For anyone who's interested...

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by The Dave©, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. The Dave©

    The Dave© Guest

    ....I am offering a link to some pics I have taken over the last few
    years.

    http://photobucket.com/albums/a291/photoguy6405/

    I haven't played with these too much in Photoshop, and a couple b&ws
    are kinda rough, but constructive criticism and/or positive comments
    are always appreciated.
     
    The Dave©, Sep 16, 2005
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  2. Hi Dave,

    Some great pictures there. Some thoughts as requested - please don't
    take offence, just personal preferences. Excuse random order

    Montezuma Hills

    Love the scene, and the picture. I wonder if it would be improved in
    balance if you removed a little from the bottom, and a bit from the left
    to preserve aspect ratio. As is, I feel the road makes it bottom-heavy.

    Calavaritas CA (Barn 1)

    The scene is, to my taste, to messy, and the shadows are too much
    blocked out, at least on the web.

    Baseballs

    (Untitled, but I'm sure you know which one I mean.) I thought this
    looked great on the thumbnail - reminiscent perhaps of Weston, looked
    (as I'm sure was intended) like a pair of buttocks. However, the full
    sized picture showed the left hand ball to be too much out of focus to
    preserve this impression. Try it again with more DoF, not as if you have
    to go far to re-shoot this one!

    Sacramento River CA

    Always difficult to judge B&W on the web, but the highlights seem too
    burned out. I would try playing with the levels sliders in PS to stretch
    them out a little. The scene is also a little "busy".

    Dock and Bridge

    The reverse here - shadows seem blocked. Try reverse tweak in PS. Also
    see if you prefer it with 10% removed from the foreground.

    Rio Vista Bridge

    Again, I prefer a little cropped from FG and LHS - not much, 5-10%. It's
    just personal taste. Very nice picture, though - you caught the light at
    just the right time IMO.

    Pacific Ocean nr Fort Bragg

    Very brooding! The picture does not seem quite as sharp as it should be
    - was it a crop from a larger image? Also there is a sizeable blemish in
    the sky, and a couple of tiny ones which could be birds. The new spot
    eraser in PS CS2 is magic for getting rid of these!

    Calavaritas CA (Cow 1)

    I sense a lack of certainty as to the main focus. If the idea was to put
    an interesting foreground to the main scene, then the main scene is not
    strong enough and the foreground is too strong and over-intrusive. If
    the idea was to portray the (interesting) rocks, then the background is
    too distracting.

    Isleton Fire (Fire 1)

    You caught the drama of the scene very well, and got the exposure right
    IMO. I guess you could not have got closer to the firemen without
    getting in the way and possibly endangering yourself, so this is about
    as good as you could have got it. The daylight scene is dull by
    comparison - decent straight reportage, no drama.

    Mint 1

    Like the delicate web, think the OOF leaves are too intrusive, esp. the
    one on the right.

    Pumpkins 1

    Because the foreground pumpkin is so very prominent, the fact that it is
    OOF detracts rather from the appeal.

    Vette 1

    Very nicely judged exposure. There is a very slight blemish just below
    the flag - probably on the car - which might be removed. Or is it a
    reflection? Hard to tell on the web view. Yes, on closer look it
    probably is, there are similar, fainter ones below the letters. Best
    left then. The reflections at the front of the bonnet (do you call it
    hood) - i.e. LH side of picture - could improve things if removed.

    Hope this is helpful. Be assured, most of my pics are less successful!

    David
     
    David Littlewood, Sep 16, 2005
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  3. The Dave©

    The Dave© Guest

    Thanks for the feedback. It is most appreciated. I'll give a few
    thoughts in return.
    I had gone out that day to shoot the road in the other direction with a
    barn at the end, but it was a very hazy day and the skies looked like
    crap. As I finished up I turned around and saw this, and shot a couple
    final shots making sure to crop out the sky. I thought the haze helped
    create a great diffused light and lit the scene very evenly, but the
    sky was just unworkable. It was more of an afterthought, but ended up
    being the best shot of the day.
    It is busy, but still one of my favorites. It was shot with slide
    film, Kodachrome IIRC, and I had an 8x12 print made at a local shop and
    it came out wonderfully.
    The ball on the left is purposely out of focus. I was experimenting
    with DOF on close-ups. I have other shots that have them both in
    focus. This one pleased my eye more than the others.
    Both of these were taken with Ilford 400 film and scanned from the
    negative. I continue to have the hardest time properly exposing b&w
    and I can't pin down why. These were the only two from that day that
    came out anywhere near acceptable. I haven't shot B7W since the, over
    a year, but just bought a bunch more as I want to get this figured out.
    I agree the highlights are too burned out. I will play with them and
    see what I can come up with.
    Thanks. This one gets alot of attention.
    I think the boat could be sharper. The trees on the side are in great
    focus, and I like that, but maybe I should have used a smaller
    aperture, but I didn't want the boat to be streaking across the water,
    either. The blemish I just missed when I was reviewing it. I'll fix
    that.

    I have Photoshop Elements 2, but am considering upgrading to full-blown
    CS2.
    Something about the one cow, looking back at me through the weeds,
    cracks me up. I really can't explain it other than that.
    At the time I lived in one of those old buildings down the street and
    we were evacuated at 2:30 am. I grabbed by camera bag that had my
    Canon 10D and a 28-105mm zoom lens and nothing else. I took about 150
    pictures, and most of them came out surprisingly well considering the
    time of night and the fact that they were all handheld, etc. You're
    right, I stayed back and always shot from more of a distance so as to
    not get in the way. The fire engin and water came out very well. The
    later one, after daylight, would be boring if not for the fireman
    walking across. His presence and expression made the photo, to me.
    Again, in both cases, experimenting with DOF. I have more shots of the
    pumpkins where all are in focus, but they seem too busy to me. This
    one, I thought, was enough to still tell what everything was, yet still
    priovide a center point.
    This one is so simple, yet I can't help but like it. The "blemishes"
    are reflections from the chrome logos, btw.
    Very helpful. Thanks.
     
    The Dave©, Sep 16, 2005
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  4. The Dave©

    no_name Guest

    No informed criticism here, but I liked the barn & the montezuma hills
    pictures. The latter is a really nice composition, sort of a taste of
    Tuscany feel to it.

    I also liked the Sacramento river photo & the seats, but something seems
    to be lacking in the river photo. I'm not sure what, maybe dynamic range
    or something, but it's still a good picture.
     
    no_name, Sep 16, 2005
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  5. Thanks for the feedback. It is most appreciated. I'll give a few
    thoughts in return.
    I had gone out that day to shoot the road in the other direction with a
    barn at the end, but it was a very hazy day and the skies looked like
    crap. As I finished up I turned around and saw this, and shot a couple
    final shots making sure to crop out the sky. I thought the haze helped
    create a great diffused light and lit the scene very evenly, but the
    sky was just unworkable. It was more of an afterthought, but ended up
    being the best shot of the day.
    [/QUOTE]
    It was probably my favourite, or one of my favourites, of the ones you
    posted
    It probably works better in a large print; I have quite a few landscapes
    like that, they work very well at large size but come over as too fussy
    or lacking a point of focus at small size.
    It's great. I have a couple of dust spots on my 10D sensor; I was
    contemplating the various cleaning tools, or a service by Canon, but the
    healing brush is so brilliant that I no longer worry! BTW, I just
    grabbed a copy of your pic into PS and removed the spots in about 4
    seconds.
    I do see what you mean. In which case, why not try ruthlessly cropping
    it - say to the base of the large lump of rocks, and to just left and
    right of it. This would focus the attention on your intention - and
    (from a quick manual crop) make it much more attention-grabbing.
    I would agree if it was not the big centre one OOF .....
    Glad it didn't offend.

    David
     
    David Littlewood, Sep 16, 2005
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