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  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Solar Wind - BallycopelandCanon EOS5D

    Solar Wind - Ballycopeland
    Signal-Womb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 2 N: 2153] (13048) *



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2009-07-05 7:26]
    This is absolutely superb aswell. Must get out and try a few more of these.

    Gary

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Stargate - Legananny DolmenCanon EOS5D

    Stargate - Legananny Dolmen
    Signal-Womb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 2 N: 2153] (13048) *



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2009-07-05 7:25]
    Very impressive Steven, i know what you had to go through to get this. :)

    Gary

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Dunluce Castle - County AntrimCanon EOS5D

    Dunluce Castle - County Antrim
    douglascraig Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 29] (260)



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2009-02-05 12:44]
    Love this spot too Douglas, very nice capture. great movement in the clouds and i like the misty effect on the water.

    Rgds
    Gary

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Foley's Bridge - Shimna RiverCanon EOS5D

    Foley's Bridge - Shimna River
    douglascraig Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 29] (260)



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2009-01-23 18:25]
    Beautiful shot of Foleys Bridge Douglas. like the wide format.

    Gary

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Mussenden DawnCanon EOS5D

    Mussenden Dawn
    Signal-Womb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 2 N: 2153] (13048) *



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2009-01-08 9:23]
    Stunning

    Rgds
    Gary

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Newry Victoria LocksNikon D50 Digital SLR

    Newry Victoria Locks
    fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 141] (1741)



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2008-10-21 15:47]
    Nice composition Des, well done

    Gary

  • 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 ;)

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Electric BlueCanon EOS5D

    Electric Blue
    Signal-Womb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 2 N: 2153] (13048) *



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2008-08-14 17:37]
    Love the drama in the water Stephen, great composition as always and i like the way you have caught the small lights on the far shore.
    Id say you take a few more risks than me as i went back to the camper van when the light started to fade when we visited it.
    Keep safe
    Gary

  • 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.

  • IrelandIreland
    Title: Mount ErrigalCanon EOS5D

    Mount Errigal
    Signal-Womb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 2 N: 2153] (13048) *



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2008-07-07 16:43] [+]
    Hi Stephen this is a beautiful shot of errigal with lots of colour and a great POV that i wish id found when up there in April. The light is nice especially the bit on errigal.
    One thing though, is that your shadow below the pink flowered bush on the right? if so i would try and soften it a bit in PS.

    Best Regards
    Gary

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: The Walking Umbrella

    The Walking Umbrella
    batalay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6000 W: 457 N: 10393] (34795)



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2008-07-03 8:05] [+]
    Hi Bulent, i followed your link from Chris's picture of the lady in pink and was glad i did because it really made me smile which is important. I like your title too.

    Best Regards
    Gary

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: "Joshua Rocks"Nikon D80 DSLR

    "Joshua Rocks"
    gneufeld Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1358 W: 104 N: 3437] (15884)



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2008-07-01 14:14]
    Hi Gerald, wonderful details and a great reflection, the jet trails give the sky some nice interest. TFS Gary

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: My Lucky EveningCanon XT 350D

    My Lucky Evening
    benkrut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 203 W: 111 N: 469] (2407) *



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2008-06-24 16:08]
    Amazing shot, wonderful light and drama and the rainbow is the icing on the cake.

    Gary

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Bog CottonCanon 400d

    Bog Cotton
    sconz Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 51] (341)



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2008-06-24 16:06]
    Nice colour and light and good movement in the foreground, i know what we went through to get these shots so well worth the points. And i know u love getting the attention my shot of you has recieved ;-)

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: The Janus FigureCanon EOS5D

    The Janus Figure
    Signal-Womb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 2 N: 2153] (13048)



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    codiac Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 38 W: 2 N: 297] (1746) [2008-06-19 17:00]
    Amazing ancient figure, you have done a great job getting this as there was a lot of difficulties to overcome. I like that your eye is drawn to the figure without any distraction.

    P.S you would think they would come up with something more in keeping with the statue than a marquee tent from B&Q ;)

    All the Best
    Gary

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

    Road to Nowhere
    soupie01 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 104] (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

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