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14/05/2008 - 4:15 PM


RowboatOk I'll start be saying this is not my area and there may be others that can help better or other advice from a more experienced level.

That being I kinda like this and it aint may thing, the boat is clear and has a good proportion of the frame without over dominating it. Without the cloud there would be too much sky, but with it I think it just about right, the horizon appears level (or I am on the crocked chair again). I think the boat in the water just about balances the cliffs to the left but it something I have always been told to watch for, making sure there is balance.

Nice light through it.

In my opinion, using the mental checklist that I know I think you have done a stand up job. There are others that could give you deeper advice as I said but good work.

14/05/2008 - 11:01 AM


jumpThis deff requires a crop, had at first I know but you'll get used to it, my first football shots had to be forceable cropped several times before they showed the right picture.

You've done well with getting the bike sharper than the background which helps convay the sense of speed, and the stance of the rider as help with the action.

As Ade said try scouting different places out so you de-clutter the background, although at times this isn't possible so dont kill yourself in the process. Also play with angles and perception, if you know the sport then I am sure you can second guess where all the action will be, then find the obviouse shot and work to get something different. In the case of above I would have looked to get really low, removeing a lot of the background, retaining angry sky and action, crop as much with feet and zoom and then wait.

That said its a great start and it looks like you have an eye for getting yourself in the right place at the right time which can often be the most difficult part.

Keep it up I look forward to seeing more.

13/05/2008 - 2:26 PM

fallen blossom

fallen blossomHave to agree that the out of focus blossoms do blur up the whol picture for me. Also I think that for a shot about blossom there is to much space and attention taken up by the stump and grass. Almost like they are the main point and the blossom is just filler or background.

With a change in focus to bring in more of the pink detail I think you'll get the shot you want, keep the stump as a focus but not the sole one and the blossom will look like part of the shot not just coloured background.

Keep at it as I think you have a good idea brewing here.

12/05/2008 - 3:48 PM

Ready, Setter, GO!

Ready, Setter, GO!I idea is sound and I see what you are looking for but these pictures tend to work better if there is a fixed point of interest against which to judge the speed otherwise it just looks out of focus (although I understand that hear that was what you were looking for)

If you get a focus off the sand so it looked sharp first, then catch the dog at speed as it runs through (use multipul shot option on the shutter) then the background would be steady and add emphasis to the speed of the dog which would be blurred. This would work as the reverse of most motorsport shots where the car/bike is in focus but the background blurred.

That said I have a young dog and getting any shot is hard enough work!