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  • she wanted magic, i gave her magic!

    I'd just like to reaffirm what's been said already and congratulations on a job well done!

    With regard to the joint between the trees and the sky, it can be a tedious, seemingly, thankless task and Pamelajean's advice above, is sound but given that your background is almost completely; deliberately, out of focus the blurred join on the right hand side looks normal.
    If you'd removed those two or so trees that reach above the horizon on the left, before you added the new sky, you'd have had a much smoother join to work with and coincidentally would have avoided that hot spot. I guess that's the sun.

    I've tried varying adjusting the warmth by varying degrees and I reckon that the effect will always be subjective. Try as I might, I can't say that any of my attempts look any better than your original.

    There's a tiny halo around your daughter's head which can be easily dealt with but overall I think this is an excellent attempt at taking an idea and turning it into something, well, magical!.

    Hope this helps.

    • 2 Jun 2017 9:43PM

    Overdoing the noiseware gives that effect.
    • 11 May 2017 8:07PM
  • Peek a Bo

    Good to "see" you; it's been a long time.
    How are you?
    • 3 May 2017 9:38PM
  • Daffodil White Daffodil Yellow

    That "save for web" tool is quite destructive.
    The theory that images displayed on websites should only be of low resolution and merely adequate quality works a lot of the time but I fear that Photoshop sometimes takes it too far.
    • 17 Apr 2017 10:54AM
  • #86, Porsche 911 RSR,

    Well spotted and captured but sadly for us, spoiled by the watermark.
    • 15 Apr 2017 10:53PM
  • Shadow lines

    Quote:The lighting was difficult on this one

    At the risk of stating the obvious, you could have overcome this by walking towards the horizon and facing in the other direction.
    • 11 Apr 2017 11:33PM
  • Edinburgh 2 x C's (Castle & Cars)

    There are two images here.
    One quite adequate 16x9 image of some cars and another, also adequate, image of the castle.
    Combining the two, as a social statement works, I suppose but for me at least, it doesn't really do anything else.
    Also, the sharpening looks a little too strong.
    • 9 Apr 2017 10:36PM
  • Sunset

    It looks as if you've got at least one dust spot, almost certainly, on your sensor.
    • 2 Apr 2017 9:56PM
  • chopper man

    I like the bike but it's so dark as to be almost invisible.
    • 28 Mar 2017 9:19PM
  • Running and Ready

    Quote:I think it suits the black & white tones more so the full colour.

    Yes, I can see why you might think that, although I'd love to see the original coloured version.

    Upload it as a variant perhaps?
    • 25 Mar 2017 10:43PM
  • 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 1 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