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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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  • Light of Hope

    It is strong and effective and the light level very low, but it does lack sharpness. I might have gone to 6400 for such shots - getting the womans face sharp would be rather more important than a bit of noise,

    • 23 Oct 2017 4:38PM
  • The Art of Listening

    A good image in general. It is a touch under exposed on my screen too particularly obvious in the light feather tones. It is difficult to be sure at these sizes, but I think it could be just a touch sharper. Your shutter speed is very low for hand holding such a lens even with OIS and I suspect there cit a tiny bit of movement - may be camera or subject, because OIS has no effect on subject movement.

    • 23 Oct 2017 4:35PM
  • Bed Bug

    B careful with titles - it is not a bed bug and thus the image, if viewed by someone interested in insects, would be misconstrued. If you don't know what it is, just 'bug' or some title unrelated to identity.

    Not badly done at all. Composition depends on usage - if technical you need full features and antennae fully shown usually.

    Using flash and a dedicated macro lens, which is designed to work well at small apertures I would have been at f18 for a bit more depth of field. Sharpness is everything for most macro.

    • 23 Oct 2017 4:31PM
  • Journey of a Being

    Afraid I do not have your vision. For me there is too much loss of detail due to over exposure and that spoils the effect. You needed a stop, at least, less then brighten the shadows as necessary.

    Compositionally, the life story stops dead at the end of the cloister -death I suppose you are seeing but I'm not really getting that. A figure in there towards the back would add form and scale.

    • 23 Oct 2017 4:22PM
  • common garden spider

    Not a bad effort but it lacks critical definition. I have the 60mm fuji and it is a very sharp lens but only manages 1:2 magnification without tubes. I have some tubes but macro is very difficult to get right and we do not have your aperture setting to gauge depth of field.

    You needed f16 or f18 really but then the problem becomes shutter speed being very slow or/and ISO being too high. Ideal macro settings are a fast shutter speed to avoid shake, small aperture to get depth of field, which is minimal this close - but a macro lens is designed to work well at small apertures- others are not. You also need the lowest possible ISO for best quality.

    All required for natural history record, which is what you have here. The one thing I put my superb Fuji system don for and pick up my EOS 7D is macro! I have the superb Sigma 105 macro and a dedicated ring flash for that.

    However, I am making progress with the Fuji. I use an external flash on the Fuji that sits quite high with a downward facing diffuser which directs soft flash at a close subject. The power of the flash allows 1/1800 sec @ f16 and ISO200 - where yo need to be.

    • 23 Oct 2017 4:18PM
  • not talking

    Nice shot, I like it. Shots inside churches - why not? No different to any other building in terms of recording in my view.

    • 20 Oct 2017 5:35PM
  • Candle in the night

    Keeping out of this one in general. I prefer human form with a little left to the imagination or artistic. I see neither here.

    • 20 Oct 2017 5:33PM

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