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Great tyro 2018-02-10 15:21

Hello Richard,

I have really enjoyed reading your introductory note (I really must get around to writing my own at some point considering that I have been member of this site or over 10 years!) as well as looking through your gallery. And, now that you are retired and, presumably, have a little more time at your disposal (though from experience I have to admit that this doesn't necessarily follow), I look forward to seeing many more of your photographs.

This is a very fine photograph, well composed and well taken at a well chosen time of day as the warm sunlight illuminates the scene and the details of this poor abandoned boat. Your composition is excellent and very pleasing and the light and colours are delightful but one thing slightly worries me: I should have expected that if, as you say, you had used a tripod and had taken this with a good camera, the image would have been considerably sharper than it is.

As a matter of fact, I've just done a workshop for you but, for some reason or other, I don't seem to be able to upload it because the box "Post to Workshop" doesn't appear below this image. Perhaps you have disabled that when you uploaded this photograph, I'm not sure, but I do note that Will (willperrett) did post a workshop on one of your previous images (The Mill at Sunset).

I'm not sure what editing programme you use but all digital images do require some degree of sharpening during their processing - I've read about it in the past (though I can't remember all the details just now) but there are real technical reasons that it is necessary. Perhaps that's something we could discuss on the forums here at some time but, as I said earlier, this is a very fine image and well deserving of deux points.


Kind Regards,


Old 02-11-2018, 09:40 AM
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Many thanks for the time and thought put into this reply. I am experimenting with manual focusing and hyperfocal distance and this my well explain some of the sharpening issues. I will have another look. The post processing is interesting. I do use Lightroom but again am a relative beginner.
I have enabled workshops on the picture now and once again thanks.

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Old 02-11-2018, 05:42 PM
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Hi Richard,

Thank you for your reply!

Funnily enough, despite what you say, I see no option to post a workshop on this photograph - nor, indeed, on any of your photographs apart from "The Mill at Sunset". I'm not quite sure what's going on but the TE site does have some weird idiosyncrasies to say the least!

I'm not sure if you use the "newer" version of TE or the older "beta" site. If you are using the standard ("newer") site, it might be worth clicking on "account" at the top of the page then "edit profile" and on that page look down below your name and email address and - second line down after those (I think) you'll see "Default workshop postings behaviour" and so click the radio button to "allow" workshop postings. Worth a try at least!!

Anyway, on the subject of sharpening, as I said before, there is, for technical reasons, a definite need to sharpen all digital images. There's lots of articles out there about it but this article from Amateur Photographer gives a basic introduction.

I do have Lightroom though rarely use it. I always used Photoshop Elements in the past and now use Photoshop CC. But Unsharp Mask (or USM for short) is in all of these programmes and is a very effective way of sharpening in almost all but the most specialised of cases.

Very Best Wishes,


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Old 02-12-2018, 04:07 PM
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Hi John,
I have found the settings and made the change in my profile. The article is useful and led me to look at Lightroom settings. I think I can see where they are and will do some before and after comparisons.

Thanks very much ,

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