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AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-07-08 13:38] [+]

Ident: More likely Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata) I'd say.

Good shot - Focus/DOF/Sharpness are excellent, exposure is probably slightly over on the very palest of the flowers, but that's not major considering they're not the key element - you still have plenty of detail on the beetles themselves. Nicely captured :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-07-08 13:11]

Good shot! You've captured this flamingo well, although I feel it could be a bit sharper considering your equipment - 1/100th possibly wasn't fast enough, but probably a good call considering the apparent light levels. My main concern is that the dark areas of the beak are pretty much the same colour as the background, which means that although the beak is the key element, we can't actually see all of it... The only real way to cure that in camera would be to photograph it against a brighter background - green grass would be ideal since it would contrast with the pinks in the flamingo. Well captured :)

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-07-05 16:13]

Good shot Emma! Love the poppy, exposure focus and DOF are all good. That bee looks quite at home in there! There are a few things I'd consider if this were mine though - firstly run Shadows/Highlights 50%/0 to bring out the detail in the bee - he's a bit dark currently. Also not sure, but I think I'd probably crop the edges of the poppies out of the top/bottom left, whilst I like the extra interest they provide I do find them marginally distracting. Anyway, congrats on another lovely capture :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-07-03 15:39] [+]

Nice shot! It's a blowfly, in other words a member of Calliphoridae. There's a suggestion on this site that it might be closely related to the greenbottle (Lucilia). However I can't find any more than that instantly, sorry... Hopefully someone else will come along with a full ident :)

As for the shot itself, the colours are nicely saturated but the insect itself doesn't seem to be quite as detailed as I think it could be - maybe some fine detail (0.8px radius) USM would bring the detail out in the original. Nicely captured :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-07-02 22:29] [2]

Good shot! Capturing anything small and fast like these guys on the wing is always an interesting challenge, even more so with a camera like the S2 - so, excellent timing! If I were to suggest any improvements, the main thing that stands out is the noise (speckles) in the background - so I'd suggest you use something like NeatImage/NoiseNinja/Noiseware to filter the background. Paste the noise reduced layer as a second layer over the original in GIMP and then knock through the filtered area with the eraser to reveal the original (unfiltered) version of the hummingbird. That way you only apply the noise reduction to the background. Or you could use a despeckle filter on the background, but that's a little more hit and miss IMO. You've done very well to capture one of these in flight :D

P.S. You don't need to suggest technical corrections to write a critique - just think about what makes that particular photograph special, and write it down ;) In the process you'll learn what makes the photographs that you like special, and with time hopefully you'll understand how to apply those techniques to your own images.

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-07-02 20:58] [+]

Any chance of it being a: Rameron Pigeon Columba arquatrix?

As for the photo, lovely work as usual. Focus is spot on, and there's a lovely amount of detail in the plumage. I think a fraction more DOF would have been useful to bring the nearest wing fully into focus, or perhaps hyperfocal focussing would have helped (probably not @ f/5.6). Anyway, a lovely capture of a curious bird. Good luck finding the ident! Well captured :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-07-02 18:58] [+]

Excellent macro! I wish I could give you some points for your Workshop on this one, it's fascinating. Unlike most other extreme macros on TN, this one is completely free of Chromatic Aberrations - which is interesting. Focus/exposure are spot on too! To be honest the lighting doesn't worry me too much here - there aren't any particularly problematic shadows, so that's a non-issue IMO. Have you tried z-stacking yet? CombineZ5 looks fascinating to me, and might help for future shots - although it's tricky to do with live subjects... Perhaps you could give it a go! Anyway, excellent work as ever :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-07-02 18:44]

Lovely shot! You've captured this "Buckeye" very nicely indeed. The details in the scales on the wings are spectacular, and the focus/exposure are spot on too. About the only thing I'm marginally curious about is the colour balance - perhaps try running AutoLevels and see whether you think it's an improvement, scanning film can often shift colours fractionally as I know to my cost! Anyway, an excellent capture :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-07-02 18:31]

Great shot! You've captured this Angelfish beautifully, and it's expertly isolated just the right amount from the background. The only minor nit I have is there's a small quantity of chromatic aberration in this version. If you have the full frame to hand, it might be worth experimenting with the Filter/Distort/LensCorrection command in Photoshop - perhaps play with the Chromatic Aberration settings whilst zoomed in to the higest contrast edges and see whether you can make a wonderful shot even better! Very nicely done :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-06-30 18:52] [+]

Good shot Hollie! I'll always give two points to a good shot of a wild native mammal :D Hard to say whether he's a youngster or not - as you say it's difficult to gauge the scale here... Looks like it was quite bright outside though? Most of the foxes around here tend to like being out around dusk, so the fact that it was out during the day is unusual. EXIF shows midnight, which it isn't - any idea how the time was reset, or haven't you set your 20D? Undecided as to whether I'd crop the top and some of the right hand side off here - I think the line of grass at the top draws the eye away from our furry friend... Anyway a lovely capture :D