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27/10/2015 - 11:10 AM

Boat on Loch Rusky

Boat on Loch RuskyHi Kate. Composition is spot on and the lochan is a beautiful tone of blue. Of course, the sky is rendered very naturally and is as seen. You could, as an experiment use a digital grad to slightly darken the top of the image. This could then contain the frame and tie in a bit more with the tone of the water. Real nit picking there though and it's a lovely shot.
Playing with an undiscovered image(s)It's a bit of a Marmite thing this HDR - I like it only if I can't see it if you get my meaning Grin I think you've been sensibly restrained and it's a fine, well-composed image. If I was being picky- and it's all subjective. I'd say that the cyan hue is a bit too strong for my taste - I would expect the edge of that wave to be white or thereabouts. However, the colour may well have been your artistic choice and if so, please ignore my comment. The people on the lhs gave me a bit of a shock because I'd misjudged the scale in your image so, clearly, I know nothing Smile
02/07/2014 - 6:57 PM

Common Blue male

Common Blue maleWonderful shot, Andy and well-deserving of the EC. The only niggle for me is the oof stem and flower head reaching into the top right corner that draws my attention. Easily cropped or cloned if you wanted to but that's such a minor point on a delightful image.
07/05/2014 - 6:19 PM

First Light

First LightLovely elements in this, Phil and excellent composition. I wonder if I might be as bold as to suggest that the cliff tops may require a bit more pp work. There is some evidence of green fringing / chromatic aberration - so often evident in areas of high contrast. The cliff tops may also benefit from a slight exposure lift. I'm sure you know how to address these. If you have CS6 you can duplicate the layer and then press Shift+CTRL+A to reopen the image in Adobe Camera Raw where you can get rid of the fringing and lighten the shadows without affecting other areas if you felt the need to do so. In photoshop you could duplicate the layer, change the blending mode to screen. You could then drop the opacity to around 15%. Now add a layer mask and paint back the areas you want to remain at their current lightness level.
I would add that my comments are really nit picking and well done on such a dramatic capture.
17/01/2014 - 4:09 PM


WaterworldBoth work well and the composition is excellent. I definitely prefer the mono where the contrast is stronger. The colour has a slightly hdr (boosted midtones) feel to it although it is subtle and expertly applied. I therefore incline towards the mono purely for its relative impact. If I was fortunate enough to take such an excellent image I would consider cheating and cloning out the area of sky in the top left corner that draws my attention a tiny bit away from the main areas of interest. Great work, Dave.
12/01/2014 - 10:42 AM


RestfulI like it, Mark. The abstract nature works well and maybe it could be simplified further- centred, lose foreground rocks completely and maybe squared, half sky half sea. This gives a geometric, mathematical qualty to your image. Just an alternative option though, Mark
09/09/2013 - 5:53 PM

Life in a Rush

Life in a RushThere's a lot I like here, Paul. If I was being fussy I'd suggest raising the exposure slightly as the whites look slightly grey. The composition works but you also have several crop options here. I think you could crop off a bit from the bottom and more from the lhs. There is a danger that this would make the large boulder a bit central but I think it's an option. The lesser flow on the rhs is very attractive and a square crop from this side works well compositionally imo. Anyway, it's all subjective and it's a good image left as it is so I hope you don't mind me airing my thoughts.
29/08/2013 - 12:05 PM

Porth Nanven setting sun

Porth Nanven setting sunAl got there before me about the noise and barrel distortion. I still have my 17-40L and love everything about it other than its tendency to do this at 17mm. The 16-35F2.8L avoids this at 16mm but you pay for it and as Al says it can be corrected. Sometimes - edit - transform - warp is enough to drag up a handle and straighten it but there are plenty of other methods too. Great mood to this, Jerry.
21/07/2013 - 1:39 PM


HourglassLovely mood and tones with a strong profile against that beautiful evening light. I think, if it was mine, I'd lose the bottom third entirely as the lack of detail there isn't bringing that much to the party iykwIm.
17/04/2013 - 10:24 PM

In the balance

In the balanceI do find the dark bottom rh corner a bit of a distraction in an otherwise beautiful low light shot, Mark.
03/03/2013 - 10:58 PM

Millenium Centre Cardiff

Millenium Centre CardiffHi Anthony
As a Cardiffian I guess I just have to respond Grin I like the balance of the composition and tou have a very detailed capture. Only two suggestions from me. Cloning can be tricky but straightening up the lampost and the Pierhead building is relatively simple. Duplicate your original image (in case of disasters) Select the whole image - go to edit- transform and chose either warp or skew.(Photoshop CS2/3/4/5 etc Now drag the handles at the edge of the frame to straighten things up. My second suggestion is to tone down the greens slightly - unless the illustration feel was an artistic decision. You can do this by adding a hue/saturation layer. Use the sample pipette to click on the hedge and 'greens' will appear in the hue/saturation window. Now adjust hue/ saturation and lightness to suit. When you're happy flatten the layers and save. HTH.
21/12/2012 - 11:12 PM

Frozen journey

Frozen journeyWhat a fabulous image. The composition works with the eye following the path and then jumping left to that fabulously backlit tree. The tones give a truly wintery feel and the processing is suitably understated. Congratulations. It works really well as it is but a letterbox crop from the bottom to a third of the way up the sky is equally gorgeous and possibly more poweful. Gets my UA anyway.
01/12/2012 - 5:19 PM

Hidden Gem

Hidden GemLovely light and composition. Just a thought, but have you considered removing the cyan hue from the waterfall on a hue/saturation layer? I think it will have even more impact if you lose the blue.
09/09/2012 - 9:08 AM


AloneHi Paul
No looking back now tou have that lens. That feeling of being away from the crowds in the great outdoors but with a sense of purpose is really life enhancing. Beautiful elements in the shot. That w/a will always render subjects that loom large to the eyes as miniscule features like the buoy in my Nash Pt shots which is really big in reality. That's why it's often about fg and getting in very close to your visual anchor closest to the lens. The glass can be a few feet from it. Here the fg boulder appears cropped a bit tight at the bottom of the frame and silhouetted. Shadows are of course important but the Siggie could have shown more detail had it been a bit closer. Anyway, the image has lovely elements and great mood. Enjoy the lens.
17/08/2012 - 6:28 PM

Stormcloud III

Stormcloud IIIIt is an excellent image . Love the foreground and composition. The sky is truly striking too but looks a tad muted as though the mid-tones have been compressed. Possibly room to boost the highlights in the sky a bit more without blowing them. I only say this because the blue areas and all that white , fluffy cloud suggest it was a fine day.Hope you don't mind - a minority view and very subjective.
07/05/2012 - 11:08 AM

Breaking Dawn

Breaking DawnThis is a lovely image but I think it could be even better with a few minor adjustments if you were so inclined. The horizon is nearly true but could do with a tiny anti-clockwise rotation. The sky is wonderful but I'm not sure you need so much of the darker rhs. A crop of 1/3-1/2 of the top of the frame and more from the rhs would place your horizon closer to the top third and the groyne thingies would terminate at a natural focal point. Clearly, rules are made to be broken and it's a great image as it stands but you've definitely got a further shot within the frame imho, Phil. The wooden posts might take a fraction more sharpening too. I'm still jealous though Smile
04/05/2012 - 6:53 PM

Travelling Light

Travelling LightThis is excellent, Amanda. I prefer the processing of the sky in this one which is far less contrasty. On the other hand, I don't think the composition here has quite the imact of your previous upload. The bleeding of the light on the horizon across the top of the figure's legs, while unavoidable is a fraction distracting imho. However, these comments are minor, subjective points in the context of a beautiful image I'd be thrilled to have captured.
19/03/2012 - 8:43 PM

Llandwyn Island, North Wales

Llandwyn Island, North WalesComposition is excellent but there are a few things that struck me that are easily changed if you are inclined to do so. The horizon tilts down to the left a bit. It's often a trade off between keeping the vertical (the cross) and avoiding a sloping horizon. The two areas of lens flare beneath the lighthouse could podssibly be cloned out and you have three or four dust bunnies in the top right hand corner. These are minor picks in an otherwise lovely image.
29/11/2011 - 9:59 PM

Black rock

Black rockComposition and water flow are spot on. It does look as though there may be a bit of colour 'noise' in the sky area and the black rocks are very dark. However the attractive pastel hues and lighter tones counter balance nicely. a very attractive image.
03/09/2011 - 2:39 PM


heatherYou've captured the heathers well with the composition flowing from corner to corner works for me.. Unfortunately your camera has exposed for the foreground and consequently lost all sky detail. Spot metering from a light area of grass or use of a two stop Neutral Density graduated filter would have sorted it for you.