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Ploughman's Activity

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Forum Topics:4
Forum Comments:32
Photo Comments:46
Competition Entries: 1
Modification Uploaded: 7
Cute Expression

Cute Expression by pronabk

Very nice indeed, inspirational.



Orchid by ali63

Perfect and complementary colours.


Curlew with Sigma 400 manual focus

Curlew with Sigma 400 manual focus by brian1208

Very skillfully done and I will join you for a bacon buttie anytime.
I get to Coningsby airfield regularly and never mind the Lancaster and Spitfires, I secretly go for the bacon butties sold by the guy in the observation area.


Female Black-tailed Skimmer

Female Black-tailed Skimmer by Ted447

Lovely shot with fantastic detail.


Feeling blue.

Feeling blue. by mikbee

Hi Mick,
I`m fairly new around here and have just had a look at your gallery. All dam good stuff. I will be looking out for your pictures.
Pleased to hear you are getting better, nebuliser machines and inhalers have been a big part of my life in the past. Got all that out of the way and now making good progress too.


Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) by Jefflor

Photo does you credit. I like it very much.


Look through my eyes..........

Look through my eyes.......... by rajkiranswain

Raj, what a superb idea
I`ve uploaded a mod that I reckon works OK but its how you see the shot that`s important.
First I rotated the picture slightly clockwise, this straightens the horizon but more importantly makes the subject lean more forward as though he is really concentrating on a distant subject. I also cropped a little from the left side and bottom to place subjects head on a thirds intersection.
To achieve more definition in middle and background I applied a little levels adjustment and finally added local sharpening to his hair (to emphasize the slight catch light) and also dodging (local lightning/brightening) and sharpening to his clothes.
My idea is to lead the viewers eye straight to the subject and then follow his gaze to the horizon.
Just one other suggestion, it is a shame that tree appears to be growing out of the subject`s head. If possible take a step to the side so that the tree is off to one side.
Hope this helps,


Falls by Abyss3

Fantastic place for a photo shoot and you have done a good job. However I have a few suggestions but it is always personal choice and you may well not agree with me. Photography is always in the eye of the beholder.
I notice you have used a slow shutter speed to give a dreamy , fluffy look to the falling water. Photographers go for that slow shutter look almost every time they see fast moving water.
However, in this case I am confident the opposite would work well. Next time try a much faster shutter speed even though you will need to up the ISO considerably. This will give a different type of reflection in the water and the reflection of the falling water will probably respond well to a touch of dodging and localized sharpening. I would be tempted to crop a bit of the bottom and right side, then the vertical line of light the falling water and reflection creates would sit nicely on a third and enhance the composition.
A tip I was given many years ago, was, Fast shutter to freeze fast moving water will make it look full of action, slow moving water that looks dull can be saved with a very slow shutter speed.



cockpit by pics20000

Hello Jack,
I also reckon your photo is of a Dakota (DC3) cockpit. Recently I was lucky to get up close and personal to a Lancaster a few weeks ago, and enclose these two shots that I have added to the mods.
There are two Lancasters flying in the world. One in Canada and one here in England. Plus this one I have photographed, at the moment doing ground runs at fairly high speed, it looks and sounds fantastic. After a fairly long talk with the guys `that know` I am given to understand that the long term aim is to get it back into the air. The engines are time expired but airworthy substitutes have been located, delivered to the airfield and paid for. Also the undercarriage units and system are `very tired` and need to be replaced. Finally work may need to be done on the mainspar, I would think that takes priority but do not know how things are progressing.


Windy walk...

Windy walk... by mcgannc

Hi Chris,
Critique is not really my strong point. however, this image caught my attention. To me it portrays to me a walk across a very exposed and windy area superbly.
May I suggest, if the shot had been taken facing slightly more to the left, the sun lit peak would sit on a third horizontally as well as vertically. and the shadow area on the left would then be more prominent and contrasted nicely with the peak. Oh, and it would also make the path lead into the photo.

Regards, Richard.

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