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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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  • Little snowman

    There's nothing wrong with using an artificial snowman. It requires the disciplines of Still Life photography so definitely isn't the easy option. Careful choice of aperture and focus point is needed, which you have.

    However, exposure is also important and this needs to be brighter so I wouldn't use Spot metering unless you really understand how to use it. Evaluative or Matix metering (camera manufacturers vary what they call it, but essentially it's an 'intelligent' system).
    Extra exposure is fine as there's no highlight detail anyway in those out of focus lightes - which do make for an attractiv ebackground.

    That's another thing with Still Life, careful control of the lighting so as well as exposure concerns consider the use of a reflector as Moira suggests, or for small subjects even an LED torch.
    • 16 Jan 2018 11:15PM
  • Moody Clouds

    And a rather late welcome from me too.

    I can't add to the great advice already given (that's what happens when getting on to the site late on in the day Smile).

    I'll do a mod just for an alternative look.
    • 16 Jan 2018 10:51PM
  • A quite foggy dawn...

    I like the timing and position of the two women.

    It would be on my shortlist for a User Award.
    But that assumes correctly exposed and with a full range of tones.

    Just because there is fog doesn't mean the result should be dark, or in this case very underexposed.
    We need you to answer John's questions so that we can help you.

    The centre of the image is in the bright area of fog in the distance, exactly where your camera's metering is when set to Spot, so it's going to render that area mid grey when you need it much brighter. That's my guess as to the exposure issue.
    Using the spot meter on the grass in the foreground would be a much more appropriate determination of a good exposure.

    If you don't get to grips with tonal relationships, light and exposure you'll only ever flounder using Manual mode especially combined with Spot.
    Do as Willie suggests, use Matrix metering.
    • 16 Jan 2018 8:46PM
  • Red Kite

    A fine shot.
    • 16 Jan 2018 8:20PM
  • When pale snow beautifies the climes

    A very pleasing absract Oliver, it reminds of Franco Fontana's images.
    • 16 Jan 2018 8:19PM
  • You Missed Me

    Superbly captured Mike.
    • 15 Jan 2018 8:54PM
  • Sharing a Joke

    Quite Rob, I was thinking somehting along football lines too Grin
    • 15 Jan 2018 9:38AM
  • Them good ol' boys

    There's detail galore to exploit on old machines, bikes or anything else.

    I like the way the guys are nicely spaced in a semicircle.
    • 15 Jan 2018 9:35AM
  • Mine 2

    It needn't worry, it can keep it Grin
    • 15 Jan 2018 9:30AM
  • Three-two-one

    Quote:group of students

    Explains it Wink
    • 15 Jan 2018 9:29AM
  • skull in the label

    I see more than one have been opened...
    • 15 Jan 2018 9:25AM
  • Anybody at Home?

    We had the JW this morning Sad
    Fortunately we were just going out Grin
    • 14 Jan 2018 7:54PM
  • Siskin (Carduelis spinus)

    Nice one Dave.
    • 14 Jan 2018 7:46PM
  • Multidextrous!

    The Version is great for Sunday Grin
    • 14 Jan 2018 7:36PM
  • Can't work it out...

    Well, while you'e waiting you may need to go...
    • 14 Jan 2018 2:53PM
  • In memoriam - a gate...

    You must be able to use it as a prop at some pointSmile
    • 14 Jan 2018 2:46PM
  • Mine!

    One of those Top Secret ones designed to look like a piece of glass.
    Great for Sunday Smile
    • 14 Jan 2018 9:14AM
  • yep - lined up and waiting

    Spending too much time on social nedia and not enough time drinking Wink
    • 14 Jan 2018 9:10AM
  • Goggles

    Looking forward to Monday Smile
    This does have quite a sinister look about it.
    • 13 Jan 2018 8:07PM
  • We Are Being Watched

    They are being watched so they get shooed off so the other birds have something to eat Grin
    • 13 Jan 2018 8:04PM
  • "pick me up",

    It looks very nice.
    Good tiramisu is great.
    • 13 Jan 2018 7:59PM
  • Monument of Crying Mothers

    Nice ines Nexzih, V2 is my favourite, and V3 is nice to see the location.
    • 13 Jan 2018 7:54PM
  • the shadow of your goggles

    Great for Saturday, but a fine shot anyway.
    • 13 Jan 2018 7:52PM
  • The Reporter

    I see what you mean Malc.
    • 13 Jan 2018 6:21PM
  • Just Checking

    A super capture, very well timed.
    • 12 Jan 2018 10:48PM
  • Glorious potter's clay

    That's quite a striking and effective result - the clay drying i mean, not the FP4 though that does help.

    Pottery classes at school were never like this Blush though I did get into trouble with the art teacher and some clay Grin. Funny how a picture can bring back memories.
    • 12 Jan 2018 9:50PM
  • hi_bernation

    I like the starkness.
    I think I'd push the contrast up so it's almost pure black and white. I'd definitely feel like hibernating then Smile
    • 12 Jan 2018 9:40PM
  • Long Tailed Tits

    V2 for me Cathy, a lovely group.
    • 12 Jan 2018 9:37PM
  • Mothers Crying for the Loss of Their Sons IV

    Now we can see the wider view and the scale of the sculpture it's very impressive.
    • 12 Jan 2018 9:33PM
  • Just me, again...

    What's wrong with causing a bit of mayhen Grin
    • 11 Jan 2018 11:02PM