflection is very painterly and gorgeous. Happy to have a chat about long exposures and noise - the longer your sensor is working (including repeat exposures) the hotter it gets and the more noise is produced. Sometimes for these low light exposures, adding a 10 stop filter is not necessary as it just creates a really unwieldy length of exposure.
17/08/2014 - 12:05 PM

set pier

set pierI think V2 look awesome, definitely one to print large and have on the wall! It does attract my attention to something I missed earlier though; there are quite a few dust bunnies (the wee round splodges in the sky) which would be good to remove before you spent any money on printing! The bunnies are really common and usually caused by dust on the camera sensor which most of us struggle to keep dust free (assuming these were not caused by rain spots on the lens/filter). There are a lot of online tutorials about cleaning your sensor if you want to have a go (at own risk etc!!!) but I do clean mine with a blower, then a lenspen brush and finally, if I absolutely have to, a commercial sensor cleaning liquid and wipe. The other solution I use is to clone out the splodges; most image processing software has this function - photoshop calls it the healing brush or you can use the clone tool. I usually enlarge the image on screen and carefully check the image bit by bit to make sure I've removed them all.
A couple of links below: the first is how to minimise dust entering the camera when changing lenses (prevention being better than cure!) and the other is about sensor cleaning.
http://havecamerawilltravel.com/photographer/changing-lenses http://www.eos-magazine.com/articles/cleaning/partone.html
16/08/2014 - 10:45 AM

set pier

set pierBeautiful colouring and the seated person looking at the delicate lacework of the ruined pier is a lovely touch. I find the inclusion of the boats on the far right a bit distracting though. They are bright and draw the eye out of frame. My suggested fix would be to crop them out, taking some of the beach with them rather than lose any of that sky. Try it and see what you think; I think it makes your great image even stronger. Smile
23/07/2014 - 11:45 AM

The Jagged Edge 2

The Jagged Edge 2Nice Mark, well seen and constructed. The tonal range is quite limited and I wonder if there is room to push the contrast more, particularly brightening the midtones and highlights selectively for greater impact?
28/04/2014 - 4:38 PM

Into The Mystic

Into The MysticLovely balance to your comp and great colour. The mist in particular looks beautiful. Like the title too. Smile Being slightly picky, your hyperfocal distance is a little off because the grasses soften towards the bottom of the frame. Blending the exposures has resulted in ghosting of the trees at the left as well. Both are minor; we spoke about focus bracketing at the time while the blending should be unnecessary once you get your grads! I was so impressed by your Lee filter holder and wide angle adaptor ring I've invested in them to stop the vignetting I get with the cokin mount. Grin
07/04/2014 - 10:46 AM

Broken Stones

Broken StonesVery moody with just a hit of colour, you are really working the 10 stopper! For my taste the block of rock on the right is too dominating and I would compose with much less of it in scene (to simplify the comp) by getting your tripod wet moving to the left. Alternatively since the cobbled rock detail is so attractive and should make a great lead in I would stand further back and right to get more of it in, perhaps dropping the tripod lower to exaggerate the perspective of the lines created by the cobbling.
07/04/2014 - 10:39 AM

Dunnock Care

Dunnock CareA great comp with the dunnock really well exposed and beautifully posed. It's a bit grainy for ISO 400, was it a significant crop? If so the bird must have been a long way away give what a great body and lens set up you have! Some halo's around the bird and branch too, could be from sharpening? In my landscape shots I avoid that by selecting below the hill tops for sharpening so I imagine that might also work by selecting within the bird for sharpening too (the sky needing no sharpening) as the edges of the dunnock and branch should be well defined against the bright sky? Just some thoughts, your wildlife images are really excellent Nathan! Smile
06/04/2014 - 9:17 AM

Empty Spaces II

Empty Spaces IIThe extra light works wonders here, adding needed detail in the distance to create depth and enhance the interest while still being a sumptuously simplified comp. My only suggestion would be the dark band of the wall at the bottom looms large in the frame and perhaps unbalances things; I wonder if a crop from the top retaining the proportions of the frame but losing half of the dark wall would balance it better? You'd still keep all the contrast and detail as well as vignette effect at the sides. Just a thought but what a top image this is!
06/04/2014 - 9:06 AM

High in the Dolomites

High in the DolomitesGreat use of the cornice edge as a lead in to that spectacular view! This image is a great reward for all your hard work. The figures add scale and interest and you've preserved the blues in the sky. Might have been good to get a shot with your companions looking into the view to help the flow from foreground to distant peak with the vector of their gaze but maybe you already shot that version. Just a wee processing point: the snow looks a little yellow tinted which might just be my monitor on the blink but if not it should be easy to adjust the white balance in your RAW editor to achieve a pure white, if you want to. That's a minor point in an excellent image! Smile
27/01/2014 - 6:10 AM

Before The Rain

Before The RainA pastel beauty, the rock in the FG and the lighthouse are very sharp and there is good balance between them with the third set of sharp rocks on the left adding the final interest to keep the image from being one sided. Those rocks are a bit clipped by the left fram edge; in general it's probably best to have all elements within the frame rather than clipped, in order to create a more satisfying balance. I remember being told that by Dave Feister (WhiteRose1) when starting out here and it's served me well ever since when I'm framing a shot. Smile You probably just needed to go a couple of mm wider to achieve this.
17/01/2014 - 6:29 AM

Light Up

Light UpWhat an incredibly sky! The colours and cloud shapes are wonderful and the way they lead down to the lighthouse is fortuitous and very effective. In this context I find the FG dark almost purple sea and rocks unnecessary and wonder if you'd tilted the camera up to exclude them and gain more sky whether that would have made an even more dramatic image? Hindsight is a wonderful thing as I so often realise sitting in front of my images on the PC Grin Cropping them out of this image so that even your dog head rock is excluded might be worth a punt here. Smile
17/12/2013 - 5:58 AM

clutching at straws

clutching at strawsGreat colour and a lovely silhouette, you've used your imagination to salvage the trip! Being a little picky, there is an apparent jagged halo on the middle and right hand stems. This jagged nature may just be from compressing the file for upload? I often get halo's around hard edges of high contrast if my 'levels' control on unsharp mask is set too low. If you set it higher then it often avoids this although sometimes silhouettes are so crisp they don't require any sharpening. The sky backdrop has some ring effects, like rings in a tree trunk. Again I've seen with with file compression for upload, also when vignette effects are applied. Not sure if either of those apply here? Aside from my nit-picking, I think this is excellent. The odd number of sharp stems is very satisfying, as are the proportions to the image and the fact the flower heads are not all on a level. You are very versatile!
08/12/2013 - 8:25 PM


*Your composition is spot on and you have great colours, it should be brilliant! For me there's something a bit weird about the processing though, like subtle camera movement or a blur filter. For 1/60 at 27mm it should be sharp, even at ISO 500 but it aint, especially if you look at the FG rock. Maybe the image is very compressed for epz? Not sure what else to suggest except tripod mount next time, or if it was already tripod mounted, make sure the lens IS is switched off or else you need a sturdier tripod. My nit picking aside, this shows great skills!
21/11/2013 - 6:31 AM

St Mary,s Lighthouse mono

St Mary,s Lighthouse monoWorks really well Kel, I'd have been using my tripod but then I'd have missed that wave which is such an effective lead in and the inclusion of more FG water here adds depth. Your horizon looks level but there's a slightly distracting lean on the tower to be corrected in PSE using the distortion correction filter. Wink
21/11/2013 - 6:25 AM

Lingerie Seated

Lingerie SeatedGreat set up, pose and lighting. Looks as though your DoF has fallen short of her eyes though, which loses the image some of it's impact. In any kind of boudoir/glamour, the models eyes are still where the viewer looks first!