Photo of the Day - February 2015

Cheese&Apple

macrumors 68010
Original poster
Jun 5, 2012
2,004
6,604
Toronto
It's February on the International Dateline.


Welcome to Photo of the Day. The POTD thread was started by iGary in May, 2006 and converted to a monthly thread in November 2007 by Arn. POTD is one of the most popular picture groups on MacRumors, often exceeding 500 posts and 20,000 views per month.

Photo of the Day is intended to be a showcase for your best pictures. There is no limit to your gear, just your imagination. P&S and film cameras are welcome along with DSLRs. There are no themes like the Weekly Contest, and no winners (or losers) either.


Policies

*One Photo per Day - Don't post more than one photo each day.

*Quote with Thumbnails - When you quote an image please restore it's thumbnail before replying. You can do this either by installing the AutoTIMG browser extension or by editing the code by hand.

*Multi-Quote - To comment on several photos, click the Multi-Quote button. This puts all your comments in one post. Multi-Quoting is required on all of the MacRumors forums.

*SFW (Safe for Work) only - This is a site - wide rule. If you wouldn't show it in a public place, then it's NSFW (not safe for work). Think before you post.

*Describe your photo - Tell what it is and where you took it. If you know the EXIF data of a photo, include it. The following EXIF fields are recommended: Camera, ISO, Focal Length, Shutter/Aperture and Lens.


*Photography forum tutorials - If you need any help with posting, try one of these tutorials.

Posting Photos to Photo Forums from Flickr and ImageShack

How to Quote, Multi-Quote and Edit Posts

Restoring Thumbnails in Photo Quotes (AutoTIMG Extension and Code Editing)


For One-Click Access, they are all here: Designer Dale's Google Docs Folder:


Note: Anyone may start the Photo of the Day thread on the first of the month GMT. Please copy a quote of this post or download the Welcome file from HERE when you do. Both maintain all the formatting and links.


** To see all of our past POTD threads please see the sticky thread here**

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This is a different crop of a shot and post from January:

 

kenoh

macrumors demi-god
Jul 18, 2008
5,400
8,243
Glasgow, UK
It's February on the International Dateline.


Welcome to Photo of the Day. The POTD thread was started by iGary in May, 2006 and converted to a monthly thread in November 2007 by Arn. POTD is one of the most popular picture groups on MacRumors, often exceeding 500 posts and 20,000 views per month.

Photo of the Day is intended to be a showcase for your best pictures. There is no limit to your gear, just your imagination. P&S and film cameras are welcome along with DSLRs. There are no themes like the Weekly Contest, and no winners (or losers) either.


Policies

*One Photo per Day - Don't post more than one photo each day.

*Quote with Thumbnails - When you quote an image please restore it's thumbnail before replying. You can do this either by installing the AutoTIMG browser extension or by editing the code by hand.

*Multi-Quote - To comment on several photos, click the Multi-Quote button. This puts all your comments in one post. Multi-Quoting is required on all of the MacRumors forums.

*SFW (Safe for Work) only - This is a site - wide rule. If you wouldn't show it in a public place, then it's NSFW (not safe for work). Think before you post.

*Describe your photo - Tell what it is and where you took it. If you know the EXIF data of a photo, include it. The following EXIF fields are recommended: Camera, ISO, Focal Length, Shutter/Aperture and Lens.


*Photography forum tutorials - If you need any help with posting, try one of these tutorials.

Posting Photos to Photo Forums from Flickr and ImageShack

How to Quote, Multi-Quote and Edit Posts

Restoring Thumbnails in Photo Quotes (AutoTIMG Extension and Code Editing)


For One-Click Access, they are all here: Designer Dale's Google Docs Folder:


Note: Anyone may start the Photo of the Day thread on the first of the month GMT. Please copy a quote of this post or download the Welcome file from HERE when you do. Both maintain all the formatting and links.


** To see all of our past POTD threads please see the sticky thread here**

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This is a different crop of a shot and post from January:

Image
Wow! Awesome way to kick the month off.... really quite staggered at that image!
 

Doylem

macrumors 68040
Dec 30, 2006
3,858
3,640
Wherever I hang my hat...
I hesitate to criticise a pic that so many people like, but the composition makes me feel conflicted. The man's stance, and open arms, suggests freedom and space... yet the weight of rock seems to dominate and overbalance the image. Instead of identifying with the man, and looking to the right - as he is - my eye is stuck on the unrelieved blackness of the rock...

Ribblehead, Yorkshire...

 

Nielsenius

macrumors 6502a
Apr 16, 2011
565
0
Virginia
I took a look at some of your series on Flickr and the photos are very good. I'll comment on this photo specifically.

I really like the subject of this photo, the people walking, especially the woman's facial expression. That said, I think that positioning the subject somewhat to the left may have added to the composition in this case (rule of thirds).

I noticed that you used a 135 mm lens. What was your motivation for that choice of lens?

I tried my hand at Street Photography in Paris last weekend. I'm interested in any feedback you might have on this series (over the next several days)...

[url=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7410/16413583452_442a289641_b.jpg]Image[/url]5DM32890 by Chris-VirtualRain, on Flickr
 

VirtualRain

macrumors 603
Aug 1, 2008
6,304
114
Vancouver, BC
I took a look at some of your series on Flickr and the photos are very good. I'll comment on this photo specifically.

I really like the subject of this photo, the people walking, especially the woman's facial expression. That said, I think that positioning the subject somewhat to the left may have added to the composition in this case (rule of thirds).

I noticed that you used a 135 mm lens. What was your motivation for that choice of lens?
Thanks... I agree about the composition suffering a tad with them being in the middle. This is one thing I definitely need to work on as I noticed a lot of my street photos had subjects at the center of the frame (see below). It's a rapid response type photography that I'm still getting use to :)

As for 135mm... it was an experiment, but I would definitely go back to it again for street photography. It provides just the right amount of distance in many situations. With a shorter focal length, approaching subjects are often aware of you before they fill the frame eliminating the potential for candid shots. I have also used 85mm in the past with success. Why do you ask?

Here's another for today... (I regret not being a bit quicker as I cut off the feet)

5DM32520 by Chris-VirtualRain, on Flickr
 

Cheese&Apple

macrumors 68010
Original poster
Jun 5, 2012
2,004
6,604
Toronto
I hesitate to criticise a pic that so many people like, but the composition makes me feel conflicted. The man's stance, and open arms, suggests freedom and space... yet the weight of rock seems to dominate and overbalance the image. Instead of identifying with the man, and looking to the right - as he is - my eye is stuck on the unrelieved blackness of the rock...
I agree as well but think it's great when a photograph provokes feeling, emotion and discussion even if it is conflict.

Perhaps this would be a great entry for this week's contest: Paradox.
 

Apple fanboy

macrumors Nehalem
Feb 21, 2012
32,780
22,633
Behind the Lens, UK
Had a quick play with my Macro lens this weekend. Spent most of the time trying to work out why one of my SB900's wasn't firing off camera. As I suspected it was one of the settings was wrong. Good thing was having two, I was able to copy the settings from one to the other.

Anyway. Here is the picture.

_DSC8493 by apple fanboy1, on Flickr

Comments always appreciated.
 

Nielsenius

macrumors 6502a
Apr 16, 2011
565
0
Virginia
Thanks... I agree about the composition suffering a tad with them being in the middle. This is one thing I definitely need to work on as I noticed a lot of my street photos had subjects at the center of the frame (see below). It's a rapid response type photography that I'm still getting use to :)

As for 135mm... it was an experiment, but I would definitely go back to it again for street photography. It provides just the right amount of distance in many situations. With a shorter focal length, approaching subjects are often aware of you before they fill the frame eliminating the potential for candid shots. I have also used 85mm in the past with success. Why do you ask?

Here's another for today... (I regret not being a bit quicker as I cut off the feet)

[url=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7415/16226850038_f2aaf184f4_b.jpg]Image[/url]5DM32520 by Chris-VirtualRain, on Flickr
No problem! I also have an instinct to place subjects front and center.

I was curious about the 135 mm because I was reading another thread in this forum about street photography and while most people there were advocating for 35 mm or 50 mm lenses, I think you make a great point for a mid-telephoto.
 

VirtualRain

macrumors 603
Aug 1, 2008
6,304
114
Vancouver, BC
No problem! I also have an instinct to place subjects front and center.

I was curious about the 135 mm because I was reading another thread in this forum about street photography and while most people there were advocating for 35 mm or 50 mm lenses, I think you make a great point for a mid-telephoto.
Yeah, that was my thread... :eek: I seem to be defying convention but I like the look.
 

Apple fanboy

macrumors Nehalem
Feb 21, 2012
32,780
22,633
Behind the Lens, UK
First time playing with a PixelStick. They're a bit of fun.
I work with a guy who bought one. Very clever idea. He did this ghost getting out of his car.
But for the price, you'd need to use it s lot. I think I'd buy it use it a few times, then forget about it. Depends on your style I guess. Enjoy.