Your experienced opinions?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Phast1, Jul 27, 2005.

  1. Phast1

    Phast1 Guest

    I'm an amateur enthusiast (prosumer). I spend more than I can afford
    on photography (but I love it).

    I got my 20D 2 months ago. Here's some of my favorites for your critique.


    http://www.phast1x.com/digits.html

    ** (I had to set my Ad-Blocker on Zone Alarm to Med. for pics to show)

    Phast1
     
    Phast1, Jul 27, 2005
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Very good work for an "amateur enthusiast". :) I don't think you're using
    the stock lens; what are you using? You're getting great sharpness, I'm
    guessing it's an "L" lens. Several of the pictures are simply lovely:

    http://www.phast1x.com/pix/IMG_2981.jpg
    http://www.phast1x.com/pix/IMG_0620_Framed.jpg
    http://www.phast1x.com/pix/IMG_2312.jpg
    http://www.phast1x.com/pix/IMG_1234_Framed.jpg (great example of a good
    "photojournalistic" shot, for the poster I was talking to yesterday about
    improving their snapshots into photographs.)

    This one is gorgeous, but with the caveat that it's a bit greenish,
    especially noticeable in the sky. I'd play with the color balance a little
    bit, and then you'd have a perfect shot:

    http://www.phast1x.com/pix/IMG_2382.jpg

    This one is a good shot that's seriously underexposed:

    http://www.phast1x.com/pix/IMG_2825.jpg (might be fixable in Photoshop,
    otherwise I'd discard it)

    I would discard this one from the collection:

    http://www.phast1x.com/pix/IMG_2505_1.jpg

    It's a "near miss", but the composition just doesn't work. The deer's head
    is dead center, and the branches that fill the entire left half of the frame
    are terribly distracting. One branch even intrudes onto the deer's face. I
    know you're digging the sharpness of the deer, which is indeed nice, but
    sometimes you have to acknowledge that you have a picture that isn't working
    as well as you'd like it to. :) That's ok, these are actually great
    pictures to have sometimes, because you learn the most from your "near
    misses", I think.

    The others all have merit, and if that's what you can shoot after 2 months,
    imagine what you'll be shooting like a year or 5 years from now. Keep at it
    and keep us posted!
     
    Mike Kohary, Jul 27, 2005
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    Phast1 Guest

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    Yes, 'L' Lenses except for the ef-s 10-22mm.
    17-40L, 24-70L,70-200L IS, 1.4x extender
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    I toyed with it in RAW but didn't want to wash out
    the sky so I left it. I justified it to myself by saying
    "It's like a NIKE ad"
    ;)
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    Very good to read your professional critique on this one.
    I see what you're saying now and hope to see that
    before my next press of the shutter button.
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    Used a film SLR, only on AUTO mode for 3 years.
    Basically snapshots and toying with composition.
    I've been reading alot, including here, very helpful thank you.
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    Thanks for the comments Mike,
    Phast1
     
    Phast1, Jul 28, 2005
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    It's still a good shot, and I changed my mind - I wouldn't discard it after
    all.

    That is precisely how I started as well. Bought a film SLR for my
    daughter's birth, used it for 5 years, then bought a digital point-and-shoot
    and never looked back (today I shoot with a Canon 20D). I learned as much
    about photography in the first year of owning the digital as I did in all 5
    years of owning the film camera. The instant feedback of digital is simply
    priceless.

    Good luck to you!
     
    Mike Kohary, Jul 30, 2005
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