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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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  • Rach always looks at the cartoons page first

    Give me Quantum Mechanics any day Grin
    • 22 Jan 2017 12:14PM
  • The customer who complained

    Enter at your peril...

    Wondered where they got the meat for their pies from Wink
    • 22 Jan 2017 12:10PM
  • An Igloo

    V3 looks very cosy.
    • 22 Jan 2017 12:04PM
  • All in a name!

    Cracking, Isabel Grin
    • 22 Jan 2017 12:03PM
  • Birds of Benbecula

    Very Hitchcockian.
    • 21 Jan 2017 9:48PM
  • Leucistic Wren

    I wasn't aware of these. I know it's not unusual in blackbirds though I believe it's rarer in other species (I could be wrong there of course).
    • 21 Jan 2017 8:52PM
  • A load of balls...

    V2 for me Tongue
    • 21 Jan 2017 9:58AM
  • no escape!

    A lovely opportunity to get some different photos though I'm sure you would rather have done without it.
    • 21 Jan 2017 9:56AM
  • Dead End Street

    I thought i'd seen it before, and I prefer the mono too.
    • 21 Jan 2017 9:54AM
  • Aftermath

    Thanks Tony. I can see what you mean Grin
    • 21 Jan 2017 9:49AM
  • My Feet are cold!

    Really nice Lilian.
    • 20 Jan 2017 9:06PM
  • An evening snack!

    This shot benefits from the detail you can see on the horse.
    A silhouette is an option but I think you'd then have the bottom part of the head merging into the ground. Less effective. Unless you wait to see if the horse lifts its head.

    The rim lighting is effective and shots like this often look better with the light source completely obscured - flare is vastly reduced and you don't have an extremely bright spot acting as a distraction for the eye. Or cropped out as the mods demonstrate.
    • 20 Jan 2017 8:57PM
  • Posing Kingfishers

    I'd have been happy with just one of those Grin
    • 20 Jan 2017 8:16PM
  • AWSR - 24

    It's just brought back a few memories of my first year materials science lectures and practicals Grin
    • 20 Jan 2017 1:26PM
  • Look What The Cat Dragged In!

    I wouldn't have expected to see one in winter either Grin
    • 19 Jan 2017 11:30PM
  • Coal Tit

    Super capture Lilian, that rim of frost is very nice to see.
    • 19 Jan 2017 11:29PM
  • The Visitors

    War of the Worlds was one of my first thoughts too Smile
    • 19 Jan 2017 11:27PM
  • Jump 2

    Yes, all ended fine, superb display and riders Smile
    • 19 Jan 2017 10:37PM
  • Adapted to The City

    You ask if it's still worth it. Of course.

    It's a very appealing image, a cat lurking in the darkness of the night.

    Robert has shown what detail can be recovered if you wanted to even at that ISO. Not that it's a massively high ISO these days.
    I would however, go halfway between your version and Robert's. Maybe not for so much detail in the background on the left, but just enough on the cat to give a little separation from the background. I'll try a mod.
    • 19 Jan 2017 10:28PM
  • Morning

    I can only go on images I've seen, and mft is quite capable. Certainly the differences are there but nothing to lose sleep over.
    the biggest improvement would have been to stop the lens down and use a slower shutter speed which would have been sufficient for this shot as lens performance and depth of field would both be improved.
    Not that i can see much noise here.
    It's the converging verticals and lens distortion that need to be corrected.

    Colour balance in situations like this with different light sources (daylight and artificial) is often down to personal choice, and looking at your original those cool tones ar every attractive and make a very nice contrast to the orange lighting. I'd have kept some of that blue to reinforce the coldness of the snow.
    • 19 Jan 2017 8:59PM
  • Hang In There

    Well seen and effective, but as Paul says it is very central. Such compositions can work, for example with a symmetrical subject, but mostly they tend yto look static and boring.
    I'll do a couple of mods to show alternatives.

    Larger in the frame would be nice. Small subjects can work but there comes a limit when small is too small. I guess though that you were at the closest you could focus with the kit lens.
    Nonetheless the spider is sharp and the out of focus lights are attractive.
    Letting us know the shutter speed and aperture, either by editing the details above or posting as a comment will help for suggestions on technique.
    • 19 Jan 2017 8:41PM
  • What you doing Grandad?

    I've just been looking at your other shot, and the sharpness, or lack of it, is about the same.
    You've captured a moment which is much better than no shot at all. Good enough to embarrass him in 18 years time...
    As mentioned, flash would help but would kill the subtle tones and atmosphere.

    Just adding to John's suggestion, do your first tests on a tripod as you'll eliminate the camera movement factor.
    Then try the same without a tripod, at different shutter speeds. You'll find your personal limit for handholding so that when you come to taking 'real' shot you'll know if you're going to have a greater or lesser chance of getting a good one.
    • 19 Jan 2017 8:34PM
  • Alternative Oslo

    A 'creative quarter' is important I agree.
    • 19 Jan 2017 1:52PM
  • September sunset

    It would be helpful to know what enhancements you made, as the colours look oversaturated. Always be careful not to overdo adjustments.

    The image is also quite small - you can upload larger versions and the site will resize them to fit the screen.

    A bright sunset is always appealing to the eye but doesn't always translate to a good image.

    The trees do make for a good silhouette but they are small in the frame and positioned quite low too.
    If you could have got closer to the trees so they stood out against the sky more then that would provide more impact.
    The red sky, unless it's a spectacular cloud formation such as a mackerel sky, is more often a supporting backdrop to a strong foreground subject.
    • 18 Jan 2017 9:21PM
  • Hodge Close Quarry

    It's a good idea but hasn't quite worked.
    The tree is not sharp and as it's quite large and light in the foreground does draw the eye so becomes a distraction from the rest of the image you intend to lead the viewer to.

    I see you used f/14 to try and get enough depth of field but i fear at that focal length you'll struggle to get it. either that or as Willie points out it moved during the exposure. Or a bit of both.
    Perhaps try the opposite where you focus on the tree and let the background play a supporting role.
    • 18 Jan 2017 9:11PM
  • A tree

    I like the idea, the lichen covered trunk close to, and the background out of focus in the distance just to suggest the surroundings.

    The aperture should be fine to get most of the lichen sharp and still maintain a soft background - you don't want too much detail visible there as it'd fight for the viewer's attention with the lichen.

    I fear this is camera shake rather than focus issues as f/6.3 and 35 mm should cover any focus errors.

    This subject is a good example of where a tripod can make a big difference. With the camera held firm, the tree isn't going to move so a sharp result should then be easy.

    Looking at your portfolio your favourite subjects are close-ups so a tripod should be high on your list of gear to get next.
    If anyone asks what you want for your next birthday...
    • 18 Jan 2017 9:01PM
  • Windmills in La Mancha

    Strong shapes so mono works well.
    I'd like to see the top left a little less heavy so the shadow side of the roof doesn't merge into the sky, that's all.
    • 18 Jan 2017 8:48PM
  • Spider on a Growth Adiantum

    A valiant effort under the circumstances. The technical issues are well covered above and from your reply you understand the shortcomings and what's needed.
    Focus is critical whatever equipment you use for close-up and macro work, it's not easy.

    Away from that, you have a nice composition here with the curve of the leaf, and with a non-distracting background.
    Often when people start in close up work they forget the composition. It makes a big difference.
    • 18 Jan 2017 8:41PM
  • The devil makes work ...

    The original doesn't look much at all, but I guess the important thing creatively as photographers we see an end result in our mind and work on it to get there, be it something like this or a mono conversion.
    Good one.
    • 18 Jan 2017 3:17PM
  • Boop! Oop! Oop-de-doop!

    I really like V2 and V3 John.

    • 18 Jan 2017 3:13PM