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13/06/2015 - 7:51 PM


SymmetryHi Rui,
A good image that has its title as a guide to what we are looking at, and what you may have had in mind at the time of taking. Exposure, colour and sharpness are just right, but what I feel lets it down are the sloping horizontal lines in the image.(and to a lesser extent the verticals of the windows)
If you are able to rotate and correct these, it would make a huge difference to the impact and composition.
Hope you find these comments helpful.
10/06/2015 - 8:31 AM

Himalyan rose

Himalyan roseGood image to start your EPZ career, welcome to the site I hope you enjoy your time here. Smile

A lovely looking Rose, nice and sharp with good exposure and colour, quite tightly framed, I'm wondering whether you could have got two or even three whole blooms in the frame ?
I hope my suggestion helps, maybe you have more to show us Grin
19/02/2014 - 11:10 AM

Black Redstart

Black RedstartHi Aldo, A pretty shot of this lovely bird, good composition and colour, I'm sorry to say it is a little on the soft side though, I suspect that this is due to the very slow shutter speed that you used for a zoom lens at 400mm. Unless you have a very steady hand I would recommend using a tripod or at least a mono pod. If you don't want or can't use a tripod, then I would recommend raising your ISO, and/or using a much faster shutter speed. Typically for a 400mm it is recommended to use a shutter speed of at least 1/400 of a sec, if you have OS/VR, you may get away with less but it still depends on how stead you can hold the camera.
Hope you don't mind my suggestions, and that I'm not telling you what you already know, but is a shame to lose out on getting sharper images.
12/02/2014 - 3:08 PM


VanessaVery nice image with great colours, the flowers really add to the image.
I would respectfully suggest you could improve your composition by cropping some 25% from the left hand side, this would serve two purposes , it would get rid of the distracting BG twigs and also put the butterfly more on the thirds giving the whole image more impact.
Just my opinion, hope you don't mind my suggestion, its mean't with the best possible intentions
08/02/2014 - 8:08 AM

A Long Eared Owl

A Long Eared OwlA very nice shot Robert, but for me it doesn't work in general to convert wildlife images to mono. I feel that such a large part of the owls appeal is in the colour, especially the eyes for instance. I would love to see the colour version of this image.

Conversions that may work (IMO), given the right image, might be... say....Zebras or other creatures with strong patterns or perhaps an animal with strong shadows or caught in strong contrasty light. Just my opinion, but you did ask Smile
26/01/2014 - 2:36 PM

Black and Yellow Butterfly

Black and Yellow  ButterflyThe Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia, mostly in forested areas. The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapping stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.
Has potential, but a little on the soft side, would suggest you try a faster shutter speed for a 300mm lens, hand held not less than 1/300 sec is better, flash will help brighten colours and freeze movement too
15/01/2014 - 9:09 AM

Lilac Brest roller

Lilac Brest rollerHi Christell, How lucky are you, to have access to these lovely birds in Namibia. This is a great capture and the colours are really lovely. Two little tips I may suggest, which will to help improve the shot. The first is to rotate your image to straighten the the horizon line and the second is to lighten the birds eye to give some detail , this will bring the whole image up a tad. I realise this may not be possible if you don't have any software, but even most basic programmes do have simple ways of implementing my suggestions.
Hope you don't mind my suggestions, but I note from your profile that you class yourself as a beginner. If you add to you profile what , if any photo programmes you use, we/I can give you even more detailed explanations on how to correct a large number of issues with almost any photo.
19/10/2010 - 12:03 PM

Winters scene

Winters sceneA nice shot with potential and a lovely winter scene, my main point here would be to straighten your image, the waterfalls are crooked and really should be straight.
If you find it a problem, most cameras have a grid facility that can be shown in the viewfinder, this will help you line up your horizons at the time of taking and save straightening later in software.
24/10/2009 - 5:15 PM

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted WoodpeckerSuper shot Ann, but if I may be so bold, take a small amount from the RHS and a similar amount from the bottom, this will do three things.
1. It will put the birds eye exactly on the intersection of the thirds.
2. It takes the bird off centre.
3. It will remove the light blob at bottom RHS and the light bit of twig sticking out from the lower trunk.
Very small changes but IMHO ones that lift the image another level.