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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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  • Beyond another Winter

    It has produced a lovely glow around those flowers.
    I'm tempted to crop those three out on the far right hand side though.
    • 29 May 2017 9:32PM
  • A Street Scene: Manchester

    This is very effective. It would be helpful. to the Critique Team and to others looking at the image, to know what your actual processing was, though that said I can't suggest anything that I'd radically change as it's a quite individualised image.

    I'd tome down the person in red and the pink umbrella to fit in with the muted tones of the rest of the image, so the interest is then focussed on the woman in the foreground.

    Willie mentions exotic, and my first thought on seeing this was late 19th/early 20th century Paris, with Monet or other impressionist overtones.

    I'd have voted for this if it were in the main Gallery.
    • 29 May 2017 9:22PM
  • Green

    Welcome from me too.

    This is a very photogenic subject, an old lamp being taken over by foliage. It's an interesting colour for a lamp, so that's even better!

    I too would like to see all of the lamp, and see it all sharp, so oyu need to use a maller aperture as suggested.
    Alternatively crop in closer, so it looks deliberate. Just missing off a bit at the bottom can be taken as careless composition.

    If you can get back to this location easily, assuming it's local to you, have anotjher go taking on board the feedback as above.

    But you ask for suggestions, and I'll add that it's worth taking a series of images of this. Try from the other side, from straight on, from a three quarter position.
    They will all be different and some you'll like more than others. Look carefully and work out why you prefer one to another. It's called 'working your subject' and it's what we all (should) do. Not only will it help get a good image of the subject it'll help you start to 'see' image possibilities both here and with future subjects.
    • 29 May 2017 7:58PM
  • Mine's Court, Edinburgh

    This is a decent shot that has a lot to like.

    A very minor quibble from me - the rich brown door (nice door though it is) does fight fro attention with the red coat as they are the only two areas of warm colour. I'd try to have avoided it in the shot, if you're purely after visual effect. Which means taking this a few seconds earlier to place the red coat furhter to the left, rather as John's suggesting. I'll try a mod to illustrate what I mean.

    Treat this as an alternative shot that you could have taken at the time assuming you had time to consider your composition and anticipate the action.
    • 29 May 2017 7:29PM
  • Rock chick?

    They don't dtract, though I'd go for John's cropped version.
    It illustrates the busy nature of an event.
    Without the screens it's much more of a portrait/character study. No less valid, just different.
    Depends on what you want to portray but I'd say this one sums up the event better.
    • 29 May 2017 1:58PM
  • Upwards!

    I like the idea in your main image.

    Three things though.
    Crop as Paul suggests.
    More effective if those people were much closer as the eye is led towards them and we then struggle to see them well. Either that or no-one at all so the steps themselves become the only focus of attention (though the suggested crop solves that one).
    Thirdly, a small gp between the edge of the frame and the handrail.

    My mods use your second image. Yhr sign is a big draw away from the steps, so I'd crop it out. Either here or when taking the shot. Unless you have someone taking notice of it but that's a different image.
    Similar to Pamela's I must admit, and rotated so the verticals are vertical. This mod got uploaded twice as I clicked twice because the site froze for a few seconds!
    My second mod is a mono conversion as the lines and shapes lend themselves very well to this treatment. Something to consider.
    • 29 May 2017 1:53PM
  • Damselfly macro shot

    Welcome back.
    I missed this one yesterday.

    However, this is a lovely image, sharp and detailed and despite using ISO 1000 it's low noise. Paul is correct though, it's best to use a lower ISO. If you're just getting back into photography it's good to get some shots 'in the bag' as it were to give you some confidence, and this should. Then it's time to lower ISO and adjust the other settings.

    You've got this square on to the camera so it's sharp along its whole body so your f/7.1 has worked fine. I wouldn't go any wider mind you though conversely I wouldn't go below f/11 as the background would lose that lovely softness that helps the insect stand out.
    • 29 May 2017 12:37PM
  • Another Ent ;-)

    Beautifully done Isabel.
    Personally I'd try a cool blue or cyanatype toning too, for a different mood, but that's just me Smile
    • 29 May 2017 11:19AM
  • "Silly Sunday Selfie"

    It landed in a very photogenic location, and you did well to capture it before the bubble burst.
    Great when everything comes together like this Smile
    • 29 May 2017 10:12AM
  • Welcome to Durham

    You'd make a good sports photographr Moira, you planned your location well to capture the spills Smile
    • 29 May 2017 9:57AM
  • St. Stephen's Church, Ambridge

    Nice one Richard. I'm afraid i haven't listened to the Archers for a while now Sad
    • 29 May 2017 9:52AM
  • For I have had a dream...

    Very nice John, and the lead image is much more appealing than V1 though it's nice to see where you started.

    Having said that, V2 is my favourite here.
    • 28 May 2017 9:00PM
  • Lost the plot?

    Good one Isabel, one way to get rid of a body Wink
    • 28 May 2017 8:55PM
  • Escaping his shadow

    You've captured the bird at a good attitude and got a nice shadow.
    I rather like the starkness of the mono version, definitely more Hitchcockian than the colour!

    However, the image is unsharp. and it looks very much like focus error where the camera hasn't quite achieved sharp focus or the bird has moved out of that zone between focussing and the shutter being released.
    I don't think the shutter speed is to blame though with longer focal lengths I have seen movement blur even at high speeds.
    You need to be accurate using one shot focusing, or use servo focus (that mode will allow you to release the shutter even when the subject isn't sharp though it increases your chances of a sharp shot).
    • 27 May 2017 9:20PM
  • Cranes - Oliver Watts Photography.org

    Welcome from me too.

    I checked the histogram for this image and although it has a full range of tones the colours still have a muddy look.
    Admittedly the colours can go dark just after sunset but often they still are quite vibrant. However, shooting straight into a bright area of sky will produce an underexposed image, without exposure compensation, which is what you have here. That's why the colours look dull. I just did a Curves and a Levels adjustment to give a bit more punch.

    There's nothing wrong in including something like the buildings, they do create a solid base to the image. Equally valid without, it depends on the feel/mood you want to portray.
    What you do need to be carefu of is having a small area of out of focus tree (I think it is) a quarter of the way along the bottom. It stands out from the rest of the image which is sharp and once seen it is a distraction that spoils the image. So on balance, Paul's suggested crop is a good one in this instance.
    • 27 May 2017 9:10PM
  • Shadows on a bridge

    looking at the Versions, nice though they are, makes you appreciate more the lead image with the shadows.
    • 27 May 2017 8:19PM
  • The Ents are marching... ;-)

    The light in winter is great and makes the most of the bare trees.
    While I do like mono winter shots I agree with you that colour does feel right on many occasions such as here.
    • 27 May 2017 8:18PM
  • Doing the Splits!

    A super capture Lilian.
    • 27 May 2017 8:09PM
  • Back with no prey

    Well timed I agree, though despite the use of a 1000 mm focal lenght the subject is still rather small in the frame.
    I know it's not always possible, and it does show the wider environment, but the animal is rather overwhelmed here. Looking at your other uploads you've shown you're capable of getting in closer for some great shots.
    • 27 May 2017 5:58PM
  • Braunstone Park, Leicester

    You've found a good viewpoint.
    As John describes this needs some more. A bank holiday or weekend in th summer when the path has a string of people along it. A different ime of day so the lighting is less flat. Another in autumn.
    Think of this as your note in a sketchbook rather than the final painting, to draw on an analogy with another visual art.
    • 27 May 2017 5:48PM
  • Tawny Owl

    Very nice indeed Ron.
    • 27 May 2017 5:43PM
  • Choices

    The cracked earth gives this an apocalyptic feel.
    • 27 May 2017 5:41PM
  • When streetphotography became paparazzi

    They want to get noticed in a publioc place otherwise they'd try to blend in. Good captures Guy.
    • 27 May 2017 9:28AM
  • "Closer Inspection"

    Beautifully shot, going in so close has produced an appealin abstract image.
    • 26 May 2017 8:00PM
  • Local Yokel...

    A lovely 'hard and wild environment' image.
    • 26 May 2017 7:55PM
  • light on

    Lovely piece of faded Victoriana.
    Sad that it will inevitably be lost and not even sympathetically restored, most likely flattened abnd a twelve story block of apartments built there, each one costing from 800,000 (bargain offer!), developers rolling in it, making the 1980s look like pocket money times.
    • 26 May 2017 7:12PM
  • JWA

    I recognised that location immediately John.
    I've been past it on both road and rail innumerable times.
    • 26 May 2017 7:07PM
  • In a record shop in Rye...

    Great character shot John.
    • 25 May 2017 8:49PM
  • Nibbled and Gnawed

    Rather they nibble at this than me!
    I think a rather more interesting image than a pristine specimen.
    • 25 May 2017 8:45PM
  • Butterfly and leaf

    Karen's right,we don't know the size of the leaf. A nice idea but you need something of a known size. In fact, it's the size of the butterfly that's known and that gives us an indication of the size of the leaf!

    The leaf is larger, brighter and at least as sharp as the butterfly so it really fights for attention, and wins.

    The background is quite messy and contains some bright distracting highlights. Fairly typical of summery weather so you need to be awre of it and position yourself accordingly. I know you can't choreograph insects but you can observe them where they rest, move your position left or right, up and down.

    It's also a good point about having room 'to move into, and hopefully you have that available on the original file as I suspect a crop here as you wouldn't get quite this close (complete frame) with a normal telezoom. I do realise that sometimes you have to use whatever lens you have with you if an opportunity presents itself.
    • 25 May 2017 8:35PM