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14/07/2015 - 3:53 PM


ButterflyPlease don''t take offence , but the focus is on the left antenna. There is also some motion blur because you used only 1/100s. I know the problem but either up the ISO a bit or open one stop more, f/4 is a shallow DOF but it helps.

I know these tropical flutterbies are fast, they also tend to sit in the dark parts of the Central american forest (yes, they are in our garden, jungle section, even darker than you pic Wink )

So what to do:
I breathe in, move my body backward and forward till the eyes are in focus and sometimes I take to or three shots if I can't be sure. You never get more than two or 3 anyhow. Ant then you get away with 1/125 or so.
12/03/2015 - 11:33 PM

Missed Again!

Missed Again!it would have been good if... well you know yourself. I don't know your camera, but try again focussing by hand. AF tends to lock on what is in the foreground. In doubt move your body back and forward!
05/09/2014 - 5:14 PM

White Butterfly

White Butterflya very beautiful shot with lovely bokeh.
Now if it had been mine, I would have cropped just under the second sharp flower and a bit on the right. Removes the blurry distractions and creates perfection Smile
Just a thought, it is a lovely shot with great light.
02/09/2014 - 9:49 AM

GraY Trembler

GraY TremblerGreat find! The composition is also very nice.
But it llacks definitely sharpness, I can see three reasons for this: I had that lens myself and:
- it was useless round 500mm, unless you stopped it down to f/11, when it was mediocre.
- 1/60s is not enough for birds. I pride myself doing it leaning against a tree @ 1/250 but your speed does not allow for any movement in the reeds or by the bird.
- The focus seems to be on the blade behind the bird. That is AF for you. I tend to use it only once or not at all and correct the last cms with my body .So AF is on the AF button, NOT on the shutter, that avoids accidental refocussing.
05/02/2014 - 7:51 PM

Single Snowdrop

Single SnowdropI like the vase and the snowdrop a lot.
As to the background, I can see you have been @ the RH side, about where the bend is.
Now here is a hint towards invisible cloning: 50% coverage, use a soft irregular brush and do i PS exactly what you would to mending the paint on you wood chip wall paper, stub it on rather than smear Smile . Blur the result slightly and fade 50% . Go over it again if needed.
And when you are done, desaturate the yellow a bit. perfect!
31/12/2013 - 12:03 PM

Iran Isfahan

Iran IsfahanI like the slight hint of the beautiful window through the veil.
If you don't mind, try to improve contrast and crop around the central fountain, so you loose the modern żlamp? on the left and give the window more impact.
just a thought!
01/12/2013 - 10:42 PM


ButterflyLooks like an erites species, but I don't recognise it from SE Asia, where did you take it?
A hint:
to take a large insect like a butterfly of this kind (2" ) use at least f/8, better f/11 unless you want some arty effect. Then you get the eyes and more sharp, which looks bettter . You have possibly used AF which focusses on what it feels like and never the eye.
that is just me, I have taken a lot of tropical butterflies in the jungle, I know it is very difficult as they never sit still where the good light is. So one does get carried away and forgets to set the lens correctly
08/11/2013 - 9:30 AM


calmsorry it is a nice composition but too blurry With f 14 you should have focused just behind the rock. And if you had used more than ISO 100 the water might have been sharp as well.
25/09/2013 - 2:05 PM

Bee on black

Bee on blackLooks good. Try extension tubes next time, you don't loose the aperture. I often use one 36mm tube with a 200-400, it comes in handy for bugs. TC comes a bit soft close up.
18/09/2013 - 5:54 PM


Openthe colours of the grot are well spotted and make excellent material.
I would have been tempted to shoot this without the lower triangle of concrete.
also, grot wants to be gritty. That is only my opinion of course but the peeling decay needs more sharpness then this I think.
the choice of the subject is very good and I'd like to se some more shots of it.
30/07/2013 - 8:47 AM

Tortoiseshell Triptych

Tortoiseshell  Triptychoh yes, that is a lot better than the first one!!
cause the flowers contrast nicely with the butterflies, lots of variety and good light.
tripods and butterflies don't go together, tripods don't have wings!
as to the defocussed b/g that is very easy: focus on butterfly as in the left one, the others could not be defocussed. the left one was probably taken at too short a distance to get bokeh. no exif at all so I can't say really. I always use the 200mm or longer for butterflies myself.
28/07/2013 - 12:05 AM

Putting the Steam to Bed

Putting the Steam to Bedgreat atmosphere and well chosen POV.. excellent light
Not 100% about the crop, I might have sliced of the bottom bit to where the outer rails meet the frame or if you rfer where the first shiny by of macadam starts.
26/07/2013 - 9:58 AM

Dragon fly

Dragon flyHi,
it is as Kate says a decent first.
since we got the same lens I can assume you use the same methods.
iso 200 is totally unnecessary for a d3s.
hence your aperture is too big and your speed is way too slow. it is dead easy with that lens, you can stay at 2m from the desired df and just keep them coming.
when I took this one the light was not good at all but you just got to give them at least f/8 better more. Don't worry about bokeh, that lens produces it nicely!

just keep practising, half an hour, set your iso to at least 800 and have another go!
17/07/2013 - 12:10 AM

Big bird in the Danube Delta.

Big bird in the Danube Delta.can't believe nobody out of 9 viewers votrd for this. excellent light through the wings and great timing.
Only I would have been tempted to leave for room for the crane to fly into .. so crop upper left and leave for on the lower right.
10/07/2013 - 10:52 AM


EncounterI think this is a good, natural image. I have seen many posing deer uploaded here on epz, but after having been around here for a while I strongly suspect most of those are not taken in the wild as you have.
I have been trying to take a decent deer shot for years and find it very difficult, they are completely unpredictable, the come back to spots once in a fortnight and are extremely shy.
So I think 2 voters out of 20 views is very unfair.

may I suggest that you crop ten percent on the left, a bit of the mushy bottom and the dark tree on the right Smile
09/07/2013 - 11:51 PM

Scalpsie Bay Rothesay

Scalpsie Bay Rothesaysplendid panorama, pity you didn't upload it big Wink
btw to reduce noise: noise reduction by topaz is the keyword. and set the sharpening 'masking' in LR to at least 20 that avoids extra grain by LR.
DON'T use sharpening in PS RAW import. That avoids 50% of the noise. Then let Topaz do the rest Smile I actually never sharpen anything, only use detail or micro contrast.
28/06/2013 - 4:12 PM


Butterflythe perch and the composition are very good, the crop could have left out the top. I'd remove the top 20-25%, it is not a very nice bokeh and more distracting than helping
My main critique is the focus. You have focused on the tail, not the head. One aspires in nature photography to have the eyes sharp, or the centre of the flower.
I suspect you left the aperture fully open for a bokeh effect, that is in principle a nice idea but not if the subject is at an angle.
Next time try a longer lens if you got one ( say a 80-200 tele zoom goes a long way for butterflies) and set the aperture to at least 8, better 11, depending on the lens. With your 50mm you can get away with 8. Or try to be parallel to the butterfly. And do not be afraid to use 800 asa if you need it do achieve a high speed or more depth, there is no law against it Smile
23/05/2013 - 7:55 PM

Rainbow People

Rainbow Peopleit is a fine shot, only it feels like you have blown up the saturation a bit.
Composition is very good!
04/04/2013 - 5:46 PM

Wind blown Cosmos

Wind blown CosmosWell Will thinks you used AF, I don't know. I never would. doesn't help with macros.
My hint is that is the ONE thing you want to do manual. Just use your eyes. Takes far too much time to start selecting points and all that and then do you like it. Your DOF button will tell you what the picture will really look like.
As to the speed being too slow, Will is right. 1/400 in the wind Smile Tell the guy who told you about 100 ASA to go and shoot some birds. Or flutterbys Smile
The DOF is too shallow.. if you do this to get a special soft effect like Mandy D or in here get at least one flower center really very sharp.

I now I'm again lecturing here. If I annoy you, I'll stop. And the colours are gorgeous, so is the composition.
03/04/2013 - 10:45 AM

Inner beauty

Inner beautya lovely series, what a great flower.
maybe a bit more DOF might help here. you don't really need 100 iso, it doesn't help with macro. We usually try to get a smaller aperture to get more detail and DOF.Smile
No I'm not nagging, just trying to say how to improve a picture with fantastic light and composition..