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17/09/2013 - 9:10 PM

Last look at the heavens...

Last look at the heavens...Hi Valery, nice to meet you, nice shot. Since you've asked, here are a few suggestions: I've just looked up your camera and see that you've got quite a lot of control on the settings. Your choice of film speed is good, ISO 100 gives you the best quality of "film", good. For the exposure mode I'd have chosen aperture priority, the rock has been around for a long time and probably won't be going anywhere soon, the clouds are moving, but slowly. Aperture priority would have given you a slower shutter speed, not an issue, but a smaller aperture, maybe f16 at about 1/60 sec. which would have "stopped" the clouds and given you a greater depth of field, this would have made the foreground sharper. I've copied and edited, the main things were to reverse the image so that he is looking L to R, which we like since we read that way, and crop off a bit of bottom L and R to focus the eye better on the subject. The balance of the "face" now bottom L balances well with the dark cloud, top R. If you'd like to send me an e-mail address I'd be happy to write you with the image. Keep up the good work and the jokes, here's one for you; Mum, I don't want to go to school today. Son, you've got to. Mum, why, Son, because you're the head master. Best reards, Si.
29/07/2013 - 8:31 AM


WindfarmGood shot Rod. crop the sky down 'till black cloud equals weight of black hill in RH corner and see if you think the image gains more power. The sky/clouds above are lovely but maybe distract from the main subject. Si.

PS; I know it can be a bit windy up your way, but do you really need 1/1600th to stop a windmill? Just for me, cold you nip back and do it at 1/10th, love to see a bit of blur.
09/04/2013 - 10:19 AM

Command performance

Command performanceHi Moira, like this because; Triangle of players is repeated in mature lady, chair with bag & chair to left of it. Stance & expression of violinist. Corner of stair tells where you are are. 3 ladies heads form a violin bow. 2 identical paper cups link L & R ladies. All those empty chairs, who knows? Obviously perfect expo'. Thanks, Si.
24/03/2013 - 6:20 AM

woman on bench

woman on benchBold! Try cropping off left 30mm to loose distracting white area under bench, crop top down to about 20mm above head & loose some of the bush on right. This will make a tighter comp'. What if you made white bis of buggy red, would 2 vertical reds counter your horizontal red? This is just what I'd do, most important that you be yourself. Best of light, Si.