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galderjon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755) [2011-03-01 20:30]

beautiful title... pacific swell :)

great timing and sharpness, dynamic range and color temperature; using the camera settings nicely.

in terms of composition, i would prefer the surfer located in a stronger spot (rule of thirds) and some sand of the shore (bottom of the frame).

galderjon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755) [2011-03-01 20:13]

Great sharpness and details around the eye and on the beck.
The close up crop gives a strong feeling, which works and is eye-catching.
The dim lighting is a very important problem, in photography it is all about light... and in this case it was not good, forcing you to boost the ISO, the consequences are noise and other problems... the top edge of the head is OE and has a blue ghost line due to this problem.
You did your best in PP work, but the lack of light spoiled the shot.

galderjon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755) [2011-03-01 19:56] [+]

The bridge details are great, it looks sharp and very real.
Composition is unbeatable, perfect POV and Focal Length to get an interesting view... to accomplish that not only experience is necessary but also a good taste.
Good and helpful note as always ;)

galderjon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755) [2011-03-01 19:49]

hi Werner, in my opinion this one looks wide much better than the previous one. The eagle chest looks more natural now.
About the haloing... well... I like it, it enhances the shape of the 'bird' and doesn't bother at all. On the other hand, I wonder how this would look like with a cloudy sky :) More dramatic? Would the clouds distract our eyes from the main subjects amazing shape? Would them be over exposed or look unnatural because of the HDR process? The search of answers to these questions makes photography more interesting.
Great work on field and office (shooting and post-processing).

galderjon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755) [2011-03-01 19:41]

Good idea to catch a dry leaf on the grass.
The DOF is very narrow for a f/9.5 but works well.
The frame looks like of a slide.
The website you included on the frame is not a good idea, it is better if you put it in the note... because in the frame it distracts from the photo and is pointless.
Be careful with the Over Exposed areas on the leaf... maybe a faster shutter speed could have avoided it.
Looking forward to see more shots from that nice camera ;)

galderjon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755) [2011-03-01 19:33] [+]

Hahaha cool note Trudy :D it must be a hard winter over there but when Spring comes you'll enjoy it more than us...

The b&w conversion is fully justified by the facts you describe, well done!

The frame is amazing, just unbeatable, I love the combination of the black thick frame and the white line inside, it gives a strong feeling of 3D to the shot.

Great work to control a strongly wide dynamic range. I wonder if aperture could be narrower (to catch more details) as you still have enough speed to play with.

Take care and don't forget a thick coat and the scarf ;)

galderjon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755) [2011-03-01 19:26]

Very well composed image where everything looks good: sharpness, soft bokeh, colors, dynamic range...

You're lucky to have a backyard with this kind of visitors ;)

galderjon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755) [2011-02-24 20:20]

great timing and perfect camera settings (ISO, speed and aperture to get it sharp)
the road and color fabrics in the background enhance the fun and joy
really a cool one ;)

galderjon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755) [2011-02-24 20:17]

cool perspective, very clever composition, strong and surreal...
very hard to handle the light but not a bad result at all
it could work in black and white too ;)
cheers

galderjon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755) [2011-02-24 20:12] [+]

Hi Werner
I agree with Serges critique, unbeatable composition and sharpness... but the body details do not look real within the overall image, it needs more darkness in contrast with the rest of the areas in my opinion.
HDR is a powerful tool and making a good use of is not easy at all, we can lose track of our own photographic goal sometimes and overdo a natural image. Dynamic Range is a complex concept.
Keep on working on it, I am also looking forward to purchase the PaintShopPro version :)
Cheers