Contest: Post your worst images with your best gear

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by kallisti, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. kallisti macrumors 65816

    kallisti

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    Wanted to try a variant on a gear thread. While people sometimes post gear threads with the intent of trying to improve their images, thought it might be fun to reverse things and show how good gear can result in craptastic images.

    The rules are simple: use some of the best gear you have to produce some of the worst images you can imagine. Exposure should be "close" to correct (not fair to post a completely blown out image or a horribly under-exposed image, like pure black), but it is fair to make common "newb" mistakes regarding exposure. Also not fair to just point the camera at the ground, a wall, or the sky. There should be elements in the image that approximate what a novice might shoot.

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    Garage. Shot with a Nikon D800 and 14-24 lens and SB-900 flash on-camera. Not that interesting of a subject and not a great composition of that subject. The flash helped it (unfortunately for this example--damn Nikon). Have to try harder next time :)

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    Less obviously bad. Shot at the same time without the flash.
     
  2. steveash macrumors 6502

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    Don't get me started! I have a large collection of images taken with the popular style:

    see stunning picture -> get out camera -> find you don't have the right lens -> take picture anyway... :D
     
  3. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    no contest

    I too have a library of contenders for this. I fit firmly into the "all the gear, no idea" category!!!
     
  4. Zh2 macrumors member

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    Blimey!

    ALL of my photographs fall into this category.

    Despite years of practice and several thousand pounds worth of gear!!!

    :)

    Regards.

    Z
     
  5. someoldguy macrumors 65816

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  6. Razeus macrumors 603

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    99% of my photos fit this category. Only 1% of any given person's photos are worth a damn.
     
  7. needfx, Jun 10, 2014
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    needfx macrumors 68040

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    Kitsch of epic proportions

    not even pp could help this photo. there is an actual person in there

    [​IMG]IMG_2645B by needfx, on Flickr


    Canon EOS 6D
    TS-E17mm f/4L
    ƒ/22.0 | 17.0 mm | 1/180 | iso 2500

    3x 600 ex rt with gels
     
  8. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    This thread is awesome! I can now say, that this picture is real nasty... and I am not being the troll bad guy!

    Nice effort to hurt my eyes!
     
  9. needfx macrumors 68040

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    you're welcome :D

    [​IMG]IMG_2631B_small by needfx, on Flickr
     
  10. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Seriously though, ahem... tin foil in a red room?

    1. Whats the score here then?
    2. Which mug did you get to wear the Bacofoil Shell Suit?
    and 3. How did you get them to agree to it - assuming it isnt just your private antics with your other half, in which case, lets leave it there lads... :)
     
  11. needfx macrumors 68040

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    0. it is not a red room, I've stuck some cardboard on the wall, and the flash gel gives the red tint
    1. score?
    2&3. a co-worker with a sense of humour

    tomorrow I'll post an after the shoot photo.

    she almost suffocated in there
     
  12. kenoh macrumors demi-god

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    Horrendous lack of seperation

    This is a snap I took of the christmas tree at Gleneagles hotel. Depth of Field faux pas here resulted in the tree almost being indistinguishable from the background. Taken on Sony A7 with the Zeiss 55mm FE...

    Walter Scott monument taken with RX100, accidentally had spot meter on and so metered THROUGH the arch and washed it out.

    Wooden blocks. Thought I would try to be abstract .... FAIL!
     

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  13. Meister Suspended

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    Congratz. Thats really bad :D

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    First one is pretty bad.
    The second doesnt count, because its too overexposed.
    I dont think the 3rd one is that bad :)

    Try harder ! :D
     
  14. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    Do I just put a link to my Flickr and leave it there?
     
  15. Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    Beat me to it ;)
     
  16. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    What you trying to say about my pictures? :mad:
     
  17. bankshot macrumors 65816

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    Depth of field fail: nose/mouth is relatively sharp, but the eyes are out of focus. And this is a short pug nose! :rolleyes: Also, dark background blends in with the subject a little too much.

    This was just a test shot with my new 70D and 50mm 1.8 lens, aperture wide open. I wanted to see how narrow I could get the depth of field, and yeah, a little too narrow. Despite its flaws, I still like the shot (maybe just because I'm quite fond of the subject!).

    Side note: same dog as in my avatar, almost 10 years later. Older, greyer, and wiser. :cool:
     

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  18. Meister Suspended

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    Sorry. Not nearly bad enough ;)
     
  19. Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    Ouch. I think my first post may have come across wrong. I was on about linking my feed, not yours :p

    I can assure you your photos are of a much higher standard than mine.
     
  20. needfx macrumors 68040

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    this thread would definitely win if there was a thread contest
     
  21. Apple fanboy macrumors Core

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    I knew what you were really saying! We are all our own worse critics though aren't we.
     
  22. Ish macrumors 68010

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    Lol! Love your sense of humour AFB!

    Now for something really bad!! :D Struggling with my first DSLR and metered for the background lol!
     

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  23. Meister, Jun 10, 2014
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    [​IMG]
    D610, 14mm, f/8, iso800, obviously no flash and hideous manual focus.
    1/640s to compensate for my nervous camera shake and lack of tripod. :D
    This was somehow supposed to look sharp and impressive in my warpped head:D
     
  24. kallisti thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Wow, wasn't expecting this much of a response. Seems I hit a nerve :)

    More examples!!

    Here is one I took on a trip to Italy last fall. At the Vatican while on a tour. The tour guide said "take pictures from this great vantage point before we move on." It wasn't a great vantage point in any sense. But snapped something anyway. The subject isn't interesting and the composition is horrible. To make things worse, I exposed for the building in the distance which made the foreground horribly underexposed. Granted that could be "fixed" in post, but the composition is just so bad that nothing can really salvage it.

    [​IMG]Leica M (240). 35mm Summilux lens @ f/5.6, 1/360 sec, ISO 200.
     
  25. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    Wow, my little orange 'ohi'a busted out a blossom today. And I really love those superwide shots with a flower or whatever right up in your face. So grab the D800 and 14-24 and get out there before it starts raining again. I love this lens. I know everything there is to know about using it. I rule this lens.

    What a shot! Orange blossom, yeah! Look at those leaves, too bad they're chewed up. And that Bougainvillea in the background, up at the top.

    And down at the bottom?

    Oh.
     

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