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dark_lord

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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  • Bush walk

    It would be helpful for us to know what you intended, or what you feel is lacking, so that we can provide appropriate feedback.

    The idea of a silhouette does give a moody presentation, perhaps sinister (I've seen a lot of murder mysteries on TV).

    This could do with more exposure so my mod uses a Curves adjustment to keep the deep shadows black but boost the brightness and contrast of the foliage, for more visual 'bite'.

    The figure is very central (I'm guessing the focus point was right on the person's head in front) and so there's a lot of wasted space at the top (though thinking about it, a portrait format crop could work) and a more boring looking result.
    So my mod has a crop to make the person more prominent.
    • 16 Nov 2017 7:44PM
  • The Arches, Old Portsmouth - 2/2

    Because this was shot at the same time as the last upload and at the same settings, the technical feedback will be the same.

    Compositionwise, I'd agree with getting further back, if that's possible of course, so you could include all of the doorway. Clipping it as you have is rather like chopping the feet off a full length portrait, it doesn't look complete and can be taken as sloppy composition even if it wasn't.

    I see an alternative image here, mod coming up.
    • 16 Nov 2017 7:11PM
  • Pink swirls over Orlock

    Colour for me this time Jeff.
    • 16 Nov 2017 2:45PM
  • night flow

    Well captured Leo, so familiar (and frustrating) to anyone living in and around cities.
    Electronic road pricing is the way to go. It was mentioned over 20 years ago but was silently forgotten. And working from home hasn't taken off either, which is crazy as many jobs could be done like that, at least for some proportion.
    It wouldn't be so bad if the vehicles were electric with the power produced from sustainab;e renewable sources.
    The hardest thing though is to rewire people's brains...

    Enjoy your evening Smile
    • 16 Nov 2017 2:15PM
  • The Shinning....

    Very nicely done.
    • 15 Nov 2017 11:04PM
  • 'Speared'

    Stunning shot, well done.
    • 15 Nov 2017 11:03PM
  • Stepping Stones

    Very nicely done.
    • 15 Nov 2017 10:59PM
  • Cold morning

    Very nice indeed.
    • 15 Nov 2017 10:56PM
  • The Arches, Old Portsmouth - 1/2

    Well there's no glare, or flare, so that's good, so the lens ha that under control though as John points out a lens that's less than clean would cause problems and is likely the reason many photographers get issues and is so easy to avoid.

    Sharpness, ok in most of the image but towards the left it is soft, so a smaller aperture would give better results - you're already on a tripod and the subject isn't moving so exposing for say 8 seconds rather than just over 1 shouldn't be an issue.
    Using a remote release will help avoid any vibration from pressing the shutter button, as would using the self timer. Mind you, using a shutter speed of 8 seconds any vibration would die down quickly and represent a small percentage of the entire exposure so wouldn't show up. Assuming the tripod is solid.

    The arches are attractive though because they are strong geometric shapes it's a good idea to correct for the verticals.

    If you can shoot at a time when there is some colour left in the sky you could have a very attractive image, and the contrast range between the shadows anf the highlights would be much less, so less chance of burnt out highlights (of course, the lights may not be switched on early enough to take advantage of that).
    • 15 Nov 2017 9:39PM
  • Fireworks on full-moon night

    A tighter crop is needed (the square one does work for me, it doesn't look cramped, as all the action is in that square area.
    But that is what you get when you want to get a shot encompassing all of the display, it doesn't fit the camera's frame aspect ratio!

    No problem with exposure (which is just right, not always easy in these situations) and I like the hint of blue in the sky which is so much nicer than pure black when most fireworks are let off (though I realise that isn't something under our control).

    Well done.
    • 15 Nov 2017 9:24PM
  • Tettenhall Green 2

    Quite, John.
    This is Upper Green, Tettenhall, about a quarter of a mile from Lower Green (I must get some shots there, too). That's the A41 running behind the trees.
    • 15 Nov 2017 9:12PM
  • The Night Cafe

    I agree with you cropping out the light. It's also a draw to they eye and doesn't add to the image in terms of information for the viewer (a pool of light would have to have a light nearby). So on all accounts get rid of it. It's also more intimate without it.
    It is that light though that's influenced the exposure. While dark and moody is fine, there comes a point where an image is just underexposed and that's what we hve here. OK we can do something in software but at high ISO it means the image will degrade more easily than if more exposure had been given to start with so less adjustment would be needed.

    However, a very pleasing capture.
    My mod lightens the mage to how i see this. I also reduced the strong orange cast somewhat, and while that is part of the appeal i thought I'd try a different look.
    • 15 Nov 2017 9:08PM
  • Liverpool Street Canopy

    Probably a view not many see in their rush to gt where they're going.
    • 15 Nov 2017 7:35PM
  • Wedgie Flypast

    Well you can't have been that slow as these birds can get a move on.
    You've got some immatures there too, so even better Smile
    • 15 Nov 2017 7:34PM
  • Snow white

    I prefer Robert's lighter mod - but it's very close! It's only because I can flip between the two, either one on its own I'd be happy with.
    On balance I'd go for Willie's crop with the space to the left.
    I have to say though that both those comments are personal preference and this is the type of image that would get votes in the main Gallery.

    I do like the effect of the full aperture and would leave it as it is, though when doing so it's very important to make sure both eyes are in the same plane so you make the most of the limited depth of field available.
    • 14 Nov 2017 9:24PM
  • Tube rider

    The cop works for me, though both are pleasing images, it depends on how they are used/presented.

    Either way, much better with the surfer lightened. The 'problem', if you like, is a dark wetsuit and sunlit spray creating a very high contrast range so some post processing is needed to get the best out of the image. You've kept detail in the spray which is good, and with shadow detail that can be recovered, which is the preferred way, as if you'd given more exposure at the time of capture you'd risk losing highlight detsil that can't be recovered.
    • 14 Nov 2017 9:14PM
  • Whiskered Tern

    A lovely capture Mike.
    • 14 Nov 2017 8:46PM
  • Pumpkin Harvest

    I've not come across a blue/grey one before but have seen various green squashes.
    Pumpkin pie is very nice too with some festive spice mixed in Smile
    • 14 Nov 2017 8:16PM
  • Sun vase

    This is a nice shot.
    Focusing on the plant close to makes the most of it's strong shape. Focusing on the background and having the foreground plant out of focus wouldn't work here as it'd look mess i think. In a different situation with a strong middle distance silhouette it may work. Next time try both and study them later.

    The sun is central, which doesn't generally look balanced - the mods positioning it to one side are much more pleasing.
    However, while you shouldn't fell forced to stick to any 'rules' the left hand third of the image doesn't contai much visual interest so is best cropped out, either by not including it at the time of capture or in post processing, and that's something to consider when you capture an image.
    • 13 Nov 2017 8:56PM
  • World class big wave surgfer Ross Clarke Jones

    I know what you mean about the clubbies Steve.
    However, any focus issues aside, this is much better than those you first posted in the Critique Gallery so I think that's very positive.
    • 13 Nov 2017 8:42PM
  • A Winter day on Harland Moor

    Paul sums this up for me, but how to get something out of it, that's the question.

    I agree about familiarity, it can be hard to see the image in the landscape, or see something different at least, and any results that may be 'ok' you can become unsatisfied with.

    OK, some nice low light would give this a real lift but that's not always going to be there.

    Mono is a good option in flat conditions as you can push the contrast to levels that would lookk garish and wrong if left in colour. But you also need strong shapes and lines, so for example get closer to the wall and make good use of the stones as foreground.

    The sky isn't bland grey/white so there's somehing to work on though as Moira suggests there's a lot of it - a smaller amount would be quite sufficient.

    My mod is a similar crop to Moira's but I've been quite aggressive with the Curves adjustments - separate ones for sky and land.
    • 13 Nov 2017 8:33PM
  • Eye To Eye

    Excellent capture Mike.
    • 13 Nov 2017 7:55PM
  • Cyklop

    Mono for me Jeff.
    You need to go back and find out what it's like inside.
    • 13 Nov 2017 7:42PM
  • Getting Exhausted!

    Gorgeous shot Lilian Smile
    • 12 Nov 2017 10:31PM
  • Looking Through...

    Very nice.
    • 12 Nov 2017 10:25PM
  • A Brown-headed Barbet

    Placement of the bird in the frame is good, it creates a balanced image.
    However, the bright areas in the background coincide with the pale face of the bird so the areas merge into one which is confuing to the eye. The relation between subjct and background (well, and foreground too come to that) is just as important with bird photography as any other genre).

    The image is far too dark. Incorrect use of spot metering is the cause. Yes it can be lightened in software but that#ll be detrimental to image quality. It's best to get it right, or nearly right, in camera.

    Is this the complete frame or cropped down? i ask only because cropping will show up any weak areas in technique, which is good for helpful critique but not so good if you want to view the image large.
    • 12 Nov 2017 9:29PM
  • Another Bittern

    Not only a Bittern but a perfect reflection too!
    • 12 Nov 2017 7:44PM
  • Female Kestrel and Crow

    Great set Neil, and I like the contact captured in V33.
    Looks like a jackdaw to me though.
    • 12 Nov 2017 7:43PM
  • Fall Gal!

    Timing great, pose (for want of a better word) great also, but subject soft which is not so good.
    Servo AF and continuous drive will help a lot (though not a guarantee) but i suspect you're using those already.
    • 12 Nov 2017 7:05PM
  • Autumn storm

    This is a classic case of having to do some processing on the original capture to get the best out of what you've captured so that it looks more closely how you saw it.
    Two different exposures, use of a graduated filter or lots of processing from your RAW flie (two conversions blended or treating sky and land differently using the Graduated Filter or Adjustment Brush in Lightroom for example).
    My mod is similar to Willie's but with a bit more contrast and toinal separaion in the far distance.

    Worth working on as it's a great stormy sky.
    • 12 Nov 2017 4:56PM