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27/07/2015 - 5:29 PM


DolphinsHi Jo, 1/125sec is not near fast enough to stop movement, you would need a shutter speed of at least 1/1000 sec and that maybe not fast enough.

Yes use at least 400 ISO or higher to up your shutter speed, depending on how much you want or need to be in focus, your lower or larger apertures like 5.6 for example will give you the min amount of focus and should be used when you need to pic out just one Dolphin. I would suggest min setting as follows dependent on the light.

Minn S/speed 1/1000 sec

Min ISO 400

Min Aperture F11.

I dont know what Camera you have but. try at lest these next time and I think your results would be improved.

I hope this helps in some way.

14/03/2015 - 5:20 AM


MireIn This case Nigel I would firstly go with V3 mainly because of the subtle light and color. Beautifully taken It seems to have an almost sepia/Magenta tinge creating a very gentle mood in your Image. I would say a little detail has been lost in the immediate fore ground, but I am sure you have done this purposely and could adjust this at your leisure.

As a mono man (originally) V2 is stunning and has a different kind of mood and feel to it as I am sure your aware, maybe a little more dramatic than the color version. Also some detail is missing in the FG but again, this maybe your choice of presentation.

V3 and just my opinion has a little to much contrast for my taste, and again its just a personal opinion, but opinion is why you have uploaded these Images, I hope that I have been constructive and given you some kind of Insight..

06/03/2015 - 3:47 PM

Mesembryanthemum spp. #5

Mesembryanthemum spp. #5Beautiful, wonderful color Martin, nicely taken, I just wonder why anyone has not mentioned your focal point, I see the point top right of your Image, maybe your focus system is set to Auto and not one dot. Maybe this is how you wanted to take the Image Martin. Or maybe you forgot to go into FL mode before you pressed the shutter. Sorry this is not a knit pick but an observation that is meant to help. Kind Regards....John
19/02/2015 - 4:41 PM

Yellow canary

Yellow canaryNicely done Martin, just two quick comments, firstly, SA light is very harsh in comparison with the light in Europe.

My first suggestion is to keep your Lens as F8 for a time as this will give you a base to start.

Second suggestion is because of our very harsh light, photography is better before 9am and then better after 3am, I see this image was taken at midday and is very good considering the time. I would try earlier or later and get some test results, I am sure that for this type of work you will be more than happy with your result.

Kind Regards....John
25/01/2015 - 8:25 AM

Noble Sanctuary

Noble SanctuaryHi Nigel, you are correct this is an awesome building, with so much history and character. I am a Mono fan but it is strange that in this instance you have chosen to make the FG so dark and that's just Nit picking. With Narrative and the image it looks like they are at War because you seem to have created a mood of horror with V1, although I do quite like the mood with the dark tree adding lots of mood to your Image. I think the composition of both Images is lacking in one tiny area and that it is such a pity that the right hand Tower has just been cut off.

As far as improving V1 I am sure that a little more processing will give more detail in the very black areas, but that's my opinion and maybe that's how you wanted to create that certain mood.

I see you used a wide angle lens and created some convergence, maybe this you also did with a fore thought and i am sure your aware that some programs will correct this should you so wish.

My comment on V1 is that it does not look like a happy Image but like something from a Horror story with lots of mood and I like it very much.

As far as V2 goes I find the mood far more pleasant in color if you wanted to create a pleasant mood.

Of course Nigel this is very much a personal View and certainly not a criticism of your work. Maybe I have given you another way of looking at your Image.

Kind Regards ....John
30/12/2014 - 8:50 AM

Bass Rock Gannet

Bass Rock GannetTaking what Willie says into consideration, I see your S/Speed was 1/1600th Sec, I would have opened my lens up to F11 or even F16 and just lowered my speed. This way the whole of the birds head and the beak would have been in focus. For macro work it is so easy to just miss out with your DOF, just a suggestion of course and certainly not a criticism.

Kind regards...John
28/05/2013 - 11:39 AM


Carnation???As far as composition goes Hilary, your have tried some abstract here and they look fine, as carol says try them in Portrait and if you wish to capture the images as normal I would suggest your a little to close. You could up your ISO to 400 and gain a little more DOF if your using a tripod then slow your speed down and open up your lens aperture as this will certainly increase you DOF exponentially ....John
10/05/2013 - 11:07 AM


tulipHi Gwynn they say some part of you image has to bee sharp lol, where is it sharp if its blurred? Not as I am a lover of PS and the sharpening of an image after capture, my thoughts are it should be sharp when you take it. This is lovely Gwynn almost a little HD and too much contrasst but I would suggest its a little too bright and you can easily darken this by 3 stops and all the detail will shine through, very nice image...John
08/05/2013 - 11:44 AM

Something from the Garden

Something from the GardenHi Nathan, thank you for the Compliment, it was very kind, I did try and get an accolade for you but EPZ would not accept my suggestion sorry. Flowers as you say are not as easy but it's good to try new things. I have always found on this type of image to make it a little darker , maybe F/11 with the same speed would have given a little more detail. But a dam good effort and don't give this up please. Regards John
26/04/2013 - 6:25 AM

Looking for the Light

Looking for the LightThe detail in the bottles Kate is superb and its very well taken, but I dont see the bottom of the bottles and every one is saying its very good, my thoughts are the composition cannot be correct as it is not complete, please excuse me Kate...John
13/04/2013 - 10:14 AM


HutsWow Nathan controversy at it's best. Photography is not about subject content but about the light and exposure used in your image IE painting with light, it is also your own special interpretation of what you alone saw when you decided to try and capture the said image. The question being is the subject matter sharp Check Yes. do you have composition in your image Check Yes. Did you have light enough to portray the whole image Check yes. Did everyone interpret what you saw correctly. Check no. Well who's inability is that then?

Nathan its sharp, well exposed, with strong com positional lines. But the subject matter is not a flower or a mountain or even a portrait , what it is , is an image that's based on your artistic ability, you did your best to capture what you saw.

If anyone on EPZ can tell me voting is fair please stand up and tell me. If anyone on EPZ can say awards are fair please do the same. Nathan an opinion is something based on someone else s inability to interpret your work the same way as you did. Regards ..John
11/04/2013 - 6:41 AM

Still striking

Still strikingHi Colleen. They booth look fantastic and your so called instructors should be more than happy with your results after such a short time. Your Bg are both well out of focus and nicely done for a beginner.Couple of small points. Again with this type of photography, either its very close or you show the whole plant but as I said yesterday on both images the are just running out of the frame but that is easy to correct so next time just frame your subject in the view finder and take a little time to ensure all of it is in the frame. Without getting technical because I dont think your ready for the Photo Mumbo Jumbo that you have found so rightly confusing. But a little bit darker would improve the color saturation of both images, so just bear that in mind next time. Good luck for tonight and I am sure you will do better than most as you have been improving so well over the past month. Photography is a huge subject and prone to opinion so dont worry about what they say as long as the basics are correct and most importantly , you are happy with your own work. Good luck....John
10/04/2013 - 10:12 AM

Up close

Up closeA super set Colleen with V2 being the stand out image by a long long way. I would suggest that to improve your composition on V2 that is, the right hand side of the leaf would be a far better composition if you included the end in the frame. I would like to see this image again if possible with the whole leaf included....John
09/04/2013 - 2:37 PM


PRISTINEVery nice work with lots of detail and color , just a little tip try and compose your focal image to one side as this will help with your composition, but a well captured image...John
13/03/2013 - 2:27 PM


THE SENTINALWow super detail and beautiful white tones, just a suggestion, but take a little crop off the left side and that will help with composition, sorry just a little advise but wow a real cracker of a shot...John