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Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by pilotkid, Sep 25, 2007.
Comments welcome! The last one isnt so good but its still kinda cool.
Some nice pictures you have there, though they seem to be in dire need of some better post-processing.
The first shot is nice, but there is a significant amount of camera shake. A slightly faster shutter speed, producing a darker (and perhaps more intriguing picture), and you would have nailed it.
The second shot is great, but a bit too saturated. The sky looks cyan from here, and the red and yellow on the Red Bull sign is too bright.
3,4, and 5 are beautiful. One thing I would change is to make sure that all the horizons are even. It a distraction, but luckily, only a minor edit.
The photographer on the rocks is probably your best shot out of the bunch. I like the colors and the exposure is dead-on. It would have been nice to have captured his entire shadow, which would have given the picture more balance, but overall, this one is excellent.
On the seventh, I would probably have tried using a smaller aperture (F/11,13, or even 16) to try to get those rocks in the foreground into focus.
8 looks like a nice picture, but it is autrociously over-saturated. It actually hurts to look at it.
9 is OK. The exposure is good, but the actual image is not that interesting to me.
10 once again hurts to look at. It almost seems that this one was over-exposed to begin with, and then you tried to recover it. The water is over-saturated, and the cliffs are made to look too-contrasty.
11 is very good. It is an interesting shot, and the only thing I would change is to alter the exposure down a bit.
The last one is interesting, but the background is a bit distracting. Perhaps selective blurring of it, followed up by an increase in contrast would help (or making the curve steeper).
Overall your composition is down, and, save for a few, you got the exposure down. The only thing that seems to need some work on is your post-processing.
I've lived in San Diego for the past 8 years. I know the place at which nearly every one of those photos were taken. I was at the air show that day too. I'm still organizing my photos and doing post-processing before I post in "Things That Fly." The sunset was beautiful that day, and I unfortunately couldn't stop to take a picture. I loved how the sun was illuminating the edges of the clouds. It was almost a halo effect.
Good job getting the exposure on those sunset shots. I'm still having difficulty with those types of shots. For the other shots, did you oversaturate in post-production? Because, I've never seen a camera oversaturate to the point of creating a cartoon-like effect (e.g., your pic of La Jolla Shores from the cove). At any rate, I found the oversaturation highly objectionable.