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11/11/2014 - 8:55 PM

The prey

The preyNice image with good colours Aldo.
Sharp detail on the head and legs. However, it would have had more DOF using a smaller aperture like f11.

11/05/2014 - 10:20 AM

Smoke on the Loch

Smoke on the LochNice colourful landscape Adrian.
Maybe could do with an adjustment in Exposure/Gamma to give more depth to those wonderful colours.
Try the adjustment that I've sent you.

29/01/2014 - 12:42 PM


WrenNice image with good colours and lovely background tones to set it off against.
Maybe cropped a little too much? I would like to see more space to the left for the bird to look into, but that's just my preference. See mod.

29/11/2013 - 4:41 PM


HawkerA very difficult shot to get.
Sharp detail and good DOF on the dragonfly.
Maybe lightening, or removing the darker reeds in the background, would make a good image even better?

08/11/2013 - 7:16 PM

Stick....with bonus Blue Tit

Stick....with bonus Blue TitStick looks good with the added bonus of a lovely bird on it.
Good detail and nice pose.
Like the background also.
Maybe a tighter crop moving the bird more off-centre to the right would improve the composition???

15/10/2013 - 9:35 PM

Coal Tit

Coal TitWell exposed and nice composition Richard.
Looks a little soft on the bird, maybe the focus is on the front of the trunk instead. Check if camera was set to spot focus.
You needed to set aperture priority also.

Nice meeting you today

20/09/2013 - 4:06 PM


SwallowtailNice set Ali, good colours and exposure.
However, as Nathan has already commented regarding the DOF, it is impossible to get all of the insect in focus, especially with these larger varieties, even using a smaller "F" stop than F8.0, when photographing close-up.
Taking multiple images of the subject, with different point of focus and "Stacking" in post processing is the only way it is possible, very difficult with a moving subject like a butterfly though.
With this in mind #4 gets my preference.

31/07/2013 - 10:38 AM

Butterfly 2

Butterfly 2Nice image of a common, but overlooked butterfly.
Well composed with the flower along the LH edge, however a little too tightly cropped at the top.
DOF could be improved by using a smaller F stop, F8.0/F9.0.
The RH wing has lost some detail due to over exposure. - checkout the mod I have done to recover some of the detail, to improve this.
These comments are minor nit-picks of a good basic image.

08/07/2013 - 10:59 PM

Meadow Brown

Meadow BrownNice image.
I prefer #1, but with just a little less lateral crop.
Also watch out for shadows overcast onto the rear of the wing.
Just looking at the EXIF data, it might be worth trying ISO400 and F8.0/F11.0 settings for macro shots like these.
Good shot all the same.

30/05/2013 - 7:49 PM


TschunaLovely portrait of a beautiful animal.
Maybe the image would benefit from a little extra sharpening in PS. I've just tried +80% using Smart Sharpen in CS4 and it just gives that little extra definition.

08/05/2013 - 7:18 PM


HeronNice colourful image and well exposed, with the bird set against the blue sky.
The bird is a little to central, moving it more to the left would improve the composition, so that it looks more into the frame.
Cloning out the small branch intruding on the right, would remove a distraction
Looking at the Exif data, it may be better to use ISO400 and increase the aperture to f8.0, shutter speed would remain high enough?
These are very minor nit picks only, aimed at improving an already good image.

03/01/2011 - 6:13 PM

Coppice CXLIX

Coppice CXLIXGreat image, nice pose and perch.
There is a halo on the upper outline of the bird, especially when viewed large. Doesn't detract from a fine image though.

18/12/2010 - 9:34 PM


RobinNice pose and sharp detail.
Maybe would benefit from a slight lift in the exposure.

28/09/2010 - 10:04 PM

Blue Tit

Blue TitGood pose, with sharp detail and nice colours and textures in the perch. Nice tones in the background, however it is a little noisy/grainy. Have you tried using "Neat Image" (Free download for the basic version) to reduce the noise?

18/11/2009 - 9:26 PM

1st Year Stag

1st Year StagSuper detail and colours.
Agree with Richard about cropping, maybe just below the 1st light horizontal in the background, puts the subject in a stronger position in the frame.
15/11/2009 - 4:35 PM

A Fineshade first

A Fineshade firstGreat sharp detail and colours - well worth the wait.
Maybe a small crop from top RH would reduce the bright background area and enlarge the bird in the frame - just a thought.
Nice image all the same.
03/11/2009 - 1:12 PM

evening moon

evening moonUnfortunately, the moon has no detail due to the image being over exposed.

May I suggest you try the following settings which should give you a better result for photographing a Full Moon:
Set camera on to Manual setting
Film Speed ISO100
Aperture F11.0
Shutter 1/125 sec

Also take extra shots using Aperture F8.0 and F16.0.
Do not use shuuter speed any slower than 1/125 sec as you will get blurr.

Hope this helps?
04/10/2009 - 9:40 PM

The Kingfisher

The KingfisherNice image.
Like the warm light, but I think it has softened the blue colours of the plumage a little, plus the brighter branches in the background could do with darkening a little.
These are only minor nitpicks of what is an image most of us would be happy to have in our portfolio.
25/02/2009 - 8:55 PM

Great Tit

Great TitNice pose with an interesting perch and well separated from the background.
Looks a little soft detail on the bird, but the cones are sharp, maybe the bird has moved slightly. Also the dreaded white cheeks have burnt out, always a problem with these birds.
Well taken all the same
27/01/2009 - 10:28 PM


BlueyNice pose and composition Fran, although the detail seems to be suffering a little.
I am not trying to tell you how to "suck eggs", but looking at the original I think that you are cropping too much into the image, to get really sharp results. Don't give Geoff a chance to knock the Canon eh!
I regularly use ISO800 in the current low light conditions on my Canon 30D without any problems.
For my bird shots I always use Aperture Priority with the lens set on f5.6 and set the ISO to give as high as possible shutter speed and use spot metering. Try some test shots first in the area you are shooting and check the histogram results to check you are getting a good spread of exposure, before shooting the birds.