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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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  • my angel from heaven

    A very good portrait and would pick up votes in the main Gallery.

    I have some Elinchrom D-Lites, a few years old now but essentially the same level as you're looking at. Perfectly capable, and as John says get familiar with one light first. Not only will you have to think and thus help you learn, but you can do so much with just one light.

    More powerful and versatile than your Speedlight.
    However, seeing as your setup is the radio controlled version that will enable you to experiment with placing the flash where you want it.
    the studio flash will be good for your indoor location, while you can use your speedlights in remote (i.e. away from mains power) and outdoor locations where you can't get studio lights.
    • 6 Dec 2016 10:06PM
  • Testing

    The depth of field available at that aperture is so minimal yu have to be really careful with your focus, and it won't suit every subject,

    It has worked well here concentrating our attention on the hand and phone.

    You do need to look out for distractions just as much as at any other time.
    The blue blob bottom centre is bright and vibrant in colour, so really should be avoided.
    Something less glaring wouldn't be so bad, or even for a mono image it may help guide the eye to the point of sharp focus.

    However, as it's a test you may not be concerned with that, but if it were me and i was testing a lens/technique i'd want to ensure that I got eh best I could out of the situation to make the most of the effort I put in.

    I'll try a couple of mods.
    • 6 Dec 2016 9:49PM
  • towards the City

    Rather psychedelic Smile
    • 6 Dec 2016 9:25PM
  • Coal Tit

    Lovely capture.
    • 6 Dec 2016 9:01PM
  • House Sparrow In Flight

    Cracking shot Michael, you've captured the feather detail beautifully.
    • 6 Dec 2016 8:20PM
  • The Cauldron

    Your perseverance paid off.
    • 6 Dec 2016 8:18PM
  • A walk around Southampton 2

    Excellent Moira, and I can't think of a better composition. Seems to me even better for having the person with a walking stick.

    Your description of city decay is not just a Southampton phenomena and just goes to show that the 'south' is not all comfortable living.
    • 6 Dec 2016 8:14PM
  • Bullfinch

    Very well captured and presented David.
    • 6 Dec 2016 8:05PM
  • Victorian Pram

    Yes, thanks Viv, that's one thing I was hoping to achieve, reduce the appearance anything looking modern.
    • 6 Dec 2016 7:04PM
  • another whereto stairs

    Interesting captures, and I like V14, but the lead image is really very nice indeed.
    • 5 Dec 2016 9:55PM
  • The romance of the 'other'

    I like the play of light and shadows here. It means mono would be an option but I fear that would lose the lovely warmth which makes this appealing.
    Be thankful for modern high ISO performance if you're going to New Street Wink
    • 5 Dec 2016 9:33AM
  • A walk around Southampton 1

    Ah, what would we do without traffic cones Grin
    • 5 Dec 2016 9:26AM
  • Barn Cat Kitten Steps Out

    Both are appealing but mono is my preferred version.
    • 5 Dec 2016 9:22AM
  • Odd...

    Or 'there's someone with a camera there, I'll give him something to think about...'

    Nonetheless, well taken Grin
    • 4 Dec 2016 10:57PM
  • There's Gold In Them Thar Hills!

    I'd go for the crop too.
    Ask yourself does the top fifth of the image add anything in terms of visual information or interest?
    By cropping you have five bands (odd numbers often work best) of different detail (grass, field, fog hills and sky) all in equal amounts.
    i'd rather be in a position where such a crop is possible than realising I'd missed something out Smile
    Still gets my vote Smile
    • 4 Dec 2016 10:54PM
  • Cornwall Blues

    Worth it yes, and your boots can take it but your camera can't Smile
    • 4 Dec 2016 10:24PM
  • Taps

    A very appealing image Robert.
    I do like Willie's mod as apart from being straighter (which looks right) it's also warmer with the gold taps looking gold!
    Auto white balance isn't your friend here and you need to do some tweaking. Indeed, even choosing a manual white balance you may well need to tweak it too but at least you'll be starting from a known point.

    Off centre focusing is used a lot yes, and I do it myself though thinking back to a number of image it's something I do subconsciously if the subject and composition are suitable.
    But once discovered you'll find yourself using it more and more often without realising it.

    I would, however, seriously consider using aperture priority as this technique relies heavily on depth of field effects where aperture choice is key.
    The settings here have worked well though.
    • 4 Dec 2016 10:05PM
  • Schilthorn

    Thank you for the information Hendrik.

    Black and white landscapes can work very well, especially where they have more drama or mood than the colour.
    i don't think that's the case here, but in the Critique Gallery it's very helpful to post the original as a Modification. This enables us to see what you started with and offer help and alternatives to mono conversion.
    Your conversion looks fine, and it would be nice to know which method you used, at the least that would be helpful to others who wish to learn from images posted here.

    The image is small, not helped by the large white border. You can upload full size images to this gallery, there's no restriction. The site will resize them to fit the viewer's browser window.

    Having said all that. i like the composition here, the positioning of the building lower down, the hills through the centre of the image and the lake and valley in the distance.
    I can't offer any suggestions on that which wouldn't significantly alter the image, such as a lower viewpoint to make the building more prominent. But that's a different image.
    • 4 Dec 2016 9:53PM
  • Thirsty

    This is very high contrast Mario, with blocked shadows.
    Is that the effect you wanted?

    It certainly gives the impression of hard medieval times (if that was your aim) but I would like to see a little detail in the shadows. I don't mind the black background in this case.

    Monochrome is more associated with Victorian times and the first half or so of the 20th Century. Images from the Medieval times generally have some colour in them albeit muted (often an age thing) so you could explore that option, fading back a mono conversion layer over the colour image as background.
    that's not to say you should avoid mono here, just my take on it.
    Of course, woodcut images of the time were black and white so was that behind your thinking?
    • 4 Dec 2016 9:33PM
  • Camber Sands

    V2 is my favourite and a stand out image here.
    I like the way it's just started sinking below the horizon and the wisps of cloud across it add some mystery.
    • 4 Dec 2016 9:15PM
  • Two Timer

    Superbly captured, and to get them all in the same plane of focus too.
    • 4 Dec 2016 3:34PM
  • A different way to park...

    The tree jumped out in front of him Wink
    I recall some of Jasper Carrot's routine covering incidents like this.
    • 4 Dec 2016 11:25AM
  • Dorset Life 17

    Definitely a Sunday image Grin
    • 4 Dec 2016 11:22AM
  • Boris

    A plaque for our Boris, hmmm, let me see...

    ...at the Comedy Club GrinGrinGrin
    • 4 Dec 2016 11:20AM
  • While shepherds washed their socks by night...

    A good set Moira.
    For the benefit of non-UK members I'll add the next few lines...

    "All watching BBC
    The angel of the Lord came down
    And switched to ITV"

    Or maybe I've completely confused them now Grin
    Maybe I should also say 'other channels are available' Grin
    • 4 Dec 2016 11:18AM
  • Loch Garten Revisited

    I've not tried this technique, but all it appears to have done is boost the saturation and contrast, and bring out some detail on the rocks.
    Is that what it's supposed to do? There are plenty of techniques to achieve the same.
    Either way, it's provided that little needed punch.
    The points about composition are valid, and no amount of processing can make up for that.
    • 3 Dec 2016 10:03PM

    A very goodimage, and it'd be so much less without that figure, that's well positioned in the frame.
    I initially thought that this was too light, but looking at the lighter and darker mods it's the original one that appeals to me the most.
    • 3 Dec 2016 9:55PM
  • Female Sparrows.

    This is not bad at all for 1/70 at that focal length. There is some movement visible, not a lot I grant you but I'd only keep it if it were a rare bird.

    I sometimes (often) use IS with my Canon on a monopod, it all depends on what shutter speed I'm getting in the first place and if I've got an extender on or not, though I have to say having it switched on does work, or should I say help to get a sharper image.

    I think the best way is to approach it as you have, experiment and see what works for you.
    I can't agree more with your point about the person and the situation affecting results.
    • 3 Dec 2016 9:26PM
  • From my backyard...

    I have to concur with Paul in that there's nothing to hold the viewer's interest.

    The eye is drawn straight to the light. And then what? If there had been mist, fog or smoke to make something of the rays of light, that would have given some interest. It would also simplify the scene in terms of reducing the amount of fine branches that merge into a confusion.
    Add a silhouetted figure or object even in the foreground and you'd have much more appeal.
    • 3 Dec 2016 9:09PM
  • Misty morning

    With strong shapes and lighting, it's good material for trying a mono version.

    I used Image>Adjustments>Black and White, boosting Yellow and reducing Red, followed by a Curves adjustment to boost contrast.

    More menacing perhaps? Some prefer mono, some colour, it's good to have the choice.
    • 3 Dec 2016 9:01PM