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17/02/2010 - 11:09 PM

Inside, Looking Out...

Inside, Looking Out...hey Robin, its a great first attempt, but if you get out in the street you'll get some better captures of light trails Wink

and try a smaller apperture too

21/01/2010 - 10:33 PM


Benwonder if it would look better without the top of the light in it ?

24/10/2009 - 5:08 PM

Abbotsbury gardens

Abbotsbury gardensWell, heres my crit Penny

First well done for sticking to the brief..dark and water ....not always easy to get out at night is it?

I like the composition. The four little palms are quite stealing the show here. You have focussed so well in the dark too, thatís an element that is often over looked in night time work. It is so important to be sharp at night too it shows for sure if youíre not.

The lights already set up here for you really compliment the natural colours of the trees so you didnít have to play with LEDís and gels, though I am sure you could if you had to.

You have demonstrated (with the same shot taken in the day V2) the night time simply brings this alive becoming vivid, colourful, dramatic and dynamic at night ..

I am amazed at how sharp the trees are because many times I have tried to shoot trees at night and never have they stood still enough for me to have anything as effective as these. (maybe cos the floodlights lit this so well you did not have to expose for very long)

There is a tiny bit of movement in them to the right but that does not matter really. I like the complimentary contrast of the softer reflections in the dark water too

I cannot recommend anything to improve this regards the cam settings, Iíd probably have used something similar myself....smaller aperture and the risk of blurred trees increases and then you have to manage the lights as well ..(too large an aperture and the light gets blown in the wrong places and the dark bits remain dark) what I mean is it looks like quite lot of light to juggle with in the darkness so a great challenge for you Penny ..

I think you have it about right for this setting ....

If I have any crit at all ... I would have preferred to see more of the larger tree top but appreciate the limits in space when shooting round water, especially in the dark... donít want you falling in after all Wink

Great shot at night, fab challenge so pleased you joined in and critting your work teaches too

thank you

10/08/2009 - 10:49 AM


IsolatedV2 is my fave Ian for sure

but if you are OK for a bit of critique, (and you say you are) the view out of the window might be a little more appealling, if she is isolated...then a woods or trees or something other than the roof of another house (and not a very interesting roof at that) even a church ...but something that gives more of a feeling of isolation and loneliness ..that my thoughts anyway, for what they are worth

great series coming up though... enjoying viewing these

03/07/2009 - 12:32 AM

City Nights

City NightsWell for one there is a lot of light anyway for a long expo, so personally I would have found a less lit place, but hey, you chose to do it here and so lets work with that....

So.. I would have used maybe f22 for this place, exposed for longer too this would have reduced the Ďbleachedí light of the lamp to the right, the one that looks kind of starry but would have been much more starry with a smaller aperture and reduced the bleachiness/brightness in the car trails, then I would have used a flash to pop the model to get him sharper..no flare..you dont need P/shop if you get it right in cam ..and you can Smile


14/06/2009 - 1:59 PM


FireballAh I see, well..first I would NEVER photoshop a night shot and risk rinsing it of the night-time atmosphere...(cept for a crop or levels) the burns are the essence of night/fire and they have to stay IMO.... first you could try a lower angle, you need the feet to place it, otherwise itís just a burn squiggle and not about your clever nephew at all, then without teaching egg sucking how do you focus in the dark...? (I can help out if you are not sure)

Then for this I would use bulb of course as you say and a remote attached to the cam then the setting I would use would be 200 ISO about f6-f8 and just press the button and see how long it needs, stand well back and crop in, cos the closer you are the more burny out bits you tend to get, I put all my settings on my night shots, including my-self ports of me fire spinning to so go have a look and see if that helps you any further, and do PM me if you need to ask anymore

HTHís and have fun

(and the frames a bit big but thats just personal taste) Wink

06/06/2009 - 2:05 AM

almost full

almost fullwell I am not part of the critique team...but I have shot the moon a few times so this is what I would do, use a high ISO and get a grainy moon or use infinity and bulb low ISO say 200 or 100 if you can and do a long exposure the timing of which is trial and error depending on the light at the time HTH's

04/05/2009 - 5:50 PM

Free Spirit

Free SpiritSue he is asking for a constructive critique and I guess that means how can he do better, not what has he done that is not so good

OK Ryan you dont need such a tiny apperture for this as it wont catch all the light if you are waving it around madly, you can use say f 11. I think this would provide better results in terms of light that is moving

V2 is the best IMO as it suggests a flame coming up from the candle, but I think you should try an LED torch, you can pick them up so cheaply at elec. stores, one with a tiny head so you can draw with it, then you can draw the flame above the candle

if you would like to see a light dance let me know and I will post it up behind one of my other images, not the sort of thing I put up on here, me dancing with light, in the middle of the night ... I look whacky enough as it is lol but you may get some better idea of settings then with moving lights

hope that helps Ryan, your doing a great job, practice is everything and ask as much as you like

28/06/2008 - 7:21 PM

Stephen 3

Stephen 3I like the image esp. the light on his face coming in from the LHS....BUT I dont think this is natural enough for the competition. If he was looking in his bible, looked up and you caught his glance, then that would be in his natural environment rather than just being photographed in a church

I still like the previous one best

01/06/2008 - 11:29 PM


WatchingI'm going to be really awkward here, I think there is a middle ground between V1 and V2. his stick is out the image on V1 and this is a vital part of him. Whereas in V2 there is not quite enough of his character that you show in V1 ..no answers really for this just my thoughts Smile
nice series though indeed