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13/03/2015 - 6:37 AM

Night Cap

Night CapMorning Peter, this works very well, excellent composition.

I find with these low light shots that its best to manually focus the lens in good light and then set up the lighting for the shot afterwards, leaving the lens in manual so it doesn't try to refocus. I assume you used a tripod?

It's even more fun trying this with medium format film and a light meter. Grin

06/01/2015 - 6:32 AM


BIRD ON A WIREThis is a really nice shot, the contrast of the Robin against the frosty background works well. However, I see that your aperture was set to f32 which has meant that your shutter speed is really slow at 1/10th of a second and also shooting at such a small aperture can lead to the image loosing its sharpness due to diffraction. If you had shot this at say f5.6 your shutter speed would have been much faster and the image would have been much sharper and you would also have been able to probably bring the iso down to 200 for a cleaner image.


SHOTHOLE CANYON WESTERN AUSTRALIAThat's a fantastic spot and a really well composed image. If you don't mind me saying though it seems a little over exposed and has a tiny bit too much contrast. If you were to bring both down a touch you'd have an absolute cracking shot.
I notice it was shot at 1/200th which seems quite slow for the obviously bright conditions, sometimes a cameras metering system gets fooled by really bright days with deep shadows.


19/11/2014 - 6:38 AM

#193 through the water

#193 through the waterI like this, a really pin sharp and interesting shot, the water splashes give it a real sense of movement.

One small thing though, I would have left a little room on the left (if it is not too cluttered) to give the horse a little space to run into.

Excellent image.

18/11/2014 - 6:44 AM


fashionUnfortunately due to the nature of digital images whenever you rack up the ISO (in this case to 1600) you will get more noise in an image. There are many software packages which can reduce this noise without losing too much detail but the best thing is to keep the ISO rating a bit lower.
I actually really like this image, the pose is nice and the background is lovely. I don't think the noise is too intrusive either.


29/10/2014 - 6:43 AM

Trees in the mist

Trees in the mistNow, I don't agree with Peter or Nathan I think the crop works, nothing wrong with a bit of dead space. If it were mine (and I wish it was) I would give it a little more contrast and move the black point up a little, just to add a little drama.
Its a very well spotted and taken shot, just needs a little more punch.

18/06/2014 - 6:31 AM

Silky way

Silky wayVery good, not a lot you can do about this but a little more interest in the sky would have given this a boost. The composition is very good and the path leads the eye nicely to the top of the hill. The only other thing is the shadow, it would have been better if the person had moved back a bit.

13/05/2014 - 6:32 AM

A Red Rose

A Red RoseI like the colour in this shot and the close crop work as well but there is a little bit of what I think is motion blur. I suspect that at 1/40th at 90mm this may be due to you not being quite steady enough. Did you use a tripod? If not I suggest that it would have helped in getting this pin sharp. Lovely shot though.

01/05/2014 - 6:28 AM


PULLWell spotted, I like the vibrant colour. Just a small point, the shot is a little blurred, this is because you were shooting at 1/8th of a second which is difficult to handhold and get pin sharp. I also notice that your aperture was f11 and for a shot like this where there is no depth a larger aperture, say f4, would have been fine and this would have allowed your shutter speed to be much higher and therefore reduced the chance of a blurry shot.
Forgive me if you know this stuff, just trying to help.


27/01/2014 - 6:39 AM

Golden Hour

Golden HourI don't mind the big post too much and the colour is lush, very nice indeed. Maybe try a square crop? There's not a lot going on top and bottom so it would focus the eye on the interesting bits in the middle.

10/01/2014 - 6:38 AM

Sanders Park

Sanders ParkGood composition, the silhouettes work well and the Sun reflecting on the water is very nice. Just a little suggestion, if you had moved just a little so that the Sun was behind the trunk of the tree I think that your exposure would have been better, at the moment the image is a little 'flat'. It's very difficult with this kind of shot as camera sensors become very confused when faced with such a huge dynamic range and try to expose everything for 18% grey. A little exposure compensation would probably have helped.

Here's an example of what I mean


All that being said its a very nice shot.

02/10/2013 - 6:50 AM

Tiger 1

Tiger 1Well you've captured a nice pose in good surroundings but I think that you have slightly missed the focus. It appears that the tuft of grasses in front of the tiger are sharp but the tiger itself is a little soft. Also there seems to be a little camera blur, did you use a tripod/monopod? at 300mm this would help reduce the blur to acceptable levels. A good effort though under difficult circumstances.

13/09/2013 - 6:38 AM

Bamboo workshop.

Bamboo workshop.It works for me. I think the chap sitting in the dark increases the mood of hard work in difficult circumstances. Lovely image. Can I suggest trying a square crop on this shot, there is a lot of dead space above the bamboo frames. Also toning down the very bright bamboo at the bottom of the shot and the piece of paper on the screen would help to keep the eye where it needs to be. Just little things as I think this is a really atmospheric and interesting shot.


From stag rocks to Bamburgh CastleIt is a lovely scene indeed David and the sky is excellent as well, perfect exposure. In my opinion (and bear in mind I often talk gibberish Grin) it could do with a little rotation as the castle is leaning very slightly to the left. Also I would have cropped it a little, just from the highest point of the foreground rocks as I find my eye is drawn to the jumble of boulders on the LHS.

Top shot.

sunrise on the wailingding islandI really like this but there are a couple of little things that I think would improve it. Firstly your horizon is a little wonky, it slopes down to the right and secondly personally I would have removed the stray branch that runs over the island.
Otherwise though its a really great shot, lovely tones and the reflected light of the water is superb.

Riverton, New Zealand - Early morning reflectionsIts a lovely, serene shot Mike and, in the main, well composed. There are however just a couple of little things that would make it better in my humble opinion.

Firstly, the reflections are what make this a good shot and you have just missed/cropped out the top of the reflected masts and secondly, it could just do with a little straighten, its probably due to the angle of the dock but it looks a little lower on the left hand side.

Hope I'm not teraching my granny to suck eggs here but I think it would make an already good shot just a little better,


30/05/2013 - 6:45 AM

St Pauls on a stormy day

St Pauls on a stormy dayA great sky and the dome of St Pauls is perfect but I would just lighten up the darker area, bottom left. The detail is missing in that area so your eye keeps looking to it and not at the dome and the sky. Otherwise a top shot.

19/11/2012 - 6:50 AM

Loch Earn

Loch EarnGreat conversion, full of texture and light. My only suggestions are that it needs a little straighten, bit high on the left, and that I would have liked to have seen a bit more loch on the right. As it is the eye is led out of the picture by the jetty. Other than that I really like it.

13/09/2012 - 6:37 AM

Upper Derraid

Upper DerraidLovely light again here, but, and I know this is going to sound a bit, well, up its own you-know-what, the wall is acting as a bit of a barrier to getting into the image. Its so pin-sharp compared to the mistyness of the rest of the shot that your eye is drawn to it.
Having said that I agree about the zig-zag's they work really well and it is still an excellent shot. I do talk some old guff at times. Andy

22/03/2012 - 6:29 AM

Freeeeeeezing !!

Freeeeeeezing !!It does have a spookyness to it thats for sure. Would have been tempted to keep in the tops of the grasses if it t'wer me, but a good shot anyway.