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I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed making them.

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  • First Impression by BillyGoatGruff

    Cheers Derek - had a lot of fun exploring the possibilities Grin

    It'll probably pass by most people....hey ho!
    • 14 Apr 2014 8:50PM
  • Before the Rain by BillyGoatGruff

    Cheers all.
    Most appreciated Smile
    • 13 Apr 2014 11:44AM
  • Industry by BillyGoatGruff

    Cheers all - most appreciated Grin
    • 21 Mar 2014 12:01PM
  • Shadow Line by martin.w

    Wink Grin
    • 19 Mar 2014 10:16PM
  • Cockerham Sands by mickp

    Hey Mick!

    It's a pretty nice image and a good choice to go B&W, but there are a few things you could do to improve this.

    Firstly, from a shooting perspective, you should try to be more aware of the horizon - it should be level. Yours is getting on for 2 degrees off, by my quick estimate!

    The other thing that you benefit from is learning about hyperfocal focussing which would help you greatly with depth of field and image sharpness - you'll have to google it as I don't have time to get into the nitty-gritty, I'm afraid. Wink
    It's perhaps a bit daunting at first, but is, in fact, a reasonably straightforward technique and especially useful at w/a focal lengths.

    Secondly, there's a great deal you can do in post processing to lift this image to where it should be.

    First off, fix the horizon using the "measure" tool in photoshop followed by rotate image "arbitrary". You will have to crop the image consequently But using a D800 you can afford to lose a couple of million pixels without too much harm.

    Next off, I would work on the contrast which, in my opinion, is what is really lacking here.
    Try just putting a curves layer above your image layer without adjusting it, but set its blend mode to "soft light." I think you will be surprised at how improvement there is. Grin
    Personally I would go slightly further with two additional curves layers (for foreground and sky - normal blend mode on each) on which I would adjust the curve to improve to tonal separation to my taste and the limit the effect by using a gradient fill on their respective layer masks....(I may have lost you by now! Smile).
    Curves layers and layer masks are very powerful tools - do some research. It will benefit you greatly.
    Lastly (after resizing for epz) I would use some careful sharpening to tighten it all up prior to uploading.

    Cheers - hope this is of some help Smile

    • 19 Mar 2014 8:53PM
  • Egret In Flight by NeilSchofield

    V3 is ace
    • 12 Mar 2014 7:28PM
  • Landing Light by BillyGoatGruff

    Cheers peeps Smile
    • 29 Nov 2013 5:58PM

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  • Posted on Lillian's profile

    • 12 Sep 2012 7:46PM
  • Posted on Landlord's profile

    Really, really good images here, Phil. A great pleasure to view what I have so far.
    Started at the far, I've got up to May 2009. Had to stop as my eyes were getting scorched Smile
    I will be back for sure.

    • 9 Feb 2012 4:18PM
  • Posted on javam's profile

    Impressive PF, Neil!

    Must return when I've got more time!

    • 25 Aug 2011 12:17PM
  • Posted on LeeFisher's profile

    Only had time to look at the first page, Lee.
    Seriously impressive work!
    Gobsmackingly so, in fact!

    I'm looking forward to many return visits!
    Amazing just doesn't quite cover the excellence on view here! Smile

    • 17 Jun 2011 11:13AM
  • Posted on JGRobinson's profile

    The few shots I've had time to view blew me away!
    Awesome, John!
    I'll be back.
    Again and agin and again.....

    Very glad to have found your PF!

    • 1 Jun 2011 9:26PM
  • Posted on Paintman's profile

    Excellent work, Alan.

    I'll be back.....frequently!

    • 19 Apr 2011 11:11AM
  • Posted on raybilcliff's profile

    Some very beautiful images here, Ray!

    I'm looking forward to future additions!

    Welcome to epz

    • 14 Apr 2011 10:58AM
  • Posted on BreadandShutter's profile

    Really quite astonishing work, Barry.
    I keep falling off my chair!

    • 4 Feb 2011 11:16AM
  • Posted on Richsr's profile

    Haven't had time to view them all, Richard, but from what I've seen, this is a truly excellent body of work.
    I've never been a big fan of posed studio shots, but there's no denying that you have huge expertise in this area, and that these along with all the other shots really confirm that you are a master craftsman possessing a great eye and great skill.
    A real pleasure to view.
    I'll be back!

    • 15 Dec 2010 10:35AM
  • Posted on andy210966's profile

    Just when I had the time and opportunity to catch up, you've gone and removed everything!
    Still, these five are rather special, Andy!
    Especially the Ducati!!
    Keep it up, mate!

    All the best,
    • 21 Sep 2010 12:13PM
  • Posted on PaulHolloway's profile

    Breathtakingly beautiful images, Paul.

    I shall return often.

    • 10 Feb 2010 1:29PM
  • Posted on iansnowdon's profile

    What a splendid portfolio you have, Ian!

    A joy to behold!

    • 7 Oct 2009 10:04PM
  • Posted on BreadandShutter's profile

    Stylish, expert, inspiring, beautiful!

    'Nuff said!


    Oh, forgot to mention Awesome Talent Smile
    • 24 Sep 2009 9:08AM
  • Posted on Mayfly's profile

    Interesting and eclectic mix of images, Andy!

    Very nice indeed, sir!

    I'll be back.

    • 24 Sep 2009 8:43AM
  • Posted on BURNBLUE's profile

    Very impressive work!

    A pleasure to view, Simon.

    • 13 Aug 2009 12:18PM
  • Posted on chris-p's profile

    What an incredibly good portfolio you have, Chris!!!
    One of the very best I've seen on this site so far.
    An astonishing body of work.

    • 9 Jun 2009 4:06PM
  • Posted on shannron's profile

    Some breathtaking work here, Shaz.
    Hugely impressive!
    It's been a real pleasure to peruse your work.
    All the very best,
    • 9 Jan 2009 9:45PM
  • Posted on dmhuynh72's profile

    Breathtaking, Yung!!
    This is an outstanding portfolio.
    Your seascapes are, quite simply, sublime!
    It's been a joy looking at these images.
    • 10 Dec 2008 11:12AM
  • Posted on uggyy's profile

    Took your brother's advice and looked at the complete back catalogue.
    I'm going home to cry now...
    All the very best
    • 24 Oct 2008 2:57PM
  • Posted on BlueRoom's profile

    Haven't seen them all yet, Eric.
    I think you may be slightly mad...
    which is no bad thing in my book.

    • 21 Oct 2008 6:30PM
  • Posted on edrhodes's profile

    Fantastic portfolio, Ed. Some of these just blew me away!
    Keep up the excellent work.
    All the best,
    • 23 Sep 2008 1:35PM
  • Posted on JohnnyGraham's profile

    A very impressive body of work, Johnny. All the more so, to have viewed the evolution from page 1.
    I'm looking forward to more...
    • 22 Sep 2008 1:02PM
  • Posted on MikeBonsall's profile

    Mike, this is a stunning portfolio.
    Image quality alone deserves a click from everyone at the very least, but your sense of composition and your extraordinary exposure control and superb processing makes this an outstanding body of work and a real pleasure to view.
    Inspirational and definitely a level of quality to aspire to.
    All the very best,
    • 20 Jun 2008 3:14PM
  • Posted on Nigel_95's profile

    I've just spent a very enjoyable hour looking at every image here. There are some really wonderful images here, Nige.
    Didn't have time to comment on all, but it's been a real pleasure perusing them.
    Curiously, I seem to have been standing in your footsteps for a couple from Scotland!
    All the very best,
    • 26 Feb 2008 6:59PM
  • Posted on Dennis_Bromage's profile

    A very impressive portfolio, Dennis. I look forward to revisiting.
    • 26 Feb 2008 1:29PM
  • Posted on PatrickSmith's profile

    Patrick, your images are breathtaking; transcending the technical excellence that most of us aspire to, and reaching into the quintessence of beauty.

    Truly you are a Master, and it is a privilege to share the same planet at the same time as you.
    It is pointless for me to say "keep up the great work," since I know your immense talent will drive you on to ever greater heights. This work in inspirational.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.
    May your shutter never seize!
    • 19 Feb 2008 3:27PM
  • Posted on pfheyes's profile

    Some wonderful stuff here, Pete.
    I eagerly await more offerings. In the meantime, as I said to Paul (pmorgan), I'm going home to cry...
    • 4 Feb 2008 1:30PM
  • Posted on mattw's profile

    Brilliant portfolio, Matt. You have a great eye.
    • 4 Feb 2008 11:58AM
  • Posted on pmorgan's profile

    I've run out of superlatives.
    I'm going home to cry now.
    • 1 Feb 2008 12:23PM
  • Posted on Kris_Dutson's profile

    Superb, wonderful work.
    Truly inspiring.
    • 22 Jan 2008 12:30PM

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