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18/02/2009 - 8:33 PM

raindrops on snowdrop

raindrops on snowdropNice snowdrop image. Get wet did you lying in the grass to take this shot? For me the best bit is the detail in the green 'pod' just behind the petals. The detail and clarity there is fantastic. The detail on the petals may be just a good but I think the darker colour just adds that something.
I have noticed what maybe a very subtle out of focus highlight on the LHS just above half way. It looks like a smear on my monitor but its on the image and it keeps drawing my eye as I hate dirty monitors.
Well worth the effort for the shot. Think I'll cheat and buy a pot of them and a garden spray for the weekend Smile
29/01/2009 - 11:31 PM

Knole Park 1

Knole Park 1Hi,
A nice enough image of somewhere I'd like to walk my dog. For me the interest lies in the paths and lit trees to the left of the image.

I've cropped out a lot of the bottom half of the image as it doesn't really add anything, just some grass and muddy path.
I've also cropped out some of the rhs for two reasons, one it moves the path junction into a better place within the image and two, the wooded area distracts from paths which are my main interest.

I based the mod on miptogs to save time and effort on my part so you'd need to add his mods to my mod for an end result.

The final mod now encourages my eye in from either the left or bottom up to the junction and then either up to the left through the trees or more likely along the snowy path and round the bend.

I know its a drastic crop but sometimes more is less as they say.
21/01/2009 - 11:49 PM

The bench

The benchLooking at this image I'm drawn to the warmth of the sun on the hills and tree. The way the sun is lighting the tree is great, the mixture of light and shade really make the branches look 3 dimensional.
The shaded foreground looks cold and uninviting and I move quickly away from what you have described as the focus of the image, the bench.
I think you've coped with the exposure quite well considering how much variation of lighting there is in the image.
I've uploaded a mod. I've lighted the bottom part of the image by changing the mid point of the levels to 1.25 and then putting a grad mask on so as to apply to bottom only with a gradual transition. I also added a warming photo filter (for ease) to warm up the foreground a little. Finally a crop to remove the less interesting right hand side of the image. I don't really like the proportions of my crop but it shows the effect of moving the bench from the centre of the image.

Hope the comments are useful or thought provoking.
10/07/2008 - 11:36 PM

snail trail

snail trailHi Shaun, interesting idea showing the snail slime.
Couple of points strike me about the image. You have clipped the edge off the snail shell and a lot of the leaf is out of focus. Attention to detail will fix the first problem, if your garden in anything like mine you will have ample chance to try again.
When shooting with a macro lens the depth of field is very shallow. Try to shoot flat on to large flat subjects to get as much of the subject in focus as possible. This is especialy true of butterflies for example. If you intended part of the leaf to be out of focus then you have accomplished your vision but the advice will still hold for other occasions.
Above all else have fun with your photography. I usually enjoy taking the photos far more than looking at the results.