A&P Sam at the park

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  1. hootpie

    hootpie New Member

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    I wanted to try my hand at some outdoor "action" shots. Everything was shot in M...I stayed @ f2.8 and I wish I had taken some at higher (or is it lower?) f-stops (e.g. 5.6, 11) for sharper pictures. Also, everything was imported into LR with the preset "General - Zeroed"

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    2 – Second version of this pic has higher levels of green saturation...I'll probably do that to more of these pictures later.
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    5 – I couldn't get her to move a little farther away so that her tail wouldn't be cut off...as soon as I started to move back (I was on my stomach) she took off :mad:
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    6 – I call this one "elephant" :)
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    7 – I tried to reposition so that it was just her and the grass in the shot, but she got up and ran off again :mad:
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    CC is not only welcome, but much appreciated.
     
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    cute puppah :o
     
  3. zackflavored

    zackflavored KingShit's Post #55!

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    love 8 for some reason. great placement, shadows and lighting!
     
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    why would you take a picture of your dog's koon? :mamoru:
     
  5. hootpie

    hootpie New Member

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    Doosdareh.

    Now to figure out how to turn that "+green" into a filter and apply it to the rest.
     
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    Im really liking #4. Great pics of what sounds like a very difficult subject.
     
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    hootpie New Member

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    Thanks...that's one of my favorites too...she almost hit my lens in that shot :rofl:
     
  8. tenplanescrashing

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    Don't just worry about your green saturation, you need to edit the gray out of all color ranges. Here's a quick edit I did of your last photo:

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  9. zackflavored

    zackflavored KingShit's Post #55!

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    Wow that looks fucking fantastic! Might you be able to tell me how you were to accomplish that? PS? :x::wavey:
     
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    Here's what I did yesterday (boosted greens and blues):

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    How do I edit out the gray?
     
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    + contrast and + vibrance / saturation.. Just don't go crazy because all of that = more noise..

    Also go into curves, pull down a bit around the blacks, and up a bit around the middle (probably back to baseline)..
     
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    I was messing around with it before seeing this post...I upped the lights/highlights and pulled back the shadows and darks on this one:

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    Edit: Looks like I had already upped the contrast and vibrance on the original versions.
     
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    Yup! You're getting there!
     
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    Is the greyness in all of these pictures a product of shooting in RAW, importing with "General - Zeroed", or both?
     
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    MawcDrums Active Member

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    Theres a lot of things that can make a photo appear more "grey".. White Balance being a bit off, exposure time, ambient light, haze, pollen / dust in the air.. etc..

    The nicer your lens the more vivid your shots usually are as well..
     
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    It's a factor of digital sensors, they all do it to some degree (unless you've manually adjusted your WB).

    All I did in that photo was a simple Levels adjustment (pulled both end sliders in a little on RGB), contrast bump, lighten shadows, and darkened the highlights a little.

    And if you're shooting in RAW and not adjusting in RAW you're converting it to JPEG and then adjusting, which defeats the purpose of RAW. If you're adjusting in RAW and only looking at the individual color ranges, you need to look at them overall first. Shades of red, orange, yellow and purple can also be found in those blues and greens in your photo so don't factor them out.
     
  17. Bob Loblaw

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    mine used to always do that when i'd save from RAW -> JPG (save for web) :hs:
     
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    Here are some updated edits...need more CC. I had to use the brush to desaturate a good amount of blue from the white parts of her coat in these.

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    Any comments on the new edits?
     
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    They look bright and clean to me. I'm liking the third pic more now despite its too-shallow DOF.
     
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    1 and 3 are friggin awesome, nice use of DOF
     
  22. hootpie

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    A wider DOF would have been better on that pic for sure (get her whole head/face in focus), but she was running at me as I was taking those pictures and there's no chance I could have upped the f-stop and decreased shutter speed fast enough to get that shot. Maybe some day :x:

    Thanks...what doesn't tickle your fancy about 2, 4, and 5? I'm actually more concerned with the ones people don't like because those are the ones I'll learn from :)
     
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    Oh yeah, these are all tough shots to get right. I'm not saying I coulda done better with my A570 ;)

    Others can correct me if I'm off base. I would suggest playing with a higher ISO setting next time. You could step up to ISO 400 or 800 on your cam and still get pretty clean output. Then just keep it on a fast shutter priority and you'll get a couple stops more depth without sacrificing any sharpness to motion blur.

    Lucky you -- I can't do this with my compact since anything over ISO 200 on a small sensor looks like boiled shit.

    By the way, that's another reason to use priority mode and the exposure compensation setting instead of M. If you think about it, it gives you just as much control as full manual mode, but it's only half as much work to change stuff on the fly, because whichever setting you change, the camera instantly takes care of the other one and ensures a correct exposure.
     
  24. flipflop

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    number 4 is my fav haha
     
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    like a bunch of peeps are saying #4
     

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