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09/04/2012 - 9:10 AM

Chicken Family

Chicken FamilyHave you sharpened this? it seems a little over sharpened. I like the three sizes of birds, that works well, but the hen at the front does not seem sharp but the colours are lovely and the background and floor is very busy to the point of distraction but as you wanted to get all three birds in focus that is difficult to avoid. The wonky angle doe not bother me and helps put the chickens in a better position to each other. Are they your chickens? If so have another play but maybe encourage them onto grass with a less distracting background, get right down to their level and decide where your focal point is going to be. Have fun. Jude
06/01/2012 - 8:06 AM

Racing Pigeon

Racing PigeonNice bokeh. The pigeon is sharp, especially around the eye where it really matters. I like the crop leaving space on one side for him to fly into. Not sure how you can improve this image, it is a lovely capture and nicely processed. I don't like v2 as the bokeh is distracting and not as lovely as v1 and on v3 I feel the crop is far too tight, the bokeh in v1 really adds to the picture. Jude
02/01/2012 - 8:48 PM


IndiaThis is a fantastic image beautifully captured. Her expression is interesting, she is looking at you, her eyes tell a story. I also like the treatment although I would have liked to have seen the original just out of interest. The only thing I may have done differently is cropped off more of the right hand side (behind her) to set her more to one side, bringing the bowl further into the picture and I do find the stone/wall behind her distracting, so I would have cloned that out. Lovely shot...now I am going to go look at the rest of your photos...;o) Jude
14/09/2011 - 1:09 PM

School master

School masterHello there - well first and foremost he is out of focus. I do think it is fundamental to get at least the eyes sharp. Occasionally you may be looking for a soft focus image but I suspect this was not the aim here. I feel that there is far too much desk at the bottom half, a closer shot next time, think carefully about what you do want and what you don't want in the shot. I did try to do a mod on this, and crop the image in but the image became very 'pixellated'. I do like the sepia and his expression though. Don't be shy photographing people in a living museum like Beamish - they expect it - make the most of it.
24/08/2011 - 8:56 AM

Looking for a hole

Looking for a holeGreat try. You are right, if the foreground figure was sharp this would be an fabulous shot, but hey it's hard to get it right and I can see why you like this image. And.. in fact some people would argue that it shows movement and therefore blurred is okay. Colours and great and composition works well with him dashing into the space in front of him. Don't just wait for big opportunities like this - pop along to the local football field / cricket field and practice capturing action and have a play.
If 1 doesn't make a summer what do we make ...Lovely shot - but I too would have tried lifting the birds slightly to really bring out their colours, eyes and details. Also... next time you need to ask the top bird to face the same way as the others...lol
24/07/2011 - 8:35 PM

way to Mana Village.....

way to Mana Village.....The white sky is blown out and even a crop would not really solve the problem as the sky dips right into the middle of the picture and even burning (which I am always playing with) may only create a murky unnatural look which I suspect would not really work very well. Nice lead in to the picture with the path from the front, and real sense of proportion with the person in the shot against those imposing mountains either side.
24/07/2011 - 8:29 PM

Aberdaron Over The Rocks

Aberdaron Over The RocksMy first thought is that this would have made a great letterbox / panoramic photo. There does seem to be too much foreground and too much sky . The other thing I may have played with is cropping in the right side to the house and some sky and a bit off bottom too (the mud) , then dodging in the white houses in background and burning the shadows more to add contrast to the background etc. . A lovely land / sea scape shot though.
24/07/2011 - 8:21 PM

Here's looking at you

Here's looking at youA lovely capture, the eye looks sharp but rest seems a bit soft and a very grainy background. Sometimes if I have sharpened an image and I get a grainy background I go over the background carefully with a softening tool or air brush to get rid of the grainy effect and it helps the subject look sharper too.