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paulbroad

Hello,

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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  • Chih Nan temple

    Well seen and framed. Just a little burn out in places due to bright window light, but not too bad and does not ruin the shot. Might have given a full stop less exposure at the time to see what happened. I often shoot several versions of each frame if time allows at different exposures.

    Paul
    • 17 Apr 2018 8:18AM
  • Set in stone

    You will never stop learning! I've been at it for near 60 years and am still learning! This is quite good but I wonder why you used f29? Really not necessary unless you were after a long exposure but cannot see why you need it here. With such a wide angle lens, f8 would do and you then use the lens at it's technically best aperture which are usually mid range. The slight softness is due to the tiny aperture and defraction - thus trying to get maximum depth of field becomes counter productive.

    It is a reasonable but not very spectacular sunset. the plus side is that the low light and slight orange glow reduce the risk of image burn out, reducing dynamic range, but the final result becomes a little grey and flat.

    The other problem, for me, is that as an old PAGB judge I have seen this scene, or it's type hundreds of times and the lack of impact thus reduces the end effect to one of many. that observation is purely personal but you will always have more success if you image has instant impact and is a bit different.

    Paul
    • 16 Apr 2018 8:15PM
  • Omega XVI

    A good record. To be hyper critical, it's not macro, it's a close up. Macro is generally considered to be half life size up to 10 life size, then things become micro. There is no such thing as a macro zoom despite manufacturers names - all macro lenses are fixed focal length.

    Ideally, nice if there had been some tonal contrast. we have a light coloured watch and strap on white paper. I realise it cannot be a dark watch, but possibly the typed details on a deeper coloured paper?

    The image is adequately sharp, but f32 is not a good idea with a zoom lens, quality starts to drop after f16 due to internal diffraction. Even true macro lenses can stasrt to struggle at f32 and they are designed to do it. Stay with a maximum of f22 and arrange the subject to cope with available depth of field.

    Paul
    • 16 Apr 2018 2:18PM
  • Fifteen-and-a-quarter miles to the Trent

    I wonder why such a sign exists? Where is it situated - the Trent is a very long river. Well recorded and interesting. Mixed feelings about mono but as an effect shot, mono works well. As a record, it should be in colour. Depends on the use.

    Paul
    • 16 Apr 2018 8:10AM
  • Underground canal

    Not bad and the figure is a great help. Just a bit bright where the figure is. Not so much an atmospheric place, a filthy place by the look of it - people should be ashamed. It makes a good environmental comment.

    paul
    • 16 Apr 2018 8:08AM
  • Girl with Tattoos

    A perfectly good image of the type. the subject is the tattoo and I might have tried to come in even closer on that.

    paul
    • 15 Apr 2018 7:01PM
  • Neon sign

    A record, but it is rather too dark and lacks the vibrance that I would expect from neons in these circumstances.

    paul
    • 15 Apr 2018 6:59PM

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