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20/08/2013 - 8:41 PM

Mirrored Mill

Mirrored MillSuperbly executed photo Matt and you obviously have a good eye for an image, though the wide angle has induced a bit of lean on the mill tower, somewhere in the back of my mind, something seems to be telling me that there is a Nikon dedicated lens distortion correction software out there that may help you sort that problem and hopefully without loosing the overall dynamic affect, including those streaked clouds (could be in Nikon NX View) but check out the web.
Andy M
i believe this is a silvery Y moth /Affirmative Steve it is a Silver 'Y' though your image is rather soft in places, no doubt due to the angle that you have chosen to photograph this moth from, the problem is that Depth of Field (Sharp Focus range over the subject) is always inclined to be shallow with Macro shots and exasperated by the the long focal length you have used (zoom setting) and the fact that these moths are the sort that hold their wings in a tent like fashion when at rest, next time try to get overhead and keep the camera at right angles to your subject (make all your settings prior to moving in on the subject for least disturbance)and also use a smaller aperture too, f/5.6 is far too wide unless you are deliberately trying to draw attention to only a very small part of you image, f/11 or f/16 is more ideal, any more than this will give other problems with image softening though can be used if the situation demands it. Taking control of your aperture will mean getting into Manual or Aperture Priority mode though, so refer to your camera's instruction book if you are not sure how to do this, any way well done for getting this beast at rest as they flutter incessantly otherwise and good luck
Andy M
21/06/2013 - 11:44 PM

Captain's Log

Captain's LogHi Smee, I've only just seen your other effort "Captain's Log" It's a great picture and in a different league to the two previous images that I have reviewed for you. I particularly like the contrast both in terms of colour and textural contrast between the fall and the pool below, that splash of sunshine hitting the water works a treat and the exposure in this part of the picture is bang on, also your presentation is excellent. There is still room for improvement though, the biggest and only major fault is that bit of what looks like a tree stump poking out into the bottom R/H side and to add injury to insult your Highlights blown out on the top edge of it! (Trees seem to be bit of a stumbling block to you at the moment, as a rule of thumb, unless you are making them the focal point keep them in the background! Though they can be used sometimes to frame a view if kept to the periphery) to be honest it's a clumsy distraction in what otherwise would be a truly excellent photograph, remember "That simplicity is the essence of good design". Resist the temptation to include these additional elements, they are not needed. It's also important to remember that any bright spot in an image will draw the eye. The only other thing to comment on and at a minor level, is that I feel that water in the fall could benefit from being slightly lighter, this latter issue could have been resolved at the moment of taking by balancing the exposure with the use of a relevant strength N/D Graduated Filter or later in post-production by adjusting your levels, preferably in your Raw Editor. as a final note: It might help you to have work flow list and checks for setting up your camera before a shoot and get into the routine of using it every time, things to include are: Focus Point, Depth of Field, Exposure, Controlling Dynamic Tone Range, Composition, ISO, White Balance and a final in your list should be a test exposure with review and adjustment if needed etc. One of the advantages of Landscapes, is that they cannot run away from us so slowing down is not the problem found in genre's of photography and another saying: "We are what we do most, therefore excellence is a habit".
Keep up the good work
Andy M
16/03/2012 - 5:09 PM

Boxed Sheep

Boxed SheepHi Sararose, the sheep portrait is first rate with good sharpness and shaddow detail, while the tutorial manipultion is fun to do I'm not sure it adds anything other than novelty value to the original image, other than that well done.
Andy M