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Forum Topics:7
Forum Comments:35
Photo Comments:11
Competition Entries: 5
Modification Uploaded: 1

Daisy by jadefreeman

As Simon has said, it's always going to be difficult with a kit lens to get decent macro shots. If you can tether the camera then it's much easier to get the depth of field right by playing around with the aperture as you go. If not, maybe a series at varying apertures would let you get it exactly how you want it. I'm not a fan of live view with DOF preview personally, as it's only ever an indication. It's not until you get the pic up on a proper display that you can get right into the details to see how you're doing.

In the example above amending the depth of field so that the central yellow part of the flower (sorry - don't know what it's called!) is in focus, while retaining the out of focus foreground and background, might be quite effective perhaps? Also, it's quite a tight crop. Is there any mileage in coming back slightly to include all of the petals as well? It might isolate the flower quite well.

All that said, it's a lot better than most of the macro stuff I've tried!


happy to be here

happy to be here by nikonutter

Hi mate,

I really like this one. The placement of the grate in the bottom part of the pic just does it for me.

I've uploaded a very minor mod - I've changed the perspective ever so slightly to straighten up the horizontal lines and square the shot up. It's a very minor mod, but makes it for me.


thar she blows!

thar she blows! by nikonutter

A nice shot, quite dramatic with the smoke coming out of the funnel (if that's what it's called!) contrasting nicely against the sky. You could perhaps bump it up half a stop without losing that impact.

With respect to some of the manipulation, across the house it's slightly patchy in the blur - the right hand side of the house is more blurred than the left hand side.

I'm personally not convinced with the ragged edge effect. I don't think it adds a great deal, and in a sense spoils the crop with the front right bumper thing missing a chunk. You can tell I'm not a train fan I guess!

Cromer Pier

Cromer Pier by Steve Cribbin

I know 'great shot' isn't welcomed in this gallery, but it is! I have to confess to a bit of local knowledge here - I've spent many a happy hour hanging off the pier on the right end of a bit of string catching crabs - and this is where the critique comes in.

There's no one in it! Cromer pier is normally quite busy, but this photo doesn't reflect that. It's a cracking technical shot, great sky, lead in lines all there, but it's just crying out for some human interest to give it flavour and the imagination you say it lacks. Given the mood of the shot, which is fairly desolate, a sullen hoody leaning against the barrier would make it for me. Let me know if you want to borrow one - but don't expect much conversation! A single figure in the picture who reflects the mood of the shot (for example, a hoody or person of advanced years walking a dog or perhaps driving an electric scooter away from the camera), would accentuate the loneliness it conveys.


Oana by ninuv

Nice natural looking pose that the model has with a touch of an enigmatic smile which I like, but her face is lit a bit too harshly for me. What lighting set up did you use? It looks from the shadows like 2 undiffused lights either side and behind of the camera; one diffused side light may have worked better, perhaps with a reflector, and not washed out her face quite so much. Also, a slightly shallower depth of field would have thrown the background foliage further out of focus and helped to concentrate the attention on the model's face.

Head Shot

Head Shot by strokebloke

I don't know what options you had with the original shot, but the composition looks ever so slightly cramped to me. If you'd been able to include more of the right hand side of the duck's neck this might have helped bring the duck out more, if that makes sense. Great shot though - wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of him!

Taken 2.17.11

Taken 2.17.11 by JessikaRaePicard

The crop is an improvement, but the missing paw still stands out, accentuated by the fact that to get the tight crop the top of the hair has to go as well. As the other comments have said, a slightly lower angle might have helped.

That said, the expression on the dog's face is great, and there's a good tonal range to the pic.

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