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AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-05-14 18:27] [+]

good shot! you've captured this slice of river life well, and the note's interesting too. compositionally, i like the rocks in the foreground, but they seem a little bright to me - not sure what the psp equivalent is, but in photoshop i'd try running shadows/highlights (s=0, h=35%) on it to tone them down. i find the colour balance a little cool, try warming it a little (remember to use the appropriate white balance settings when you take the shot - cloudy for an overcast day for example). i'd also be tempted to sharpen it a little more, as there's detail here we're not enjoying to it's full potential. finally i think i might have been tempted to shoot from a lower angle to capture the tips of the trees against the sky. that said, it's a lovely image with lots of potential! :-D

about jpeg:
the final filesize of a jpeg depends on the amount of detail in an image, and the amount of compression you use.

at the same compression setting a highly detailed/sharpened and/or noisy image will always be larger than a soft/blurry or low detail scene.

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-05-12 20:00] [+]

good shot! you know me, always interested in orchid shots - and this one's no exception :)

you've captured this one well, the bottom floret in particular almost jumps out of the image! i think i might have been tempted to move the dead twig just above/right of the spike though, as it draws the eye away. that's the main challenge with orchids, finding a non-distracting background to isolate them from - unless you're trying to show their habitat, but then you'd want a wider angle lens imo.

the only other thing that strikes, is that the white balance is a little cool - i suspect you had it on either awb/sunny, since you're in the shade, the colours might look a little more natural with shade/cloudy. exposure is well managed, these are very magenta subjects, so pay close attention to the red/blue channels of your histogram (you have the advantage here - my 10d only has an overall brightness histogram, which means i can destroy a single colour channel, and not get any warning on the histogram at all! fixed on the 30d). if you're shooting raw, you can always adjust the balance after shooting - which is easiest imo.

anyway, a nice subject - and well captured :-D

p.s. a useful trick: use a piece of white card to set your wb before you shoot, or at least you can do this with Canon dslrs.

p.p.s hope the site survives the developers...

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-05-09 19:14] [+]

good shot! you've captured these wood anemones well, your exposure is spot on :) if i were to suggest anything - compositionally i'd prefer it if you could have framed it without any cropped flowers, but i know from experience that it's tricky. post process wise, i'd be tempted to run shadows/highlights in photoshop to enhance the detail of the whites of the flowers (s:0 h:20 maybe?). anyway, very nicely captured :-D

welcome to treknature!

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-05-06 19:28]

Good shot Tanja! You've captured this intimate moment well - but I hope you didn't distract them too much ;) I like the way you've captured the depressions in the water where they're resting on the surface, in fact the only thing I'm less keen on is the reflection at the bottom of the image, which marginally distracts. Using a polarizing filter would help reduce the reflections (but it's difficult with a compact camera) - but then you wouldn't see the little patches where their feet are touching the water so well anyway... The image quality could be a little better, but I'm guessing this is a crop rather than resized full frame? Despite those minor things, it's a nice capture :-D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-05-06 19:14]

Good shot! You've captured those Quebecois fall colours wonderfully, and the strong sky and reflections only add to the splendour of this scene. I think perhaps a harder ND would have kept the sky detail from blowing out, and maybe a little rotation would straighten up the reflections a bit (try 4.5°CCW and see what you think), but those are minor criticisms compared to the strength of this image! Very well seen and captured :-D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-05-06 16:39] [3] [+]

Good shot! You've captured this Libellula well, I particularly like your diagonal composition. If this were my shot, I'd consider a little more fine detail sharpening to accentuate the detail you've captured (try SmartSharpen 0.9px, 85% or thereabouts), but I know sharpening is a matter of taste. Ideally I think a little more DOF would be cool too - next time, try cranking it up to ISO400 (since the 350D can do well with shortish exposures at that speed), you'll find sharpness falls off over f13 or thereabouts (due to diffraction), but you can add more sharpening in PS to compensate for that. Not sure where exactly the focus point was, but ideally I'd aim for the eyes since that's where we look first - I know dragonflies are tricky though! Nicely done :-)

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-05-05 18:05] [+]

nice shot emma! if you're referring to my comment on that ceph shot - i meant cephs in general, not the whole of the uk orchidaceae - see my p.s. on that ;) you've captured these two very nicely indeed. you're right a little more dof would have been perfect, but it's barely noticeable at this size. i think if i'd posted this one i'd have added a little more fine detail sharpening, but otherwise it's lovely - colours are spot on, and the background is nice and non-distracting. very well captured :-D

p.s. is that a bluebell in the bottom right corner?

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-05-05 17:56]

Lovely shot! You've captured this Turaco well, I particularly like the bold colours and exquisite feather detail. Your choice of a relatively wide aperture has thrown the background nicely into bokeh too. However, I find the strange pattern in the background somewhat distracting - I think it's probably an artifact caused by the OOF enclosure, luckily that's correctable in Photoshop if you wish to do so (lasso the bird onto a new layer, create a duplicate layer with just the background, then gaussian blur the background layer). The only other marginal issue is that the back edge of the head is slightly soft - whether that's due to the subject moving, or the relatively shallow DOF is hard to say - but you were already at 400ISO so you didn't really have anywhere to go... I really like the catchlight in the eye too. Very nicely captured, TFS :-D

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-04-30 22:09]

nice shot! you've captured this moth nicely, i particularly like the way the blade of grass loops over - very dynamically composed! focus and dof look good, although the image is noisy - probably caused by significant oversharpening imo. anyway, a very good composition :)

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-04-30 9:21]

nice shot! you've captured this stilt well - i really love the warm colours here, and the misty backlit lighting. i think if i'd taken this, i'd have been looking at a horizontal composition, and tried to remove the shoreline - as it stands, since the bird is slightly in the mist the eye is drawn to the shoreline first, which is a shame since it isn't the main subject here... anyway, despite that minor suggestion, i really like this one :-D