A&P I'm a beginner at best...but a CC would be nice

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  1. wheresthejon

    wheresthejon OT Supporter

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    I know I should have made the shot wider...maybe done some DOF stuff with a side view shot...but hows the color?

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    meh..its a duck silhouette; what can I say?

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  2. OneTwo

    OneTwo me>you OT Supporter

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    first pic i dont know what it is of, nor is it interesting in any way.

    2nd pic is very soft and kinda meh.
     
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    No idea what #1 is, therefore I move right on to #2, which is not very sharp. Plus having the subject centered kind of kills it too. It would look better if it was in a quarter of the shot.
     
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    thanks guys..I have a LONNNNG way to go...this is my first shoot.....ever
     
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    this is what the first pic is....how would you frame it?
     
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    I'd frame it dead center...into the recycle bin.
     
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    hahah burnnnn :coolugh:
     
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    For real though son. That picture has made crazy lens flare going on that butchered anything you could have done with it.
     
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    oh i know that...that pic sucks...the lense flair ruined it..i was just showing the subject....that one isn't for critique..just posted so you'd know what it was..thought it'd be cool for the texture contest
     
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    Gotcha :o
     
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    I really like the second pic. Try not to center it though. Rule of thirds...
     
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    better?

    or...
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    first..
    I really loved the color of the water
     
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    the second is making my eyes bleed
     
  16. free_notes

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    looks like in #1 you're going for some texture quality, in which case i would get really close to it or flatten the spatial quality of the object by shooting dead on.

    just getting closer to an object is kind of cliche, but has more potential when playing with DOF. the fact that we can't identify what the object is should be seen as a good thing, and maybe even emphasized. some people call this method the 'trivial-familiar', basically photographing normal objects in an unusual way to make them extraordinary. one famous image is ed weston's photo of a bell pepper.

    the first thing a teacher told me in an intro photo class was not to take pictures of ducks. so..yeah. if you're just starting out find something more interesting.
     
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    also watch your cropping for #1. the upper right corner has a wierd white triangle.
     
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    That's some damn good advice. thank you very much.
     
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    Well I got here too late, but I agree on #1. I myself shoot quite a lot of that kind of abstract, but there's a few things going on here that don't work.

    One, as mentioned, the top right corner is a distraction. Be very careful with your composition for this kind of thing.

    Secondly, I think it's on the dark side, and maybe you were going for that, but I'd lighten it up a bit and at least bring a small bit of detail in to the shadows.

    Thirdly, it looks rather soft, I'd sharpen it a bit to make it pop a bit more.

    You may want to try shooting it straight on as suggested but the decreasing scale as it retreats can be interesting, even applied in this somewhat abstract composition.

    In the second, the NRH style shooting rarely works well in this kind of case, and the subject is very small. Neat colors though but I think you'd need to be much closer (zoomed in more) for this to have a chance of working.
     

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