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Discussion in 'Cameras and Photography' started by tybrad, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Audiotfoot

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    This effort didn't work. I'll try again.

    Second edit: Well that didn't help. The thumbnails are still there. Oh well, once again into the fray.
     

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  2. Audiotfoot

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    View attachment 913203 sunset-mod-11x14-crop-2-bla.jpg

    Nikon D80. VR 55-200 @ 116mm, F/4.8 @ 125th second, ISO 400 Photoshopped with Elements 8. The original is pictured below.
    Status: advanced amateur? At least I like to think so. Constructive criticism welcome. That's why I'm here.

    Well, live and learn. If "View attachment 913203" is clicked the original can be seen from this post.
     

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  3. Audiotfoot

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    Here's the original.
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  4. Audiotfoot

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    Beautiful bird, focused perfectly and great use of depth of field. The missing tail does distract a bit, but if you were concentrating on coloration you nailed it.
     
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  5. Audiotfoot

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    If you are looking for suggestions for improvement I have none to offer. Beautiful shot.
     
  6. old_tv_nut

    old_tv_nut See Yourself on Color TV! Subscriber

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    Thanks for the comment, but I was only trying to illustrate the posting technique. BTW, if your host site gives a choice of sizes to link to, max 1024x768 seems to fit most people's monitors, although I have occasionally broken this "rule" for panoramas.
     
  7. Sandstrom

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    Hey! Never spotted this long standing thread. Here a few test shots I did sometime in the last few years to test out a Leica M3 I had just gotten serviced. No adjustments or anything just straight scans from the negs as provided by the processor. I was pretty pleased with the performance of the serviced camera and was glad I was able to get the exposure reasonably good with the occasional use of a hand held meter (when I remembered to check it) :) I wasn't laboring over composition or anything, was mainly wanting to try various things to get a sense of how the camera performed in different situations. These are downsized quite a bit, the originals are quite sharp when I got the focus right.

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  8. 1970's Fan

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    Very nice. Capturing the moment is most important. You can tell especially with the man with the guitar that they're sharp. You can see the very fine hairs at the edge of his face. I found it so hard to get photos to appear sharp once uploaded. Now, I downsize them to 1200 from 6000-ish by whatever, and check the levels menu on photoshop. A little de-noising, unsharp masking, and I'm done.
     
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  9. Werne1nm

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    I'll play. I've been shooting professionally for two years now. I have a nice side business when I have the time. I do senior portraits mostly for kids in the school district (i'm a music teacher).

    These are all old captures from when I first started shooting a couple years ago. You're welcome to critique and offer some advice in post production in that I can't revisit some of these places. The three landscapes are from the badlands SD. Forgive the cheesy watermark....
    [​IMG]DSC01488.jpg by Nathan Matthew, on Flickr
    [​IMG]DSC00826.jpg by Nathan Matthew
    [​IMG]DSC00211.jpg by Nathan Matthew, on Flickr
    [​IMG]DSC00864.jpg by Nathan Matthew, on Flickr
     

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  10. old_tv_nut

    old_tv_nut See Yourself on Color TV! Subscriber

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    OK - questions and comments:

    DSC01488:
    The first thought that jumped into my mind was "should it really be this saturated?"
    Is this a jpg direct from the camera, or raw? How much manipulation in LR/PS?
    Cyan sky rather than pure blue, and yellowish clouds, look like an old postcard to me - was this your intent?

    DSC00826:
    Sunset (or sunrise) - very nice color. On close examination, the green fields above the rocks are a bit distracting to me. What would it look like if you reduced the saturation just in that area?

    DSC00211: - Great punchy color; I like the composition and subject. Sky color puzzles me a bit - different hue at top vs. just above the trees on the left (the top feels more natural to me).

    DSC00864: Great late day shot. I love the use of the sun flare, plus exposure to contain both the golden tones of the sunlit plants and the cooler tones in the shadow. Seeing some variation in sky hue, but only because I was sensitized to it by the shots above.

    General comments: the plus side of high color saturation is that it adds to the initial wow factor, but it can also get tiring, to my eye. I'd say these are great if you are trying to sell prints, but are a bit over the top for critical appraisal, at least as viewed on a monitor. The result could be very different when printed.
    Have you printed these, and how did they turn out?
     
  11. 1970's Fan

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    Woke up this morning (ha ha sounds like a blues song) and saw this in the loch. I've a feeling I haven't prepared them properly for uploading though.
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  12. old_tv_nut

    old_tv_nut See Yourself on Color TV! Subscriber

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    Not sure what you mean - I can see them fine.
     
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  13. 1970's Fan

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    I just thought they were going to lose their sharpness once they got from me to the uploading. I hate when that happens. When I put the SD card into the laptop, they were pin sharp and on one of them, I was able to zoom in really close but I resized it from 6000 odd pixels wide to 1200 pixels wide and only applied 35% unsharp mask.
     
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  15. KankRat

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    The colors on this one are good, and the eyes are in focus. Everything that should be, is in focus but it's way too centered and there is just too much background that does not add anything. I would crop this one, big time. So the butterfy is in the lower left third-ish, giving him some breathing room above and to the right. I might chop out some of the right too up to that dark blob in the upper right corner which would draw the eye to the subject. i would consider giving this shot a little dark vignette too, without over doing it.
     
  16. 1970's Fan

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    Taken with my new to me D7100 and 55-200mm nikon lens.
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  17. Prutser

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    Newbie; Camera;OM2n Natural light 200 ASA hand held
     
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  18. Prutser

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    Thank you , I'm still trying to learn to navigate this site.... Posted one more; humming bird in my back yard, Nikon D300s 50=500mm lens hand held
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  19. Prutser

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    Ocelot2.jpg Zoo shot of an Ocelot Nikon D300s shot through chain link fencing
     
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  20. onepixel

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    Nice job Photoshopping. I like the composition of the original image with the tree on the left and more foreground. I like all the wires too, because it gives me more to look at. The cleaned up image feels like it's missing something.
     

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