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  • raindrops

    The droplets and reflection in them are very well caught. The only thing I would like different would be for you to move a bit to the left, or right, so that the background is one colour and not split down the middle.
    • 30 Jan 2012 12:30PM
  • English red squirrel

    Well shot. Would probably chop off 75% off the green foreground at the bottom.
    • 5 Feb 2011 1:48PM
  • Men Drivers!!

    When you say men do you really mean teenage boys (who we all know some can't control themselves never mind a car)?
    • 5 Feb 2011 12:56PM
  • Wollaton Hall

    It is a rather dull and flat image. Once you've put the 3 images together and tone mapped it, go into levels or curves (depending on your preference) and adjust the settings to improve the contrast.

    Also, you need to sort out the verticals as they are leaning inwards at the edges of the image (most notably the outside edges of the towers). There is a touch of chromatic aberation as well on the edges of the building. This is thin cyan lines down the left sides and red down the right and is more noticable on the left tower and tree. This is caused by the lens when a dark area in the image meets a light area. Some lenses cope better than others with avoiding it.

    The verticals and CA can be sorted using the lens correction filter in Photoshop (if you have a version of PS with that filter) Filters>Distort>Lens Correction. If you don't have lens correction then there are tutorials on Epz that address all these issues.
    • 29 Sep 2010 12:11PM

    I much prefer the 2nd shot with the bus travelling away from you. There are less areas of darkness and the colours reflected off the wet road work really well. Maybe taken from the other side of the street as there seem to be more interesting shop fronts on the side where you are stood although the bus is well placed in the image. I do find the bright sign on the left edge a bit distracting as it is against a dark building and draws the eye to the edge of the image. Maybe you could get a couple of people on the street corner in front of the yellow window.

    I feel the first shot isn't as colourful (especially the left half) and the reflections don't work as well. There is good movement in the bus, but I just feels the second image has more impact and works better.
    • 28 Sep 2010 12:30PM
  • wasp

    A slighlty bigger depth of field would ensure that the end of the abdomen, the hairs on the abdomen and thorax and forward legs are sharp. I also feel that the image has been cropped to tight on the top left and bottom as the sides are too close to the head wings and legs.
    • 2 Sep 2010 12:15PM
  • Red Squirrel

    It's a real shame it hasn't got it's tail sticking up, but this is a really good shot. I like the dappled background and the squirrel is spot on.
    • 20 Aug 2010 1:16PM
  • You want WHAT????

    Hi Fran,

    This is a good close-up with the face being sharp and there is lots of detail present. The background is well blurred and a good complimentary colour. I feel though that there could be more detail in the eyes. A spot of fill flash, or a bit of time in PS would bring them out more, especially the one on the left.
    • 20 Aug 2010 1:13PM
  • Driving Miss Daisy

    The processing suits this image well. Like the hazy sheen it's given the car.
    • 18 Aug 2010 1:36PM
  • Classic & Castle

    I love classic cars, shame about the number plate though. Smile

    I bet they were wondering where you'd been. Not seen you upload anything from Leeds Castle for a while (not helped by my absence from the gallery over recent months).
    • 18 Aug 2010 1:34PM
  • Gaffer

    I'm wondering if the face of the guy with the tea cup has been blurred intentionally in post processing. I say this 'cause the blur effect looks slightly unreal, especially compared to the woman's (Natalie Portman?) face in the background. Also, there are areas of his coat (and his neck) that are roughly on the same plane as his face that are more in focus than his face. It looks like he is stood right next to the cameraman and his face should be just as much in focus as the cameraman's is. If the intentional blurring is to try and draw attention away from Mr Teacup then I'm afraid it hasn't worked.

    The outline around Natalie's head is soft all around until you get to just before is 'touches' the cameraman's coat and then gets alot sharper. There's also a funny brown area linking the cameraman's coat hood to his shoulder. I sense Photoshopery going on.
    • 18 Aug 2010 12:10PM
  • Masts on the Hudson

    I think the 2 main elements of this image are the Empire State and the catarmaran. Unfortunately the catarmaran has been chopped off on 3 sides. Move a fraction to the right and shoot it portrait format to include all of the boat. You will then have the catarmaran's mast mirroring the Empire State. Keep it mono if there are too many distracting colours fighting for attention.
    • 17 Aug 2010 12:34PM
  • glass blowing

    As previously said, the image is way too dark, but that Dave may have taken it a bit too far. As you said, a happy medium is required. I feel though that it is only the glass worker, his chair and bench of tools behind him need lightening. The people stood in the background can remain dark so that they don't act as a distraction and help maintain the feel of gloomy surroundings.
    • 17 Aug 2010 12:27PM
  • Vacant Seat

    The sunlit background is very distracting. An alternative to this shot would be to get down lower so the plasterwork fills the frame (maybe use the stonework to create a frame left and right but clone out the nails). Shoot it portrait format and make more of the chair and it's shadow (may need to move the chair to the left a fraction). Could even then convert it to black and white.
    • 16 Aug 2010 1:41PM
  • clouds

    Completely agree with Steve's crop and b&w conversion. It adds a bit more drama to an image that's almost monochrome anyway. Might also be tempted to bring out the building as well by using the dodge tool. There is obviously something there, but it is too faint to see what it is, but it is noticable.
    • 16 Aug 2010 1:36PM
  • dudley castle

    I can only guess that this has been taken handheld as the castle seems to be suffering from some motion blur, especially noticable around the railings on battlements. Next time set up on a tripod and use a remote release, or timer shutter release on your camera.

    The exposure is also off as some areas of the walls are burnt out. Next time meter off a mid tone on the castle walls, or knock back the exposure compensation a couple of stops. Always check the histogram on the back of your camera in such dificult lighting conditions.

    The whole structure is also leaning the right and this needs correcting in PS using either rotate canvas, or the lens correction filter and then cropping.

    Unfortunately PS won't be able to help with the bluring or the worst of the burnt out areas.
    • 16 Aug 2010 1:17PM
  • Dark Hedges

    Thanks all.

    I thought it was time to come out of hiding Malcolm, for now at least anyway.
    • 4 Aug 2010 8:20AM

    Unfortunately it doesn't look like any part of the butterfly is sharp.
    • 13 Jul 2010 10:28PM
  • Emley Mast and a 911 Turbo

    I think this works very well with the sky it's got. It gives it the brooding menace and mood that works very well with the black of the car and surroundings. With a coloured sky you'd get coloured highlights on the car body and windscreen and I think that would ruin the feel of it. On the other hand it would be good to see if I'm right though. The hint of the shape and the lights and wheels is all the info you need to know what it is.

    The only thing I think I'd change would be to get rid of the smaller radio mast and the other thin object poking out above the tree to the left.
    • 13 Jul 2010 1:20PM
  • Spurn point

    I would have liked to have seen a bit more contrast in the sky to give it a bit more drama and to seperate it a bit more from the dunes.
    • 13 Jul 2010 1:01PM
  • Moorhen

    You needed a faster shutter speed to stop the Moorehen from being blurred.
    • 13 Jul 2010 12:57PM

    Sowerby Bridge has never looked so good!
    • 9 Jul 2010 4:15PM
  • Great Ayton Cricket

    It's very dull. You need a levels adjustment to brighten it up and turn the cricket whites white.
    • 9 Jul 2010 12:33PM
  • Who?

    It looks to have a bluey grey colour cast and is a bit washed out (bright sun?). You could correct the colour cast and tweak levels to increase the contrast. Also, there are a couple of areas around the face that have burnt out (above eye on left and below beak on left).
    • 2 Jul 2010 12:56PM
  • Ring of Giraffes

    There is a lot of 'blank' foreground with no interest so you could try a letterbox crop to remove it. You could also clone out the vertical metal poles in the centre of the image that look like they are growing out of one of the giraffes. You could also clone out the bird as it slightly draws attention away from the real subject of the image.
    • 2 Jul 2010 12:54PM
  • Street life

    He's got a tiny person growing out the top of his head. A slightly lower viewpoint and / or some cloning would remove the tiny person. It could be used to get rid of the other people as well as I find myself trying to see what they are doing and it distracts me slightly.

    The slight movement you caught of his hands gives the impression he is actually working and just glanced up and it's not just posed. You've also got a good exposure with detail in the highlights and shadows under what looks like quite harsh lighting. Good inclusion of his surroundings to give some context.
    • 9 Mar 2010 1:06PM
  • M.D.B.

    In my opinion some of the lines around the edges of the men look too clean/too sharp and they give them a slightly obvious 'cut-out' look. Also, the shadows on the buildings are soft and the lighting is slightly duller, whereas the shadows on the figures have harder edges which I would assume is due to the different lighting conditions (light bulb and /or flash for the figures and sun behind clouds for the shops). This different lighting also gives the impression that the men were added later.

    I also agree that the seated figure needs to be more central to the image and needs moving more to the right of the frame.
    • 19 Feb 2010 12:39PM
  • Twilight

    The light seems to be positioned slightly behind the bridesmaids on the left and they seem to be in a bit of shadow. The shadow on the leg of the leftmost bridesmaid from the discarded shoes could be avoided as well.
    • 9 Feb 2010 9:47PM
  • MG TD Midget

    Thanks Dawn. Much appreciated.
    • 16 Dec 2009 3:14PM
  • Reflections

    This looked to show a lot of promise, but as it's been uploaded at such a small size we can't tell so there is nothing we can help you with. Upload it again 600 pixels on it's longest edge and I'm sure there will be plenty of people willing to tell you what they think.
    • 5 Dec 2009 10:27PM