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AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-06-27 20:44] - [workshop] [compare]

Nice shot Rob! I've always had a soft spot for these beauties, and the rest of the Ophrys come to think of it ;) Focus and DOF are good, but there are a few things I think could be enhanced - the white balance is a bit too cool (WB should be set to flash if that's the main lightsource, AWB is pot luck), and there's a fair amount of noise in the background - thankfully neither is insurmountable - have a look at my Workshop for the post-processing solutions! Anyway, well captured :)

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-06-26 12:39]

Good shot Loot! Focus and DOF are spot on, and the separation between bird and mud is surprisingly good considering they're very similar in colour. I wonder what it's pecking at? I suspect a slightly tighter crop would be better (cut left and top) to remove the wiggly bit near the left hand edge. Your note is truly excellent, if I could give you two points for that I would, and as for the Workshops - they add a very nice finishing touch to the story. Glad you escaped! Excellent work :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-06-25 12:36]

Great shot! You've captured this puffin beautifully, I particularly like the way his beak is stuffed full of sand eels :) Pose is nice, and the focus is spot on. I suspect there is a little more fine detail in the original though - at first I thought it might be a sharpening issue, but it looks like it's actually a JPEG compression problem - if you used more of your 200kb limit I think it would look even better. I think playing with Curves might pay dividends too. Very well captured :D

P.S. Please consider writing a few more critiques - for TN to continue to be a success we need participation, not just posting images, but critiquing them too... It's obvious that you're a good photographer, so why not share some of your knowledge!

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-06-25 12:25]

Lovely shot! The contrast between the strong reds of the dragonfly, and the green/yellow background is amazing. Sharpness and detail in the body are impressive too. About the only thing I would like (in addition to markula's suggestion) is just a fraction more DOF since the lower wingtip isn't quite sharp - were you out of DOF I don't know since there's no shutter/aperture data? However those are only minor nits, and not enough to stop me adding this to my favourites :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-06-24 19:01] [+]

Good shot! Particularly appropriate since I was watching a set almost identical these this afternoon here in the UK, sadly my longest lens is 200mm - nowhere near long enough, but there's always next year ;) Exposure and focus are good, contrasty subjects like Avocets are difficult, but you've done a good job here - I always suggest you experiment with Shadows/Highlights with shots like this one though, sometimes you can pull a little more shadow detail out. There isn't quite as much fine detail as I'd like though, not sure why - was this a crop? A lovely capture :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-06-24 18:09] [2]

Good shot! You've captured this Sympetrum very nicely, focus is spot on, and sharpness is excellent too. I also like the nice clean background. I think ideally perhaps a little more DOF would have helped though, as some of the legs aren't as sharp as I'd like, otherwise nothing to add. Very well captured :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-06-24 17:30]

Good shot! You've captured this family of ducks very nicely - I particularly like the way they follow a line across the road. If I were to suggest any changes, I might be tempted to crop a fraction off the top, just above the point where the road leads into the picture - that way the red flowers don't draw any attention away from the ducks. Well captured :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-06-19 16:55]

Good shot! You've timed this perfectly, and you're right - he does look like a steath fighter :D About the only improvement I can suggest is to try running Shadows/Highlights (100% on shadows) and see whether you prefer it - it certainly brings out the colours of his plumage better i think. Anyway, an excellent capture, thanks for sharing :D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-06-05 19:35]

Nice shot! Focus, DOF and sharpness are all good - I think I'd probably have moved the blade of grass/sedge on the right out of the way if this were my shot though.

99% certain that the heavily spotted specimens are hybrids. The marsh orchids hybridize frequently with the common spotted, almost wherever the two co-exist. The hybrids are usually bigger than the two parent species, and the leaves strongly spotted - often more so than the common spotted!

Sorry to hear you and the Nikon still aren't getting along though...

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-05-19 14:43] [+]

nice shot steve! good to see you back on tn too :) i like the lighting, although this one's a bit dark imo - in ps i'd probably experiment with shadows/highlights to bring out a bit more detail in the darker areas, but it's nice as it stands. personally i think i'd also sharpen it a little more - i think there's some detail in the shot we're not quite seeing. interesting that the stipe is twisted though, do you (or clive) know whether that's normal? mine wasn't twisted, but that assumes i have my ident right anyway ;) an interesting fungus, very nicely captured :-D