Pics from Harpers Ferry, WV

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Robert R Kircher, Jr., Aug 9, 2005.

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    Brian Baird Guest

    Nice. I was canoeing that section of the Potomac last month. Very
    Brian Baird, Aug 9, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    What is the story behind the hanging ladies sun hats?

    All good shots and many with very interesting subject material but none
    were really great art pictures. I don't mean that cruelly, I can easily
    spend a day shooting and get nothing great. It just looks like you had a
    good time & saw interesting things but weren't thinking enough about the
    actual photos... something I do all too often. There must be another set
    of thoughts one has to keep in mind to actually take pics worthy of
    framing, I'm not saying I know what that is but you weren't thinking
    about those things Sunday. I think the main thing I see is things framed
    too obviously in the center of the image. The ones with curves overcome
    that somewhat but are still dead center.

    Here are interesting ones:

    Another thing to think about is the poetic contrast between subject and
    background. This one is interesting because the slight hint of the main
    building emphasizes the 'outbuildingness' of the subject:
    but maybe there was another angle to catch that in a less obvious way
    that keeps the viewer's interest for longer lingering between the
    subject and contect.

    This comes close but still fairly static and the viewer doesn't take
    long to figure it all out and want to move on:

    This is an amazing scene:
    but it's just framed so blandly.

    Hoping the comments are helpful,

    Paul Furman
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    Paul Furman, Aug 9, 2005
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    Frank ess Guest

    Just to give you an idea of what kind of mind Paul's comments come
    from (and I don't mean this cruelly), there was no good reason to
    include the word "ladies" (ladies' ?) in that sentence. Nor "sun", for
    that matter. Paul, _that_ is part of the story. A seed has to fall on
    fertile ground to take root ...

    I picked that one too. I think the natural haze contrasted with clear
    focus on near objects might disrupt it unless you could somehow
    emphasize one or the other more. I dunno. I might have tried it with
    the light at the end of the tunnel a little higher and a little lower,
    but definitely a little more to the right. And maybe from a two-foot
    lower viewpoint.

    All in all, a very enjoyable excursion. Thanks for the opportunity.
    Me too.
    Frank ess, Aug 9, 2005
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    Chip Gallo Guest

    I spent an hour or two in February shooting old HF. I have more lens
    choices now so I'm sure I'll go back. Plus I live there.

    Chip Gallo
    Chip Gallo, Aug 9, 2005
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    G.T. Guest

    WTF are you talking about?

    G.T., Aug 9, 2005
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    Celcius Guest

    He's talking about the photo of hats, 08-07-2005Harpers Ferry-051.jpg and
    referring to other comments made by a preceding poster...
    Celcius, Aug 9, 2005

  8. Thanks Frank, I appreciate the comments. Framing is one thing that I've
    been working on so I also appreciate Paul's comments. I do believe however
    that improvements can be made with a crop here and a crop there. I've been
    recropping a few including the one that you and Paul pointed out and I can
    see the difference. In many case the framing is due to the environment.
    distance to the subject, possible camera positions, etc. In some cases
    there was just no better way or place to get the shot so I think cropping
    may be the only solution. That said I will keep the comments in mind the
    next time I'm out and continue to work on it.

    As far as the hats go the only story is that they hang in front of a hat
    makers shop as a sign/advertisement. If there's anything good about that
    shot at all it got some one to ask the question.
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Aug 9, 2005
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    Mike Guest

    All these pictures seem normaly exposed. None seem too dark or too light
    here (LCD LG 19 inches).
    However, I notice that all (or nearly all?) have been posed under a
    voluntary setting of + 2/3.

    I would like to know more about that, have they been postprocessed to return
    them to zero adjustment?
    Did you notice your 300 D underexposes? In dull weather?

    This apart, to answer some artist, pictures or photos, or anything else,
    don't need to mandatory show any artistic concern to be of some value for
    the remainig of the world.
    I looked at all of them. Interesting. Good quality. Generaly speakin, no
    obvious flaws (or things not to be done according to gurus) in the framings.

    Mike, Aug 9, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    I must not have missed that previous comment somehow, I'm baffled.
    Paul Furman
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    Paul Furman, Aug 9, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Am man, I wanted some mysterious tale about women going off to war or
    suffrage rallies or long lost love <g>. It was an interesting shot to
    make me suspect such things!

    Paul Furman
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    Paul Furman, Aug 9, 2005

  12. Mike, Thanks.

    At one point I bumped up the compensation to take a few shots that are not
    posted and then forgot to set it back. Rookie mistake but as noted in a
    couple of other treads it's not just us rookies that sometimes forget.

    All the images have been post processed with Capture One; some color
    correction, sharpening, and contrast adjustment. It was a rather hazy day
    so the ability to adjust in Capture One was very helpful in bring out some
    of these shots from the haze.
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Aug 9, 2005
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    Gambo Guest

    Pretty cool...I am often at a loss of inspriational spots to go to
    locally to shoot...never even considered Harpers Ferry and I am from
    Maryland near DC...Thanks for the pix and the idea!!
    Gambo, Aug 10, 2005
  14. Lots of places to go around our area. Just pull out a map and decide how
    far of a drive you want to take and then create a circle on the map using
    that time as you radius. Now look over the map for interesting places.
    Greatest think about this area is you are with in 2hrs of a beach or a
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Aug 10, 2005
  15. Thanks You.
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Aug 10, 2005

  16. Thanks Brian,

    There were lots of tubers and kayakers up there Sunday, although the both
    rivers were very tame. Looked more like a lazy river ride at some water
    park like Six Flags America.

    Have you been up to Harpers Ferry shoot pics? It is a very cool place it
    you like to take that kind of photography. I'm definitely going back when
    this humid and hazy weather final breaks.
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Aug 10, 2005
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    Dog Guest

    Dog, Aug 10, 2005
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    having never been stateside in real life I so enjoy seeing it this
    way. great stuff
    Paul Heslop, Aug 10, 2005
  19. Mike,

    I just did a check of EC readings in my original images and what's listed on
    PBase and PBase is wrong. I'm not sure what happened but I'll bet there's
    a logic error in the parse routine adds the image data to the page when
    uploading more then one image at a time. It looks like the program never
    resets the EC value back to blank once it encounters an image that is set to

    Very interesting.

    In any event images 13-17 were shot at +2/3 EC. The rest are all done at 0.
    Robert R Kircher, Jr., Aug 11, 2005
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    Brian Baird Guest

    The river at the end is very recreational. There are very few places
    where it gets deeper than 3-4 feet at normal levels.

    The fishing was good. A lot of smallmouth bass to be had.
    I haven't visited the town in a long time, and I've never been with my
    camera. I'll probably stop by this fall when the colors start to
    Brian Baird, Aug 11, 2005
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