Fortnightly Challenge June 9 - 22 : Age

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Designer Dale, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    The purpose of the Challenge is to provide a venue where photographers of all skill levels can work to improve their craft by shooting along a common topic for two weeks - one fortnight. Helpful comments and critiques are key to reaching the intended goal - better photography.

    About Your Photos

    Shoot for the topics listed on the schedule. You may shoot for upcoming topics, but post photos only to their matching Challenges. Try to avoid using photos from your archives just for participations sake. If you really want input on an older image that fits the Challenge topic, please let us see it.

    You may post as many photos as you wish for any one Challenge.

    About Your Comments

    Comments are critical to the success of the Challenge. If you post a photo, add a comment to another one. If you are only viewing, please add your comments, too.

    Comments should be meaningful, something that the photographer can use to improve his/her work. Explain why you like or dislike a photo. Spend a moment looking at a photo before commenting on it. Try to answer the question "I like this photo because…" It really helps the photographer.

    The Topic Schedule

    Long Exposures (May 12 - 25) Break out your tripods and stop those lenses down! Have Fun
    Landmarks (May 26 - June 8)
    Age (June 9 - 22)

    Dale
     
  2. NeverhadaPC macrumors 6502

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    A rose can say "I love you",
    orchids can enthrall,
    but a weed bouquet in a chubby fist,
    yes, that says it all.

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    I think the photo is well-composed and captures her exploration and curiosity but it is a bit soft and partly overexposed. I would love to hear how I may avoid these issues with my Canon PS I5 (non-DSLR).
    (settings: 1/500 secs, f/4.0, Exp bias = 0, ISO 80). Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
  3. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    Contrast. A bit indirect to the topic, but the contrast between the classic clock and the fairly recent MBP unibody fits into the "Age" concept, IMO.

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    As Time Goes by by Hisdem, on Flickr
     
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    JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Thomas Jefferson giving a speech. Well....some guy playing Jefferson in Colonial Williamsburg and me playing with Nik plugins.
     

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  5. JDDavis macrumors 65816

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    Initially I read "age" as old but I think it's really wide open. Age could be anything along a time line. I like what you are going for here. The clock is in focus perfectly and nicely sharp. Great control of focus. You may have intended it to be this warm but it's a little warm for me. It dulls the whole image a bit. I kinda feel the face of the clock should be whiter.
     
  6. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for your input! I really appreciate it!

    As you say, it was a slight mistake, the lighting made it look warm, but I didn't bother to edit the white balance as it affected the rest of the scene, even if just a bit. I will try and adjust it to be just a little cooler though. Again, thank you! :)
     
  7. Designer Dale thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I like the colors and composition in this one. I think that's an example of what's called a limited pallet of color. It might do a bit better with a little more fill light to bring out some of the details in the shadows. Makes me want to go out and find a pocket watch, though. I really don't like relying on the cell phone that I don't always have...

    Dale
     
  8. Waybo macrumors regular

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    Verne

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    ISO 1000, 65mm, -1.33 ev, f/10, 1/60

    Are there other settings that might have made this better?
     
  9. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you very much for your input, Dale. As always, I've learned something from your post :D

    And I do love the idea of having a pocket watch, though it would look a bit awkward I guess, considering you don't see many 16 year olds walking around with one, but I like them :p That one is actually a table clock. It used to have a mount (pen holder), but I lost it:(

    The portrait is quite interesting, I like the look in his face. Totally natural and it's like he didn't even know you were there. However, I think you could have used a larger aperture (smaller f number), as a bit of background blur would make it *that* much better, IMO. Plus it would let much more light in and you wouldn't need to use ISO 1000, maybe ISO 400 would have been enough. ;)

    Cheers
     
  10. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    Kinda surprised no one has posted something like this yet. This is what came to my mind first for this challenge.

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    Forgotten But Not Gone by Gerg1967, on Flickr
     
  11. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    Darn, you beat me to the punch. I had the same thought this morning but was late for work (often a common problem) and said to myself, "Self, post this tonight when you get home!" BTW, love the coloring and rusty feel of your foto.

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    Here is one of the old barns at the park near my house. It was used by the patients a Western State Hospital when the institution was self-supporting and had a working farm as therapy.

    It's a technical exercise working with manual exposure and my old hand-held light meter. I was trying to get the sky right while keeping the detail in the shadows.

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    EXIF Summary:1/500s f/8.0 ISO100 Tamron 28-75f/2.8@28mm manual exposure

    Continuing the Rust truck theme...

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    Dale
     
  13. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    Gratuitous picture of a grandchild. My granddaughter Avery, is showing Gramps the boo-boo on her lip

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  14. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    A brilliant application of punchy processing. Love it. I also really like how you got us in close so we can enjoy the textures and forms, though the crop along the bottom pinches the composition a bit; it would be nice to see the bottom curves of the bumper fins.
     
  15. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    I love the colors in this shot. I like that we can see red, green, blue and yellow in the various items in the shot.

    I had another shot with the bumper fins fully in the frame. I didn't keep it for some reason. It may not have been fully in focus, since I was doing this handheld. I forgot to turn on IS on the lens, and I didn't have my tripod with me because I wasn't expecting to find these cars. It was right next door to a photo equipment store.

    Here's an closeup of part of an engine from the same spot.

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    Rusted Engine by Gerg1967, on Flickr
     
  16. fcortese, Jun 16, 2011
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    fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    OK, I will expose my naivete with photography, pray tell what is "punchy processing?'' I tried googling it and ran into a dead end.:confused:

    EDIT/ADD ON: Welcome back. I was knee deep in work when you began posting again and by the time I could get to DP in a free moment enough people had expressed happiness in your return that I felt I was a little too late.
     
  17. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    Punchy processing to me means exaggerating the details and contrast and such. It works well for rusty old items like the cars to really pull out the rust textures. Basically it gives the photo an extra "punch" feel to it.
     
  18. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    Thanks.
     
  19. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    Aww, that's sweet, thank you! It's never too late to say something nice! :)

    ^^^What he said. Punchy processing is processing that is, well...punchy! Taken too far, emphatic effects can make a photo look overcooked, but you know you've hit the sweet spot when the contents of the photo really pop, without the processing itself demanding too much attention.

    I love the light, color and textures of the foreground. It has a real 'presence.' I feel as though I could reach out and touch those bits along the bottom edge of the frame (again, I feel as though they're a bit too close to the edge, but I'm picky about such things).
     
  20. pakyooh macrumors 6502

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    Father and Son

    The image quality is a bit low when I exported from LR3. My cousin and his son at a graduation.

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  21. Educ8r macrumors 6502a

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    Sedimentary rock with fossils found in rural northeastern Arkansas, the one on the far left is possibly a brachiopod

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  22. Waybo macrumors regular

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    Educ8r: An interesting subject, but something seems "not quite right." Maybe someone else can help, but I think it's not quite in focus. Or the aperture number is too low? (Or maybe it's just a difficult subject to shoot well? Or, it could even be your hosting company: I'm not familiar with skitch.com) I'm sorry to be negative, and wish I could tell you how to improve.

    Since both of us have similar issues with a number of our shots, maybe someone with more knowledge than I can help educate both of us as to how we can improve?

    Also: Perhaps this is an ideal subject to give a try at HDR to bring out the details?
     

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