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I hope you enjoy my pictures half as much as I have... Preferably more than half!
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  • Soft and creamy in every possible way

    • 6 Feb 2016 7:27PM
  • A Sunny Beech Shot

    That's beautiful...
    • 6 Feb 2016 7:23PM
  • Fisherman's Friends

    I'm afraid that the best advice may be a little costly...

    Low light work is an area where camera have developed a lot over the last few years. The current generation of Olympus cameras will run to 25,600 ISO - that'd give you 1/125 second here. And a 45mm f/1.8 lens would allow you to turn down the ISO, or raise the shutter speed further...

    the good news is that the Micro 4/3 gear has been around long enough for much of it to be available secondnand, and the new Pen should bring some nice bodies onto the market.

    That aside, you've done really well given the technical restrictions: 1/8 second handheld has no right to give a result anywhere near this good!
    • 6 Feb 2016 7:09PM
  • Berries


    You know the berries aren't perfect, and that's fine.

    I can see four things that you may want to think about:

    1 from your viewpoint, some of the berries are in deep shadow, cast by other berries. This reduces the impact, as they're dark grey, rather than bright red - moving to the right would have altered this, I think;

    2 the background is split between light blue (which sets off the red of the berries nicely) and darker green (which also sets off the red nicely). However, the split in the middle of the frame is slightly distracting;

    3 the quite wide aperture has given very limited depth of field, though it's blurred the background nicely. f/8 or f/11 would have allowed more of the berries to be sharp. To maintain the shutter speed, raising the ISO to 400 might have been a good idea;

    4 the berries are rather central in the frame - a square crop puts them off-centre, and may offer a stronger composition.

    And overall, it's a good effort - and I entirely understand why you had to shoot it!

    • 6 Feb 2016 5:25PM
  • Blinded by the light!

    Picking up on Paul and John's thoughts - this started as a fashion exercise, with a female tog shooting, and me working in monochrome. See my own mod...
    • 6 Feb 2016 1:15PM
  • Ghost Coast

    Hi, Brynley, and welcome to the Critique Gallery. You've been on Ephotozine for a year or so, so I reckon you'll have found your way around the site pretty well by now, and will know that this is the part of the site where you don't get votes, but do get constructive criticism.

    As Colin says, there are a good few dustbunnies visible, notably in the sky. The small aperture will have made them sharper, and the bright sky makes them easier to see...

    Colour casts are part of the scene with filters, especially denser ones. Easy to correct in processing, providing you have a good idea of what the colours should look like!

    It might be helpful if you could add what the filters were, especially whether any were graduated filters. Though it's outside my knowledge, others may know some specific tendencies of particular filters...

    All I can do is offer a mod at random - taking the sea highlights to white. Other variations are possible, of course!

    My second mod rings some of the dustbunnies.
    • 6 Feb 2016 10:26AM
  • flower close up

    some of your recent images have been shot with the lens reversed - that this was shot at f/10 (according to the EXIF data) suggests that the lens was normally attached.

    A tiny bit brighter would have been good, and I've addressed that in my mod: closer, too - though you may have been at the minimum focus distance... I note that the lens is a fixed 105mm - is this a macro lens, or the standard Nikon short telephoto? (I'm really not sure why the maximum aperture is showing as f/5.7, though - all 105mm lenses I know of are f/2.8. Or have you used a zoom lens, perhaps? The EXIF isn't telling the whole story!

    One issue remains the same, though - this is distinctly less sharp than I'd hope it would be, and I suspect that it's the focussing method that's the issue. Can you tell us a bit more about the lens and focussing, please, so that we can offer the right advice?
    • 6 Feb 2016 10:18AM
  • You haven't been a member for long, Laura, but you already seem to be someone to watch carefully - a series of thoughtful and beautiful pictures.

    I hope that you will be able to post pictures daily for a very long time to come. And I will enjoy every single one of them.
  • I keep finding pictures in yoru portfolio that make me insanely jealous... We live in the same world, but you see it far better than I do!

    Some of the very best, the most creative, the most emotionally engaging work on the site.
  • Simply, the most consistently brilliant and perceptive portfolio on Ephotozine.

    There are many good photographers on here. Some outstanding ones. But over the last few months, you've consistently posted work that is, in some sense, utterly alien, as well as being totally human.

    No pressure, truly. If you decided to stick to unprocessed pictures of used car dealers for the rest of your life, you have produced better work than I ever will: I suspect I speak for a lot of other members in saying this.
  • Some lovely observations here - and all seen through a finely-tuned eye!
  • Marian -

    You have a rare talent, infusing every picture with emotion and resonance. You see the relationships between things and people, between thoughts and emotions, and yo ushare them through your pictures.

    Thank you.
    • Posted on Potra's profile
    • 1 Apr 2014 11:37AM
  • A portfolio that never disappoints. A long series of lovely views, beautifully shot.
  • I love Rhodes, and particularly Lindos.

    This portfolio reminds me why I want to go back there for another holiday - the warm sun, the ancient buildings, the friendly people and the lovely food and wine...

    George - you're so lucky to live there - and I am so glad you share the view!
  • Careful, hard-working and methodical. Beautiful and thoughtful results.
    • Posted on Chant57's profile
    • 3 Nov 2013 1:57PM
  • They say artists transform suffering into beauty.

    You are a true artist.
    • Posted on NDODS's profile
    • 24 Apr 2013 3:16PM
  • Some lovely, old-fashioned reportage here. Zappy colour and a lack of time and thought are popular these days: this is a wonderful antidote - especially from a young tog!