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30/08/2015 - 1:01 AM

Balloon Man

Balloon ManThis is good; you have spectators nicely out of focus, and its certainly colourful.

One of the hardest things to do is point a camera at a bright scene like this, and not only resist the urge to dial in -2/3, but to do the opposite, dial in about +1/3! Its seems counter- intuitive, but its the right approach.

All this needs I think is that extra exposure; be careful wheen you look at the histpgram on the LCD that you dont view the brightness histogram only, - it will indicate overexposed here when it underexposed; so you need to look at the separate R,G and B channels, and you will see that its R thats droving the histpgram over, - meaning yellow and red a a bit over saturated.

So that it really, - sharp and detailed, and +1/3


28/08/2015 - 7:03 PM

Golden Day Ending

Golden Day EndingNice. I have modified V4, removing the left seed heads; I also increased color temp, - this shows 5100, and and evening shot looks better around 6500.

Some localised sharpening, and added space tp the left to place the grasses off centre.


28/08/2015 - 3:23 PM


LongingVery well lit. The hand is placed well with the side facing the camera, so this is a big step forward.

More on Kates comment, - the eyes do look better a touch sharper, and it may only be that they look a bit soft on EPZ if the original is sharper.

CS has a sharpening tool, - so not any sharpening modes, its a tool in the tool-strip on the left; its a triangle shaped tool, in with the blur amd smear tools, so you may have to right click one of those to select it; the trick is to add an empty layer over the image (its will be on top in the layers palette); then at the top of the screen, set the tool to 15%, click Sample all layers, and click protect tones. Then using a small brush, brush the eyes only on the empty later; you can do a fine adjustment to finish by varying the opacity of the empty layer if you like, then flatten, It works very well.

Nice work


26/08/2015 - 4:16 PM


ExpressionNicely timed. Better for me if the camera was in a portrait orientation to catch his feet, but its often so quick you just shoot.

Ive uploaded a alternate crop and tweaks.

Nice work


26/08/2015 - 2:04 PM


SENTINALSentinel: a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch.

This is exactly how this looks, and its well composed.

The image here is probably not as sharp as your original, so I would suggest a little more sharpening on the re-sized image prior to uploading.

I would add a little space above the tree, and crop a little from the left, simply to allow more space, and place the tree more on a third,

The colour temp works, as would a slightly warmer tone. I notice you pushed blacks higher, - I would pull them back (blacker) for similar reasons to Moira.

Mod has all of these tweaks.

If you want to emulate the effects of the other mod, oversharpen the image and push saturation high.


25/08/2015 - 2:05 PM

Inukshuk - Vancouver

Inukshuk - VancouverToo bad there were so many people around. It rains so much in Vancouver normally there are crowds out when its sunny. Especially that guy right in front of the stones!

I pulled in black in the mod, and decapitated one person whose head was popping up above the deck of one of the ships. Slight rotation.

I tried cropping from the bottom, bit it didnt seem to work as well as cropping space from the top does.


25/08/2015 - 1:46 PM


WavesIts very nice, soft, love the movement. I would also suggest you try a little darker at the top, as if you used blue filter. It will give it a different look. It seems to "want: something there' like some more clouds.

21/08/2015 - 5:43 PM

Rocks and heather

Rocks and heatherIts a gorgeous scene Bill.

You have quite a good balance with the brighter light in the sky, and the foreground. I like the composition showing the heather looking high over the valley and the distance.

Settings are good.

Post processing for me has too much magenta/purple; you have to have lots, but only in the heather, - the rocks should ideally be reflecting the evening sun warmth only.

You have good detail, so be wary of the clarity slider, - it affects mid-tone contrast which is already quite good without adjustment.

The mod has less magenta, and the highlights in the sky toned down a little with the foreground very slightly brighter; clarity set to zero.

Nice work,


20/08/2015 - 6:59 PM

Kayla Sr. Pic

Kayla Sr. PicTHis is quite good.

The crop, - yes it needs a crop, and really because the feet are cut off; this could be avoided with either a pose with her legs pulled up more (might seem awkward though), or, move back a bit, tilt the lens down a bit, as you have loads of space above her head to work with. Waterfall is fine. Unfortunately, though its usually recommended not to crop across a joint, there really is no alternative here.

Other comments, - tone is too warm for me, a bit too yellow; blur the branches behind her head.

Watch ISO, - you dont need 1600 for this!

See the mod, - its also sharpened a little.

20/08/2015 - 2:44 PM

On the Job

On the JobHi Mario, hope you enjoyed you French vacation.

You have some really nice detail on this tiny Bee, - very well done at this focal length.

I would suggest a closer crop, makes the Bee appear larger, and it removes those leaves coming in from the left.; and I would brighten it a bit, - its really a matter of taste.

Mod uploaded. Yellow is desaturated a bit.


20/08/2015 - 2:26 PM

Na Pa by the river

Na Pa by the riverThe water could be blown out some more I think to get exposure lifted on the model. With that bright light behind. she is a bit shaded, and a +2/3 or so would help.

Or, use a flash to fill in shadows.

Mod uploaded with this done.


19/08/2015 - 3:46 PM


ClareNatural shot. I would think that the neckline coming down over her shoulder on the near side, without seeing her arm could suggest she has one arm! But I know she doesnt. She does the flowers in OZ if I remember right?
19/08/2015 - 3:14 PM

Sunrise in Midland

Sunrise in MidlandThis is good. One of your best so far I think.

You planned it, thought about it, set the camera up, focused on the life preserver and made a really good effort.

The post processing can be refined a bit, but good work.

Colour, and maybe colour balance has the rope looking blue/magenta, and its likely a white rope thats underexposed a bit, so hint of blue would be ok.

Be careful around the area where you removed that metal bit, - theres a bright area that draws attention to it, but a good idea to remove it.

I would clone out the bright spot at the bottom, might be lens flare, and Ive loaded a mod with a bit more space added to the top to place that horizon on a third.

The water drops on the life buoy are a really nice element here too.

Well done overall.

The mod has a different colour tone, added the top space, cropped space off the left, and sharpened the water drops quite a bit to get them to shine.


19/08/2015 - 1:28 PM

Triangle: 3 world

Triangle: 3 worldAmazing documentary shot. It might even work well cropped closer to show the two sellers. Its a fleeting moment in time thats a very goos social study as annettep says.


18/08/2015 - 1:17 AM

Teufelsbrucke, Switzerland

Teufelsbrucke, SwitzerlandVery nice Alexander.

I had an uncontrollable desire to remove those houses, top left.


17/08/2015 - 12:16 PM


MomentTo western eyes, this looks like total chaos, though Im sure its really not.

It seems she is telling the dog to get down so she can continue painting.

I also think a little more exposure, removing the light strip at the top (I cloned it out) and especially applying sharpening, which makes the painted surfaces sparkle will be helpful.

Its a day in the life of somebody, and it works.

The Church At Lowick in the Evening LightVery nice. Much the same comments as above. ISO 100 would have worked fine with this for the best possible output.

You set WB to cloudy, seeming wanting a warmer look. In post processing you lifted shadows so as to minimise them, which lost you a bit of depth.

Mod also uploaded, - a nice shot nevertheless.

13/08/2015 - 4:03 PM

Are we done?

Are we done?Another good one. I assume you hare using only one focus point, and placing it on here eye when shooting?

Try getting a little lower for some of these.

13/08/2015 - 1:13 PM


faceThis is very good.

Those eyes are amazing, and the detail you have here is excellent.

I would not do a lot wqith this, - it works as it is. It is a little dark, and youve probably left it like that deliberately, though you can add a little more exposure is you wish, as in mod1.

It may also work well as a mono, mod2.

Well done,


12/08/2015 - 4:30 PM

Night in Roscommon

Night in RoscommonLooks quite good Euan.

Settings look fine, just long enough to avoid trails.

Im not sure where you focused, - I would think you would focus on near infinity, - Im not 100% certain, it makes sense though. Why I wonder is that the near objects look very well resolved for a wide aperture, which might well be something to do with the exposure length. So manual focus, no VR, I would think.

I loaded a mod with the stars sharper; the ky is brighter and more contrasty; the trees less saturated and lower contrast.