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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 gallery, but because of time I may only vote rather than comment.
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  • carrying the ....

    ... swag Wink
    • 15 Oct 2019 8:57PM
  • Woodland Happiness

    Welcome back from me too.
    Sorry to hear you were the victim of a tea leaf.
    Your kit sounds fine, don't dismiss 'starter' lenses. They ar capable of good results, amnd more important is the ability to 'see' images, which is what you'#ve done here. A good, and humoiurous, det\il shot.

    It's nhice to note that you chose mono as this is the sort of image that can be stronger in black and white because it's about shapes and areas of contrasting tonality. Flick between the mods and the coloir original above and you should be in no doubt.

    Your mono conversion looks like a straight greyscale conversion as the grey tones look to have the same lumonance as the colour tones.
    I use the Nik plugins too, but any decent editing software will allow you to create mono versions by adjusting the relationship between the colour channels, as well as darkening edges and creating vignettes.

    I'm writing some blogs on here about black and white photography and mynext one will cover post processing. Sahmeful self promotion I know!
    Suiffice to say there are loads of tutorials and videos out there.

    So I'll try a mod too.
    With mono, there are many different personal interpretations (of the original) and styles you could spend days experimenting if you wanted.

    • 15 Oct 2019 8:44PM
  • Art exhibition.

    Welcome from me too.

    All covered by Moira and Janet I think.
    I do agree with showing complete images. Cut off images draw my attention and I want to see more. Avoiding that means I concentrate what's in the scene overall.

    I see you used a phone for this, it's the sort of thing phones are good at.
    But as with any captured image a little work in post processing helps a lot, even if it's just a small crop.

    • 15 Oct 2019 7:35PM
  • finished

    • 15 Oct 2019 7:16PM
  • Timberrrr...

    Lovely detailed shots of the guy at work Jukka Smile
    Well timed in V2.
    V3 is why I couldn't do it!
    • 15 Oct 2019 7:14PM
  • You expect a kiss!

    A fine capture Lilian.
    • 15 Oct 2019 12:07PM
  • game over

    It looks like cement even though iot's sand, now that wouldn't be pleasant to play on Smile
    • 15 Oct 2019 11:59AM
  • Significant details

    Being a professional doesn't imply competence. Indeed, HMRC classify someone as professional (in any role) if they earn money from it.

    Well done Moira.
    • 15 Oct 2019 11:56AM
  • Bullet Train

    Quote:not a single logo or marking could be found

    A Stealth Train...

    Bill's down to earth explanation spoils that illusion.
    Anoraks anyone? Wink
    • 15 Oct 2019 11:46AM
  • Old Railway Sleepers

    It's a nice detail shot.
    i think Willie#s and Ivor's mods look more dynamic because of the diagonal, though I admit my first thought wasa panoramic crop as suggested ny John.

    We appreciate the description of your processing, and it's somehting we'd like to see from more people who post in the Critique Gallery.
    It's usually small adjustments that are needed and you've done a good job, but, as others have said, you can go a little more.

    Opening up the shadows is good, but often I find you hen need to take the Black Level down just to have an anchor to the histogram and avoid a washed out look. A contrast adjutment can often be requiored to add some zing - again just a little, and my favourite method is to use Cuives as you have more and finer control.
    Of course, these adjustmenmts could be applied just to the centralarea of the image where the vegetation is, to make it stand out from the relatively neutral looking wood.

    • 14 Oct 2019 8:32PM
  • People at an exhibition 3

    Black and white, literally.
    This extreme treatment works for me on this scene.
    • 14 Oct 2019 3:58PM
  • Tourist Aware

    Gentrification Smile
    • 14 Oct 2019 2:44PM
  • Garden Fairy Makeup (v.1)

    Fascinating Leo. it looks real in the main image.
    • 13 Oct 2019 3:37PM
  • Erik The Drummer

    Welcome from me too Mike.
    Thanks for explaining the technique you used and what you wanted, that helps us in giving you appropriate and relevant suggestions.

    My initial thoughts were this is a bit low in contrast and on the dark/muddy side, and visually confusing. As John says, yu need to show him off.
    Full marks for trying your set up, though keeping things simple here would hzve given a stronger image.

    John's mod addresses my brightness concerns.I'd have gone for a Curves adjustment to much thw same end.

    Before I read Moira's comment I was thinking one flash with a long exposure, so you would have one clear view of the drummer and movement to show the energy from using a longer shiutter speed. How long exactly depends on the amount of movement of the drummer and his size in the frame, so there's some experimentation to be had. That said, your current choice looks ok.

    Something else you could try is have your flash set to multiple flashes, or stroboscopic mode, so you get a multitude of arms and drumsticks with hopefully a reasonably defined person. Try a 10 Hz setting for starters so you'd get 10 flashes during your 1 s expposure. It'd need the guy to have a relatively still body but plenty of arm movement so it'd require close copperation between the two of you, as well as persevernce., Shoot, review and adjust as you feel necessary.

    If you have any similar images you can upload one or two as modifications here, just so we get an idea of what you got from the session.


    • 12 Oct 2019 10:01PM
  • Cross legged Heron

    Nicely captured amusing shot.
    • 12 Oct 2019 9:32PM
  • Chained Up

    More power to them.
    • 12 Oct 2019 9:16PM
  • 10 brown bottles not...

    A good evening in SmileSmileSmile
    • 12 Oct 2019 8:38PM
  • Morris Dancer

    Thank you Arne.
    • 11 Oct 2019 9:28PM
  • On the fly

    I like kaybee's mod.
    • 11 Oct 2019 7:26PM
  • Marsh Tit

    Cracking V2 Cathy.
    • 11 Oct 2019 7:25PM
  • Sunrise on Podere Belverde

    Glad to be voter number 30 for this one Smile
    • 11 Oct 2019 7:20PM
  • Berries and Blooms

    V1 is Cotoneaster.
    V4 I'd say is Viburnum.
    • 11 Oct 2019 7:14PM
  • 1940's

    Nice set Ivor.
    • 11 Oct 2019 7:11PM
  • Oh Deer... what next

    A lovely capture Lilian.
    • 11 Oct 2019 1:31PM
  • Goldfinch

    Lovely capture Mike.
    Ours ignore the teasel in preference for the seed feeder.
    • 11 Oct 2019 12:14PM
  • auf Wiedersehen...

    Time to treat yourself to somethingnew, or new to you at least. Choices, choices...
    • 10 Oct 2019 8:53PM
  • late for her music classes *

    Well timed, nice one Leo.

    • 10 Oct 2019 3:46PM
  • A long pier

    Quote:If they'd built it a bit longer, you'd be able to walk all the way to Kent.

    Possibly quicker than driving over the QE bridge Wink

    Was this the pier that featured in the Minder TV series or was it somewhere else?

    • 10 Oct 2019 3:34PM
  • Early Christmas present

    Attractive scene Walt.
    Snow where it should be, in pictures Smile
    • 10 Oct 2019 3:29PM
  • Autumn Colors

    Lovely colours and shapes here Jenn.

    • 10 Oct 2019 3:25PM