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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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  • A Revisit

    I quite like the toning in the lead image but I think I'd have left the border white Smile
    I can just see a soft halo around the top of the building Sad
    • 26 Jul 2017 9:37PM
  • Milk Man

    I can't add to what John, Willie and Pamela have said above.
    I too would avoid spot metering unless you know what you're doing (I'm not suggesting you personally don't!) and even then only in very tricky (abnormal) lighting conditions.

    A very nice capture whose appeal is increased by just those few small tweaks suggested, so that's good.

    You have your monitor set very bright if you can't discern the three lghtest tones in the strip below.
    Mind you, on a dull grey day in the UK as it ha been today we can cope a lot easier with less bright moniotors Smile

    All that said, correctly exposed/processed I'd have voted on this in the main Gallery.
    • 26 Jul 2017 9:21PM
  • Tally Ho,...

    Nothing wrong with using ISO 100, even with higher ISOs giving good quality these days the lower ISOs are still worht using.
    In good light as you have here, and using a relatively wide aperture your shutter speed has been enough to freeze the action.

    I don't mind seeing the second rider in the image, it helps with the element of competition. Having said that, there wouldbe a greater sense of drama had there been at least another one rider in frame but of course I realisethat isn't always possible as you have to take the event a it pans out. Something to consider next time, thinking where to position yourself.

    I guess this was taken from a standing position. As you had some freedom of viewpoint you could have shot from a lower position (you may have needed a plastic bag to kneel on if the ground was damp!) to inject drama and power by looking up at the horse and rider.
    • 26 Jul 2017 9:08PM
  • Kneeboarding

    Excellent action capture Steve.
    • 26 Jul 2017 8:37PM
  • I'm coming through

    Super aptures Ad, and I really like V3 for the action/behaviour.
    • 26 Jul 2017 8:33PM
  • Low tide

    Nice, but I prefer the moodiness of the mono.
    • 26 Jul 2017 8:31PM
  • cab at the Savoy

    One of those shots where a detail can conjure up a lot more in the viewer's imagination than a wider view would.
    • 26 Jul 2017 8:28PM
  • Floral display

    Quote:a few more back streets of Glasgow

    I just can't disassociate that from 'there's been a murrrderrr' Blush
    Good show of flowers Smile
    • 26 Jul 2017 8:05PM
  • A Quick Chat

    Not all candids are completely crisp, even some iconic shots.
    Sometimes it's a fleeting moment that's captured and while in an ideal world an imge would be sharp it can be secondary. It depends on how soft it is. I'd say this is fair, and I like the timing for the position of that moving car.
    I think, be happy with this, but you recognise what could be better (and in chsllenging conditions) which is good as you can apply that on your next outing.
    • 25 Jul 2017 9:56PM
  • Dance to the beat of your dreams

    Welcome from me too.

    I can't add to the good advice already given above, but look forward to seeing more of your work here soon.
    • 25 Jul 2017 9:13PM
  • View from bridge 37

    Your V1 is the better image as the shadows are not so muddy. The image has some 'bite' or 'punch', which is all down to the contrast and tonal range.
    You can have a full tonal range and still have a flat looking image, as it's the relationship between tones that's important. Conversely you can have a contrasty image but few individual tones but that may not look good either (some subjects may respond well).

    Use of Levels is key, but for any image, not just monochrome. i don't want to confuse things at this stage, but suffice to say when you're confident with Levels, take a look at using Curves.

    Consider too using local djustments if necessary. A feathered selection of one area can be altered without affecting the rest of the image. Just like the darkroom workers shading part of the paper under an enlarger.

    A lot also depends on your method of conversion to mono. In Photoshop, Image>Adjustments>Black and White will give you access to adjusting the tonal relationships of six different colour channels, as does the Nik software.
    Even then after conversion a Levels and/or Contrast adjustment may be required.

    I agree about sending your images away to be printed as the lab should be able to get you the right result especially if they know the image should be mono. Cheapr labs, certainly a few years ago, would print onto colour paper and you'd end up with a colour cast, just as you can when printing yourself using colour inks.

    I also take it that your monitor is calibrated so you are seeing accurate colour (and tonal range) to start with. And Willie's mention of profiles is important too.

    There is a lot to take in, but one step at a tme and you'll get there.
    • 25 Jul 2017 9:10PM
  • Ghosted

    This is really good. I like blue and cyan toned images though personally I'd drop the saturation a notch or two.

    The mods show how different the basic image can be interpreted and to be honest I'm be spoiled for choice here!

    The low angle is definitely the ay to go for impact. I'm just thinking could you have moved to your left a touch so the pram doesn't blend in o much with the building? A minor quibble, that's all.

    Cinematic has been mentioned and I find cinema a good source of inspiration for moody shots. We as stills photographers shouldn't be afraid to take what we can from their lighting, viewpoint and processing in our creative journey - that's not meant to sound stand-off in any way, the more own to earth expression is something like 'oh that looks good, let's see what we can do'.
    • 25 Jul 2017 8:45PM
  • Duxford 2016 - PBY Catalina

    It's all been well covered above and there's nothing to add on top of the feedback gien on your previous uploads. Though I have to say the shadow detail looks better here, possibly helped by the light coloured paintwork?
    Thanks for the info Denny I never realised (or never thought about finding out!) that some versions had fabric covered wings.
    • 25 Jul 2017 8:30PM
  • Beak

    A hawk (generically speaking) is the bird I immediately think of looking at this.
    Well seen John.
    • 25 Jul 2017 7:56PM
  • The one that got away

    It could be mistaken for a franken but it has the tell tale Moira square crop.
    That could be a quote from 100 years hence when discussing the epz archive Grin

    Yes, well seen and captured Moira. Fashionistas are everywhere...
    • 25 Jul 2017 7:53PM
  • Hidden

    Just getting round to catching up viewing images here.
    Very effective viewpoint and composition, something I may try at one point if you dont mind Smile so thanks for the inspiration.
    • 25 Jul 2017 7:49PM
  • Mr Majestic

    Impressive, and also impresed by the fact you weren't using a huge focal length Smile
    • 25 Jul 2017 7:44PM
  • Juvenile Great Tit

    Super capture Cathy.
    They clearly like nyjer seed, all the birds that visit my garden much prefer sunflower hearts to the exclusion of pretty much all other seed.
    • 25 Jul 2017 7:40PM
  • Poggio Belvedere

    A late welcome from me too.

    This is lovely, and would most likely have received an award from me. I prefer Willie's warmer rendition but I'd still be happy with this as it is.
    • 24 Jul 2017 10:12PM
  • Blue Lotus Blossom

    Moira's mods give alternative compositions available, something that a single object like this responds well too. Neither is 'better' or 'worse', it depends on what you want to do or how to present the image, e.g. on a greetings card or business card with text.

    I tried reducing saturation of yellow and red to try and retrieve some detail inthe centre of the flower but was unsuccessful so I can only take it that this oversaturation done either at the taking or post processing stage has killed off the detail. It would be good to see the original as suggested.
    • 24 Jul 2017 10:05PM
  • Duxford 2016 - Two Legends

    I've been looking at your other uploads and what goes for them in terms of processing is true here also.

    Ok, it has been well covered above but one thing John (dudler) mentions is shadows recovery.
    That's a very useful control in the Exposure palette in LR and possibly ignored by many. While increasing exposure can help, using the Shadows slider can make a big difference to the image without affecting the overall brightness that increasing exposure alone would do.

    What I tend to do where necessary is take the Blacks slider down to just get a pure Black, then use the Shadows slider to lighten the dark areas. The image then has some bit but detail in the shadow areas is there.

    From that (good base starting) point you can adjust Vibrance and Saturation if you want but I rarely find it necessary.
    • 24 Jul 2017 9:53PM
  • Duxford 2016 - Spitfire Mk 5b

    Just about the right shutter speed to get some prop blur but you do risk getting a soft image. How soft is acceptable is a decision you have to make. As Willie says, this isn't far off. I've had similar results myself.

    Your lens has IS so I assume you were using it, though it's not a guarantee. Does it have a setting for panning? If so, try that, as that disables stabilisation in the direction of panning. Still requires good technique though.
    I must admit to having my IS lens with me recently and should have used it but I was using a non-IS lens (didn't want to keep changing back and forth, I know, I know) so my hit rate was low but then I was very picky too.

    All that said the only thing that really stands out to me is the low contrast and that's been covered already.
    One I'd be pleased with anyway.
    • 24 Jul 2017 9:40PM
  • Ships that pass in the night

    The Version is very nice.
    • 24 Jul 2017 9:23PM
  • Listening to the soloist

    Intense concemtration or about to nod off...
    • 24 Jul 2017 9:20PM
  • the wave (Weissensee /Carinthia)

    That wave at the front of the image really makes it.

    You give a lovely description but the mono image to me has a sinister look I've just looked at the comments bove and seen Leo has made a similar observation! Not helped perhaps that in the UK we recently had a crime thriller on TV set around Loch Ness Smile
    • 24 Jul 2017 9:18PM
  • New Kid on the Block!

    The eye is really sharp and that's a lovey display of the wing plumage.
    • 23 Jul 2017 9:33PM
  • Saturday Treasure Trove

    Mono for me.
    Plenty for the metal recycling bin Smile
    • 23 Jul 2017 9:29PM
  • The Japanese landscape

    Quote:on the side of a container at Dungeness

    Much more romantic and enigmatic Wink
    • 21 Jul 2017 11:19PM
  • Poor Driving Conditions

    Or rather, exciting driving conditions, relish the wet like Senna and Schumacher Smile
    Well captured, we need more sports photography on here.
    • 21 Jul 2017 11:17PM
  • Roll'um

    Thanks for that link Leo. If anyone was ever thinking of trying film, think twice Smile
    • 21 Jul 2017 11:12PM