I'd like to get some opinions on some photos....

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Trentus, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. Trentus

    Trentus Guest

    I can upload them to my webspace for you to look at and critique,
    but how do you want them?
    The images are around 1.5 meg each.
    Do you want to view the original image in it's full resolution,
    or do I resize them (thus deteriorate them quite a bit) and make them easier
    to view for opinions?

    What is the preferred method?

    Thanks in advance

    Trentus, Aug 2, 2004
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    kosh Guest

    upload them

    kosh, Aug 2, 2004
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    Trentus Guest


    Sorry, I'll create an index page at some stage, and use thumbnailed images
    to link to the full photos in future, but I'm only just back from the trip,
    and something about these two shots just really felt good and wanted to see
    what others think.

    And it's hard to judge a photos composition if you don't know the area, so
    here is a context shot so you can see the whole scene.
    This photo I know isn't great, I took it with the express intention of just
    giving the entire scene for the shots that I'd already taken and knew I'd
    want an opinion on.

    The shots were taken the next morning after some rain out in the Australian
    Desert, @ Morapoi Station, 2 hours North of Kalgoorlie WA.
    And please remember, I'm asking for comments because I've only been taking
    photos for a few months, so helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

    Trentus, Aug 2, 2004
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    Trentus Guest

    Oh, forgot to mention, the camera is FujiFinepix S5000.
    Though I hope that won't sway your opinion against the photo just because of
    the camera used.

    Trentus, Aug 2, 2004
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    Miro Guest

    The images are quite good but the total balance and proportion isnt quite
    right. Sometimes the most important part of an image is kept to one side to
    highlight the feature. It is a common mistake to make the central element in
    the centre. This makes the rest of the image look irrelevant. By keeping one
    side busy you can create contrast and amplify the meaning of the objects

    That is only one way of course but I would say your images are getting close
    to paintings and bush art.
    Miro, Aug 2, 2004
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    Trentus Guest

    Thank you, I appreciate the feedback, I'd have liked to have moved the image
    to one side more myself, but I didn't want to give away the fact that the
    body of water is just a puddle. I was sort of trying to make it look like
    the edge of a creek or billabong or something, well at least in the vertical
    image I was.

    And this is my daughter catching yabbies at the dam.

    Trentus, Aug 2, 2004
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    Miro Guest

    It seems like you are almost doing photography in the 1950 style. I can
    sense an eye for the dramatic perspective. Dont be afraid to step back and
    crop on the computer.
    Miro, Aug 3, 2004
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    kosh Guest

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    s Guest

    I like that one. Contrast in colours, good framing. A little more
    details in the trees would be nice.
    s, Aug 3, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    35% out of the shadows in PS8 does the trick - and its a dam most of the


    Rob, Aug 3, 2004
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    Trentus Guest

    And this is my daughter catching yabbies at the dam.
    There were about 12 people all around us catching Yabbies, I only "staged"
    the shot very slightly by getting her to move the tiniest bit to one side so
    that I could exclude the multitude of other peoples arms, legs, and their
    "fishing" lines running into the dam. Then I just left her doing what she
    was doing, came around behind her to try to frame it a bit better, and used
    a 5 shot sequence. She was actually turning her head from left to right
    (probably to see what I was up to) and this was the 5th (and I felt the
    best) shot of the sequence. The detail in the trees wasn't in my hands at
    the time, as I had the camera in auto at the time. If I'd staged the photo I
    might have used it in manual, but it was a very grey and bleak day, with
    only very short snippets of light, and my only way of using the camera in
    manual is with multiple experiments, adjusting each setting one notch to see
    what happens, and with constantly changing light that probably wasn't going
    to be possible.

    It is however enough of a result to encourage me to put some extra effort
    into it next time, get some resources to help me learn, and eventually think
    about a camera upgrade.

    Thanks heaps for the feedback, it has been very encouraging. Though I was
    reluctant to crop the image in an editor, due to criticism in either this,
    or perhaps the digital photography newsgroup, for someone creating photos by
    cropping them rather than correctly framing them in the first place. That's
    why the photos are pretty much untouched, except I think for the
    http://users.dart.net.au/~trentandjanet/plant024.jpg photo which from memory
    I did crop a small amount of another plant out of the right hand side of,
    that I hadn't noticed crept into the image when I took it. I got the
    impression from the criticism of the other person that cropping a photo was
    frowned upon.

    Trentus, Aug 4, 2004
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