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Discussion in 'Photography' started by Matthew Del Buono, May 12, 2004.

  1. I'm still a minor but I think I'm hitting it well in my pictures. Would
    anyone mind telling me whether or not my pictures are good, and/or what I
    could do to improve them?

    http://darkroommaster.deviantart.com

    -- Matt
     
    Matthew Del Buono, May 12, 2004
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  2. Oops didn't realize I already asked here! Sorry! Please ignore..
    -- Matt
     
    Matthew Del Buono, May 12, 2004
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  3. Actually, would you mind giving comments on my photoshop abilities. I now
    realize I asked before I doctored them. Many of you complained about the
    tones of blue being too strong and the contrasts being off. I have also
    cropped to fit better and I like the pictures a lot more. Any more ideas?

    Thanks for all the help you guys are giving!

    -- Matt
     
    Matthew Del Buono, May 12, 2004
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    dadiOH Guest

    OK. But first, a brief comment about the one with lake/boat/duck: I love
    the way you have shown how the water is higher on the left side than the
    right. Not. As a point of information, the boat is called a "shell".

    On Top of Hawaii: you vastly improved this one. It is still a plain jane
    aerial but the colors and saturation are now excellent. As a point of
    information, it is not the Big Island. It is Diamond head on the island of
    Oahu and the "colonization" is a small part of the city of Honolulu which is
    the capitol of the state of Hawaii. The "Big Island" - also part of the
    Hawaiian chain and state - is the island of Hawaii and is about 150 miles
    ESE of Oahu.

    Water Against the Rocks: you cropped it better but you still left the
    horizon kapakahi (Hawaiian for "crooked"). Horizons are always
    level...water surfaces are always level...it's a natural law. Myself, I
    would just crop out the horizon which would also lose the rock in the upper
    right (that's no loss). I would also fiddle around with
    contrast/brightness/gamma...the rocks need more detail and contrast (not
    likely it is in the negative). At the same time the water/waves could stand
    more saturation. A difficult subject to photograph. In a darkroom, one
    could make a shadow mask to pump up the dark areas. I'm not much into
    digital photography but perhaps the same thing can be done via layers?

    A Second Hawaiian Sunset: I don't know what you've done to it, liked it
    originally resonably well. IMO, there is nothing wrong with the lack of
    details in the right side foliage - one expects things to be sillouhetted
    when against the sun. Another point of information: "burning in" is the
    procedure of giving selected print areas more exposure to darken them; to
    lighten an area to increase detail or other purpose, one "holds back" or
    "dodges".

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    dadiOH, May 12, 2004
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  5. you`re pictures are good, but the time it takes to see
    them!!!!pffffffff.....
    never heard of comressing your pictures fot the web in for example Paint
    Shop pro?
    Then people will take time to see your pictures, now they dont...i think.

    raymond

    website: http://home.deds.nl/~raym/
     
    Raymond en Saskia, May 13, 2004
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    Raymond Lai Guest

    Yeah I actually forgot what it was called XD

    Bah... that's what I meant .. dodges. And I really didn't change it that
    much. A bit of a contrast change but that's it.
     
    Raymond Lai, May 13, 2004
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    Raymond Lai Guest

    Don't top post. It's annoying.

    Furthermore, my pictures are compressed. They're extremely shrunk and set at
    65% quality. They're only 200KB large -- if you can't deal with the wait
    then I think you need to get a better connection, IMO. And if you think
    that's bad, try downloading the print quality one, which is, on average, 6MB
    large...
     
    Raymond Lai, May 13, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    No problem. :) The processing has helped your pictures a lot - better
    color. Some of them could be sharper (College Dreams).

    My main complaint is still that your horizons aren't level. When the main
    subject is anything but a landscape, angles are way cool (even if a horizon
    is in the shot, as long as it isn't the subject). But when a landscape or
    scenic is your main subject, it's imperative that your horizon be level no
    matter what. For example, look at your lake picture - the canoeist is
    apparently rowing up a water hill! ;) Fortunately you can fix this problem
    with some cropping and rotating in Photoshop, but it's really best to get
    this right out of the camera. Use whatever crosshairs are in your
    viewfinder to line up the horizon as perfectly as you can get (or if you
    can't see the horizon itself, use foreground objects that you know should be
    level, such as the boater in the aforementioned shot), and use a steady hand
    to click the shot.

    "May Flowers" is a very nice shot, and I like the aerial better than the
    other responder, simply because I'm fascinating by all things aerial. :)
    You're on your way - keep shooting!

    Mike
     
    Mike Kohary, May 13, 2004
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    RSD99 Guest

    "Mike Kohary" posted:

    "...
    My main complaint is still that your horizons aren't level. When the main
    subject is anything but a landscape, angles are way cool (even if a horizon
    is in the shot, as long as it isn't the subject). But when a landscape or
    scenic is your main subject, it's imperative that your horizon be level no
    matter what.
    ...."

    I totally agree with you ... but:

    Recently my local major-market newspaper (and their associated magazines) have frequently
    been using pictures that make Matt's look quite "level!"

    Guess it's that "youth" thing again ... but I was taught that in every picture there is
    *something* that the eye expects to be either absolutely horizontan or absolutely
    vertical.

    It's the photographer's job to make sure that happens.
     
    RSD99, May 13, 2004
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  10. I personally don't think I could have captured everything in that picture
    without tilting it... Honestly I never heard of that "rule" before, either.
    I understood your position, but (1) I'm not good enough with photoshop (yet)
    to be able to rotate it and do a bunch of stuff like that (well I could
    rotate it; I doubt it would come out well), and (2) I don't want to really
    crop the picture much.

    Any suggestions to fix that?

    -- Matt
     
    Matthew Del Buono, May 14, 2004
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  11. Oh, by the way, that was me (my friend's computer). So remember, raymond lai
    = me
     
    Matthew Del Buono, May 14, 2004
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  12. Raymond Lai = me (friend's computer)
     
    Matthew Del Buono, May 14, 2004
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