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Thanks for all the teriffic comment and advice - so much to learn, so many new ideas...
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  • Missing People

    Thanks Moria, for your comments. Much obliged.

    I had a go once with an ND exposing for a couple of seconds shooting the sea splashing up at Dawlish before the recent storms, but nothing like using the 10-stop exposing for 30 seconds. I take your point re moving objects across the screen vs. front to back. Iíve still to process an image with vehicles and people crossing a bridge, be interesting to see...

    Hadn't thought about the yellow buoys in the image, could be worth a go without.

    Thanks again,
    • 9 May 2014 3:15PM
  • craggwildlife

    Love the detail in the bird and its perch

    • 4 Jan 2014 11:52AM
  • Famous Grouse

    Had a play with the HDR and an original slide. One lesson learnt, keep copies as you go as inevitably you go too far and start 'trying to unwind' changes and the whole image begins to fall apart. Oh, and be prepared to spend time in front of the screen!

    Thanks for the critique.

    • 2 Jan 2014 2:08PM
  • Where's My Lunch?

    Wow! Thanks for the update with the green branch cropped out. What a difference! Will have a go....

    • 31 Dec 2013 4:59PM
  • The Provider !

    Thanks for showing how to create quality work.

    • 31 Dec 2013 1:43PM
  • Boxing Day Bundle

    I like image 3 - was up above Derwent the same day and have still to process my shots of the cloud rolling over the moors and into the valley over Ladybower, etc.

    • 31 Dec 2013 5:32AM
  • Odd One Out

    Such a simple shot, yet brilliant with the lighting and black background - will have a go myself at something similar. Thank you

    • 31 Dec 2013 5:26AM
  • Old Rail Way Bridge

    Love the colours and the textures in this shot - brings the bridge to life, more so having the blurred water beneath. Lovely shot! Andrew
    • 31 Dec 2013 5:02AM
  • Time To Fly

    Thanks Willie...

    I see what you mean having removed the 'green to the left', I especially like the square crop.

    A lesson learnt re the exposure compensation - indeed, a few lessons learnt having now processed all my shots from this outing to Old Moor. I find the D4 tends to over-expose by 1/2-1 stop generally, hence the compensation on this shot. I failed to expose for the subject however, allowing matrix metering to expose for the bright background. I have a number of shots of a Marsh Harrier in flight where the sky is great, but the bird woefully under-exposed. Be good to try spot metering, or simply check the exposure of the subject rather than using the histogram in this case or relying on highlights to measure exposure. A whole new ballgame, dark subjects shot against very bright backgrounds.

    I'll upload another shot of the woodpecker in flight...

    Thanks again for the advice, much obliged.

    • 31 Dec 2013 4:59AM
  • Who's This?

    Thanks - good to know who came to visit.
    • 26 Sep 2013 12:18PM
  • Damsel Fly

    Thanks Willie - I've uploaded a mod, tried to take on board your comments...
    • 20 Aug 2013 2:28PM
  • steaming through Horton

    Could this be a painting? Lovely shot.
    • 19 Aug 2013 10:38AM
  • Bath Time

    Thank you all for your votes and comments....

    • 5 Jun 2013 9:20PM
  • Chaffinch & Friend

    Thanks Willie, I see what you mean with the crops, the bird comes to the fore somewhat more than my original. I've a few shots of starlings feeding their young to process, so will see what I can do....

    • 28 May 2013 12:12PM
  • Bad Hair Day

    Good shot, and it made me smile... Smile

    • 25 May 2013 11:48AM
  • frozen loch

    Superb composition, love the reflections in the water and rocks

    • 10 Feb 2013 8:26PM
  • Penalty: 2-minutes for Hooking

    Hi Roger, Thanks for your kind remarks.

    I like to keep the aperture wide open so as to soften the background, which also helps making best use of available light of course. Also, I'd use a shutter speed of 1/1500, possibly 1/2000 if you've enough light. With exposure set to manual therefore, I set ISO to auto although arguably it's not essential. Take a few test shots before things get going and check the histogram. Good way to check white balance too, although I shoot in raw so can always make adjustments after.

    I took a grey card along to measure white balance and I use the preset every time now. This saves time in processing and gives consistent results from one weekend to the next. One of the flourscent settings may work okay, otherwise you may like to experiment with a 'user setting'. I found single spot is best for focus, or perhaps 9-point dynamic if your camera offers such options. When using the so-called 'Dynamic 3D' option the manufacturer likes to advertise, often I found I got great shots of the crowd while the players became little more than a blur. Far too hit and miss! Also, I set/use the AF-ON button on the back of my D4 rather than the shutter release for focus so I can pre-focus on a given spot like the net at the far end of the ice rink, or can press & hold the AF button when following the action as above. I tend to use the focus spot one above centre as thats where I generally pick up the action. I have rarely shot 'portrait', cropping after the event if the shot merits it.

    Hope this helps...

    • 1 Feb 2013 3:46PM
  • Boscombe

    Lovely photo, great restaurant nearby too... The Urban Reef.
    • 29 Jan 2013 8:09PM
  • Ouch...

    Quite a specticle... Not sure I recognised the steps?!
    • 24 Jan 2013 10:56AM
  • Moto Cross

    Teriffic shot.
    • 23 Jan 2013 11:56PM
  • short Eared Owl

    The detail in the wings is admirable, but those eyes... What a picture!
    • 23 Jan 2013 11:55PM
  • Great Shot!

    Thanks Ryan for your comments. I do try to talk a bit about how I took the shots, albeit most have been taken over the past few months. I hope, being new to the site, I can use some past shots to build my portfolio. I would add, I have gotten back into the hobby after doing lots of black and white many years ago, loading cassettes with film, developing etc when photography relied on film and chemicals. In the past three months I've set up my own darkroom again and can process black and whilte film, etc. I love anything which is more challenging, yet to put some macro work up!

    I digress, another example of ice hockey is on the way.

    Regards to all,
    • 23 Jan 2013 11:45PM
  • Water Hole

    Wow Trevor, what a photograph... The frozen pond, the ducks, etc, even the bench in the distance.

    • 21 Jan 2013 5:26PM
  • Sydney Harbour Panorama at Twilight

    Teriffic shot - darker skies emphasise the buildings, while the light in the sky highlights the bridge. One to hang on the wall!
    • 21 Jan 2013 11:02AM
  • Reverse Psychology?

    V2 for me too. I like the kind of easy, almost laid back feel to this shot. As Ronnie says, one to appreciate after dinner with the open fire burning bright.

    • 21 Jan 2013 11:00AM
  • craggwildlife

    Like to light in the eye... Hope to look at the shots of my visitors later today, perhaps be worth setting up remote flash?
    • 20 Jan 2013 12:49PM
  • Stone Cold

    Was it as cold as it looks?
    • 20 Jan 2013 1:23AM
  • Barn Owl

    • 20 Jan 2013 12:51AM
  • Tawny Owl

    Beautiful eyes
    • 20 Jan 2013 12:45AM
  • Toy Farm House

    Imagine a model railway running through here...
    • 19 Jan 2013 1:41PM