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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    I agree with Yildiz and Sury. IMHO if it were my image I would get rid of the highlights in the top left corner. My eye gets drawn there and I find them distracting. OssieStatistics: Posted by Ossie — Mon May 25, 2015 9:18 am
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Birds 2015 May 25, 2015
    Lovely images all.Sury I particularly like the shot of the Coot. I find trying to get detail in a bird that has black plumage a real struggle but you have caught the bird beautifully.OssieStatistics: Posted by Ossie — Mon May 25, 2015 9:12 am
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    I agree with Yildiz's assessment. The slightly wind blown hair adds to the natural look and feels more like youcaptured the moment than took a posed portrait. The overall softness adds to the tenderness conveyed by thephoto. Personally I am not a big fan of vignetting but it certainly worked in this case.One suggestion, if […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Senior Pictures. Oh the pressure. May 25, 2015
    Hi Jeff; I think that you've done nicely. The focus is on the lovely smile and face. The fact that the your subject also sports a neat hairdo and a deep blue sweat shirt creates an uncluttered portrait. The effect of the breeze is not visible and the darker background brings out the subject's features […]
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  • Aster's Photo Challenge • Re: Challenge #56:"Spring Patterns"-Winner Announced May 25, 2015
    Congratulations, Birma! Nicely observed about ferns indeed; they are truly ancient plants dating back even before the dinosaurs walked the face of the earth. Their survival story is a testimony for using the Golden Ratio as the efficient design to perpetuate the species. " Ferns are a very ancient family of plants: early fern fossils […]
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New Photoworld – Alpha 900 A2 foldout poster

For any large circulation magazine to create a page section which folds out to view a A2 size is too expensive to consider – but Photoworld, subscribed to by enthusiasts and printed in a short run of only 1,600 copies, goes out on November 5th with a foldout sample image. . . . → Read More: New Photoworld – Alpha 900 A2 foldout poster

The Alpha 900 as a high ISO body

Following the review on dPreview – more than anywhere else – Sony’s extremely poor JPEG engine with its associated wide radius chroma blur and strong luminance smoothing noise reduction has proved to be a dog well capable of biting its master. Definitely a dog, anyway. But this performance is not what the camera can really […] . . . → Read More: The Alpha 900 as a high ISO body

DxO Optics Pro – cRAW, high ISO both fixed?

DxO Labs today has announced the availability of DxO Optics Pro v5.3, a new release which includes support for the Sony cRAW format missing from previous versions. They also say that new RAW conversion technology “turns the promises of very high ISO (up to 25,600) into reality”. . . . → Read More: DxO Optics Pro – cRAW, high ISO both fixed?

Do you really need an Alpha 900?

If you are on the verge of making a decision, I’m here to help your think clearly – even if it means breaking some cherished behaviour patterns. I am going to help you think of the Alpha 900 not as a logical progression from the 700, but as a different camera system entirely. . . . → Read More: Do you really need an Alpha 900?

Alpha 900 launch: Press Conference Part 4

Duncan McEwan spoke, in his usual very steady and friendly manner, about his experience of using the Alpha 900. He showed a selection of images taken – remarkably – over a period of just 10 days preceding the event, using a 24-70mm CZ and his own 70-200mm Minolta SSM. Here is his own ‘script’ for […] . . . → Read More: Alpha 900 launch: Press Conference Part 4

Sony workshops with A900 & dye-sub – UK

AWARD winning event photographer Keith Trainor – winner of the first ever UK Event Photographer of the Year title in the annual British Professional Photography Awards – hits the road with Sony shortly in the UK to bring a profitable, high energy new line of business to established photo studios and new business entrants. . . . → Read More: Sony workshops with A900 & dye-sub – UK