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01/09/2010 - 12:27 PM

Piel castle: isolated

Piel castle: isolatedI think in this case there is far too much open space and not enough focus on the main features of the shot which are are pier and the castle.

I would be tempted to zoom in a little down the pier, using a longer focal length will bring the castle more into the frame and make it appear large as at the moment is seems a bit of an afterthought (you may have to take a few steps backward to get the pier and castle in at a longer focal length)

The exposure is spot on, no improvements there and the colours are very natural.

I've posted a mod to try and show what i mean

12/08/2010 - 1:47 PM

Misty rocks

Misty rocksThis is nearly an excellent shot, the only issue here is the sharpness, i can't tell if the whole image is suffering from a focus issue or whether the sea is overing all of the rocks. Normally you would see a section of rocks that are sharp but it doesn't stand out here.

Did you take any others to compare this to?

17/03/2010 - 9:10 AM

On the rocks

On the rocksThe colours in this are great michael and this is a really great shot. The only approvement i can see might be to have a go at correcting the perspective on the priory caused by the wide angle, at the moment it leans a little to the right, the easiest way to do it is to make a selection fo the castle and use the warp too to bend it a little, you will then need to do some clone work on the sky to fill the void.

29/10/2009 - 1:06 PM

Humber Bridge

Humber Bridgeas said before youve got the basis for a good image here, unfortunatly there are a few improvements that need to be made. Firstly the photo is under exposed, i think you really needed to go for 30 seconds or longer and adjust the aperture to get a decent exposure without blowing the lights. Reall like the viewpoint with the lights dissapearing into the distance, just need to be a bit more careful with the camera settings.

Ive up loaded a mod to show what it could have been like, this is only my view of what i would have liked to have achieved but may give a better view.

-first the perspective needed sorting out to make the bridge straight and horizon level
-upped the exposure time by 2 stops (if done in camera shutter speed would have been around 80 seconds..), to equal the values in the histogram
-i then added some extra space top bottom and right to put the bridge more into the middle of the shot so it didnt feel so cramped
-reduced saturation a little as the colours were a bit strong.
08/09/2009 - 12:24 PM


NightLightI think you could have made the exposure even longer or opened up the aperture a little to get more light into the camera, it just appears a little too dark, also maybe you could have included less forground and more of the beautiful sky to make the most of those stars and those lovely blue tones.

31/12/2008 - 5:35 PM

Menai Bridge

Menai BridgeHavent seen the bridge from this angle before, im really glad you included those light trails, without this would lack interest in the lower half,well captured.

12/06/2008 - 12:29 PM

White Boat

White BoatI think the lighting is quite nice in this but you need to measure the exposure values more carefully next time, the shot is underexposed overall, but not by too much as its those soft tones on the boat which you need to focus on & they too are not at their best. The mod certainly helps things but i think maybe it could be pushed a little more.

Composition wise this is interesting but i think maybe it would suit a landscape format more. less sky more boat & reeds - Nearly there with this one but more involved camera work needed.
26/05/2008 - 8:43 AM

Sunset Over Arran 3

Sunset Over Arran 3I remember your thread about getting the milky water - as Dan says your kind of inbetween the shutter speeds here - 1 second is ok for bluring waterfalls but the sea needs at least 10 seconds for the proper milky effect. I think the main way you can achieve this is to get to your location before sunrise, or before the sun rises above the horizon. This was the lighting is dull enough to get the long shutter speeds, but because of the exposure the sky will look as bright as this sky - thats one thing i never realised when i was starting out with these kind of shots. Composition wise its all been said- too much space in the middle, just a few movements and next time you can sort this.

23/05/2008 - 12:14 PM

Cumbrian Mountains

Cumbrian MountainsI think as it is the mountains in the clouds doesnt quite work - i think you need to include slightly more sky to give then a place in the shot, at the moment it looks like there isnt enough space for them to fit properly in the shot and youve just cut them off. Colour is just about right - maybe a little red, but mostly thats because of the early morning light. I stood in pretty much the same spot 2 months ago - and these mountains were covered in a snow & hail storm - very dramatic.