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Hope you like the variety I have tried to bring in my portfolio. Most of the images have been put here for comment and that is always appreciated. I spend quite a bit of time in the Critique section and I know many visit my portfolio because I have passed comment on their work. Hope you think my work is of a reasonable standard.

I know that, even with 50 years experience there are still things to learn and that technology changes quickly.
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  • The Osprey are coming.

    Not drones, John, Osprey VTO aircraft, much loved by the US military as a cross between a helicopter and conventional transport. Bell Boeing B-22 tilt rotor.

    A good idea, but so obviously the same aircraft several times with propellers that look stationary and a very artificial sky. You need several different aircraft viewpoints and a less processed sky to achieve a realistic shot, if realistic was what you wanted.

    there are a few white marks about from the montage you need to erase.

    • 20 Feb 2017 8:14AM
  • Judge Rinder at Porthleven!

    My comments are much as last time. The content is superb, with excellent composition, but the end product is flat and dull with a general softness. Difficult subject, I know, but this is technique somewhere. You are using spot metering! What are you metering from, because I suspect under exposure.

    The metered area must be equivalent to 18% grey or you will need to correct the reading. If you are really serious about this subject, as you obviously are, I would be investing in a hand meter with incident light attachment. Any through the lens system will struggle with such subjects without compensating.

    The light falling on your subject, depending on sun position, is likely to be blue/green too due to the water and may need a little correction in software. I would up the ISO a bit to get a smaller aperture, too. I have just sold my long Sigma, but the cheaper long zooms, both Sigma and Tamron, are not at there best wide open.

    • 19 Feb 2017 8:40AM
  • Patterns

    Makes my eyes go a bit strange! Interesting in a way, initially, but then not holding attention. There is a very strange effect where it appears sharp on the left and not so on the right? Depth of field - were you at an angle. It does need to be critically sharp right across.

    • 19 Feb 2017 8:31AM
  • thars my dinner

    Well, it is a really good try and, believe me, I know how difficult this type of shot is. However, I see quite a few flying bird shots on other sites, and ideally this just needs to be a bit sharper on the bird. I suspect quite a blow up, which will not help, but I would have been at ISO400 or even 800 and f8 or 11.

    You are asking a lot of the focusing system to get it sharp at full aperture and the 7D will perform perfectly well at higher ISO giving plenty of shutter speed and aperture to freeze movement and give some depth of field back up.

    The bird will not be travelling as fast as it can in these circumstances. You should not really be on spot metering with an auto setting and aerial shots. Far better to shoot a few tests to get the correct exposure, then set manual.

    • 19 Feb 2017 8:28AM
  • Disdain

    Well seen and composed. this works better as the frame is nicely filled with detail. There is slight softness, which could simply be compression effects and there is that very slight pastel effect in your colours again, although increasing contrast would not help detail in highlights, such as his trainers.

    • 19 Feb 2017 8:21AM
  • Queen Victoria Statue in Gore Park

    The lighting is against you on a dark coloured statue like this. There are a few very bright highlights on the right and a lot of dense shadow. The old girl also looks to be falling over backwards. I know you are looking up, but in a case like this, a record, I would correct that.

    Better on a cloudy bright day with lower lighting contrast, or try switching the flash on, even on a compact.

    • 19 Feb 2017 8:19AM
  • The wreck

    Don't assume negative. This is quite interesting, a good viewpoint and worth discussion.

    It is a touch under exposed giving an overall darkness. You could have done with part of the hull nearer a correct tone, with the remainder and surroundings then falling away. More of a spotlight effect. The thing is, once you have taken the trouble to set up, shoot a few dozen frames. Alter flash power and target on each one.


    • 19 Feb 2017 8:15AM

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