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12/03/2012 - 10:22 AM

York Daffodils

York DaffodilsI kinda like the contrast between natural flowers and the harsher detail of the buildings. Think I would have cropped the grass off the bottom up to the start of the daffs. This part is not neccessary to the image and a bit of the sky at the top (not too much). This is my pennies worth. Hope you don't mind me saying this-just my opinion. Paul
31/08/2011 - 9:28 AM

Blue Winged Maiden

Blue Winged MaidenSome weight to carry. Beautiful and striking. I guess to use the flash to freeze the moving subject you've got to get fairly close or have a powerful flash and then it would be better to use a diffuser otherwise you get an artificial studio feel to the shot. I guess a high ISO, fast shutter and wide aperture with a shorter DOF. But a shorter DOF is difficult when you have different dancers at different distnaces from your camera. Unless you deliberately throw other out of focus and concentrate on person only. Wonderful vibrant colours captured here and it's great she is looking straight at you. Nice work Brab. Paul
08/04/2011 - 8:25 AM

Dungeness at dawn

Dungeness at dawnLike the hues/light in this Ann.Good atmosphere created. I think you either go for really sharp or the opposite and put on a Neutral Density filter to allow a very slow shutter speed (+tripod) and go for a long exposure which will blur the water a lot. Both work well but the second will create a sense of movement. I like swirl markings in the sand which leads you into the frame and the building in the distance providing additional interest. Paul
24/02/2011 - 10:32 AM


SunsetHi Jasmine. I will throw my hat into the ring for what its worth. My humble idea would be to get rid of some of the foreground which is dark anyway and detail is lost and concentrate the eye on the light and the sky. The sky appears dark near the top (due to the darker clouds-not exposure) there crop off a little of the top so you end up with a more 'letterbox' frame. If you increased the saturation that would add more drama but may appear more artificial but I don't think in this case, it doesn't matter too much. When taking the shot again a ND Grad filter would achieve a more even exposure and if you could move to a lower POV you might be able to position a tree (in the centre) onto the horizon and get a full tree silhouette-- but I think what you've taken here has room to be improved by editing as I've mentioned above. Again only my humble opinion. The eye sees things so differently to the lens. Paul
23/01/2011 - 4:10 PM

Church window,light and..

Church window,light and..Nice colours on the window Jasmine. Might have cropped a bit tighter on the left to omit the other door or structure? Like the added green in the fg. Think that helps to introduce additional colour. If you felt inclined you might run it through PS and lighten the shadows slightly. Nice one through. Good detail. Paul
03/01/2011 - 4:56 PM


TreesI like the arch branches as a frame. To try a pull some detail out of the bushes on the left by brightening up the shadows in PS and agree with Arthur's ideas above. Like the composition though. Paul
18/11/2010 - 9:51 AM

Roadside Puddle

Roadside PuddleHi xiaoli,
You are certainly keeping your eyes open for a photo opportunity. I like the different textures. I know you can't do this now but when you have this opportunity 'on site' it might be worth running off a number of shots (battery permitting!) at different angles because here you are experimenting on an almost semi-abstract level with shapes and textures (between pavement, kerb, leaves, water and reflections) you might try the pavement running along the bottom of the frame or choosing the corner of a pavement in one corner of the frame making a more geometrical shape. Of course you might end up binning these in favour of the one here but you never know....Paul
11/11/2010 - 1:37 PM

Tree and its reflection

Tree and its reflectionGood composition and I kinda agree with Pamela. It appears a bit dark in the fg and mid distance. It could be something you could alter in PS just to 'brighten' it up a little. I appreciate the weather conditions were not very helpful. in fact round here it is awful as well. Ducking in and out between the showers (very heavy). Paul
17/10/2010 - 10:38 PM

Meet Mr Punch

Meet Mr PunchI guess if your making Punch the main object and the puppeteer secondary then it's fine but if you want a balance then run through PS to lighten the shadow areas on his face might help to balance the exposure. good composition and nice timing to capture this shot. like the expression of the puppeteer's face. Paul
Conisborough castle after the rainHi xiaoli, Kind of agree with comments above. Worth leaving alone but if you want to experiment to totally straighten the building on the right with the edge of the frame try using 'Image'...'Transform'...'Distort'. in Photoshop Elements from where you can distort the image and drag the building vertical from the top corners. But that said the parallax is not that bad so might leave well enough alone. I think it's a great image as it is. Wonderful detail in the stone walls and like the single pillar in the middle. Paul
18/07/2010 - 5:20 PM

Taking off

Taking offHi Xwang,
I think this shot is so different and experimental and for that I like it. It's almost abstract in nature. If the whole body of the bird had been in sharp focus and wings blurred like they are (like a propeller mentioned above) I think the subject and way you have treated it has great potential as an idea. Look out for other birds (perhaps larger ones) which may be able to catch because they will be moving slower and make sure the wings are blurred like above and it should make for an interesting experiment. Maybe a swan in flight or goose and in open ground. I understand it was a random event and you just had milli-seconds to point and shoot and hope. You may be able to stage manage this idea in some way. there's the challenge. Paul
01/07/2010 - 7:28 PM

Gold Finch

Gold FinchGreat shot. Yes the whites are a bit overexposed. Small tip - when photographing birds with a lot of white on them e.g. gulls etc. try underexposing by one stop through the manual setting if you have one. I snapped an egret recently and blew the whites unfortunately. (still learning after 50 years!). Hope this helps. It's when you change to a different subject matter you have to rethink things. Glad your enjoying the work experience. You never know it may lead to a job in the future but it's good CV stuff. Keep on snapping. Paul
22/06/2010 - 11:07 AM

Bursting buds

Bursting budsIt's all been said above and I agree. It's your own personal view as to whether they add to the image or hinder the overall effect. i think if there are too many or too large or in the 'wrong' place they can distract from what your trying achieve as an overall composition. I think if they are to one side of the sprouting shoots they are fine and add to the bokeh or sense of depth but when they 'overlay' that part of the pic (like the one in the middle) then they can, (in my humble opinion) distract. Overall great shot and I like the new feel you've captured in the shoots. Compo is good too. Paul