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shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-23 9:48]

Hi Gerard.
What a fantastic image! The detail is quite striking, and it's obviously in the original image and not the illusory "sharpness" of USM.
The overall exposure is very good, adding to the contrast.
A note would be nice too :)
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-22 10:56]

Hi Andy.
This is a strking and evocative image.
The relatively monochromatic effect is very appealing, and suits the scene very well.
As for the white balance: strangely, to me it has the look and feel of a very still, hazy, stiflingly hot summer's day, more akin to a summer here in Western Australia than Bedfordshire :)
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-22 10:50] [2]

Hi Luca, welcome to TN.
This is a fine image. The distant mountains are highlighted and separated from the line of trees very dramatically, because we cannot see the trees gradually leading back to the mountains. This technique gives a very strong 3D effect and enhances such landscapes. Very well done.
It is a shame there is not just a bit more of the beautifully coloured lake visible, and there appears to be a faint lens flare in the centre of the mountain ridge.
But a beautiful scene and a great start to TN.
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-16 7:21]

Hi Zeno.
Another great image. I'm surprised that f8 gave you the fairly shallow dof you achieved here. But it's good that it did: the softly focused background gives a strong sense of depth and clarifies what would otherwise have been a tangle of branches and tree-trunk.
Excellent!
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-16 7:16]

Hi Steve.
This is a great capture--just goes to show, you really don't need a panoramic camera if you take the time and choose your position well. And you have chosen the view extremely effectively here.
Beautiful!
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-16 7:12]

Paulo, what a delight seeing such a different perspective of this most popular of TN subjects :) Despite the very shallow dof, this oblique shot is extremely beautiful.
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-15 11:54]

Hi Jagath.
What an amazing creature!
I do like the lighter background behind the wings, although I know that when shooting dragonflies we often do not have any time to do more than just shoot. Which leads on to the big white blob in the background. It's made a tad more annoying by the extreme over-exposure, but the exposure is perfect for the dragonfly, and that has to take preference of course. With such a stunning and transitory subject, I guess you simply have to accept such compromises :)
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-15 11:47]

I'm not sure this photo really worked, but it's a great idea for a revisit--the way the grapevine appears to be suspended in space, with no visible means of support, is a fantastic and very elegant effect. With a simple, dark background, the vine would stand out beautifully, and you would have a truly stunning shot.
I'm tempted to go out and try the same with my grapevines, but it's rapidly approaching the winter solstice here, so I have nearly six months to wait for the new shoots to appear :)
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-15 11:21]

Hey Leon, welcome to TN.
Interesting shot--I especially like the soft, muted colours, and the DOF gives the pine cone great depth. It's an almost 3-D effect :)
The composition is quirky, at first it looks a tad unbalanced, but that in itself adds a degree of tension to an otherwise static subject, so I like it--'fraid I'm not a purist in such matters :)
regards,
Sheldon (shel)

shel Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 19] (85) [2005-06-14 22:35]

Hi Anton.
Of the two swan shots, I much prefer this one. Although easily recognisable as a swan, it is not your usual shape/pose and requires a second look. It is delightfully abstract, definitely not a cliche :)
regards,
Sheldon (shel)