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Thanks for looking at my portfolio. I hope you find some images you like.
I read all your comments and look through the gsallery, but because of time I may only vote rather than comment.
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  • The Finale 1

    Adding a new sky is a good idea.
    However, there is a clear mismatch, not only in lighting but in angle of view - it simply doesn't look like the sky you'd get in a cityscape. But for a surreal look, that's different although as has been said, you could push it more.

    It would be better to see her face, no doubt. But you'd picked your spot and I guess you couldn't move from it (easily). You don't want to be buzzing around throughout the performance so unless you know exactly what and how it'll be performed (for example if the performance was repeated) and get in the 'right' place you have to take what you get.
    • 29 Aug 2016 9:57PM
  • Buy the Gallon

    This is an attractive arrangement of items that makes for a good detail shot.
    The wide aperture used has resulted in a narrow area of sharpness - this type of subject often benefits from front to back sharpness.
    However, given some processing, with the Nik software or in Photoshop, giving a soft grainy result can hide those shortcomings (not a panacea for badly executed images) and result in an attractive image - for the wall as Paul mentions.

    As for remembering the location, perhaps too late now, but for future reference in Photoshop go to File > Info and you can enter a caption. That can be as detailed as you like, or simply something like 'Gaydon Motor Museum'. Caption can be sen in Adobe Bridge and Windows Explorer to name but two so you don't need Photoshop to read them.
    Exif data is good, but it ain't that good. Yet.
    • 29 Aug 2016 9:49PM
  • The fighter of tekwondo...

    This is a good idea for a shot.
    Focus on the hand or the face, both will be good images but with a very different feel.

    If you focus on the hand, as you have here, it needs to be more evenly lit. As it disappears into shadow, it doesn't stand out as it needs to.
    The face is nicely sidelit, so using the same setup and focusing on the face is another approach.

    However, the clothing is catching the light full blast and creating problems that Paul mentions.

    You need to look where the light is falling and adjust as necessary. With a Speedlight it's trial and error. shoot and review on the camera's screen. With a proper studio flash that has a modelling light it's so much easier.
    • 29 Aug 2016 9:34PM
  • Female Common Darter

    Excellent stuff, lovely sharp detail and a lovely smooth background to set the insect off well.
    • 29 Aug 2016 7:59PM
  • Flash off camera

    Good helpful info there John.
    • 29 Aug 2016 7:54PM
  • Photographers in Wonderland

    Possibly more suited to a German image John.

    Clearly being closer to the North Pole than the UK has resulted in a warping of the space-time fabric Smile
    • 29 Aug 2016 7:46PM
  • Snapshot XXVI

    I see Moira has pre-empted my question with an answer Grin
    • 29 Aug 2016 7:39PM
  • You do have some amazing images in your portfolio.
    • Posted on maures53's profile
    • 10 Mar 2006 12:57PM
  • 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!
  • You've a really stunning landscape portfolio here. I thought I'd comment here rather than individual images. I really enjoyed looking.
  • 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!
    • Posted on SueWB's profile
    • 15 Mar 2007 6:20PM