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03/02/2013 - 10:00 AM

Watch the Birdies!

Watch the Birdies!As discussed last night Sylvia, the dof is just falling away very slightly at the sides on a aperture of F2.8. Looking at the EXIF data you could easily try F8 which would also be very close to the optimum aperture for that superb piece of glass.
An odd number which is always a winner and all with great eye contact against a superb mottled backdrop on another great rustic and worn perch, maybe a little central in portrait but that's being picky really. I'd love to see a landscape variant with a little space left of frame.
Deep down this is superb though with no distractions and a great shot yet again.
22/12/2012 - 10:23 AM


LaurynGood diagonal with the leg but as said it needed just a little more room at the bottom. Also steps are a great area for posing but watch out for distracting backgrounds as the eye draws up the other steps. If possible try some fill in flash as well to give the eyes more sharpness on portraits.
22/12/2012 - 10:06 AM

December Long-tailed Tit

December Long-tailed TitGreat detail where it counts Sylvia but feel this one needed a bit more dof to sharpen the perch as well. The tones and bg are spot on as is the feather detail.
05/12/2012 - 7:40 PM


Coppice CCCLXVIIIHey have you joined the CC mate Wink
Superb detail on the Bluey and perch with a great complimentary sheet, oops sorry bgWink
I like the way you have the perch from the corner with a good diagonal but feel it has left too much empty space in front.
03/11/2012 - 9:47 AM

Red Deer Silhouette

Red Deer SilhouetteGreat imagination and work Ade. This is something I have thought about for ages with an early morning silhouette but not had the courage to try yet.
I really like the positioning of the stag with the sloping ground giving a lead in line.
Might like to see it though with a little bit over to the right and the moon on the left with the stag looking into it as it feels a little right side heavy
Also if you lessen the brightness of the moon to balance the image as the eye draws towards the moon.
Just a thought but overall a well thought out piece of work
'Cru Escargot a la carte'.......Always difficult to get a focus when its dark Ade. have you tried a small torch to get a focus point? The main point to check here is the colour balance which looks too warm, did you have the WB set to flash?
Overall a good attempt
31/03/2012 - 6:56 PM

Gecko on leaf

Gecko on leafWelcome Aeras.
Very well scanned and good noise removal. Well exposed gecko and some good eye detail and head detail. Its a shame you hadn't shot from a lower point of view though as the higher angle shows off more of the lack of dof which you will always get when reversing a lens for macro and in close. Also would have been more presentable if you had captured it in more natural surrounds rather than what looks like a sofa/settee.
02/02/2012 - 8:28 PM


Cormorant.Superb and you caught the eye a treat. Might have been inclined to remove the light ball from the bokeh as it distracts
01/02/2012 - 7:20 PM

Coppice CCCXX

Coppice CCCXXThe detail on the bird is superb Ade. You will always get a slight shadow in shade areas unless the perch is light and reflects a little light back. Remember nature, nature, nature.....not studio. You get one chance normally a split second and cannot get th emodel to turn this way and that and have an assistant holding reflectors.
Light and shade gives the shape and depth to the bird and like this with exceptional feather detail works so well.
Still not sure about th ebg.
If you struggle get a sheet of MDF and let it weather naturally. I have some in my garden thats covered in grime and moss and the tones on it change all the time depending on light.
Great Longy
01/02/2012 - 9:35 AM

Coppice CCCXIX

Coppice CCCXIXHow about leaving it and capturing birds in natural light rather than trying to make it look like a studio shoot Ade. If you make it too fussy it will look too unnatural. Change the bg and make that a natural one that will be affecting the light.
This bluey is superb but the bg is too plain, it needs to look as nature intended with some differences in tones. Its like a painted wall mate.
13/01/2012 - 3:42 PM

Totally out of my comfort zone

Totally out of my comfort zoneIts always great to try new things David and thats the way to progress 1 step at a time and experiment. I may have started in colour and just experimented with power values and positioning of th elight and camera values, rather than software work as well. Then when the lighting is a natural art progressed to changes in processing.
This is a very good start attempt and it keeps the mind active and th emain thing its fun.
See you tomorrow