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Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2012-05-08 13:37]

I can't agree with any single one of the positive critiques you've received so far, Sebastien.
I know you are totally innocent of the outstanding pats on the back you've received, and you have no control on how other members rate your shots, but here's the truth:

There are no perfect details in the totally over-exposed neck
Light management is pretty poor, and overall pretty bleak and washed out
There is no perfect sharpness, the tongue of the bird is about the sharpest point of the shot
I see only three pretty washed out colours, so none of the colours are amazing
The macro shot is not at all sharp.

Sorry, but the truth needs to be told.


Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2012-05-02 15:08] [+]

Cool shot, with an excellent composition, Lea.
The foreground interest of the hands holding the flower really tries to jump out of the shot in an almost 3D effect.

Technically, a difficult shot to master, but your attempt here has worked out really quite well.
The focus is slightly off with the flower being slightly out of focus, but the finger and thumbs being in focus dominate the shot.

Aperture setting is spot on throwing the background and other distractions well out of focus, and the light is well balanced giving plenty of colour contrast and tone. Nice natural colours and the shot is realistic in the effect.

Yeah, there's room for improvements, but I have to congratulate you for the effort.

In essence, a real eye-catcher with plenty of punch and detail to the shot. An interesting and attractive image,

Well done,


Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2012-05-02 14:47]

Nice idea, but wrong technique in my opinion.
This would have worked much better in portrait format.

As it stands, you've got too much horizon, all of which is on an obscene tilt . There's no colour, no light, no contrast and no impact.
The land and sky are competing against each other, but due to the basic composition of the shot there's nothing to compete with.

Try using manual settings on the camera, or start to never believe what the meter reading tells you in automatic mode. Auto mode will always lie.

The shot you've uploaded is almost beyond repair, but in an attempt to show you what I mean, I have selected an image from my own gallery as an example.
The workshop I upload is from a scanned slide i took a few years ago on my travels in South America.

The shot was set on what was then my favourite 35MM camera: Pentax ME super with FujiChrome slide film, 100 ASA but set to and developed at 50 ASA.

Polarising filter and makeshift lens hood of a coat and a couple of tent poles fitted to prevent excessive lens flare. The sun burst is due to the reflection of light against the aperture leaves in the lens itself, and not due to any added filters.

I think I remember this was set to f22 with an EV of around 2/3. Shutter speed escapes me, but it would have been around 1/30 or more. the shot was hand held on the Sigma 24-70 APO. All manual focus in those days!

Hoe this all helps?



Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2012-05-01 13:33] [+]

What happened here Denis?
1/2 second exposure with nothing but blur. Was it a hand held shot, or blurred due to the model moving?

Not sure what's more confusing for me on this one, the image or the note.

Not gonna rate this one I'm afraid.
I think this was an accident and you know where you went wrong, so I can't point out any room for improvement.



Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2012-04-25 13:15] [+]

Heh Heh Heh…Oh yes, the Blaydon Races.

"Ahl the lads 'n lasses there, ahl wi' smilin fyeces, gannin' alang the Scotswood rurd, te see the Blaydon races"

Been years since I saw this scene Bri. I used to do a milk round when I was a bairn, and you've brought a canny few memories back with this one.
God, it was geet caad in the winters.

On a serious note:
You have indeed brought back memories of the area, and in daylight, I doubt this would be worth a second glance (Maybe it's changed since i was a bairn) but you've certainly done justice to the NE with this one.

Beautiful sunrise and great cloud base. I think the centre horizon works well here with a great symmetry to the shot of the sky reflecting over the Tyne.
A few dust bunnies, but easily fixed.

I'm now, thinking of all the mischief we used to get up to down on the quayside….Hmmmmmmm.

Nice one,


Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2012-04-25 11:48]

That is a really neat shot Julie.

The detail and definition on the wing feathers is outstanding.
I think you've got the best out of this one on the white balance alone.

Unlike most who've already commented, I'm not entirely sure about the border top and bottom only, but it certainly does enhance the white of the swan because of the sudden contrast change.



Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2012-04-25 9:49]

Can't agree with most of the buddy buddy comments you've recieved so far, and no doubt will continue to receive for the next few hours whilst this shot is on page one of the gallery, Elau.
I know you have no control of how people vote/critique etc, but I think looking at some of your recent uploads you've been getting away with it for a little too long now.

Yeah, a nice composition and a nice aircraft to shoot, but that's about as far as it goes, and definitely not one of your best.

It's a very noisy shot and the noise is exaggerated by the digital zooming and cropping. I fail to believe that at 100 ISO you'd be getting this much noise.
A tad washed out as far as colour saturation goes and it's slightly over-exposed. It's also over sharpened, evidence of which can be seen in the ghosting along the leading edge of the tailplane and trailing edges of the wings.

You'd have been better off selecting spot/centre weighted metering, adding a little EV to compensate for the clear blue and very bright sky and shooting in manual.

I know I've said in the past that for Jets I tend to slap the camera in Sports/auto mode, but it's not a law I stick too, and is totally dependant on the conditions.

Nothing personal Elau, but you can do better. We know that by the many other great shots you've uploaded.



Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2012-04-09 12:27]


Thanks Fiona. Brings back memories of when I was on holiday overseas one year.
Don't recall taking Speedos with me though!.
Got to admire their tenacity for swimming at that time in the morning.

Nice shot, Fiona.
Early morning sunrise casting that gorgeous glow across the sand and restaurant make me warm inside.


Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2012-04-05 12:52]

I like the B&W, I like the tight crop, I like the "cut off chin" which balances the composition of the "cut off head", I like the light, I like the tone.
In all, I like the shot and your whole approach.

I do not like the dominating logo that smacks you in the face as soon you open the shot though.
The image file size is too small to be of any value to anyone who thinks it worth stealing for any financial gain.



Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0) [2012-04-04 12:52] [+]

Well spotted and I can see why you wanted to photograph this one. A very humorous shot indeed.
A classic old boot shot, with a bit of a fun twist too.

It's a shame you haven't opted to upload the image with EXIF data Jose, because it would have been good to see what the settings were when you took this.
The white balance as you can see is very yellow, so i think you may have had the camera set to cloudy/or perhaps a manual Kelvin setting?

It's relatively easy to fix though, and can be done via the software that came with your camera, or other editing tools such as photoshop etc.

I've done a workshop correcting the white balance and I think it improves the shot all round.
Hope you like it.