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  • Blue/ no, Reddish Egret

    I am fairly certain it is a reddish egret. We do a lot of birding in Florida, although it is easy to mix this up with the little blue heron, the legs and the beak are wrong for it. Good shot!
    • 19 May 2016 12:13PM
  • More Nets!

    Love the gull!
    • 19 May 2016 12:04PM
  • Hokitika Gorge 1

    Been there, loved this spot! The colour of the water is fantastic, but the sand flies are anything but!
    • 19 May 2016 12:03PM
  • Bird showing off His / Her Tattoo wings!

    It's a male red winged blackbird.
    • 11 May 2016 9:10PM
  • Woodpecker

    Yes a red bellied. We do a lot of birdwatching in Florida and this is quite common. Didn't know it drank nectar though!
    • 11 May 2016 9:43AM
  • Fork Detail

    My eye tends to gravitate towards the writing in the background and try to read it. It may have been better with a plain background.
    • 9 May 2016 1:56PM
  • flowering view

    Lovely colours. Could you clone out the electricity pylon and lamp post? I think it would improve the picture, they seem very intrusive to me.
    • 9 May 2016 1:54PM
  • Nectar collecting

    Thank you all for your comments.
    Moira, I will do some dodging etc on the full sized photo, but I agree about the bright flower in the centre and work on that one too. It's probably not a keeper, never mind.
    Banehawi, I wasn't using focus tracking,I should either have done that or used focus bracketing, but I chickened out at the thought of having hundreds more photos to go through! The bees were very active!
    Dudler, not sure what you mean by 'tone'. Do you want the edges sharper, brighter, wider bright rim? Sorry, not a natural photographer here. Do let me know please. I love the camera and lens!
    • 4 May 2016 8:34AM
  • Good News

    Congratulations Sandra, what a change over the years. Well deserved too!
    • 1 Jun 2015 5:37PM
  • The Misbourne

    The Fujis are known for wonderful colour rendition. Enjoy your new camera!
    • 8 Apr 2015 2:54PM
  • Daybreak

    No I love the colours in this one Sandra.
    • 27 Jun 2014 11:26AM
  • duck but what sort ?

    Common pochard I think
    • 18 May 2014 12:06PM
  • Lady Godiva observing modern day life.

    Wonderful title!
    • 17 May 2014 3:05PM
  • we must save our bee's

    It's OK, this is a bumblebee and not at risk. It's the honeybees that are affected by varoa, nosema and insecticides. The main problem for bumbles is the change in farming procedures that affects the pollen they can gather.
    Good photo.
    • 17 May 2014 2:58PM
  • Urbino morning

    Thanks Dudler for commenting. I'm glad you like it, it looks like I have achieved the feel I wanted.

    I haven't put anything into the critique site since 2nd April, I have just been uploading for fun since then.

    The file size is limited because as a non e2 member I can't upload large files, I think both the number of pixels and size is limited, though I can't find by how much.

    I didn't notice the lack of tonal range, I will work on that. I shoot in RAW with small JPEGs and made this from the JPEG files, it's probably worth working on the RAWs to produce a larger file with greater tonal range.

    Urbino is a lovely little town by the way and well worth a visit.
    • 16 May 2014 9:35AM
  • rooftop

    Perhaps crop it a little to remove the distracting sliver of blue at the top?
    • 15 May 2014 7:10AM
  • Portrait of a Young Sculptor II

    In this photo the doorway as a frame does not work as he does not fit inside. It may have been better to place him closer so that you can see more of the doorway. Make sure his head is comfortably under the arch of the doorway, not almost touching it
    • 15 May 2014 7:02AM
  • Urbino Street

    Try pulling a case up! No room for a car to the hotel!
    • 3 May 2014 8:44PM
  • Pushing off

    Thanks Willie, you are right the action does become more prominant. I wonder if I will ever get it right first time!
    It was an overcast day, plenty of light but misty which helped with glare and reflection. Tweaked in Lightroom.
    • 2 Apr 2014 5:39PM
  • Snake

    Possibly worth trying with a polarizer on? It works with shiny green leaves.
    • 3 Jan 2014 1:31PM
  • Moeraki Boulders

    Good mods paint man, I shall continue to work on these.

    pamelajean, I am always grateful to you especially and the Critique Team in general for the time you give up to help others improve their photography. I may be a slow learner but nonetheless it's appreciated!
    • 3 Jan 2014 10:42AM
  • Take our photo please.

    Chen, not sure what you mean by a cam shot, it was taken with a telephoto lens equiv to 200mm, between me and the group was a pool of water and very fragile ground that we couldn't walk on, so there was no way I could get closer. I took a few of different groups from this position but this was the best I thought. I doubt if they were photographers, half the folk walking around had SLRs, the other half were using phones or ipads! They also could have been of any nationality so talking to them could have been difficult.
    • 5 Dec 2013 7:59AM
  • Fifteenth

    So you had to take your provisional then!
    Really like this.
    • 1 Dec 2013 4:50AM
  • End of the boat trip

    After 2 weeks of unbroken sunshine they probably didn't have the trip they planned!

    The EM-1 is wonderful, it's taking me a while to find which buttons do what but weight wise after the E-620 the lenses are very light, makes a huge difference.
    Very fast to focus.
    Manual online only except for a small quick start one, so hard to work through. (I have downloaded it, it's a pdf) Parts of menus similar to the E-620 though which helps.
    Size perfect for my fairly small hands and very good grip.
    EVF beautiful, it has been great in the very bright sunlight when you couldn't see the back screen.
    The touch screen can be a pain, you forget it's on and find you have taken lots of photos of your feet as you walk along!

    • 26 Nov 2013 5:31AM
  • Cathedral Cove

    Thanks for that Willie. It's been non stop sunshine since we arrived - better than the snow at home! I overdid the dropping the contrast bit in Elements, all I have on this laptop and it was done in too bright sunlight too, but I shall work on the RAW when I get it home. Interesting about the sharpening halos, it's straight from camera, so possibly I need to drop the in camera sharpening a bit.
    • 24 Nov 2013 5:56PM
  • rolling up the masts

    Good photo! Try cropping a little off the top so that the mast is 2/3 of the way up the frame. That enhances the mast and still emphasises the height they are working at.
    • 29 Jun 2012 9:06AM
  • pebble beach

    Good attempt, and I like the people, gives it a focal point. But look at your horizon, the sea is at an angle. You should level the horizon. I make the same mistake all the time!
    • 29 Jun 2012 8:34AM
  • Bled Lake

    I agree with Dave, if you are including reflections there is no way you can use the 1/3 2/3 rule. But you have used it in your positioning of the castle, well done. If you use PS I might think about putting in a gradient filter over the top of the sky, that darkens the top slightly and stops the eye from disappearing out of the top of the picture. Apart from that, a lovely photo.
    • 14 Mar 2012 1:36PM
  • MY dinner!

    Thanks for the comments folks. I agree about the plant stalk, it would be too difficult to clone it out because of the way it overlaps the frog's foot. I did clone out a stalk that was coming out of his head! I'll try sharpening it, and see if it helps.
    • 3 Mar 2012 8:12PM
  • November

    That's interesting Mike. I've played around with it, changing to a square format alters the prominence of the boathouse markedly. Taking out the willow works quite well. I was hanging over a gate marked "PRIVATE" when I took this shot, I was tempted to go in so as to alter the angles but I wouldn't like someone doing that to me, so I didn't, even though the house was on the other side of the road.
    • 7 Nov 2011 2:07PM