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16/03/2011 - 12:48 PM

"By Request"

"By Request"Beautiful shot.
I perfer V2 - the stem fading off into the black with the subtle bit of backlighting really adds to the shot for me.

The colourful flowers stand out so well against the black background, the closer crop is not really needed IMO - plus the inclusion of the stem explains why one flower is turned away from the camera.
07/10/2010 - 3:04 PM

Magic Cloth

Magic ClothThis is a real stunner!

I did comment on you last image that I felt is a tiny bit on the dark side.

This is simular in a way - its moody with plenty of dark tones, but the vidid red colours in the sky show this photo has been taken well after sunset (or before dawn), and so the dark areas of the image seem perfectly in ballance.

That backlit iceburg looks just amazing.
06/10/2010 - 5:09 PM

3rd Rock from the sun

3rd Rock from the sunVery impressive work there. Fantastic light, and the composition works very well.

Just to nit pick, I wonder if the sky needs to be a tiny bit brighter?
The sky looks a tad darker than the reflection, which technically should not be the case, and to my eye the sky does feel a tad on the heavy side.

But plaese note, I am only suggesting a very small adjustment - and of course, if you are trying for the 'dark and moody' feel, then you have got it spot on.
23/09/2010 - 9:59 AM

Llanddwyn Island House

Llanddwyn Island HouseBeautiful image. The light is really good, and you have placed the house well in the frame to show off it's remote location. Certinally makes me want to 'walk into' the photo.

Just one little point - looking at the sea and some of the shaddow areas, it looks like you may have some flare spots - if so this may be caused by sea sprey coating the lens. When working at the coast, you need to make sure you clean the lens reguarly to avoid this problem.
26/03/2010 - 1:10 PM


8Interesting close up shot, and I love the colours and textures in the bottom half of the frame.

However I wonder if it might be worth cropping this into a square format, loosing the top portion? The top of the frame looses some of the colour, and the goes out of focus (due to the depth of field) - and this distracts from the stones in the bottom of the frame.
17/03/2010 - 8:19 PM

Forgotten Steps

Forgotten StepsI like the bold narrow crop. The idea of the foot prints leading into the distance is good - but these foot prints look they have been weathered quite a bit. Maybe try kicking your shoes off, and making some fresh foot prints yourself? (I suspect foot prints from bare feet might look better than from shoes).

Also the contrast in the sky looks a little excessive (The blue in the sky goes very dark at the top of the frame).
06/01/2010 - 2:56 PM

Winter's Grip

Winter's GripDo like that tree - what superb shapes. Trees are not always easy to photograph - but this stands out from the background well, whikle the composition still allows plenty of depth. Also looks very good in Mono, really dramatic.
20/08/2009 - 2:11 PM

Water voles breakfast

Water voles breakfastTha best things come to those who wait !

Very cute!

It is difficult to decern sharpness at this size - but the eyes look sharp to me. The Eye contact with the vole is very powerfull and really helps the viewer connect with the subject. I also like the tasty morsle in his/her paws.

The composition is central (as opposed to 'rule of thirds') however in this image, I think this is perfectly acceptable.

My only slight crit is that, looking at the histogram, the contrast could be increased a bit
18/02/2009 - 2:37 PM


pescarolo-juddThese are big, fast ands exciting cars - and you have captured this well.
The sharpness looks good, and having the car behind helps to add interest.

Have you cropped this into a square format? Personally, a little more space on the right for the cars to 'move into' would improve the photo a little.

There is also a bollard visible just to the right of the right most roll hoop - should be easy to clone this out if you have Photoshop or Elements.
25/07/2008 - 11:27 AM

My 1st wild buzzard

My 1st wild buzzardI think exposure is your problem.
Which 'Metering' mode are you using? I suspect that you may be using evaluative metering, which is using the whole frame to calculate the exposure, and thus being confused by the bright sky behind the bird.

Try using 'spot' metering, which will only use a small spot in the centre of the frame to calculate the exposure. If you position this spot over the shaded part of the bird, then this should expose this part of the image correctly (the sky may be overexposed though).