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  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Scarborough BluffsCanon  EOS 300D

    Scarborough Bluffs
    paprika-jancsi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 304 W: 22 N: 45] (2349)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-10-05 21:39] [+]
    Nice shot Janos! The sky's interesting, with lots of high wispy Cirrus clouds, and the pink tint to them adds just a touch of all three primary colours to your composition.

    The sandstone bluffs make an interesting backdrop; and the trees towards the centre of the frame are nice too.

    Compositionally I think I'd have liked a more obvious focal point; there are lots of elements here, but unfortunately to me they seem to be vying for attention, rather than forming a coherent story. If the sandstone is the subject, personally I'd like it to be more prominent in the composition I think. I might be tempted to crop the lower quarter off the bottom, as the cars in the car park don't add positively to the composition IMO. That said, composition is very much subjective, and how I see something can be very different to how anyone else will see it!

    Something's not right technically though, unfortunately I'm having a hard time pinning it down precisely. The highlights on the trees seem to lack detail; particularly towards the right hand edge. Oddly the histogram looks reasonably sane; although you've slightly overexposed the sandstone itself, it's not a major issue for the majority of it. The histogram doesn't look chopped either, but it feels like a solarization/quantization type effect. Interestingly if you convert it to 256 colours, then there's very little change to the image; I'm wondering whether it accidentally got converted at some point? How did you process it?

    P.S. Deleting your pictures is one way to guarantee no-one will visit them; martyrdom awaits you ;)

    P.P.S. Panoramic format images are always a hard sell on the Trek sites and Flickr; as a 150px width thumbnail shows a lot less detail for panoramas. I'm sometimes tempted to shoot for square for that reason!

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Hitchin' a RideSony Alpha 350

    Hitchin' a Ride
    WelshTraveller Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 112 W: 0 N: 36] (354)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-09-05 13:50] [+]
    Nice shot David! Perfect timing with the little 'un poking his head out like that; and the reflection's great too :D

    My only slight nits are that there seems to be a halo around the grebe itself (particularly down the back of the neck), and a there seems to be a slight lack of fine detail all over. How did the original unworked image look? If there's plenty of detail and no haloes it might be worth re-working it a little. I suspect the haloes are a sharpening artifact (USM? Radius 3px or so?); and if I were to guess, I'd say this was a hard crop? If so that might explain the lack of fine detail. Of course it's a Friday night, so I might simply be hallucinating it all ;)

  • MalaysiaMalaysia
    Title: Spinning with PetronasCanon EOS 20D

    Spinning with Petronas
    capthaddock Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3689 W: 138 N: 6179] (28790) *



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-08-06 20:36] [2]
    Very nicely done Tan! This is definitely my favourite of the three, here the wheel seems to point to the Petronas Towers, and the red contrasts better with the deep blue of the sky in my opinion!

    Exposure's very nicely managed, and the shot was taken at my favourite time too; the blue hour just after sunset! Can't quite decide whether I'd run Shadow/Highlight and bump the Shadow up a little, you'd lose the night feel, but you'd gain a bit more separation on the near shrubbery.

    One thing I'd definitely do in your shoes is a dark frame subtraction, even at TE size there seem to be some stuck pixels, for instance there are two red ones that I can see instantly here (top left for example). Unfortunately they move in the other shots, so it looks like you'd need to take a dark frame manually after each shot if you wanted to map the dead pixels out. In your shoes I might consider cloning them out of the uploaded shot at least.

    It's still a favourite image of mine; and a view of Petronas that I haven't seen before :D

  • NetherlandsNetherlands
    Title: The lake of Haagse BosNikon D60

    The lake of Haagse Bos
    kiks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1400 W: 165 N: 1473] (11749)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-08-05 14:48] [+]
    Nice shot Kik! The sky is a perfect mix of blue sky and white fluffy clouds; the reflections add to the calm and relaxed feel, but it's the bridge that makes the shot for me :D

    If this were mine I think I might be tempted to brighten it a little though; as it stands it feels ever so slightly underexposed to me. Ideally in brightly sunlit scenes the histogram should just touch the right hand side; so when shooting I'd aim for as close to the edge as you can without going over, and then I'd pull it right up to the edge before uploading. In this case adding a fraction more contrast would also help I think, so try an s-shaped curve like this.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Road to NowhereCANON  EOS 400D

    Road to Nowhere
    soupie01 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 103] (789)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-05-30 19:46]
    Nice shot Patrick! I like the way the road draws the eye towards the coming maelstrom ahead. Your HDR work is nicely done too, it looks very natural IMO.

    About the only thing I do notice is a slight softness that I often see with fractionally out of alignment HDR images. If you agree, try re-processing it with the latest version of Photomatix, and experiment with the alignment options in there.

    Also, if you have five images like this, check to see whether you think any are not contributing significantly to the end result, and consider dropping those frames; fewer frames usually results in better alignment too.

    If fewer frames and the alignment options still result in slight softness, try using something like PTgui to pre-align the frames before you merge them.

    Overall a very nice piece of work though :D

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Hot Air BalloonOlympus Stylus 300 Digital

    Hot Air Balloon
    berseph Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 409 W: 160 N: 372] (1758)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-05-21 18:40]
    Nice work Amber! The dutch tilt adds a little excitement to the composition, and in theory the strong backlighting should make those colours really pop too!

    You've done well to keep the exposure balanced, as there's both strong light and deep shadow in the shot. As is fairly common I feel the shadows could benefit from a little warming; if you're using Photoshop try applying Image/Adjustments/PhotoFilter Warm-85 at 50% or so to a new layer and knocking out the sunlit parts. I think I'd be tempted to use a little Shadow/Highlight to darken the highlights a little too.

    I might also be tempted to save with a little less JPEG compression; as the sky seems to block up when I apply Shadow/Highlight to it. If you're reworking this version of the image, you could just blur the sky a little.

    Overall a commendable effort, particularly considering the tricky lighting :)

  • TurkeyTurkey
    Title: foggy day at the parkNikon D 200

    foggy day at the park
    keribar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1770 W: 135 N: 8833] (43841) *



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-05-21 16:48] [+]
    Lovely shot Izzet! Your choice of mild-telephoto compresses the gaps between the flowers perfectly, and your low angle converts the tulips into a solid wall of colour. The mist helps soften the edges just enough to finish the effect to perfection. The lamppost makes a great focal point too!

    If this were mine, I think I might have been tempted to zoom in on the lamp-post a bit more to make it even more prominent in the composition though, but that's purely subjective.

    Overall though, I love it, sufficiently so that it's now added as one of my favourites :D

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: Another view of Florence

    Another view of Florence
    bigboroboy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 223 W: 0 N: 124] (1098)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-05-11 16:28]
    Nice shot Phil! This is a powerful sky, with plenty of cloud detail, and it's perfectly exposed too :D

    That said, in my opinion the silhouetted skyline could be stronger. I feel that perhaps getting a little closer to that tower on the right might have strengthened it a little.

    Overall whether the shot is successful depends on your intent. If you wanted to create an image that says "Florence" or "Italy", then I feel a stronger and more recognisable silhouette would help. Converseley if the intent is to show off a wonderful sky, then I'd say you've aced it :D

  • AustraliaAustralia
    Title: Melbourne CBDCanon EOS 20D

    Melbourne CBD
    linask Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 275 W: 265 N: 525] (2930) *



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-05-09 12:07] [2] [+]
    Nice work Linas! You've taken this night shot at the perfect time IMO. I really like the colour contrast between the natural blue lighting, and the warm artificial light. The reflections balance and complement the buildings themselves too.

    I can't quite decide whether I might be tempted to trim a little off the left hand side or not; I don't feel the short office building adds to the scene, but it is nice to have the final tower on the (if I remember rightly) station building.

    One thing I would have a look for in the darkest RAW file is the detail on the clockface of the ?station, currently it's white, but I think you might be able to pull it back from the 4s exposure.

    Overall, I like it! It's a very nice piece of work :D

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The Palladium  Bridge at Bath

    The Palladium Bridge at Bath
    jvachon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 4 N: 132] (548)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-05-05 18:37] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
    Nice shot Joni! You've captured the green-ness of the area well, the bridge makes a good focal point too.

    There are a few things I'd consider adjusting if this were mine though. The main problem is the image quality itself, this presentation of your shot feels pixellated and lacking in resolution to me. I'm guessing you resized it from 640x480? If so, next time I suggest you just leave it at 640x480 and explain in your Note that the image was taken at that resolution. If it wasn't taken at 640x480 we need to work on your resizing process... Please let me know!

    Also, it's minor, but the horizon feels slightly off to me. Try rotating it 1.4CCW or so, and see whether you think it's an improvement.

    As an aside, it's called the "Palladian Bridge" and Bath is in Somerset not Shropshire ;)

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Fighting evilCanon EOS 300

    Fighting evil
    vjmite Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 190 W: 29 N: 633] (3618) *



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-03-31 14:38] [+]
    Good shot Vincent! I really like the warm tones of the early morning sun, and the greyness of the sky really emphasises the colours in the foreground. I really like the little white clouds overlaying the greyness, but the sculpture is clearly the subject, and a wonderful subject at that :D

    Your post-processing work is very good too on the whole, but if this were mine I might be tempted to re-scan the original. Why? If you look in the shadows carefully, you'll see there's a distinct reddish cast; unfortunately that's caused by the green and blue channels clipping quite hard in the shadow areas whilst the red hasn't. You can knock the bottom off the red channel to match (use Levels, and move the upper left hand marker a little to the right for the red channel), but a fresh scan for the shadows would be the best option. If your scanner supports it, adjust the Analog gain sliders until the curve just about touches the left hand edge of the histogram.

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Gift from GodCanon EOS 5D

    Gift from God
    KevRyan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1798 W: 194 N: 5130] (22952) *



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-03-31 14:19] [+]
    Good shot Kev! I'm not usually one for the Dutch Tilt, but in this case it sets off the absurdity and comedy of the upside down church to perfection. The gardener seems to anchor the frame well :D

    You know a visit from me wouldn't be complete without a suggestion though ;) I think, if this were mine, I might be tempted to use Shadow/Highlight (say 0:10); as it brings out a little bit more of the sky texture.

  • New ZealandNew Zealand
    Title: New Plymouth sunset

    New Plymouth sunset
    Kay01 (53)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2008-03-20 18:14]
    Welcome to TrekEarth Kay! It's a gorgeous sunset, and the calm sea works well to reflect those vivid tones. My favourite part has to be the flock of birds though! If I were to suggest anything, I might be tempted to straighten the horizon in the background a little. Here's a good technique to use! Rotating it 1.25CW should do it. The tutorial also shows a simple sharpening technique too. Remember you can save with less compression; TE allows up to 200kB, and you're only using 40kb. If you used less compression there might be more colours in the beach and we may be able to recover the man standing there, or remove him entirely if you wish ;) Overall, an excellent first post :D

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Fossil RiverFuji Finepix S5200

    Fossil River
    faganrodney Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 114 W: 58 N: 136] (489)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2007-10-20 18:40]
    Nice shot Rodney! Despite having been to Newfoundland twice so far, I've never really paid too much attention to the geology of the place; other than to note places like Gros Morne were glacial/fjord, and it was mostly igneous. Your note and profile have changed that, so when I go back again this year I'll be looking at it with fresh eyes. Of course whether I'll be able to find any geology through the weather should be an interesting question ;)

    Image quality wise; the original version is oversharpened IMO, the Workshop shows some odd smoothing though (particularly in the trees on the right at the back), how does the original look? Of the two I prefer the WS.

    I really love the way you've captured the golden tones of the water, it almost looks like a river of Champagne here :)

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: warm wind and a drive through the dalesOlympus E-500

    warm wind and a drive through the dales
    Newair Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 62 W: 0 N: 57] (323)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2007-10-15 16:18]
    Nice shot Alan! It's just so quintessentially British that it almost feels like a pastiche. I love the strong clouds, and the dry stone walls, about the only thing missing is a cobbled street ;)

    I'd consider a B&W conversion based on the red channel for this one I think; the old school feel of the image seems almost out of place in colour.

    There are a couple of blown out patches in the clouds, but they're not major; they're easily fixed with a low opacity clone tool though, if you feel so inclined.

    I also think ideally the car should be slightly further left than it is, but only slightly.

    Overall a very nice shot :D

  • CanadaCanada
    Title: Bonavista sunset

    Bonavista sunset
    blacklight (60)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2007-10-14 16:58]
    Nice to see some more Newfoundland shots on TE; it's a beautiful province afterall!

    I really love the strong sky you've captured here; as you say, the skies really were awesome. I guess it's got a lot to do with being right on the Atlantic.

    If I were to make any suggestions, I think I might be tempted to crop a little bit off the bottom of this one; as the sky's in danger of being overpowered by the darkness at the bottom of the frame. Whilst there's some detail down there, there's not enough to keep the attention IMO.

    A very nice capture :D

  • PolandPoland
    Title: Krakow

    Krakow
    molla Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 678 W: 76 N: 931] (7127)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2007-10-09 13:25] [+]
    Nice shot Anders! The warm tones of the artificial light and dusky sky provide an interesting contrast to the greens in this shot. The strange thing is that I almost feel the colours are incongrous; it has a slightly ominous tone, and it's almost as if it wants to be in B&W.

    The geometry of the shot is a little strange too; the building seems tilted to the left, I'm guessing in reality the street slopes downwards from left to right though. If you want to correct the alignment experiment with Filter/Distort/LensCorrection (try Remove Distortion +7, Vertical Perspective -10, Horizontal Perspective +11, Angle 357.5).

    Overall an interesting, if somewhat disquieting capture :D

  • FinlandFinland
    Title: Madrinha da BateriaCanon EOS 350D

    Madrinha da Bateria
    ktanska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3238 W: 54 N: 3763] (23408) *



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2007-10-09 12:39]
    Nice shot Kari! I looked at the thumbnail and thought Brazil, never in my wildest dreams did I expect it to be Finland; so thankyou for posting this, it's just so unexpected! Definitely not a stereotypical Finnish scene.

    I love the bold colours, and the sense of "life" your picture conveys. The cut-out on the frame for her hand is a nice touch too.

    About the only suggestion I can come up with, is perhaps the foot in the bottom left could be toned down or blurred a little; but overall it's a very minor distraction to what is a great shot :D

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Le Bono 3Nikon D200

    Le Bono 3
    Herquin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 491 W: 57 N: 635] (7165)



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2007-10-09 11:33]
    Nice shot Christian! I like the contrast between the strong whites of the boats and the deep green sea.

    There are a few things I'd change though if this were mine I think. Firstly, it feels like the horizon is tilted; I'd consider rotating it 1.6CW. Also the whites of the boats seem a bit too bright, they're just clipping; so it might be worth checking the original to see if you can pull any more detail out there, particularly if you shot RAW. I also feel it could do with a little more sharpening, but I realise that's a matter of taste more than anything. Finally I'm not too keen on the colour of the frame, but that's again a matter of taste more than anything.

    Overall a pleasing capture though :)

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Westminster bridgeSony DSC R1

    Westminster bridge
    eyesthetix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 9 N: 134] (641) *



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    AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 1144 N: 354] (2274) [2007-10-06 17:07] [2]
    Lovely shot Daniel! The contrast between the blue of the dusk sky and the yellow of the artificial lights is wonderful. I also like the starburst effects around the highlights, and the smoothness of the overall image; beautifully clean.

    There are a couple of things I'd alter if it were mine though. Firstly, it feels like there's a slight tilt on the tower; consider rotating it 1.12CCW. Secondly, the clock face is slightly overexposed; I usually take a second shot for that and merge it in Photoshop afterwards. It doesn't really matter too much about when the other shot was taken as the only thing that really changes on the face is the time; during the evening the lighting on it is always pretty much the same.

    Although I miss the dynamic feel of your light trail shots, it's still a great capture :D

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