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Giraffe at the Whipsnade

Giraffe at the Whipsnade by JonnySP

That's a reasonable lens so I'd go with slight focus eror. Did you use one shot focus or servo focus? Both can be good, and both can have their problems. One shot and the animals move so they are not in the plane of sharp focus. Servo will always focus where the focus point is so if the point of interest in the image moves away from that focus point it'll be unsharp. You may already know this but others reading this may find it helpful.
I'd go for the tighter crop as it's all about the action rather than the overall scene.



Clouds by Sandipan

That's a dramatic cloudscape. It's dark and moody but with a wide dynamic range so you've done well with the exposure to keep the detail. The interest is in the clouds so the fact that there are deep areas of shadow in the land just amplifies the mood and I imagine much like it was.

All I've done in my mod is selectively boost the contrast a little in the clouds using Levels and Curves.


Hard Working Hands

Hard Working Hands by Holmewood

A good detail shot and one of my first thoughts was thst it'd do well in mono. I'd try a grittier version.

Eyeing the Lady !

Eyeing the Lady ! by KBan

Quote: I wonder how long the ladybird survived!

I'd hope not long as it's one of the alien Harlequins, but my guess is it survived unscathed Grin

Front page news.

Front page news. by kathrynlouise

Well done. I'm sure I saw this recently and voted on it but I can't see it in your p/f.

I like this one ........and I like this one

I like this one ........and I like this one by davereet

Sounds like the Aldi advert Grin
I'd consider cropping to just above her head. But you could use that space to put that title as text Smile

Essex Skipper

Essex Skipper by Glostopcat

A cracking capture. I can appreciate the need to ID it when you've time to inspect the image rather than trying to do it as the insect flies around!

Little Egrit

Little Egrit by bppowell

Nice shot. Good to see these birds expanding their range across the UK.

Abandoned Pump House

Abandoned Pump House by Otinkyad

The original is a lot clearer to look at.
Clarity is a good tool to use but it's easy to overcook it especially when there's a lot of fine detail as there is in this image. The result being that the image becomes confusing.

It's a great find and I'd try to get in closer to make the most of the machinery, and as John suggests shoot at a smaller aperture.
Though the foliage on the right adds to the scene, it does catch the light and so I'd be tempted to crop it out. the same goes for much of the left side. I'm thinking square crop!


Single and Happy

Single and Happy by nishant101

I can't see anything either. My guess is it's residual light from the clouds as Tanya suggests, so really part of the image.
I have in the past lightened a whole image to check for distractions and uneven tones in a dark background, but when returned to 'normal' there;s nothing to be seen.
I always edit my images in Adobe RGB and only ise sRGB for web display and printing. OK, most monitors can only display sRGB at best but I want to keep as many tones as possible as a result of processing. Converting to 16 bit from a jpg will have only a little effect on preserving a full range of tones when you process the image as Photoshop has to 'make up' the missing tones when it converts the image. not as effective as starting with a 16 bit tiff file created from a RAW file a that will have the full range of tones.


santorini by justahobby

Richard's mod makes the most of the colours in this image.
I'd have given 1/2 or 2/3 of a stop less exposure to retain the detail in the brightly lit walls. There'd be sufficient detail still in the shadows that could be lifted. Shooting RAW would give you finer control over the highlights and shadows.
But having said all that this is an attractive image taken with nice sidelighting.

Unique Acoustics

Unique Acoustics by pilgrim57

I take it you were able to steady the camera somewhat to use that slow shutter speed.
However, you camera is good at ISO 6400 which is a couple of stops more than you used here. I would have used the higher speed, perhgaps opting for 1/25 at f/4 and applying some noise reduction in RAW conversion. It's always better to shoot in RAW, even if only for the trickier lighting situations. RAW+jpg would be a good idea too so if you're not proficient with processing RAW files you still have the jpg to fall back on.



LIFE"S A DRAG by youmightlikethis

Quote: Isn't all Street Photography essentially voyeuristic?

Well there is an element of that, and I think how much depends on the image. Someone standing in full open view I'd say was less so than perhaps of a couple at a cafe table in a corner.
I too was disappointed to find the grafitti was false but Willie's mod looks real.

Cog droplets

Cog droplets by CanonRebecca22

Interesting effect, good work.


Comma by georgiepoolie

Very nice, you've used that wide aperture well.

Biscuit that's my name

Biscuit that's my name by Lillian

Very nicely shot.

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Added Date: 10/03/2006 - 12:57 PM

You do have some amazing images in your portfolio.


Added Date: 08/08/2006 - 12:10 PM

Just had a scan through your portfolio, some really nice images there. I see there are some big gaps between posting, but hey, quality rather than quantity eh!


Added Date: 09/01/2007 - 12:56 PM

You've a really stunning landscape portfolio here. I thought I'd comment here rather than individual images. I really enjoyed looking.


Added Date: 15/03/2007 - 6:20 PM

Yo've got a great portfolio here, some lovely bird images. I can even forgive the fact that the squirrels are grey ones as the images are good lol!