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22/02/2013 - 11:53 AM


Looks like the light was quite harsh on this image which is never easy to deal with.
Looking at the exif info you were using +1ev which has over exposed the image, it's not a problem with saturation.
You've got a good lens there, try using it at f7.1, I've been using the same lens with a 1.4ext for some years and get excellent results from it. Wink

06/10/2012 - 3:55 PM

Cloning Help Please

Cloning Help PleaseIf you make a selection of the wing then go to Select>Inverse so you now have everything outside of the wing selected, you can select the clone tool and a soft brush, possibly the airbrush from the drop down brush menu and so long as you sample from outside the wing you can work up to the selection without effecting the wing.

Another alternative for dealing with the wing itself is to make a selection of the wing above the body then Copy it. Next make a selection of about half of the wing with the grass in it then use the Paste into command which will paste the copied wing inside your selection.
This will then allow you to use the free transform tool to resize and re orientate the selection to fit into the existing wing, the whole thing can then be blended together by using a layer mask.


21/09/2012 - 5:43 PM


If your now working on one layer duplicate the layer Ctrl J then make a selection of the cat and the bottle, then select>inverse so you have everything else selected. You should now be able to set your foreground colour to black and using an airbrush paint in the black areas without effecting the cat.
If when your finished the cats fur looks as if it ends to abruptly add a layer mask, set the brush opacity to around 7% and paint around the edge of the cat to blend it in a little.

26/07/2012 - 10:33 AM


WorkaholicIt would be nice to see the orignal image posted as a version to see where you started from Lin.

It's good to see someone trying to achieve something new and asking for advise but having read the comments i really wonder if i'm looking at the same image.

If i can offer a bit of constructive critique, the image has a lot of pixellation showing, mostly visible on the green b/g, particularly at the top above the flower.

There are several ways of blurring a b/g but you have to be careful not to overdo it or the image will look really artificial.

One way if your using photoshop is to duplicate the layer (Ctrl+J)
Make a selection of the subject then Select>Inverse
Now add some guassion blur then add a layer mask, set the foreground colour to black. Use a soft brush something like an airbrush from the brush drop down menu and set it's opacity to around 7% to 10% and carefully brush over the blurred area working outwards from the subject to achieve the desired effect.

I hope the above comment doesn't cause any offence.
Sometimes it's better to be honest and offer some advise rather than than post those
"lovely image" & "Perfection at your best" comments,

22/07/2012 - 5:44 PM

Burnets Moth

Burnets MothNicely composed image Neil,
Looking at the exif data you have a shutter speed of 1/8000sec so you could have easily dropped the iso to around 200 to give you more detail, also using f5 limits the dof quite a bit, if your in close try using around f10 to maximise dof whilst still blurring the b/g.


13/07/2012 - 10:51 PM

Another Daisy

Another DaisyEleven votes and not one comment!!!!
There's something quite pleasing about the image,
The softly diffused grasses giving a good natural b/g with the daisy providing a good focal point.
One suggestion to have improved the image would have been to do a little "gardening" and move or remove the grass stems crossing over the petals of the daisy on the right hand side before taking the image.

18/05/2012 - 3:57 PM

go boy

go boySome nice action captured in this one Margarett.

If you have Photoshop or Elements have you considered making a selection of the body of the man/woman and also the marker bouy on a seperate layer and lightening it a little as they are both in shadow. It may give the image more of a focal point.

02/01/2011 - 4:12 PM

Blue Tit

Blue TitSome nice natural b/g Ian but the large view shows some lack of detail in the Bluetit probably due to 1/30 sec shutter speed and maybe towards the longer end of the lens.
I'm sure you are still getting used to the camera but the 7D is capable of producing good images at iso's of well over 1000 so maybe a higher iso choice to give a more acceptable shutter speed would be a better way of achieving a sharper image.

25/07/2010 - 8:06 PM


KingFisherNice attempt at Kingfisher Harvey,
Did you consider cropping a little from the left of the image so that the Kingfisher isn't so central but leaves space to the right for it to look into.
Also the image could probably be improved if your using photoshop or elements by duplicating the layer and then using Shadows/Highlights move the Shadows to about 70% to clean up the image a little.
Hope this helps,

15/07/2010 - 8:38 PM

Peacock Butterfly

Peacock ButterflySome nice detail captured in this Peacock Neil,
Did you consider a crop to put the butterfly nearer to the bottom left of the frame and then add a little guassian blur to take away some of the flower to the top left so the eye would be concentrated on the butterfly to make a stronger composition,
Hope you don't mind the suggestion,
21/04/2010 - 7:59 PM


HeronNice attempt at the heron Dan,
Maybe a different choice of iso/aperture would have helped to produce a sharper image,
On a 300mm lens at 30ft you could open the lens right up and increase the iso to 200 or even 400 to increase the shutter speed and improve the detail.
This isn't meant as critism but hopefully to help you improve your images,
20/03/2010 - 5:14 PM

Poised for flight .....

Poised for flight .....Nice composition Sylvia but the crop has introduced a significant amount of noise compared to the original. I've added a mod with a brief explanation of what's been done.
28/12/2009 - 10:36 AM

another blue tit

another blue titNice composition Kieran,
The image looks as if it's been shot through a window, if you're using Photoshop try duplicating the layer (Ctrl+J) then using shadows/highlights, set the highlights to between 30-50% and you should find the opaque look on the image is much reduced.
Hope this helps.
15/07/2009 - 11:03 AM

Market Street

Market StreetNice image of a Cornish street James just slightly let down with the sloping edge on the left, i've uploaded a mod with the verticals straightened, also the image is only 600pixels wide, as an Epz member you can upload at 1000pixels which would make the large view better,
Hope this helps,
09/04/2009 - 10:33 AM

Full Moon

Full MoonFrom the information you have given it looks as if the shot was taken with no exposure compensation and the moon has become over exposed and lost most of it's detail, as the moon is set against a dark sky try adjusting you're exposure to -2/3 or -1 ev and you should find the moon is better exposed and shows more detail.
Hope this helps.