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Old 10-07-2013, 09:24 PM   #181
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:52 PM   #182
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That's a nice view FIREd - a good clear view of Sutro Tower. When I can see Sutro Tower from Oakland, I know it's a clear day. I'm not sure that I'm completely keen on the horizon dividing the frame in half - would prefer to see the horizon line lower down or higher up, but that may just be me. Photography is such a subjective thing.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #183
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That's a nice view FIREd - a good clear view of Sutro Tower. When I can see Sutro Tower from Oakland, I know it's a clear day. I'm not sure that I'm completely keen on the horizon dividing the frame in half - would prefer to see the horizon line lower down or higher up, but that may just be me. Photography is such a subjective thing.
Looking through my picture library, it looks like I tend to divide the frame in half with the horizon when I take a picture of a landscape with no apparent focal point. I don't find it shocking personally, but thanks for making me aware of it.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:34 PM   #184
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There is a rule of composition known as the rule of thirds. I don't know much about these things (and have an in-built resistance to following rules set for me by other people), but it does seem to help create pleasing compositions, at least to my eye.

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Old 10-07-2013, 10:51 PM   #185
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There is a rule of composition known as the rule of thirds. I don't know much about these things (and have an in-built resistance to following rules set for me by other people), but it does seem to help create pleasing compositions, at least to my eye.

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I am aware of that rule. My camera even has rule-of-third guidelines to help compose the picture but I just realized that I turned that feature off for whatever reason. I usually don't like cropping my pictures, but lowering the horizon does make for a more pleasing composition, I think:
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I usually don't like cropping my pictures, but lowering the horizon does make for a more pleasing composition, I think:
I agree.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:13 AM   #187
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It does look like a rainbow sunrise.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:48 AM   #188
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There is a rule of composition known as the rule of thirds. I don't know much about these things (and have an in-built resistance to following rules set for me by other people), but it does seem to help create pleasing compositions, at least to my eye.

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I was thinking of that when you made your comment. I also find it kind of funny - it seems like something as subjective as a pleasing visual should not have such rules, and I'm not such a big fan of rules like that. But I tend to find that those rules almost always work.

It is a nice photo, I think one thing that makes it a bit tough to split into thirds is that the sky is divided by half, and, IMO, cropping some of the foreground loses some of the interest there. But either way, a very nice photo.

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Thought I'd share a couple of photos that always make me smile.

I took these on a camping trip to Big Sur a few years back. Totally amateur efforts, but I'm kind of proud of them, considering how hard it was not to laugh at the time.

(PS - squirrels apparently like Peet's French Roast)
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Rosie - love those photos. I just hope the little feller didn't actually eat any Krispy Kreme doughnuts!
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Rosie - love those photos. I just hope the little feller didn't actually eat any Krispy Kreme doughnuts!
Oh heavens no!! We're not that generous.

Plus, feeding animals in parks is a big no no ... I prolly shouldn't have let the critter take a taste of my morning coffee, but he snuck up on me (honest ossifer!) and then it was just too funny a pic to pass up.
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Oh heavens no!! We're not that generous.

Plus, feeding animals in parks is a big no no ... I prolly shouldn't have let the critter take a taste of my morning coffee, but he snuck up on me (honest ossifer!) and then it was just too funny a pic to pass up.
Pet peeve alert: Feeding the critters, whether ducks, gulls, squirrels, even bears, turns them into pests, and in the case of bears, dangerous ones!

Besides, that squirrel would have to wrestle me for a KK donut!
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Squirrels are the most fantastic little creatures - industrious and inquisitive. What's not to like? I know they can be destructive but as a member of the human race, I think we have them beat on that score!
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Old 10-09-2013, 10:50 PM   #194
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This is a new tea bowl that I bought from a Taiwanese potter. In this picture I wanted to show both the texture and the translucence of the bowl. Canon SX50HS, ISO80, f/8, 15s exposure.
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Playing with lighting can be interesting. This is just a plain, dull, dead leaf. Put a light behind it and the image becomes a bit more interesting. Although it looks like late afternoon sunlight it's actually a SB-900 flash with a half CTO gel on it.
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I think the rule of thirds works more efficiently when using the intersection of horizontal and vertical lines - not just horizontal. The intersections are considered power points.

But there's a lot more compositional elements. The phot of the dawn sky has a lot of other potential, IMO, which isn't being used.

Color is just one element; the most used (because people never learn the others) and, IMO, least important.
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They are not really rules, but guidelines for beginners making compositions (no offense anyone). Once an artist has more complete understanding of composition, the guidelines become moot.
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