[photos] Brisbane cityscapes take 2

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Troy Piggins, Jan 11, 2008.

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    Troy Piggins, Jan 11, 2008
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    PixelPix Guest

    They look alright Troy, but I dunno what all that blue stuff is in the
    top half of the images?? lol (BTW, I can get to your site now,
    after a total redesign of my network here)

    You should keep an eye on our POTD DDO (Digital Day Out) forum and
    come along to our next Brissie outing.
     
    PixelPix, Jan 12, 2008
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    PixelPix Guest

    OK changed machines here and I just had another look.... may I suggest
    a slight rotation to get things level and a little more density and
    perhaps some saturation to give them some pop.
     
    PixelPix, Jan 12, 2008
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    Tom Guest

    I like them but I'm no authority... I do appreciate getting up early on Saturday:)
    Tom
     
    Tom, Jan 12, 2008
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  5. Nice, but I agree with Rusty - it needs a bit of disneychrome
    (polariser..?) Possible improvements - those foreground trees are
    distracting.. Could use a couple of white fluffy clouds, and maybe a
    strategically placed CityCat.
    Me either. It needs something. Anything! My eye just wanders over
    it looking for somewhere to land...
    It's... nice. But 'subjectless' (see below).
    Yes, it's more interesting, but the problem here is that the leading
    lines (which are good!) go to an area that is shaded by cloud and
    looks dull compared to other areas of the photo.. Again, you have a
    lot of distortion (tilted buildings at left and right) - could this
    have been taken with the camera level? If not, then I would be
    inclined to PS it to fix 'the bends', as I don't think they add
    anything. And watch the truncated tree again - distracting! - I would
    lop about 40 pixels off the bottom to get rid of the foreground
    clutter and treetop.
    OK, but in this case the leading lines go to... nothing much. Again,
    it needs something to lift it from being a snapshot of bridge
    structure, maybe just a jogger or something similar.. The tree at
    left needs to be lifted a bit - it's very close to black and
    unbalances the picture somewhat.

    They are technically good images, and I don't want to sound
    hypercritical - if it's any consolation I do this to my own images too
    (and it doesn't always help..!). But I do strongly believe that if
    you criticise the hell out of your own images, then you will learn
    what works best for the next time.

    Can I offer the following things to try to keep in your head as you
    are shooting/composing..? (Doesn't matter, I'm gunna anyway!)

    --- quote
    All great images invoke an emotional response. It could just be awe,
    or it might be surprise, empathy, horror, puzzlement, serenity, etc...
    - so, what response will *this* image elicit?

    A great image always has a subject. (Usually, just one!)
    - so, what is this picture *about*?

    The best images *often* (not always!) follow some basic rules:
    GET CLOSE! - in other words, remove distractions and include only what
    is necessary
    USE RULE OF THIRDS - hackneyed advice, but it mostly works...
    LEAD TO YOUR SUBJECT - make the viewer's eye go to the subject/focus
    with leading lines
    CREATE DEPTH - add foreground interest or use depth of field/
    perspective/balance to your advantage
    BE CREATIVE - angles, unusual views, look for natural frames,
    reflections, slow shutter, etc...
    USE THE LIGHT - are you there at the right time of day? Is the sky
    right? Be patient...

    Lastly - if it's not getting you excited as you peer in the
    viewfinder, it is probably not going to be a winner. So, do something
    about it!
    --- endquote

    One day I will follow those guidelines... (O;
     
    mark.thomas.7, Jan 12, 2008
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    * is quoted & my replies are inline below
    * :
    Lol. It's not a Lego set! :) Just kidding, I know what you
    mean.
    Fair points. I see about cropping off the bottom to get rid of
    the top of truncated tree. Regarding this distortions etc -
    that's the lens at that width, which was needed from that
    location to get that view. If you know where that shot was
    taken, I was right at the handrail, and you can't go back because
    of road and buildings.

    I could have moved to the left more, but then that just flattened
    out the bridge and I didn't want that.

    Understand what you're saying though. It's hard with the scape
    shots - so many things in the shot that we can't control.
    Fair enough.
    I do try to criticise my images. And don't worry about
    critiquing mine, I want you too. I appreciate the depth of this
    response!
    Thanks again Mark. All good advice. It's hard, for me at the
    moment, to pull all of those things together in one shot. I am
    aware of all of them, and seem to get one or 2 criteria "right"
    at a time, but not all. Practise, practise..
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 12, 2008
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    * Tom is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Thanks Tom!
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 12, 2008
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    * PixelPix is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Haha! I know! I got up and saw blue sky and said "I gotta go
    out and get me some of that!". Took the above shots, and by
    8.30 the blue was gone and clouds were back. Least it didn't
    rain.
    Just having a look at that right now. I've tried twice now to
    catch up with some of the locals from the POTN forums and have
    either been too hungover or something else has come up :) I'm
    finding it hard enough getting time to take shots myself, let
    alone with others.

    But I will keep an eye on those forums. I do lurk there a bit.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 12, 2008
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    * PixelPix is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Thanks Rusty. I have a bunch of macros I took yesterday that I'm
    processing, then I'll go back and play with those cityscapes that
    you and Mark have critiqued.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 12, 2008
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    Rob. Guest

    Rob., Jan 18, 2008
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    Rob., Jan 18, 2008
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    * Rob. is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    I see. Thanks.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 19, 2008
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    * Rob. is quoted & my replies are inline below :
    Ha! I had another shot, not posted, that had a red car in it but
    taken from the other side of the bridge.
    Didn't like it - there were witches hats, bright orange, also
    because they were doing work on the bridge.
     
    Troy Piggins, Jan 19, 2008
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