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  • Spoons by keithh

    Love the greens and yellows in this one!
    • 2 Aug 2006 8:41AM
  • here comes trouble by stormchayser

    Wow. Kind of a shame that the powerlines become almost invisible close to the pole. Great colour and tone in the grass, and of course that detail in the cloud... powerful!
    • 27 Nov 2007 4:32PM
  • Softness... by Traceyflowerpots

    Great focus and colour... did someone say that already? Oh well! Smile
    • 27 Nov 2007 4:25PM
  • white silence by rennes

    Very nice. Although it looks as though you need to rotate it a degree or two clockwise to straighten it up...
    • 27 Nov 2007 4:05PM
  • Japanese Maple by davenewt

    Thanks proz Smile
    • 25 Sep 2007 1:04PM
  • Catching Rainbows by lynsfiona

    Very imaginative Smile Works well rotated another 90 degrees as well I think (more 'suspended by a rainbow' I suppose)! Good work Smile
    • 2 Aug 2006 8:46AM
  • Stormy Strezleckie Afternoon by Robsterios

    Love the light and dark contrasts! Very dramatic!
    • 2 Aug 2006 8:45AM
  • Serenity by dhs59

    Hi Debbie, I see you're new, so first off, welcome Smile

    Looks like you took this on a very grey day, so you're fighting a bit of a losing battle with the light... with that in mind, there are a couple of things I'd change if I was going to take this shot, in these conditions.

    By the way, I'm not speaking as an 'expert' here... so feel free to disregard any of the following!

    First, your subject is dead centre of the frame. As the heron is looking to the left, it would work better compositionally if there was more space that side, so he's standing on the right hand side of the shot looking out onto the open water.

    Second, I'd recommend a little post-processing. Straighten the horizon for a start, and try boosting the contrast or saturation. I won't assume you know everything about Photoshop, so I'll leave it at that. If you want any specific tips, drop me a note. There may not be much you can do given the low light, but it's something you could maybe experiment with.

    You did well to be in the right place at the right time with your camera. Whenever I see any wildlife worth snapping I never have the camera ready. Shame the weather wasn't kinder to you on this occasion, because the greyness of the shot and the greyness of the subject result in quite a flat image that you just can't do much about, unfortunately.

    Cross your fingers for a brighter day next time Smile

    Take it easy,
    • 28 Feb 2007 9:47AM
  • triumph herald by georgeseggs

    Welcome, George's eggs (that's how I read your username, sorry!)

    I'm wondering... if the subject of this shot is the car, why do you have a half-obscured driver in the shot, and a chap walking behind? This scene would work better without any people, or if the people had a reason to be in the shot (the driver standing beside the car, rather than sitting in it half-obscured, for example)...

    Also, I've heard it said that shots from eye level just aren't interesting... try getting down to the level of the car's headlights, and maybe get in closer. You may not get all of the car in, but you might find you end up with a more dynamic composition and a more interesting shot as a result.

    As it is, you've just snapped this shot of 'a car' from eye level without really thinking about any of the other elements in the frame.

    I'm no expert, but those are my thoughts for what they're worth.

    Take it easy,
    • 28 Feb 2007 10:19AM
  • Petit Port Low Tide by Guernseydan

    Love the emptiness and cleanliness of the foreground... also the symmetry of the land and clouds on either side.

    • 27 Feb 2007 9:14AM
  • Water rail & reflection by pronature

    Never heard of such a bird, thanks for the education! As for the shot itself, looks a little washed out (no pun intended)... could do with more contrast between foreground and background, although I'm sure you didn't have much time to compose this one!

    Take it easy,
    • 27 Feb 2007 9:18AM
  • Moonlit Christchurch Cathedral by davenewt

    Thanks for taking the time to comment Jon.

    It's not tack-sharp, but it's a lot sharper than I had hoped for if I'm honest (maybe I'm doubting the kit lens a little too much!)

    I still had the ND filter on the camera for this shot, so it wouldn't have helped with the focussing would it?! The next few shots I took I had to resort to manual focus because the auto was struggling. Should have just taken the filter off, lazy me.

    Not surprising - but as this was my first time shooting such a scene with a DSLR I didn't know quite what to expect.

    Will be re-visiting at some stage and hoping to improve anyway!

    My tripod is a sturdy one (Manfrotto) but I never thought of using a torch... something else to add to the bag... thanks for the tip!

    • 28 Feb 2007 9:18AM
  • kira by welshbloke

    Perfect. Even the pattern on the hat helps draw your eye to her face. Not that any is needed, you understand Wink

    • 28 Feb 2007 9:33AM
  • The Tiger Roars! by davenewt

    Thanks for the comments guys, appreciated! It's just a shame this is the only opportunity I had to capture the Tiger, and the only photo I managed to get of him in action. Worked out okay in the end though!
    • 1 Aug 2006 5:28PM
  • Portland Bill Sunrise by Mike Gray

    Very nice Mike. Despite growing up on the south coast I don't think I ever went here - if I did, I don't remember. What is the shadowy building on the far left?

    I quite like how the bottom third of the lighthouse almost vanishes into the cloud behind it.

    Take it easy,
    • 30 Jan 2006 12:05AM
  • Balcombe Viaduct by Kris_Dutson

    I was going to ask if you'd pasted the sky in from another shot - on the small version it looks a little too sharp... but I see what you mean, and on the large version the contrast isn't as noticeable... very nice.

    My eye is also drawn into the shot by the line in the grass at the foot of the viaduct. Is that the field you walked through to get the shot? Smile

    Take it easy,
    • 29 Jan 2006 10:49AM
  • Fireflies by messhai

    Nice angles and lines here Adrian. Wouldn't have known you'd desaturated the ceiling if you hadn't mentioned it.

    Take it easy,
    • 29 Jan 2006 10:42AM
  • Splintering Ice by solkku

    Very dramatic. I like the line of ice crossing the middle of the shot... and great colours!

    Take it easy,
    • 29 Jan 2006 7:45AM
  • The Revenge Of Gaia by tralfamadorean

    I like how the towers, although the source of the smoke, are somewhat understated in the corner of the shot. But they don't lose any of their impact... if anything, they look even more menacing!

    Take it easy,
    • 29 Jan 2006 7:48AM
  • Synchronised by gemm

    Very good Smile Although the one at a lower altitude has his left leg a little higher... so only a 5.9 on this occasion I'm afraid!


    Take it easy,
    • 28 Jan 2006 6:51AM
  • Red Shouldered Hawk #11 by maures53

    Very impressive all round Cary. Makes me very jealous! Great portfolio - I think #5 is my favourite of yours from this series. Impressive stuff!

    Take it easy,
    • 28 Jan 2006 6:25AM
  • Rays of Sunshine by alexberry

    Very dramatic, Alex. Love the steam - I hope it's steam - rising from the trees! Smile

    Take it easy,
    • 28 Jan 2006 6:13AM
  • El-e-va-tion! by davenewt

    Thanks guys Smile
    • 28 Jan 2006 9:05AM
  • United We Conquer by davenewt

    Thanks for the input guys. I'm now thinking I might not have gone far enough, and that maybe *totally* desaturating the rest of the pic would have given the flowers more impact - they're quite a small part of the pic, after all.

    Ho hum.

    • 27 Jan 2006 12:07AM
  • erm... by forilion

    Yep, good contrast, texture and light/shadow. Thumbs up all round!

    Take it easy,
    • 26 Jan 2006 12:33PM
  • Swans by JEBUS

    I actually think the over-exposure adds a little something to this, makes it feel more "other-worldly" if you like. And the green/purple is a nice combination.

    Take it easy,
    • 26 Jan 2006 12:38PM
  • cocktails by kiwileec

    Nice colours, but the bright green border is perhaps unnecessary? The bright green pattern of the green glass is enough for me.

    Cool nonetheless!

    Take it easy,
    • 26 Jan 2006 12:41PM
  • -Funky- by mattmatic

    Good detail and I love the blend of colours going out to the edges of the petals. Sweet.

    Take it easy,
    • 26 Jan 2006 12:42PM
  • Autumn Leaves by Alex_J

    Nice contrast in scale between large and small. Agree with all comments above too!

    Take it easy,
    • 26 Jan 2006 12:48PM
  • Alert by cdm36

    Second/thirded all of the above! Lovely focus and detail in the large image!

    Take it easy,
    • 26 Jan 2006 12:54PM