Contest: Post your worst images with your best gear

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.


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 :)


Less obviously bad. Shot at the same time without the flash.
 

steveash

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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
 

kenoh

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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!!!
 

Razeus

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99% of my photos fit this category. Only 1% of any given person's photos are worth a damn.
 

kenoh

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Kitsch of epic proportions

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

[url=https://flic.kr/p/iLWdfi][url=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7388/11666568125_6a165bd8d0_c.jpg]Image[/url]IMG_2645B by needfx, on Flickr[/URL]


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

3x 600 ex rt with gels

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!
 

kenoh

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needfx

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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... :)
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
 

kenoh

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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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Kitsch of epic proportions

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

[url=https://flic.kr/p/iLWdfi][url=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7388/11666568125_6a165bd8d0_c.jpg]Image[/url]IMG_2645B by needfx, on Flickr[/URL]


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

3x 600 ex rt with gels
Congratz. Thats really bad :D

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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!
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
 

bankshot

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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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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:
Sorry. Not nearly bad enough ;)
 

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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
 
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kallisti

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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.

Leica M (240). 35mm Summilux lens @ f/5.6, 1/360 sec, ISO 200.
 

monokakata

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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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