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  • 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
  • Brighton Pier

    To be forever known as "The Palace Pier" to those of us that knew it in days gone by . . .
    • 1 Jan 2016 9:17PM
  • Douglas A-1 Skyraider

    Hi Denny,
    It's a "Douglas A-1 Skyraider."
    They were quite popular in Vietnam during the 1970s.
    Not with everyone, you understand.
    • 29 Dec 2015 12:19PM
  • moon

    I took a shot of the moon on Christmas Eve too; the first time I've ever done it.
    To finish the images (they're all the same), I used curves to add contrast and to define the darker areas more clearly without going as far as to create black and white points.
    Topped off with a small dose of smart sharpening.
    As Paul has said, this is a perfectly good shot as it is but with the possible exception of the sharpening; you'll know better than I as you'll be working on a much larger original, I think you might see a difference if you make the same adjustments.
    Purely as a matter of interest/comparison and this is in no way intended to imply that you're wrong (I don't know myself!). Her's my EXIF.
    Manual eposure.
    Exposure time 1/1000 sec.
    Focal length 300mm.
    Metering: FastStone call it "Multi segment." I think that's "Matrix."
    If it helps, I can upload mine as a mod. The differences are small but noticeable.
    • 27 Dec 2015 10:20PM
  • Grumman Goose

    Interesting stuff Denny.
    • 27 Dec 2015 5:43PM
  • AJS

    Quote:The equivalent Matchless version was the G50 500cc, but looked identical to the Ajay !!.Grin......fond memories !.Grin

    Quite a few Matcless and AJS machines were (virtually) identical.
    Many years ago I had two mates: Ajay Pete and Matchless Ian (!) who always rode, well you can probably work it out!
    I'm not sure of the model numbers but at one time, both had seemingly identical 650cc.; perhaps 500cc.(?) parallel twins. Identical in every way except their paint and badges.
    As you say, fond memories indeed.

    As for the shot, it has to be the colour original for me.
    Unavoidable, I know but it's a shame about the non-period crash hat.
    • 23 Dec 2015 9:15PM
  • Field Marshall

    A rare sight.

    These are particularly unusual in that they're powered by a 5½ litre, single cylinder, two stroke diesel engine. A configuration that must be unheard of anywhere else.
    • 22 Dec 2015 8:20PM
  • March sunrise on the Oslofjord's shores (HDR)

    I'm certainly no great fan of HDR but I didn't immediately spot this as such, so it's obviously worked as intended.
    The only alteration that I might make; although Willie's beaten me to it, would be a slight increase in brightness.
    Other than that, I'd leave it alone.
    • 17 Dec 2015 9:46PM
  • Female Red Deer.

    Hi Paul,
    According to the histogram, this is is a bit underexposed.
    I've uploaded a mod. with the levels adjusted and using the inevitable portrait format.
    • 10 Dec 2015 7:53PM
  • Biker

    Quote:looks like an interesting flat twin of some sort

    Quote:A 750cc Suzuki water cooled as I remember.

    Suzuki GT750.
    Water cooled three cylinder two stroke.
    Nice bikes but big and very heavy. The tyres and brakes were rubbish.
    No match in terms of handling or acceleration for the much lighter and more nimble Bonnevilles and Norton Commandos the rest of us were riding at the time and only superior in terms of overall top speed.
    • 8 Dec 2015 9:15PM
  • Retrieved Meschersmitt Plane Engine

    Hi Jack,
    Hope you're well.
    An interesting find. I've mentioned your upload on "Scammel's" equally interesting image.
    It's been ages since I visited Duxford.
    I really must make the effort sometime.
    • 7 Dec 2015 9:41PM

    A Rolls-Royce Merlin.
    This would have come from one of the earlier marks, the later ones being powered by the more powerful "Griffon" which displaced 37 litres, as opposed to the "Merlin's" 27.
    Both were V12s.
    The Merlin was also used to power a tank, although I can't recall which one. The biggest difference between the tank and the aeroplane engine was that the aeroplane engine was supercharged. The tank's wasn't.
    Interestingly, Jack's upload; the Messerschmitt engine, would probably (although not necessarily) have come from a Bf.109, the successor to and often erroneously referred to as, the Me.109.
    Another V12, this time inverted, also supercharged but using direct fuel injection which gave it a considerable advantage over the Merlin, which was constrained by the use of a carburettor and consequently the 109 could, in most instances; there was one important exception, out-perform the contemporary Spitfires.
    That one exception was the ability to turn more tightly.
    If anyone here ever had the good fortune to see the Bf.109 "Black six" which used to be based (I think) at Duxford flying alongside a Spitfire, you'll know what I mean.
    • 7 Dec 2015 9:37PM
  • Ye Three Kings

    Hi Denny,
    Right place; right time.
    I like it.
    • 5 Dec 2015 9:14AM