Critique of the Week May 10-16: Post any Photo for C&C

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Designer Dale, May 10, 2012.

  1. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    This is a thread for people who would like some constructive feedback on their photos. You may submit a photo once per week (or up to three in a single post, if you have a set of related images). If you would like feedback about something specific (exposure, cropping, processing, etc.), then be sure to include that information.

    Everyone is welcome and encouraged to offer comments and critiques, regardless of whether or not they have submitted their own photos.

    Anyone may repost this thread after it has expired.
     
  2. Designer Dale thread starter macrumors 68040

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  3. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Very nicely done. Good placement of the flower in the frame and nice textures visible on the petals. My only criticism would be that the bug is getting lost in the shadow on the petal; I didn't even notice the bug at first. Perhaps a bit of fill flash or a touch of light from a reflector would have improved those dark shadows on the petals.
     
  4. Designer Dale thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the observations. I didn't notice the bug until I got it into post. If I had, I would have shooed it away. Bug on flower is a cliche. Personally, I don't like the leaf intruding from the left over the flower petals. Thanks for reminding me that the white balance target I carry in my bag is a reflector, too. One of the things I like about exchanges like this is that they really do make me think more about my photography.

    Dale
     
  5. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    This was my first serious long exposure. January this year, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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  6. snyder7 macrumors member

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    My first post to MR

    hi everyone,

    I've been following the forum for a few months now. Here's a photo that I liked very much when I was testing my new L lens! 70-200 F4. Thanks!
     

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  7. Doylem, May 11, 2012
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    Looks pretty good to me; maybe play with the WB... to tone down the orange 'cast' on the boat?

    But the pic exhibits the typical qualities of a night shot taken when there's little or no light left in the sky: very contrasty, with dense, black shadows and pinpricks of (burnt-out) white lights. If you took the same shot during the hour (or so) after sunset, you'd still have the atmosphere of a night shot, but with a whole load of extra ingredients to play with. There wouldn't be that stark contrast between shadow and light; there would be so many many shades in between. Colour in the sky would reflect on the water, infiltrating - and opening up - the shadows. The orange cast wouldn't dominate; the 'warmth' would be more natural, not man-made (ie from sources of artificial light), the colours deeper, richer. The balance would change, minute by minute, between the natural, ambient light and the artificial light. The scene would really start to 'sing', become less static, more dynamic... and all this would show in the pic.

    A great exercise would be to set your camera up a few minutes after sunset, and, monitoring the way post-sunset light keeps changing, shoot pix every five minutes for the next hour. You'll find, later on, that one or two pix will have captured that balance between light sources. It can be a magic moment, at the time of shooting, and another magic moment when you review the pictures, back home on your computer...

    'Bug on flower' a cliché? Tell that to the bug; it may be his finest hour...

    Since everyone has a camera these days (plus a few more... in their phones, iPods, hairbrush), most subjects are photographed again and again and again. A cat, a flower, a sunset. I don't know if that makes them a cliché; the clichéd aspect may have more to do with shooting the same shot that's been taken so many times before, in the same old way... rather than looking with 'fresh eyes'.

    There are lots of flower pix on PotD. Most of them make me glaze over a bit... and then one will appear that really makes me go "wow!" And it won't have been taken with special gear... just a special eye, looking at something that everyone photographs every day (yawn...) and yet sees something entirely fresh and new. This shot's OK, for me, but it doesn't give me that feeling that I'm seeing something for the first time.
     
  8. UltimaMC macrumors member

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    This is one of my favorite pics. I'd be interested to hear C&C from folks on the board. I've never opened myself up for criticism yet! :eek:

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  9. LumbermanSVO macrumors 65816

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    In addition to what Doylem said, I have found that overcast nights work well too. The clouds act light a big reflector, bouncing the city light back onto itself. In this case, the lower the clouds the better as you get more light and it is softer.
     
  10. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    Gives off a very pensive vibe. An two different colored eyes! I would have liked the exposure a wee brighter, but that's just me.
    Here's mine:

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  11. Hisdem, May 11, 2012
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    Wow, thank you for your in depth analysis, Doylem! I hadn't thought of balancing the lights to a more natural color. And I will definitely be trying out setting up before sunset. Once again, thank you very much for this insight! :D


    It's probably just me, but I think the subject is under analyzed here. I have no idea if it would matter at all, but perhaps shooting the bench from a less "head on" angle would do better, especially if showing the full shadow behind the object. ;)
     
  12. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    It's probably just me, but I think the subject is under analyzed here. I have no idea if it would matter at all, but perhaps shooting the bench from a less "head on" angle would do better, especially if showing the full shadow behind the object. ;)

    Hisdem, I was more interested in trying to angle the camera to capture the distant mountain peak between the arm rest and the seat portion of the bench. I shot horizontal and vertical and moved to several positions and thought this one was what I was trying to achieve. I'll go back to the others that I took and I will probably return there today so I may make a second attempt. Thanks for the input. I is a reminder to look at the whole image in camera before pressing the shutter button AFTER you've decided what you are trying to tell in your picture.
     
  13. jammiefreerider macrumors regular

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    Try this:
    - Go to Curves adjustment and hit Auto. (That'll clean up the colour imbalance and probably lighten it)
    - Darken the image using curves and mask out just the face. (That'll create better focus on the dogs face.)
    - Create a new curves adjustment this time lighten the image. Invert your mask. Then unmask the eyes. (This will make them stand out.)
    - Apply some quick sharpening to the dogs face.

    It'll take 2 minutes and make it look perfect :) Hope it helps

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    Here's mine:

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    I recon people would like this a lot more if it was printed 6ft tall in a room with lots of space so you can stand back and appreciate whats going on. On screen it looks to busy but it just needs more space than my laptop can give it. Then, its probably genius :)

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    Try just cropping the head with the head over to the right hand side of the frame. You'll see more into its eyes which makes you look deep into the cat and wonder about its thoughts. More thought provoking for someone who doesn't know your cat.
     
  14. ToddSD macrumors newbie

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    Sometimes I look at this and like it. Sometimes I look at this and hate it. I'm interested to hear what you all have to say.

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    IMG_1192 by ToddSD, on Flickr
     
  15. rymack, May 13, 2012
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    Hello everyone,

    I just purchased Lightroom 4 via the Mac App Store as my new method for photo editing and organization (I have previously been using a combo of iPhoto and Elements 8). If anyone has any Lightroom 4 advice, especially in regards to sharpening, it would be greatly appreciated...

    Here is a shot from last evening. The lighting was great, and I was close enough with my 70-300 VR to get some decent detail. I haven't cropped the photo, and have just used the "basic" and "detail" panels in Lr4. I think I am doing something wrong with sharpening though...

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