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Old 04-08-2014, 12:48 AM   #821
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:36 AM   #823
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Like the 2006 LA shot. Won't say why - that might constitute critique *grin*
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Here's a redux of the pocket watch shot under better (more controlled) conditions: broad diffuse light from left and a silver reflector on the right. Still a few highlights out of control. Maybe a black piece of poster board placed left to block the direct light hitting that curved surface..

Background is a piece of flat rock - thought the gray and rust colors complemented the colors of the watch, without being a distraction. Ran the grain at an angle for a bit of 'motion' - so the image was less static. Angled the watch slightly, again so the image looked less static. Background slightly unfocused so the watch stands out more distinctly.

Lightly burning the corners would help, as well, I think.

I'll work on those highlights.

1/250 f25 35-70 (about 51mm corrected - using a full frame lens on APS camera)
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Minor histogram adjustments and cropping on iPad using Photogene.

Suggestions for improvement welcome.
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Untitled by jglennhart, on Flickr

Desaturated a bit, opened up the exposure, and minor 'heals'. Too lazy to reshoot...
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Last one - I promise

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White reflector as opposed to silver - less harsh. Attempted to burn in the highlights with my hand. No other PhotoShop style adjustments. Just for comparison purpose...

My arm did a nice burn job on the bottom left corner.

Oh yeah - removed the haze filter I forgot was on the lens, then didn't recheck the focus lol...

This would be improved by opening up the exposure in PS, but is a better base image to work with than the first.
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Like the 2006 LA shot. Won't say why - that might constitute critique *grin*
Well, the mods haven't told us what we can and can't do in this thread, above and beyond the regular forum rules. Critique is fine, unless they step in and say otherwise.

I'll say nice things about photos posted here and might even say why. Nobody dislikes praise (unless they really have a problem), but criticism could be taken the wrong way, especially if someone is posting merely to share. For that reason, when I see images here that I think could use some constructive criticism, I hold off.

In my case, there's another reason too. For quite a few years, I spent much time in online photo groups giving and receiving criticism (mainly giving, as my stuff wasn't really worth posting.) One particular group had a rule that we should be tough on the photos, but kind to the people. That rule was strictly enforced, and I liked it a lot. After a few years of that, I began tiring of all the talk. I do think (like you) that it's very useful to be able to identify what it is you do and don't like about an image. Being able to do that is a useful first step towards exercising control over your own photographs, so that your final image can match the inital vision.

However, having said all that, sometimes the talk starts to come across a bit pretentious, and just simply "too much meaningless chatter and noise", and I just want to look at photographs. For me, looking at a photograph that I really like affects me directly. It completely bypasses the language part of my brain, so talking about photographs involves a lot of extra translation in my head that I just don't want to be bothered with. I just want to take, and look at photographs dammit!

On top of that, I like this community, and don't really want to offend anyone. Similarly, I'm not sure I could deal with it myself. Rigorous photo criticism can be a harsh mistress. I'd rather not deal with the possible reality that compared to where I'd really like to be, my photographs suck
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I was teasing, attempting to be friendly.

I'm not going to offer a critique to anyone. The OP stated discussing techniques and that's what I'm doing. On my own photos, as FIREd suggested. No hurt feelings that way.

Just look at the photos and skip the chatter.

Tell you what - never mind. Have it your way.
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I know seraphim, but I still couldn't help myself.

Apologies if I came across as too serious.
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it has a bit to much of a done with flash for my taste. if you ever feel like doing it again i would like to see the 2-sb200 with a ratio of 2 to 1 .
There was a reason for doing it that way, but I forgot what it was now. I'll try the 2 to 1 with the SB-200's. If DW hasn't eaten them all.

Edit: Now I remember - I wanted the sharp point-source light from the SB-900 farther away.
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"Apologies if I came across as too serious."

And mine if I took your response too seriously.
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There was a reason for doing it that way, but I forgot what it was now. I'll try the 2 to 1 with the SB-200's. If DW hasn't eaten them all.

Why would your wife eat your SB-200s

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An attempt at true macro...
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Anyone try out Lightroom Mobile yet? I downloaded the Lightroom 5.4 upgrade last night on my Mac and there's a "get started with Lightroom mobile" link top left on the screen. I need to make some room on the iPad before I get into this.
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No. But don't waste your money on Adobe Touch for he iPad. Photogene is far superior.
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some of my favorite places to photograph are churches.

churches seem to look nice in hdr . ...
I tend to not like some hdr, too cartoon-ish for my tastes (but interesting, and I might like them depending on my mood/subject), but I really like those. Stained glass tends to look a little 'out of this world' in the right light (probably what was intended), so I think that hdr helps bring that feeling to us.

Nice shots of daughter and DIL. You just gotta smile along with them, they look like they are having a good time! Really infectious (in a good way!). So much better than the typical frozen smiles we often get.

I'll have to scan in a picture DW took years ago. My daughter and niece from about 20 years ago. Two little kids in ballet outfits, one looking straight into the camera, and the other looking off, distracted by something. Reminds me of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting. I've seen it a thousand times on her dresser, and it still captivates me. I'll ask her if it's OK to post it here.

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the nice thing about hdr is it can be a subtle or as surrealistic as you want. in the beginning i had everything looking like a bad acid trip but eventually it gets boring and you learn to use it tastefully.

in fact a few of my photos come packaged inside the software hdr darkroom in their tutorial section.

i helped refine the software for them . i like the nik and photomatix the best
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Haven't tried HDR yet. Don't understand the attraction - how it can affect photos...
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You can greatly expand the dynamic range of your camera . you can capture perfect snow and great detail in black objects all at the same time.

in fact the range is wider than our monitors can display as of now. so the images need to be compressed again.

it is called tone mapping and it determine how an hdr image looks.

it is like taking a slinky and trying to get it back in the box.

depending where and how you pinch it the look will change from very natural to cartoon looking.

by nature if we could see it an hdr image is very very natural looking. almost like our eyes sees.
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