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  • Sax Appeal!

    John pretty much sums it up.

    I'd just add that it would look better if you hadn't chopped their feet off.
    • 23 Mar 2017 6:44PM
  • Closed

    This caught my eye straightaway.
    I initially thought was that it's a bit flat and that it might benefit from a touch more contrast.
    In reality, under exposure is the culprit.
    I've added a mod. in which I've increased both the exposure and contrast, using a simple "S" curve.

    Edit. Seeing it uploaded here, the effect isn't as striking as it is on my computer.
    I've had issues with mods. not displaying as well as I'd expect in the past, so I'll leave it but you get the idea.

    • 26 Feb 2017 8:07PM
  • Stoat in Ambush!

    Quote:interested in how people view the composition and all the grasses and dead foliage?

    Coincidentally, I took a shot of a neighbour's cat in my garden yesterday, which is very similar to this.
    The grass and so on are apart of my garden and therefore, a part of the shot.
    The same applies here.
    • 19 Feb 2017 8:06PM
  • baby robin

    An interesting viewpoint!

    He's no baby though. Not with that plumage.
    • 14 Feb 2017 8:46PM
  • Robins

    Two Robins . . . ?

    Ordinarily, two Robins in that kind of proximity would be fighting to the death.
    • 6 Feb 2017 7:19PM
  • Memphis Belle

    "Memphis Belle"? Only to a certain extent.
    She's actually "Sally B"; based at Duxford, that nose art's on the other side.
    She only became known as "Memphis Belle" when she played the title role in the film of the same name and the nose art was never removed.
    • 23 Jan 2017 7:08PM
  • LO544

    You need to straighten the horizon.

    Otherwise, it's excellent.
    • 19 Jan 2017 9:27PM
  • Give us A Kiss!

    I once met some camels in Morocco . . .

    . . . he's a brave man!
    • 11 Jan 2017 9:22PM
  • Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera)

    Quote:looking forward to bringing it to life.

    Good luck with that!
    I've got one of these that my daughter brought home from school; it was a gift about ten years ago.
    It flowered the first Christmas that we had it and hasn't done a thing since!
    • 30 Dec 2016 11:44PM
  • The Azul Pier

    Quote:it sadly lacked the funds to restore its former glory instead it's been left for the sea to claim.

    It's my old hometown too and I can remember this when it as thriving.

    It wasn't just a lack of funds that led to its demise though.
    Thirty or so years ago, the cast iron uprights that support it were eroded to less than the thickness of your wrist, close to the seabed so I dread to think how frail they've become by now.
    As I'm sure you know, it was first abandoned because a workmens' barge crashed against it after which the sea, the weather and finally the arsonists saw to its becoming the wreck that it now is.

    • 24 Dec 2016 10:57PM
  • Merry christmas

    Bah Humbug . . . !

    (For some reason, they're calling me "The Grinch" at work).
    • 12 Dec 2016 8:13PM
  • Brighton North Pier

    That's "The West Pier".
    • 11 Dec 2016 7:43PM
  • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

    Your sensor could do with a clean Brian. There's quite a bit of debris in there.
    • 21 Nov 2016 9:21PM
  • National Photographic Society

    Tenacious, eager and above all, always ready to listen to and act upon advice.
    You were always going to do well.
    Congratulations, my friend.
    You undoubtedly deserve these.


    You've just received the first vote I've cast on here in years!
    • 14 Nov 2016 8:09PM
  • Dietro l'arco

    I don't like HDR, so I almost never use it.
    This however, really caught my eye.
    The use of HDR has left it flat and lifeless and more, I suspect, than a touch underexposed.
    There's still a pretty good image in there.
    I've uploaded a mod. in which I've simply used the "auto tone" tool, followed by "curves", again, the auto option, the curves again; this time picking out a black and a white point.
    And that's it.
    All done using CS6, although I dare say any reasonably equipped editor would do at least as good a job.
    Hope this helps.
    With the benefit of hindsight, I should have reduced the saturation a bit.
    • 31 Jul 2016 8:08PM
  • duxford 18

    I commented on an earlier one of your Duxford shots that it was very gloomy and queried that perhaps it was intentional, intended, perhaps, to set a mood but since then you've uploaded a number of others which have suffered a similar fate.
    I've just opened this one in CS6 and it's at least 1½ stops underexposed.
    I'd expect the camera's meter to struggle a bit, given that there's a fair amount of, presumably, bright sky and much darker foreground but neither seem to be exposed correctly.
    However, the EXIF tells me that you used flash.
    I don't know whether that was the camera's own, which would be useless here, from that distance, or a speedlight and even that would have no, or at best, very little, effect.
    I suspect though, that it's the use of flash that's causing the underexposure.
    The flash has metered through the lens and set the exposure time (shutter speed) accordingly but the light produced has fallen a long way short of the intended subject.
    If you don't want to get involved with merging differently exposed images, you'd get far better results metering for the aircraft and disregarding the sky and just using the available light.
    Hope this helps.
    • 27 Jun 2016 10:42PM
  • duxford 8

    Very dark and gloomy.
    Presumably intentional, to capture a mood?
    • 13 Jun 2016 7:15PM
  • Corvette wheelie car

    Unless that's a newer model, which I rather doubt, that's been around for years.
    I can remember seeing it in action for the first time; there were countless others, in about 1970.
    It was called "The Wheelie Stingray" in those days.
    • 12 Jun 2016 9:12PM
  • Brighton Old Pier

    Erm, actually, it's "The West Pier."

    Always has been.
    • 30 May 2016 10:26PM
  • Wot you doin', Mate?

    Hi John,
    I've uploaded a mod.
    Nothing drastic but this looks over exposed and the histogram's all heaped up in the middle.
    Using curves, I've simply applied black and white points. Poor man's thresholds, if you like!
    Hope this helps.
    • 6 Mar 2016 8:04PM
  • Submarine wreck, Aberlady.

    Quote:Hope to get some feed back on this one as I am not sure if it is good enough!

    Post it in the critique gallery.
    • 6 Mar 2016 7:52PM
  • The Shard

    I have to say that really the sun's not in just the right place. Not quite.
    If you'd taken this shot a minute later, or from a slightly different position or angle, the sun would have been hidden behind one of the buildings and your problems would have been greatly reduced.

    This is a classic case of your camera attempting to expose correctly for a bright sky and a dark foreground at the same time and consequently, getting neither right.
    As John has said, it could have been a contender for proper HDR or perhaps just exposing two shots, one for the sky and another for the foreground and merging the two.

    I've had a go at a rescue but I can't top colijohn's mod.
    He used some kind of HDR tool whereas I used the the shadows/highlights tool, (which works in much the same way anyway) and the channel mixer and colour balance tools.

    Could be back to the drawing board, I fear.
    • 15 Feb 2016 10:18PM
  • lonely bench

    Moody and brooding. Perhaps just a bit too much for me but others may disagree.
    Unfortunately, the water's edge is aligned with one of the planks on the back of the bench, meaning that the top one almost disappears.
    Ordinarily, I'm an advocate of shooting from as low down as possible in most scenarios but here, I reckon you'd have had more success, looking down on the subject, thus placing the whole of the bench against the water.
    I'm (quite famously) not bothered by the central(ish) composition.
    The above aside, I rather like it!
    • 14 Feb 2016 11:09PM
  • Pairc Life

    I too remember those!
    I've just been to look and this is my favourite.
    Strangely, opening this to download it with a view to a mod., the version in the download window is lighter and the shadows less dark than the image here.
    Subsequently opening it in CS6, they're lighter still.
    A casualty of the Epz. upload process perhaps?
    • 13 Feb 2016 9:07PM
  • Südzentrale(south central)

    It's OK to skip the thirds "rule," period.
    I thought that this might be a little underexposed but opening it using levels tells me I'm wrong. A gentle increase does it no harm though.
    I'm not sure that the desaturation actually makes the image look any older but it does add to the mood of desolation and destruction, so, in that respect, I reckon it's worked.
    I'd be inclined to get rid of that branch in the top right; there's a very small one on the top left as well. Easily done in software.
    Names/logos are a subjective erm, subject and there are champions for and against them. Personally, provided they don't dominate the image, I've nothing against them but others will tell you otherwise.
    It's your choice.
    Overall, I rather like this.
    • 13 Feb 2016 8:39PM
  • The next Picaso ?

    A true story . . .

    Years ago, when I was an apprentice compositor, I was tasked with delivering, on my way home, some proofs to the editor of a small arts magazine that we printed for him.
    On his living room wall was a framed paper napkin which looked very much like your image.
    I asked him what it was supposed to be and his reply was that some years earlier, he'd met with Picaso at a street café, somewhere in Paris.
    During the conversation, he somehow asked for, or at least hinted that he'd like, an autograph.
    Picaso, who by this time of his life was as mad as a bucket full of frogs, took a napkin, scribbled randomly all over it, signed it and handed it over.
    My man, who was probably equally unhinged, now had a genuine work by Picaso.
    In truth, of course, any three year old with a ball point could have produced an equally worthless piece of junk but this one had the signature.
    • 8 Feb 2016 7:59PM
  • Open Window

    Quote:unless entering a competition in which case rule of thirds is mandatory...

    It is . . . ?
    • 29 Jan 2016 10:58PM
  • winter shopper

    He's left handed . . . ?
    • 23 Jan 2016 8:18PM
  • Untitled


    Not quite the original "hooligan" two stroke but a liively enough machine, in its day.
    • 9 Jan 2016 8:13PM
  • camden

    A spot at which I've spent many happy afternoons!

    Although I'm no fan of coplour popping; or any kind of selective colouring, for that mater, this does appeal.
    The overall black and white priocessing has worked well and the distortion and crooked angle all add to it.
    I'd like to see the colour original.

    • 9 Jan 2016 8:08PM