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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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  • Standing proud in the snow

    Excellent stuff Dave.
    • 17 Mar 2018 10:48PM
  • Reed Bunting

    Very nicely captured Mike, very 'ordinary' looking until you look closer, like many LBJs.
    • 17 Mar 2018 10:20PM
  • Leaving reality behind 2

    Definitely more dangerous with a gull around, stout hats at the ready (or at least a monopod Wink)

    More menacing in mono for sure.
    • 17 Mar 2018 10:19PM
  • Playing games...

    There is this fascination with recovering shadow detail, and I don't just mean in dubious cases, but in digital photography in general.
    Shadows, in many genres, are part of the image and if they lack detail so be it. Shadows can make an image.
    • 17 Mar 2018 10:15PM
  • Light goes out for incandescent bulbs

    People don't like change, even a change for the good. Incandescent bulbs really are a stupid way of creating light and should be consigned to the (Victorian) dustbin (ok, recycle bin.
    My father who is in his 90s is strongly in favour of LEDs and he remembers gas lamps.

    I think some commenters are confusing LED with the compact fluporescent lamps which to be honest were a stop gap.
    i was predicting the takeover by LED lamps over 20 years ago, but then I worked wioth patents covering the technology and I could see what was to come.
    Many lamps in our house are LED now, and the first was in a desk lamp which is infront of me now and going strong. It's also daylight so I can view my prints properly Smile

    Note also the growth in LED lighting for photography as can be seen at the Photography Show this weekend.

    There is one downside and it's that we won't be abnle tp create images like this very easily, nice one Leo.
    • 17 Mar 2018 10:11PM
  • Man up ladder

    A would not like to sort those wires out Grin
    • 17 Mar 2018 9:59PM
  • S.S.S.

    A very environmentally friendly mode of transport Jukka Grin
    • 17 Mar 2018 9:58PM
  • Male kingfisher.

    Nice one Alan.
    • 16 Mar 2018 9:53PM
  • Ceiling

    A geometric structure like this benefits from symmetry and accurate cropping. Even if timbers are old and not quite straight careful composition is still necessary.
    The impact and appeal are greater.
    Alternatively, try moving your camera round so that the roof goes diagonally across the frame. It's about thinking about alternatives, too.

    It's an abstract architectural detail (well seen and isolated, many wouldn't look up and see the possibilities). Mono is good for things like that. You can elevate it above pure record.

    It is very grey and needs a boost in contrast.
    So while some subjects don't work well in mono, for thise that do you often need to look at the tonal relationship of the elements in the image, a straight conversion to shades of grey often isn't enough. Even in the days of film you could choose your degree of contrast by choosing different grades of paper. OK, there is a vast multitude of contrast adjustments possible today but the principle is the same, the initial capture is only part of the work.
    • 16 Mar 2018 9:28PM
  • Its Snowtime

    Lovely one Mike.
    We're not quie out of the snow yet.
    • 16 Mar 2018 9:16PM
  • Zenit 3M

    Many a photographer started with a Zenit but they were clumky and slow to use compared to their Japanese rivals.

    Many wanted a 'better' camera not realising the limiting factor in most cases was the user.

    I do remember using a very battered Zenit E at school in some physics lessons though I csan't remember what we were doing.
    • 16 Mar 2018 8:50PM
  • Curved-Bill Thrasher

    Looking at the original and this image together does say to me that if you'd used the long end of your lens then this is what you'd have got to start with, thus avoiding the need for a large crop. The flower in the bottom right of the previous upload, while part of the environment is a distraction in the image. And there's a flower visible on this closer version anyway.

    john's right about getting in closer here too.
    While the wider view is a valid image because it does show us more of the plant, for illustrative purposes at least, many wildlife shots benefit from being closer.

    Of course, it may not be that you could get closer at the time due to for example access or lens availability. Wildlife photographers always want to get closer!
    Having said that you can get too close with your subject touching every edge of the image.
    • 16 Mar 2018 5:20PM
  • Chimney

    An interesting angle of view, and mono is a consideration here.
    That said, the direct flash doesn't provide any texture or modelling so it looks flat. Off-camera flash would provide that and givea more dramatic or moody result.
    • 15 Mar 2018 10:04PM
  • jersey lighthouse

    It's a pity you've lost the originalas once you've made major changes and savd them you can't go back.
    It's best to always work on a copy, and have a backup too.

    I'm not familiar with that software or its capabilities, but even soit would be useful to know what you were intending to do on the image.
    • 15 Mar 2018 10:01PM
  • nine trunks...

    Reminds me of trees in a painting book I had when I was a boy Smile
    • 15 Mar 2018 8:04PM
  • Quiet Dont Breathe

    Lovely capture Mike, such an elusive bord too Smile
    • 15 Mar 2018 8:03PM
  • Butlers Passage

    I wasn't knocking Walsall as such John, in fact you're welcome to photograph some equally not so inviting corners of Wolverhampton (you'll be spoiled for choice Wink).

    But to answer your question, the Arboretum area and the Broadway are two that spring to mind Smile
    • 15 Mar 2018 7:38PM
  • Ground floor

    I'm late to this too but that's due to my 'epz time' being later in the dy thoughit can vary Smile

    Sometimes the only shot we an manage is a 'record', nothing wrong with that.
    The suggestions above provide ways of making that record as good as possible.

    By using ISO 400 you could easily have used a smaller aperture as John mentions with no real effecton image quality, something to remember when light levels are low.

    Going beyond 'record', if that's what you want can be done in a number of ways. A couple of thoughts.

    Firstly, and is perhaps the easiest option, certainly after the event, is to try mono and I'm surprised no-one has mentiond that yet. Your image is all about lines, shape and texture, what mono is really good at. I'll try a mod.
    Secondly, you could hav a figure in shot. I'm thinking someone in a long dark coat in the doorway or adjacent room. If you visit the location with a friend they could stand in for this figure, they don't have to be identifiable, indeed where mystery is concerned it's better that they're not. Alternatively (or in addition if you're feeling adventurous, underexpose the main image and illuminate part of the scene using off camera remotely triggered flash.

    • 14 Mar 2018 9:59PM
  • Another Kingfisher

    Great stuff Mike Smile
    • 14 Mar 2018 9:05PM
  • Leaving reality behind

    Quite so Malc, myth and sci-fi together Smile
    Then the illusion is completely spoiled when we're told its at Newcastle bus station, oh the disappointment or is it irony...
    • 14 Mar 2018 9:04PM
  • View from the Drawing Room

    All very nicely captured Richard.
    I'll have to put this place on the to do list especially as it's not that far away.
    I guess the radiator in V1 is a later addition Smile
    • 14 Mar 2018 8:55PM
  • Chocolate brownies !!!

    The lead image llooks like something from an Alien film Grin
    • 14 Mar 2018 8:48PM
  • And back to birds!

    Two fine shots here Cathy.
    You do a nice landscape too so make sure you upload one now and again Smile
    • 14 Mar 2018 8:47PM
  • At the Florist

    Thank you Stephen for the GEA Smile
    I shot this from the hip so as not to appear intrusive,
    • 14 Mar 2018 8:45PM
  • White Heron

    A fine capture.

    Willies warmed, lightened and rotated mod finishes this off nicely.

    It can be difficult to get the water level but use the reflection of the bird as a guide - all reflections appear vertically down from the subject so that's the angle to check.
    Talking of reflections, it would be great to see the whole reflection but that's rather picky and I realise there may not have been time to adjust composition if the action was a short lasting moment.

    • 13 Mar 2018 10:48PM
  • The Three Shires.

    A very pleasing image in terms of composition and water movement (if Paul likes it then you've got it just right!).

    However, the image is underexposed. You shouldn't have to lighten so much in post processing (though it can be done of course but best quality is obtained by getting as much right in camera as possible.

    Looking at the exif, I strongly suspect the use of spot metering (the centre of the image, where the spot reading is taken from, is where there's bright water). You should spot meter off a miod tone. It's very useful in tricky lighting which this isn't, and you have to understand metering and use Spot carefully. The grasshere is ideal to take a reading from. Other than that, in this situation use Matrix or Evaluative metering (or whatever Sony's name for intelligent metering is called).
    • 13 Mar 2018 10:43PM
  • Dancer

    Sports mode is a good choice as it's geared toward action, and this is what you have here. There are many similarities in technique (and equipment) between sports and wildlife action photography.
    However, with any pre-programmed mode it may work well sometimes and not others as there are many other parameters that the camera is programmed to set automatically and that includes focus mode and drive mode. Take a look at the exif data for the image and use that as a guide in the future when you're more confident and take control over those settings yourself.

    Paul's right about using a lower ISO but you couldn't use a lower one here safely, as at the lens's maximum aperture is only allowing 1/500 shutter speed and for a bird performing as in this shot you don't want to go lower. That said, if you want an impressionistic look with movement blur then 1/60 or 1/30 would be good speeds top experiment with.

    You did well to capture the moment. The twigs intruding from the left are very distracting, so once you've got a shot or two of the action think about getting a cleaner and more pleasing composition - if there's time and the bird hasn't stopped or moved off, of course. Don't settle for the first few captures, if possible.
    • 13 Mar 2018 10:34PM
  • A Middle Spotted Woodpecker

    ExcellentMike, and i understand Hungary is a great place to see several woodpecker species.
    • 13 Mar 2018 10:09PM
  • Tay Railway Bridge, Dundee - again

    I prefer this, it's stronger.
    But as has been mentioned, there are many alternatives and you could spend hours just playing...
    • 13 Mar 2018 10:07PM
  • A long time coming

    Happy birhtday to your dad, I know what it's like to have an elderly relative who's unwell.
    A fine shot to post on your return Smile
    • 13 Mar 2018 9:55PM