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Photo Critique
United States
Title: My 800th PostCanon Powershot S3 IS
My 800th Post (72)
manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)


Great

suleesia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924) [2008-05-18 8:31]
Hi Manyee,
An incredible capture to mark your auspicious 800th upload. Congratulations.. Looking forward to the 1000th in the not too distant future. Thanks for your support throughout the years.
Rgds
T H Su

Singapore
Title: Crimson sunbirdCanon 400D Digital Rebel XTi
Crimson sunbird (10)
shirl6900 Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 24] (316)


Great

suleesia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924) [2007-10-20 1:31] [+]
well worth the effort.

Poland
Title: The sparrowCanon Rebel EOS 300D
The sparrow (16) *
cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)


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suleesia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924) [2007-10-19 6:27]
it is quite beautiful, actually. nice work.

Singapore
Title: Olive-Backed SunbirdNikon D70
Olive-Backed Sunbird (4)
Meerkat Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)


Good

suleesia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924) [2007-10-19 6:24]
nice composition but I detect a little bit of motion blur.

Hungary
Title:
"Jewel" (36) *
mmprof Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 13] (282)


Great

suleesia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924) [2007-10-19 6:20]
nice and sharp capture.

Malaysia
Title: Black Capped KingfisherCanon EOS 1D Mark III
Black Capped Kingfisher (8) *
A996sps Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 117] (969)


Great

suleesia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924) [2007-10-16 17:49]
INCREDIBLE!!

Malaysia
Title: Whiskered TernCanon EOS 1D Mark III
Whiskered Tern (4)
A996sps Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 117] (969)


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suleesia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924) [2007-10-15 16:19]
excellent camera work, good composition as well.

Hungary
Title: Extra to extramundi
Extra to extramundi (4)
Hormon_Manyer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)


Great

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2007-10-03 8:13] [+]
Wow; that really pops out in 3D if you have some filters handy. I used a red gel for my left eye, and a blue one over my right. It's worth noting that you need to get the filters the right way around though; obvious when you think about it, but still ;)

Focus is good; DOF seems pretty much perfect, the background is OOF and so feels natural when looking at it in 3D as we don't usually see the background sharply when we're looking at objects close to us.

The only thing I'm not so keen on are the blown out patches of sky between the trees, the trees to the right of the frame look more solid so I might have been tempted to shoot a little further from the left if it carried on like that to get rid of those patches if possible.

Despite the minor nit, it's a very nicely executed 3D image; I'm sufficiently keen on it that it's making me contemplate experimenting with that technique myself. Now wouldn't that be an interesting challenge, building a 3D, z-stacked, HDR panorama!

Japan
Title: SprayNikon D1X
Spray (22)
kona Silver Star Critiquer [C: 35 W: 3 N: 0] (875)


 

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2007-03-13 21:50]
Good, but too much JPEG compression - look at the blocking in the sky, and the strange patterns in the spray. I'd consider a RePost with far less compression.

United States
Title: Inquisitive hummingbirdCanon EOS 20D
Inquisitive hummingbird (24)
trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)


Great

AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2007-02-09 10:48] [2]
Great shot Tom! I love the amount of plumage detail you've captured here, it's amazing - and you rarely see that much on the common birds posted here, so to see it on something as small and quick as a hummer is incredible!

Composition is good too, although I think I'd be tempted to crop a few pixels off the top and left perhaps. I also wonder whether a fraction more DOF wouldn't go amiss, as the tail feathers are starting to lose sharpness - that said there's still plenty of detail there. Noise is very well controlled, particularly for ISO400.

An excellent capture - and this is my favourite of the three I think, as the eye is clearly in focus and the sharpness is excellent - plus it's an unusual pose :D

FYI: 1280x1024, LCD. Sharpness looks good here. That said sharpness is more dependent on the technology of the monitor and the person looking at it. CRT's tend to be soft, whilst flat panels display every pixel. So something sharpened nicely on a CRT may look unpleasantly oversharp on an LCD. Some people also prefer more sharpness than others. I tend to like a fairly high level, some don't. Best suggestion? Zoom in to 400% at look for haloes along sharp edges - if they're there, it's oversharpened, if not, it probably isn't.

Malaysia
Title: Common KingfisherCanon 350D / Digital Rebel XT
Common Kingfisher (18) *
pinangkia Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 41] (594)


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suleesia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924) [2006-12-10 5:36]
you can only oversharpened a sharp picture :)
Software issue aside, congrats on your beautiful capture, excellent fill-flash as well. Finally you got the elusive one, hope you took plenty of it :)

Malaysia
Title: Colorful Bee Eater
Colorful Bee Eater (20)
Hunter (137)


Great

suleesia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924) [2006-10-31 23:45] - [workshop] [compare]
Beautiful pose and composition. Need a bit of sharpening though.
Well done and welcome to TN.

Malaysia
Title: White Throated KingfisherCanon 350D / Digital Rebel XT
White Throated Kingfisher (32) *
pinangkia Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 41] (594)


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suleesia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 5 N: 129] (1924) [2006-10-13 9:47]
Nice composition with generous space all round. Excellent details and sharpness as well. Colour maybe a bit warm but that is dependent on individual preference. Well done!

Turkey
Title: need lipstick!Canon Powershot A610
need lipstick! (30)
eruyanik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 658 W: 23 N: 1216] (5046)


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AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-09-24 20:23] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
Nice shot! You've captured this dragonfly well - the key are the "lips", and those vivid green eyes. The wings at the top of the frame help anchor the image nicely. Not sure, but I think on balance I'd have liked to have the wings perfectly horizontal, and perhaps the entire legs in the foreground - but it's really funny as it is :D

P.S. I couldn't resist posting a Workshop for you!

Singapore
Title: FungusCanon EOS Rebel T3i
Fungus (30)
greenpinkorange Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 94 N: 415] (1789)


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AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-09-15 10:43] [+]
Nice shot! As Sergey suggests, it's not a fungus - it's the fruiting bodies of the tree itself. I'm fairly certain the correct term for this was "cauliflowery", meaning to produce flowers/fruits directly from the stem, but I can't find an online source to back me up! Similarly I suspect it of being a Eugenia species, but I can't back that up either... Another species that exhibits this trait is the Redbud (Cercis canadensis). Focus is good, and I like the use of DOF to isolate them from the background - about the only thing I'd consider is having the stem run diagonally across the frame so there wasn't quite so much empty space at the top, either that or crop it. Anyway, a good capture :D

Welcome to TrekNature!

Germany
Title: *Up, up, up!*Canon EOS 20D
*Up, up, up!* (28)
thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)


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AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-09-13 6:07]
Good shot Thorsten! You've captured this Garden Spider well. The amount of detail is amazing, and I particularly like the way it appears to camoflage with the background too. If I were to make any suggestions, perhaps a more diffuse flash would reduce the hard shadows? Anyway, an excellent capture :D

Indonesia
Title: I n c o n c e i v a b l e !!!Nikon CP 8800
I n c o n c e i v a b l e !!! (14)
Xplorator Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)


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AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-09-12 9:52]
Good shot Radu! On balance I think I prefer the colour version though. Focus is spot on, and the aperture choice has given you some nice background seperation too. I think if I'd been framing this, I'd have had the macaque on the left looking towards the coast though, if at all possible... Very well captured though - I'm just glad he didn't steal your passport ;D

United States
Title: WebCanon Powershot SD450
Web (8)
PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213)


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AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-08-30 19:27] - [workshop] [compare]
Nice shot! You've captured this spider's web nicely, the colours are key I think. I think you're right about a tighter crop - definitely take some off the top. Since the colours are important, maybe bump up the saturation a little too? Not quite sure about the orientation, try rotating it ~1CCW and see what you think... Have a look at my Workshop and see what you think! Well captured :D

Belgium
Title: casuaris casuarisCanon 350D (Digital Rebel XT)
casuaris casuaris (80) *
vanderschelden Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)


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AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-08-30 18:45] - [workshop] [compare] [+]
Lovely shot! You've captured this Cassowary brilliantly, focus/DOF are good, and the colours are amazing. About the only thing I'm less keen on is the noise in the background - I'd consider running something like NeatImage over it to reduce it. Anyway, a great image :D

P.S. I've posted a Workshop for you which I hope you'll find useful!

France
Title: une fleur
une fleur (2)
vincenti (30)


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AdrianW Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710) [2006-08-28 10:14]
Good shot! You've captured this Early Spider Orchid (Ophrys sphegodes) well. Focus is good, but I think the shot would be improved by a little more depth of field to bring the entire flower into focus. Also not sure about the white balance settings - this one seems a bit too blue, if this is a digital photo check that your white balance is set appropriately (shade or sunny are most likely). Anyway, well captured :D

P.S. Welcome to TrekNature!
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