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dudler

I hope you enjoy my pictures half as much as I have... Preferably more than half!
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  • Red Gum

    Hi, Gail -

    It would be a big help for makign suggestions if you could make sure that you have full eXIF data attached to your pictures. I've downloaded the shot and it is in there, so I think you need to check the options you've selected during uploading.

    This wasn't shot in Manual, and the settings aren't optimal for a closeup: f/2.9, 1/30 second, and 200 ISO. So it's a slow shutter speed, a wide aperture, and a lowish ISO setting. Higher ISO would allow you a faster shutter setting (reducing the risk of either camera shake or subject movement) and a smaller aperture (so that more of the subject can be sharp, front to back). Ideally, though, you'd shoot in brighter light than this.

    To get into Manual exposure, I suggest reading this webpage:

    http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-exposure.htm

    And to get an understanding of depth of field, try this one:

    http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/depth-of-field.htm

    In this picture, you needed both a higher shutter speed and a smaller aperture (confusingly, that's a bigger number, f/8 rather than f/2.9).

    In terms of composition, I'd suggest including all of the flower head (rather than cuttting it off on the right), and aim ing to compose the picture to avoid bright areas of sky i nthe background and near the edge of the frame. They tend to draw the eye.

    I'm going to try a mod cropping to square, and removing both the sky on the right, and the logo at the bottom (logos are always risky - at the worst they can be very distracting!)
    • 21 Jan 2017 11:44PM
  • Frosty start

    This doesn't quite satisfy me, somehow.

    It's taken a while to work it out, and some playing iwth a mod, which ended up with a Nik mono filter with a vignette as well as a lot of darkening. And then i realised that the tint isn't to my taste.

    Far more importantly, I worked out that the problem is with the tip of the back leaf, which is well out of focus, and I kept looking for detail that matches the rest of the leaves. The lack of focus means that isn't a possibility.

    There's a trade-off and a balance between throwing the background out of focus and not having enough depth of field for the subject. Similarly, a careful judgment to make about whether the whole subject needs to be pin sharp, or whether some (or a lot) of unsharpness is OK.

    Technically, a tripod definitely helps - and at 0.6 second, there's a real risk of subject movement. Even raising the ISO through the roof isn't going to get the sort of shutter speed I want, nor the smaller aperture... Really, i wznt to take a different picture, though one from the same viewpoint.

    That's quite an interesting thought, isn't it? And it means that I want to ask whether you went with what you could do, or whether you consciously chose the limited depth of field of your shot.

    OK - over to you again.
    • 21 Jan 2017 8:40PM
  • Nature and culture

    Hmmm...

    One of the occasions when the idea of making sure there's a full range of tones can take second place to a lovely gentle look - I tend to prefer your original to the edited version. A slight crop, and it's there, for me, with minimal adjsutment of Levels, and soem burning in round the edges to hold the eye in the frame.

    The original post would - I reckon - look better on a black background, and with a small white border added - indeed, all verisons might look better on black.
    • 21 Jan 2017 5:58PM
  • Peewhit or Lapwing at rest.

    Not a lot to say about the comparison, unless you can post comparable shots (which would be fascinating!)

    This doesn't really work for me - the birds are too close to each other, and there's no shape to the group, if you know what I mean...

    That all feels rather negative, but I realise that the point of the day was to compare cameras in working circumstances.
    • 21 Jan 2017 5:39PM
  • Aurora Base Camp

    How to use a superwide for some distortion...
    • 21 Jan 2017 5:13PM
  • Big Sand, near Ullapool in NW Scotland

    Interesting, especially the shutter speed and the effect on the spray. Well caught moment.

    Actually, the first thing that hits me is the grittiness of the seaweed, and the very high contrast of an image shot under a cloudy sky. I have the feeling that you may have used a touch more sharpening (and similar things) than you usually do, and the effect is more negative than positive, for me. When the pictures says 'sharpened' and that strikes me before the subject, I'm worried - similarly with any processing, technique, or gimmick.

    The light's also a little cold.

    And it's a lovely shot - I'd like to see a slightly warmer, distinctly softer version...
    • 21 Jan 2017 5:08PM
  • Veiled beauty

    Closer is better, I think, compared with yesterday's wider view.
    • 21 Jan 2017 4:50PM
  • 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.
    • Posted on IsabelC's profile
    • 15 Jul 2015 6:45PM
  • 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!