A&P Some photos I took

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  1. Axlerod

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    I took a trip to a family home we have up in Quebec last summer and snapped some pics. I'm just getting into photography, but not too seriously.

    I thought these came out alright and I wanted to see how I could improve in the future.

    Anyways, these photos were snapped with a 1.3mpx Canon A10, and the day was overcast. So I'm looking for critiques that surpass those two things - framing, angles, and what have you.

    Pointers would be appreciated.

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  2. eof

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    I thouroghly enjoyed the lens flare in the last picture as you would be able to tell if you were here as there is a massive pool of precum forming in my pants at the moment.

    All I can say is....
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    In all seriousness though...the skys are shit. In order to take pictures like this you pretty much need a polarizer or you need to spend hours in photoshop fucking with the skys. Most of your skys are so blown out they could not be fixed in photoshop.

    Since you are using a 1.3mp you are taking photos which are comparable to alot of camera phones available right now. If you are even a bit serious about learning how to take a picture I would suggest an upgrade.
     
  4. Axlerod

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    I just got a FujiFilm FinePix S5100 so that should help out a bit. I tried to mess with the skies but like you said... not much you can do. I wish it had been sunny but not much I could do about that either.

    How does a polarizer affect the overcast skies?


    The lens flare was NOT intentional. The A10 doesn't have ANY kind of manual settings beyond +/- 2 sec exposure, and macro. I'm not looking for compliments
     
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    Polarizer rejects some reflected light. So since the sky has alot of reflected light it darkens your skys. It is also effective at removing some reflections from metal and water.

    So with your photos the clouds would appear more white and the skys more of a dark rich blue color.

    Another problem you have is your foreground / bottom of the picture is too dark... a polarizer will make the sky darker so there is less of a difference between the sky and ground meaning the exposure will be good for both instead of just one.
     
  6. Axlerod

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    That makes sense. Ok, another question, which may be stupid.

    I know that with my sunglasses, if you tilt them side to side, it affects what light the polarization reduces. My camera can use filters and extra lenses but they're all screw on... can you get a screw on polarizer if it needs to be horizontally levelled?
     
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    usually the polorizer will rotate individualy from the threads for this reason.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Here is my attempt at playing with one of your photos...not sure if it is better or worse. Since the sky is so bright in the origional I got some terrible halo on the branches... :wtc:
     
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    Cool :cool:

    You can actually get an idea of the depth. :)

    In person those plants were a dark maroon colour... they look good like that but you can definately see the shitty resolution I was dealing with.

    Did you mask the bottom half and mess with the sky? How'd you get that effect?
     
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    I did a levels with a mask on the sky and then a curves with a mask on the sky...then I inverted the mask and did a levels and a curves...then I color balanced the whole thing and bumped the saturation on the sky
     
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    looks like a painting now
     
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    painted with ultra bright paint:o
     
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    Yeah...not a lot of detail left in the shadows so I just blured the shit out of it and bumped everything.
     
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    weRd, im sure a lense hood would be a simple fix to the problem
     
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    :bowdown: That looks really good, but it's not a photograph anymore :o
     
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    Awesome... I really need to bump up my photoshop skills. Thanks eof.

    So no glaring errors in framing or subjects or anything?
     
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    um...don't take any photoshop tips from me...:hs:

    I am pretty weak...I over do everything...:)
     
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    Just my opinion, but I would have liked the top/first one more if there was less sky...the land/sky line break higher up instead of so close to the middle.

    The middle one, I find that treetop distracting and it doesn't add anything to the picture, even if the sky was blue.

    The last one is a pretty great composition, the eye follows the line of the beach/water giving a nice sense of distance w/the low line of rocks for visual contrast.
     
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    number three was the best looking one
     

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