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03/01/2015 - 5:53 AM

Down and Out

Down and OutA very sad sight, reinforces my stance that they should be lovingly cared for by the State, until they are well enough for society. As for critique, maybe you can get the dog darkened, by going into Elements, guided mode, and click on "Perfect portraits" Then go to the tool marked "Darken eyebrows". Set the tool for +- 40% opacity, set the size about 1/2 the dog, and paint over. You can always remove the selection, and try until the dog is right. This works for any area in the photo you want darkened, as does the selection marked "Lighten eyes". This advice (?) is given by a dumb person, who for the life of me, cannot get the "Layers" section to work, despite receiving much expert tuition via EPZ!
05/11/2013 - 5:53 AM

In Your Face

In Your FaceTry using an ordinary old age reading magnifying lens to get greater magnification on the image. I find that this works better than filters. Make a bracket that moves an ordinary mini torch 12 LED light onto the image at +- 20 deg angle at fairly close range (+- 6 inch) This should give an aperture of +- f18 at +- 200`th sec , making the shot easier to do in the field. Background will be more in focus due to fstop, but depth of field better. I use an old magnifying glass set in a plastic Marmite lid to hold it to the 52 mm dia lens with a friction fit , and a homemade plywood bracket, with a cheap Chinese LED torch rubber banded on for the job. Focus is set on manual, much easier to focus on what matters by moving the camera back and forth a couple of inches. Whole setup cost a couple of pounds, and does possibly an equal job that an expensive lens does? Disadvantage is that it focuses about 6 inches from subject, maybe causing it to fly / run away.
20/10/2013 - 2:35 PM

sywell aerodrome

sywell aerodromeLovely photo! Possibly straighten horizon?