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12/11/2015 - 11:51 AM

butterfly..a beast beauty

butterfly..a beast beautyA gorgeous capture - I think I may have cropped a little closer to the butterfly, this would let us see the wonderful details a little larger.

Also, I think your copyright is quite big and eye catching, not only is it easily removed if someone was so inclined, but it does draw your attention from the beauty of the butterfly. Smile
30/07/2015 - 5:28 PM


AWWWWWWWWWWWWWAw.......what a sweetie - she is adorable!!

I think I would crop both left and right (taking small slices at a time until it felt 'right'). I would also clone out the shadow (left) and feet (right) at the top of the image. The image is so sweet, she deserves to be the star of the show!
13/06/2015 - 12:32 PM


PULL......A gorgeous capture, the details on the fly are brilliant.

I may have taken just a little off the left hand side to remove the blade of grass in the bottom left corner (or ran the 'blur' tool over to make it less obvious). Having so much 'empty' space makes the fly look small and vulnerable.
22/08/2014 - 11:17 PM

Ashdown Forest

Ashdown ForestA gorgeous view, well caught.

I think an improvement may have been to have captured a 'focal point' in the foreground (somewhere to rest the eyes), for instance a pony, tree or person. Smile You have quite a high ISO for a bright sunny day, being mid day the light is quite harsh.

I bet this view looks even more fantastic in the Autumn, when all the leaves are changing colour! Smile
20/07/2014 - 8:04 AM

A Little Help please

A Little Help pleaseWith Photoshop Elements 9, after I've used the 'Magic Selection Wand', I use the 'Selection Brush' - after zooming right in I can choose to select more pixels or deselect others.

If I look at your image above and flip between 1 and 2, I can see a few areas which need selecting (the green at the base of the rose) and some which need deselecting (along the stem).

Sometimes after having done this the edges are quite sharp and pixellated, running a soft blur brush just around the very edge usually helps. Smile

With the above 'Mod', I also gave it a few tweaks in 'Contrast' and 'Lighting'.

As for the 'fallen petals'............a bit beyond me I'm afraid, but I'm sure someone else will be able to help! (I would be tempted to pick the rose and set up a stage for it (with a black background). Then when I'd finished photographing it, pull off a few petals and take more photos!). Smile
21/06/2014 - 7:17 AM

Stick Insect

Stick InsectA lovely capture of a Damselfly (I'm not sure which one, but I love its blue eye!).

Unfortunately they do have a habit of landing in the most awkward of areas, but that doesn't really bother me.

With the mod I cropped a little closer, to remove the pale area (top right). Then I used the 'Heal' tool to cover areas which I thought were eye catching (this included the coloured flowers and the odd blade of grass). After that I used the 'Blur' tool to blur the background and the 'Sharpen' tool to bring out some of the details on the Damselfly. The fact you've managed to focus on the insect allows all these minor adjustments. Smile
17/04/2014 - 6:17 AM


Moo..Beautifully caught.

A shame she didn't wander just a little forward, so you could avoid the background clutter - but that can be replaced if you have a post processing programme. Smile
21/03/2014 - 4:09 PM

Macro Attempt

Macro AttemptFor me this is a beautiful capture of a Poppy - the bee adds that little extra interest! Smile

Be careful to keep the main subject totally in frame (I see you've just touched the edge with the petal on the left), unless you are going to crop even closer to the center. It's really difficult to capture some flowers outside, especially Poppies which wave around in the breeze - you've done really well!

With my mod all I've done is crop a little closer to the bee (I may have gone closer, but because you've had to resize for upload it became a little pixellated). Well worth experimenting with different crops and seeing which you prefer.

Edit: Mmmm. I'm not really happy with the quality of the image now I've uploaded it (I wish there was some way of deleting it), but it does give you any idea of how I might have cropped it. Smile
20/01/2014 - 5:32 PM


Cats...They are so sweet!

Looking down on them has given you a lovely image, perhaps next time you could lie down on the floor with them - this would give you a totally different perspective! Smile
18/01/2014 - 7:19 AM


Summer...2You've caught the rays brilliantly, an improvement may have been to have included a little more tree in the foreground (using the sun as a spotlight).
Be very careful when photographing the sun, not only can it damage your eyes, but also the camera! Smile
10/01/2014 - 7:33 AM

Snail Trail

Snail TrailHi Paul, welcome to EPZ! Smile

This is a gorgeous shot of a snail, I like the way you've captured its reflection too. I wonder if it would be improved (compositionally) by having the snail in the bottom left, rather then top right. This would give room for the snail to 'move into'. Smile
27/10/2013 - 7:47 AM


ButterflyA beautifully caught Painted Lady.

I'm sure you've spent ages on the presentation (frame), but personally I think it's a little overpowering for the subject. The butterfly has bright colours, as do the flowers - having a brightly coloured frame too detracts from the subject. Personally, I would have cropped off the half flower on the right and (if you really wanted a frame) outlined it with a few pixels of black. Of course having said that, we are all different and this is just my opinion - others will think differently! Smile
11/09/2013 - 7:35 AM

Homing in

Homing inA lovely capture, I really like the angle and composition - plus its eye is lovely and sharp.

Just a little flat. Adjusting the 'Lighting Levels', especially the blue and green, would bring out the gorgeous tones on the feathers. Smile

Edit: I've just visited your 'Life Through a Lens'! The similar image there is perfect - I can't understand why the quality of this image is so different!!!!
04/08/2013 - 10:10 AM

Drops of Water

Drops of WaterBeautifully caught! Your point of focus is just in the right place! Smile

I may have turned the camera on its side, tall subjects look better using a tall format, but that is a minor point! Smile
Thistles in front of Huntington TowersYou've focused on the thistles brilliantly - I think if you had lowered your camera slightly, having more of the thistles in view, it would have improved the shot. Having so little of the plant almost makes it accidental. Smile
30/07/2013 - 7:10 AM

Not a good one

Not a good oneIt's not that bad! A little tatty, but that's hardly your fault. It's a Malaysian Lacewing by the way.

The trouble with Butterfly Farms is there is usually a path, which you have to stay on, so you can't pick and choose your angles - perhaps a more side on view would have improved the shot. Also, because the butterflies try to fly, they batter themselves against the glass (which is why they look so tatty). It's well lit and sharp, apart from the composition and condition, what more can we ask! Smile
13/07/2013 - 12:44 PM

i can see you !!!!

i can see you !!!!A gorgeous scene - I really like the composition and format. I also like the fact you've not only caught the heron, but the wonderful reflection of the tree.

I've had a bit of a play in Photoshop Elements 9, I didn't do a lot though. Just a few tweaks in 'Lighting' and 'Contrast'. A small crop (left and bottom) and a little sharpening. I also removed the white boat(?) on the right. If I was more adept I may have changed the sky, but that is just me! Smile

Thank you for allowing mods.
04/03/2013 - 7:02 AM

Snow drop

Snow dropA gorgeous close up of a Snowdrop. I think I would crop a little off the left hand side, to remove the petal which is peeping in! Smile
25/02/2013 - 8:53 PM

Red Admiral Detail

Red Admiral DetailIf I flip quickly between the two there are signs that you've used the clone tool - would running the 'blur' tool over both areas help to hide that. Also, the colours in the second version seem somehow more muted (flat), I think I prefer the vibrant colours of the original. Smile
22/02/2013 - 9:02 PM

Spring is round the corner

Spring is round the cornerWhat a beautifully simple shot! I really like how you've caught the daffodil and the way it seems to be in the spotlight.

I think I would be tempted to crop off some of the right hand side - leaving a little more space between the daffodil and the left hand edge (for the daffodil to 'look' into). This would give a tall thin format, which I feel suits a tall thin subject. I may even have flipped the image, so the daffodil was 'looking' to the right.

Saying that, the image looks good just as it is! Smile