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Forum Topics:1
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secret garden

secret garden by justahobby

As willie says, a lovely scene, well caught.

But my word, it's a nightmare to work out what ought to be vertical...


Me by danbrann

A lovely and tolerant smile there...

She's great!

The Artist......

The Artist...... by barbarahirst

Lovely happy set of portraits.

Did you sit to be painted, Barbara?

In focus 2

In focus 2 by Split

And, technically, getting good focus through a veil is a really tricky thing to do...

here we go again !

here we go again ! by peterjay78

Beautifully caught light...


Smiler by KDC

And we can all make a good guess about what she has to smile about...

Let us Prey

Let us Prey by markst33

I am not a birder, so this is very much outside my experience.

It looks great, though, and I'm envious! I like Willie's mod: putting the bird even further up into a corner might give an even greater feel of something powerful, about to drop down and kill. I'd go for a lot of canvas below the eagle. Though, of course, I'd be unlikely to be far-sighted enough to shoot it that way...


Sunset by sparsh845

Blinking may indicate that there's a low shutter speed, and you need to beware camera shake. I'm not sure, as I'm not a Nikon user.

You say you adjusted exposure: which way? Up or down?

Sunsets are good, in that a wide range of exposure levels look perfectly OK, though most are strictly not perfectly exposed. And any tog who is not seduced by the beauty of a closing day is not human.

Have you looked on YouTube for tutorials? There are probably plenty of useful short videos on there.

And also - give it time. What is mysterious today will be plain next week, and you can go on discovering new features and tweaks for years. It's a journey - so enjoy every inch of it!

Colourful and colourless

Colourful and colourless by Sandipan

The square crop is what this needs to lift it to the next level.

Beautifully observed. A very eloquent social comment.

Best time of the day

Best time of the day by mbotti

As Moira says, nearly, but not quite square, and it upsets the calm mood... To my eye, even the central position of the people is fine: part of the almost-solemn, placid look.

And the other thing is tripod or not, it's not terribly sharp. I can think of a couple of possible causes - the tripod was not on solid ground, or is a bit flimsy (the best tripods are, almost without exception, big and heavy...)

The other thing that catches my eye is the shutter speed. A really long exposure (10 seconds plus) gives the camera time to stabilise after the mirror bangs up - and using mirror lock or delayed action will help. Even, at the most basic level, using a cable release, if you want precise control of the moment of exposure, so that you are not pushing the front right of the camera down by pressing the release.

All merely suggestions, because I don't know what sort of tripod you use - you may have done everything perfectly, and suffered from malfunctioning IS (which should have been switched off, I think the experts say...)

Abandoned Pump House

Abandoned Pump House by Otinkyad

I'd suggest starting again from a RAW file: get rid of the 'blown' bits by pulling them back a bit.

I've tried with the original and opening in ACR, and it works to some extent, I think.

As Moira says, there's a lot here: so I've tried what often works with a big landscape: isolate part of it, concentrate more on the detail. I had to clone in a bit of foreground after rotating: there, the crop of your original is very tight, I'd say.

I also converted to dark sepia in Nik Efex - monochrome suits industrial archaeology, usually, and it brings out some of the detail.

If you can, try a return visit, and either take a tripod, or really push the ISO, so you have scope for a smaller aperture (for depth of field) and a shutter speed that avoids any trace of shake (though you should be safe here, with IS and that focal length). Noise/grain would look fine for a subject like this. This shot looks a little soft, and machinery benefits from razor sharpness.

Single and Happy

Single and Happy by nishant101

Beyond my screen and eyes, too. Downloading and lightening an awful lot, I can see the 'contour line' effect that sometimes occurs, but it's hidden way down in the deep dark tones, and it is all over the shot, not just in the areas you marked.

Willie's the expert on this stuff, though, so I will defer to anything he says.

The square crop is definitely better, to my way of thinking.


Relaxing by kaybee

Brilliant. That's how I feel some days...


Octopus by Split


Faroe's sea and land

Faroe's sea and land by rontear

Love the echoing triangles...

Fields of dreams

Fields of dreams by fazzer

Really excellent combination of two sometimes-tricky techniques...

Paid off nicely!

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Added Date: 20/07/2015 - 10:25 AM

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.


Added Date: 15/07/2015 - 6:45 PM

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.


Added Date: 25/10/2014 - 10:54 PM

Some lovely observations here - and all seen through a finely-tuned eye!


Added Date: 01/04/2014 - 11:37 AM

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.


Added Date: 29/03/2014 - 11:24 AM

A portfolio that never disappoints. A long series of lovely views, beautifully shot.


Added Date: 28/01/2014 - 2:48 PM

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!


Added Date: 03/11/2013 - 1:57 PM

Careful, hard-working and methodical. Beautiful and thoughtful results.


Added Date: 24/04/2013 - 3:16 PM

They say artists transform suffering into beauty.

You are a true artist.


Added Date: 26/02/2013 - 6:53 PM

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!


Added Date: 18/02/2013 - 8:26 AM

Pauline -

You have a quietly stunning portfolio: better than some who are full-time pro dance photographers.

I've tried, once or twice, to photograph dancers: it is not simple, and doing it as well as you do needs knowledge, experience, and precise timing.

I shall keep looking at new work as you post it...


Added Date: 10/01/2013 - 9:36 PM

After months (years?) of loooing at and usually voting for your pictures, Dave, I've played around with one in Elements.

This has given me evidence for what I sort-of saw anyway - you are a technical perfectionist, and get tones, colours and sharpness exactly where they need to be.

I wish I could do that...


Added Date: 19/11/2012 - 9:59 AM

An exceptionally lovely selection of pictures, and all wonderfully seen and shot.

Not many people have such a good eye and such a sure touch...


Added Date: 23/10/2011 - 2:58 PM

It's hard to know what to say about your portfolio, Rebekah - you do, with complete assurance and a wonderful flair, all those things that usually don't work. For you, they succeed!

There are a lot of people who bring digital art into disrepute, and I never fail to comment to that effect. But I'm always humbled by the way that you do it so differently, and so well.

It makes me think that it may be valid for some people (though not me, obviously) to use digital instead of film, all the time.

Keep it up. It's wonderful.


Added Date: 07/04/2008 - 7:24 AM

Your portfolio is, simply, one of the best on the site. Consistently inventive, humane and technically just right - it deserves vastly more votes than it has so far.

Keep it up - it's inspiring!



Added Date: 01/07/2007 - 9:18 AM

Wonderfully varied portfolio!