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DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2005-04-04 10:59] - [workshop] [compare]

This is a nice composition, though the dynamic range of the image has clipped the white on the side of the face and lost detail under the chin. Perhaps shooting in RAW and processing a low contrast image may help to restore some of the detail in these areas.

I did a workshop to brighten the image to help make the tit stand out a little more.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-11-17 0:04]

Just stopped by to look at what is happening at TN and came across this picture of yours. I love the composition, colours and framing. And the contrast between the sharpness of the stripes and the softness of the main/background is great.

Love this one.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-09-08 13:22]

I'll give this a big thumbs up for interest and education. Really helps to put things into perspective by bringing all four stages together. I guess by the end of the year we can all go out and buy 'My Acacia Tree - A potted natural history' in the book shops.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-09-06 18:03]

Is it my imagination, because there are so many pleasantries in the previous posts, but this picture looks really out of focus. In fact the only bit in focus is in the lower right hand corner. The note is long winded too.

Composition is nice - colours are good, shame the focus didn't follow.

Sorry this may seem harsh, but the comments are getting out of hand on TN.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-09-06 17:38] [+]

Nice perspective on the fungus - is that a ring flash, or a 'roof top' flash that you are using in these pictures. The lighting seems very natural, quite impressive.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-31 19:34]

Great animal portrait. I love the tones and colours in this picture. The amount of retained detail in the fur is fantastic.

The expression of the baboon, his face and eyes make this a picture to look at over and over again.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-31 19:32]

Beautiful contrast of colours, between the out of focus greens of the background and the reds and pinks in the foreground.

As with many macro shots, it would be nice to see the front quarter of the insect rather than the rear. However, the sitter isn't always that co-operative. Nice photo.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-31 19:25] [+]

That's quite impressive, can you give some indication of how big it is - it looks like it could be 1/2 metre in size, but I am sure that it is much smaller.

Use of the flash has been effective here and certainly brings out the colours in the armour plating. The only weakness is that the dragonfly is facing away and not towards the camera. But otherwise I quite like this.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-16 8:50] [+]

That is quite a stunning moth, the colouring on the wings is quite special. I like the fact that there is good depth of field on this picture showing everything in focus, whilst the context of the chair provides a rather modernist background which sets it apart from other macro shots.

DiaAzul Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 23 W: 8 N: 52] (152) [2004-08-16 7:45]

Its a grand picture of a mantis - provides really atmosphere. The lighting, depth of field and background really go some way to making this an excellent picture.