Thanks Alex. Having critiqued a lot of CL members' work, I thought I ought to submit some every so often for reciprocation.
Sometimes you get some good feedback but other times you don't. These forums some time work in a very odd way if you ask me at time.
Regarding tilt, it comes with experience; lt is a very good way of adding dynamism on something that could be quite static if taken horizontally or vertically. The key though is enough tilt and purpose in doing so, so that it doesn't look like you took it wonky. I'll create something on my blog explaining tilted perspectives a little more.
I m looking forward to that article, i have tried tilting the images as you know, but never really worked it out that great.
As for the NDs, I use only the low end Cokin filters - grads were a standard ND4 and a soft ND8, and the full ND was an ND4. As for those who say it does affect the colour balance a little, yes it's true. But for the optical effect you get in return, the Cokin filters are great value for money and I couldn't justify buying a Singh-Ray or Lee filter for 5-10x the price.
What do you mean b a soft ND8 filter? same goes for a "the full ND was an ND4" i dont follow you here Ed, sorry. I think the Cokin sure looks great for the price you pay!
Two/three exposures combined essentially means I took different spot exposures, then took the whole frame or the best parts and joined them in CS3 to broaden the dynamic range.
This is going to sounds some what stupid, but how would you take different spot exposure if your hand holding a camera? Did you take these images with a tripod? Would you mind sharing for example on that photo at the bottom of the glass house where you spot metered of?