A&P Few Pics - Criticism?

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  1. macadamiaman

    macadamiaman New Member

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    Used a D70, kit lens, nothing changed except a crop on one and a "grayscale" through photoshop on another.. any comments? Suggestions? etc

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    2: (taken while driving over them from a car.. hehe :)
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    5: (zoomed in looks bad?)
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    Any comments appreciated... I'm not a professional or anything so feel free to help with any ideas or editing tips or anything :) Thanks!
     
  2. macadamiaman

    macadamiaman New Member

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    oops, one more:

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    too dark?
     
  3. presidente

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    i like the one of the bridge, wonder how it looks in BW
     
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    i like 4, but perhaps get rid of the tree on the right.
     
  5. eof

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    I like 4 too...I decided to crop it and fuck around in Photoshop. I like the pre-my bastardization version better. I suck at teh post prod:

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    I think the crop works but once again I fucked up the colors so they look unrealistic. The line between the sky and the ground is also very noticible...:wtc:
     
  6. Stemby

    Stemby Whoooose House? COOOOOOOOOOOOGS HOUSE!

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    is that a crab in #5?
     
  7. macadamiaman

    macadamiaman New Member

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    yes, it's a crab (see full size too), but it's focused on the lower part of the stick because I zoomed in from the shore. What do you think? Uninteresting? I took the picture mainly because I liked that kind of halo around the stick...

    The bridge is an ancient roman aqueduct, all pictures taken in Israel (but I wasn't trying to emphasize that, they could be anywhere really).
     
  8. Stemby

    Stemby Whoooose House? COOOOOOOOOOOOGS HOUSE!

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    i personally would of gone for the crab but now that you mention the halo i see what you were trying to do
     
  9. Specialist23

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    good job of cropping it out and putting the border on it. you're right though, the line is very noticable. perhaps just a little too much photoshop.
     
  10. Raindrop

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    I like #3 a lot too...although there's something a little 'flat' about the color or contrast or something, to me. Maybe because the sand/sky is a little too similar for my eyes.

    I like a lot of contrast in pictures, so from my perspective (and on my monitor), #6 isn't too dark at all. You can still see the lighter threads/beard hairs etc. against the darker, so seems fine to me. The focus seems just the tiniest bit off tho...more on his jacket instead of his face/eyes, which along with the sun-white patch makes my gaze drift to his shoulder first.
     
  11. presidente

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  12. Gotcha38

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    I like 3 in color.
     
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    Either learn to properly expose when you take the pic, or learn to adjust the levels in post pro.
     
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  15. Raindrop

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    Yes, that definitely 'pops' more. That's one of the best things about digital age - easy/fast post-processing. :)
     
  16. keyen

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    Pride aside, will a pic that was exposed properly look better than a pic that was slightly under/over exposed and then post-processed?
     
  17. Raindrop

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    Well that's fairly subjective but IMO...if it's a fairly minor issue, then no. Even in the film-only days, unless you developed your own pictures, labs were often 'correcting' your pictures for you without asking...
     
  18. deviant

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    i like 3, 4, and 6. nice pics :)
     
  19. keyen

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    i did a little post-processing on this pic. Any comments would be appreciated. i'm new to all this photo stuff.

    If any of you can do a better job i'd like to see it so i can learn.

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    Your attempt isn't too bad considering the original exposure - I fiddled with it a little bit and really couldn't do any better - either had the clouds all pretty blue and the foreground looking like crap or the other way around (bottom of post). But like eof, I'm not a post-processing expert...I rely more on getting a decent exposure to start with as well as adjusting the RAW image white balance if I feel a need.

    Anyway I think that picture has an exposure that requires too much post-processing - something is always going to look a little off, whether it's the contrast of the clouds or the foreground or where you start to get a bit of the 'painted' look. Not the best one to try and experiment with.

    From what I've seen, there's some pretty camera-knowledgeable people in OT but this forum isn't all that active. If you're really keen on some post-processing knowledge or critique in general I'd try the Canon Digital Forums. They're usually busy and there's lots of very good advice/posters there.

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  21. presidente

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    that looks alot better
     
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    you got a good eye man. with some more practice and photoshop skills you will have some good stuff
     
  23. keyen

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    How did you make the sky so blue?
     
  24. eof

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    Mask out the sky and play with Hue/Saturation + Curves + Color Balance in that order.
     
  25. macadamiaman

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    Thanks for the criticism guys.. honestly I hadn't even noticed the now-blatant underexposure on these pics. Would love to (and probably will) take a photography class over the summer, my college hasn't got a single one :(
     

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