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Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)Hi Ray, A good set of images although for me, one or two lack critical sharpness. V1 & V7, probably do it for me. Although V8 is good too, apart from that dead branch. You have lovely catch lights in the eyes in most of them and the images show the bird well in its natural environment. Yellow can sometimes be a difficult colour in digital images - might be worth trying selecting the bird and de-saturating it ever so slightly.

02/10/2009 - 2:01 PM

It's Cold Outside

It's Cold OutsideIt's so difficult to include hands in a portrait and get them looking right - You have done well on this here.

Just a few thoughts though, Ray. The large version is super, but also highlights one or two blemishes - sadly, the model has a couple of red spots on her face (forehead & nose) and one on her thumb - these could easily be cloned out. Might also be worth lightening the whites of her eyes and her teeth a little to give the image a bit more sparkle.

27/07/2009 - 3:34 PM


LizardGood to see you back, Ray. Sorry to hear about the camera - hope it was insured!

Good one from your holiday - Have you considered cloning out the grasses that grow out of the lizard? Might improve the image considerably.

Hope you enjoyed the holiday despite the camera problems.

11/06/2008 - 2:14 PM


HopefulSuper mono portrait. Might be improved with a slightly more gritty treatment anf toning down of the lop left hand corner. The eyes are the key to this study and I'd be inclined to dodge them a little (not too much though!) to make them a stronger focal point. Excellent work.

06/05/2008 - 8:13 AM

Blue Bells

Blue BellsA lot of potential in this shot - I like the way the foreground logs lead the eye through the carpet of bluebells. Might have been inclined to crop the top 20/25% of the image as the highlights though the branches distract from the main part of the image (the bluebells!)