Save 69% on inPixio Photo Studio 11 Ultimate (discount applied at checkout)



Hello and welcome to my image gallery.

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

All the best.
...Read More

A quick view of BillyGoatGruff's recent activity.

  • First Impression

    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

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

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

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

    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

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

    Cheers peeps Smile
    • 29 Nov 2013 5:58PM
  • SmileSmileSmile
    • Posted on Lillian's profile
    • 12 Sep 2012 7:46PM
  • 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.

  • Impressive PF, Neil!

    Must return when I've got more time!

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

  • 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!

  • Excellent work, Alan.

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

    • Posted on Paintman's profile
    • 19 Apr 2011 11:11AM
  • Some very beautiful images here, Ray!

    I'm looking forward to future additions!

    Welcome to epz

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

  • 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!

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