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08/10/2009 - 6:40 AM

Tulip Soon

Tulip SoonExquisite! Lovely composition, simple yet very effective. Background complements the colours perfectly. I might have lightened the image slightly (either in pp or by bouncing some light on to the tulip with some gold card) but this is still a very nice piece of work Sir
31/08/2009 - 9:38 PM


DownHillHi, fabulous tones and an excellent composition. I love the way the light catches the undulations in the sand ... one small niggle is the very bright patch of water bottom right which, now I've seen it, keeps dragging my eye back.

One of those times when a plain sky works well too. Nicely done.
31/08/2009 - 8:57 PM

Carr Lane, Tankersley

Carr Lane, TankersleyI love the composition and whilst it does not "obey the rule of thirds" for me it really works well giving equal prominence to sky and FG with the off-centre house providing the necessary dynamic for the image. The light is great and I would perhaps have boosted the contrast a tad and given the image a slight vignette.

Will upload a mod to illustrate my thoughts which I hope are useful

Dave Smile
30/08/2009 - 4:35 PM

Sunflower Macro

Sunflower MacroI love the colours and the contrast between the seed heads and the petals. Where I think this could be improved is in the choice of DOF and sharp areas. The point of focus seems to be the petals just behind the seed head and based on the composition you have chosen I would personally have expected to see either the seed heads as the sharpest element or that central petal.

The petal coming in from the top and also the most central one are the two areas I think I'd look at again. The top one detracts from the seed head and distracts the eye ... was it possible to gently hold it out of the way perhaps? The central petal is partly in and partly out of focus and I would either have tried to get it all in focus by stopping down (you don't say what f-stop/shutter combination you used) or I would have recomposed to make it a peripheral part of the image rather than dead centre.

Nice try and great to see you using the lens. The exposure and colours are spot-on and just check out the detail in the petals bottom-centre of the image.

Hope this helps ... enjoy your holiday Sir!

Dave Smile
27/08/2009 - 9:26 PM

Ovenden Moors Windmills

Ovenden Moors WindmillsCarl - firstly, excellent control of those grads ... as if you were born to them rather than your first outing. Everything about this is good ... as Lesly says though what would make it great would be a more commanding foreground. You weren't carrying a handy boulder or tree trunk so given what you had I'd suggest one of two things ... either get down much lower which would make the front grasses more prominent and also lose some of the grass/heather in front of the turbines ... or give the FG grasses a bit of a boost so they stand out more. Of the two I'd favour the first as it woul be done in-camera, less pp work and would make for a stronger composition.

Just my view though my friend ... hope it helps.

Dave Smile
23/08/2009 - 8:03 PM

Starehole Bay

Starehole BayI like the overall composition of this Tim and whilst I agree the sky could have been better I think you've effectively dealt with that aspect by restricting it to a relatively minor role in the composition. The curve created by the headland leads the eye round up and then down where the boat speeding up the frame takes the eye. Nicely done.

For me though the shot needs a boost in contrast to make the best of what you have captured. I've uploaded a mod in which I've also made a crop to remove most of the boulder in the bottom right hand corner which I personally find draws my eye. I cloned a little bit of grass over the sliver left behind by my crop.

Hope this is helpful Sir!
Dave Smile
18/08/2009 - 8:41 PM

Hens Cloud from The Roaches

Hens Cloud from The RoachesClassic mono; great composition and lovely subtle tones. What would it look like with a tad more contrast and perhaps a subtle blue toning to give a colder, windswept feel?

I think this is one of those images which could be presented in several ways and each would be fabulous.

Dave Smile
Ovenden Moor Windmills in motion 3A mis-used polariser? I'd shoot it again next Tuesday big fella Tongue You could also have tried half polarising the image given the extreme wide angle you were using perhaps?
Composition and choice of shutter speed are spot on though and without the darker central section you'd have a cracker. To answer your other query I think the colour will work better given the amount of blue in the upper half of the frame.
Hope this helps mate
ps - get well soon!!
12/03/2009 - 8:03 AM

Imperial War Museum North

Imperial War Museum North
Quote: I will be like a lamb with two tails

Just so long as you don't see two of everything!

But to business. I'm with Pamela in that I prefer the colour version despite the gorgeous tones in the building in the mono version. There is a halo around the top of the building which is far more pronounced in the mono version and it is this which detracts from the shot IMO. It may be that it is the sun hiding behind the building (I can't remember where the sun was at the time) but I wonder if you've merged two or three frames and this is a side effect? A small amount of gentle dodging in the highlights with the brush set to around 15% would work wonders I think. Hope this helps Sir.