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Forum Topics:53
Forum Comments:975
Photo Comments:9719
Competition Entries: 11
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Blackberry by Stevetheroofer

A wonderful photo. Excellent detail and a very interesting perch for the WoodySmile


Summer Hover

Summer Hover by jackyp

A very artistic and beautifully colourful photo. The soft OOF b/g complements the detail in the flower and hoverfly perfectly. This would look fantastic as a large wall print. Excellent photography.


These little girls are learning soccer skills from the coaching staff of the University. Perhaps they will be future World Cup Players?

These little girls are learning soccer skills from the coaching staff of the University. Perhaps they will be future World Cup Players? by CPO1944

In the mod I cropped, then cloned out some distractions. I darkened the fence so the girls would stand out more.


Nature's Love

Nature's Love by douglasR

Excellent foreground and the background's pretty good tooSmile


Window light

Window light by revilo

A beautiful portrait.

I did a mod, which turned out a little more painterly than I expected.


Cape Daisy

Cape Daisy by MandyD

Beautiful photography. Colour, processing and composition are excellent.


Final 1920's composite (I promise)

Final 1920's composite (I promise) by markst33

I think you've done a great job on this. An excellent composite.

I would suggest that blurring due to DOF increases the further into the distance you look. I would, therefore, add a black to white gradient to the layer mask of the lens blur layer so the effect looks more natural and the level of blurring increases towards the background.

Because all the blurring looks the same from bottom to top it still looks unnatural to how one would expect it to look, which is less blurring where the model is and more blurring towards the background.

Also be aware that the faces of the buildings and sheds would have the same amount of blurring for their respective distances ( because they are not receding but facing the photographer ) so you may have to do more than one layer to blur the scene so it looks right.


Marsh Fritillary on buttercup II

Marsh Fritillary on buttercup II by Glostopcat

I did a mod and cloned out the background distractions, as I saw them. I also upped the exposure of the butterfly, not really necessary but I tried it anywaySmile


Water Rail

Water Rail by HenB

Excellent shot.


Butterflies 2015 No 27

Butterflies 2015 No 27 by tomcat

This is a tremendous photoSmile Excellent work.


Still Life with Ducky

Still Life with Ducky by cattyal

Excellent still-life. I like the light and the detail of the Hydrangea. I also like the close up crop, cutting the skull and the books to produce a more intimate composition.


web on petal

web on petal by stebesty

The photo is at least 2 full stops under exposed, according to the histogram. This means either shooting at ISO 1600 rather than ISO 400 or shooting at 1/8th of a second at ISO 400 instead of 1/30th to achieve a correctly exposed photo.

My main criticism is the very poor lighting leading to an unsuitable ISO and shutter speed combination. If you have flash then use it and modify it using reflectors and/or a diffuser to light the flower more sympathetically.

The cobweb is a distraction as it isn't a good example of a picturesque orb web. It's just a lumpy line of web. If the web is important then find a perfect example of one and, possibly, spray water on it to make it more visible.

Always use a tripod if you have one. This will reduce camera shake, making your photos sharper and allow for longer shutter speeds, if necessary. Hand holding at macro magnifications can only be successful if the shutter speed is high enough or you are skillful with perfect technique.

When I do macro photos I use a sturdy tripod, reflectors and a cable release to reduce camera shake. The selection of the subject is very important and I usually look for perfect or unusual specimens. If there are insects or bits of leaf litter on the plant then remove them. They will not improve your photo.

This is only an opinion and not meant to offend.



High! by revilo

A brilliant photo and a great POV. Not for the faint of heart thoughSmile


Aqua Fun!

Aqua Fun! by revilo

If you use Photoshop there is a way of reducing the blue cast with underwater photos.

If you copy the background layer ( Ctrl J ) then go to Image, Adjustments and click Match Colour, a dialogue box pops up.

Just tick the Neutralize box and click OK.

The image will now have more natural looking colour, although the adjustment may be too much towards the warm end of the scale. Reduce the opacity to suit the photo.

You probably know this, but if you don't it's a very quick and easy way to control the colour cast of underwater photos.


see you

see you by caughtyousmiling

I think this is a good shot but needs more exposure and some post processing work just to refine the image.

This is only an opinion and not meant to offend.


Teal Drake with reflection II

Teal Drake with reflection II by Glostopcat

Looks like it's coming back from a bit of dabbling judging from the mud on its beakSmile

Excellent photo and a beautiful little duck.


TopicDate Contibuted
Day 2 August 2015: Coastal Landscape02/08/2015 - 12:47 PM
Day 1 August 2015: Creative Portraiture01/08/2015 - 4:20 PM
Day 30 July 2015: Bokeh30/07/2015 - 6:33 AM
Day 29 July 2015: Eyes29/07/2015 - 10:03 PM
Day 28 July 2015: Black & White28/07/2015 - 6:00 AM
Day 25 July 2015: 'Hot' Theme25/07/2015 - 8:24 AM
Day 24 July 2015: Portrait Landscape24/07/2015 - 5:43 AM
Day 18 July 2015: Close-Up Portrait18/07/2015 - 5:42 PM
Day 15 July 2015: Street16/07/2015 - 10:04 PM
Three questions about your photography. 16/07/2015 - 7:47 PM
Day 16 July 2015: 'Angle' Theme16/07/2015 - 7:24 PM
Day 14 July 2015: Tree15/07/2015 - 10:04 PM
Day 13 July 2015: Blur13/07/2015 - 6:16 AM
Day 12 July 2015: Sign12/07/2015 - 7:52 AM
Day 3 July 2015: Beachcomb 05/07/2015 - 9:24 AM
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Added Date: 01/01/2015 - 9:10 AM

An excellent portfolio, very professional work.



Added Date: 18/08/2013 - 5:48 PM

Thanks Geoff, much appreciatedSmile

Regards, Alan.


Added Date: 14/05/2013 - 8:56 PM

You have some great photos in an excellent portfolio of work. Very accomplished photography.



Added Date: 18/03/2013 - 6:54 PM

A superb portfolio of very well composed, observed moments and light. A pleasure to look atSmileSmile



Added Date: 06/03/2012 - 10:01 PM

A big thank you to everyone who's commented on my portfolio photos. I keep forgetting this bit's at the bottom of the page so I don't get to thank you all personally when you comment, sorry about that.

Kind regards, Alan.


Added Date: 22/01/2012 - 7:42 PM

A superb portfolio of quality work. It shows a great deal of commitment and skill on your part.

Regards, Alan.


Added Date: 05/03/2011 - 9:03 PM

Your photography is highly impressive and shows skill and passion for your subjects. An excellent portfolio and website.



Added Date: 21/11/2010 - 6:39 PM

A fantastic portfolio of quality photos and excellent compositions. Talented work.



Added Date: 24/09/2010 - 10:44 PM

A fantastic portfolio with so many stunning shots, a real pleasure to look through.



Added Date: 18/09/2010 - 9:12 PM

Fantastic aviation photography, particularly the Raptor. A gem of a portfolio and one that really should have received more attention.



Added Date: 17/09/2010 - 5:20 PM

I'm highly impressed by the quality, passion and vision of your photography. I've seen more of your work on another site and it's stunning. I think we're all in for a treat in the coming monthsSmile

Regards, Alan.


Added Date: 18/03/2010 - 8:03 PM

A great portfolio and some outstanding mono work. The composition and selection of the elements in the final photos are first rate. A portfolio I shall gladly return to and learn from.



Added Date: 02/03/2010 - 10:43 PM

I think this is the first time I've seen your portfolio and there are some superb landscapes. I'll have to take a closer look when I get more time. Beautiful photography.



Added Date: 12/11/2009 - 7:40 PM

A quality portfolio. I love the high quality of your fungi photos, very inspiring.



Added Date: 11/07/2009 - 8:23 AM

You've taken some great photos in your p/f and it is one I shall come back to time and again. Excellent work.