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~tc~
August 10th, 2009, 05:14 PM
I think it would be better cropped significantly on the left, so maybe only the front half of the jeep is showing - like it was just driving into the picture - maybe putting the "RUBICON" at the rule of thirds point.

Jeffro600
August 10th, 2009, 07:48 PM
It needs some post processing, but its a good composition.

Oscar
September 8th, 2009, 07:51 PM
non professional but I like them

http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o223/curtfluke/Ouray%2009/IMG_2148.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o223/curtfluke/Ouray%2009/IMG_2157.jpg
http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o223/curtfluke/Ouray%2009/IMG_2201.jpg

ColoradoSkier
January 26th, 2010, 02:28 PM
http://photos.chesterbullock.com/Art/Industrial/dsrr482-2/774174131_ZhKhE-L.jpg (http://photos.chesterbullock.com/Art/Industrial/10253041_HBJXw/1/#774174131_ZhKhE-A-LB)

ColoradoSkier
January 27th, 2010, 01:24 PM
any thoughts on above?

Jeffro600
January 27th, 2010, 01:27 PM
Its a nice image and it gives you an authentic old west feel to it...might be the lens distortion but it looks like it could use a slight clockwise rotation.

Could also clone out the power lines and throw a slight bit of grain to it to give it a more "antique" feel.

Exposure is spot on though! You nailed all the important details perfectly!

ColoradoSkier
January 27th, 2010, 02:14 PM
It does appear I may have over-rotated it a bit. I don't know about cloning out the power lines. They had electricity in the 20's. ;)

Jeffro600
January 27th, 2010, 02:20 PM
It does appear I may have over-rotated it a bit. I don't know about cloning out the power lines. They had electricity in the 20's. ;)

Im not hip to what they had technology wise back then, but when i look at this photo, i think late 1800's...the power lines are the only thing in that photo that, IMO, say its more modern.

SBIUnlimited
January 27th, 2010, 04:23 PM
Without the power line....you'd think it was a pic from the "Olden Days"....
I like it!

mrutledge
January 27th, 2010, 07:43 PM
I like the train. I like it a lot. There were power lines (well, telegraph lines) way back when too.

If my parents hadn't just changed their decor I'd be asking about a print...

-Matt

ColoradoSkier
January 28th, 2010, 08:15 AM
You don't need to ask, just click on the image to go to the prints. I might have others that fit in better.

mrutledge
January 28th, 2010, 09:25 AM
You don't need to ask, just click on the image to go to the prints. I might have others that fit in better.

Unfortunately my parents have moved away from the train theme... Great shot though. Mind sharing location and train? I know they run those old things in a couple spots through the state and can't quite place the hill.

ColoradoSkier
January 28th, 2010, 09:36 AM
It's the Durango and Silverton, parked in Silverton and getting ready for departure.

I meant I have other kinds of pics to choose from. Steve was going to acquire one of my mountain images for his place.

dman357
February 19th, 2010, 06:24 AM
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/177996/fullsize/moose-007.jpg

dman357
February 19th, 2010, 06:27 AM
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/241776/fullsize/31aug050007.jpg

dman357
February 19th, 2010, 06:29 AM
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/253795/fullsize/moose-eye-closeup.jpg

dman357
February 19th, 2010, 06:41 AM
Other than the obvious of cutting off the wing........what else say the jury?

http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/781631/fullsize/2005-b-feb-27_35.jpg

dman357
February 19th, 2010, 06:42 AM
same thing with the wing......

http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/781632/fullsize/2005-b-feb-27_10.jpg

dman357
February 19th, 2010, 06:42 AM
last one for now

http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/781633/fullsize/2005-j-oct-01_75.jpg

~tc~
February 19th, 2010, 10:22 AM
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/177996/fullsize/moose-007.jpg

I think I would crop in tighter. The Ford Escape on the left is particularly distracting. IMHO, just the moose and the F250 would be a good juxtaposition of wilderness vs technology...

dman357
February 21st, 2010, 12:58 AM
Good call. I was at the end of my zoom and didn't do any post editing.

http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/781853/fullsize/2004-j-oct-01_07_1.jpg

rubbersidedown
March 11th, 2010, 07:17 PM
If I would have stopped this down to say 3.5. would her left eye have come into focus as well? Or is my nifty fifty front focusing?

ISO 200
1/100
f/1.8
50mm

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs434.ash1/23994_354356058243_739933243_3674685_623155_n.jpg

Jeffro600
March 11th, 2010, 08:33 PM
If I would have stopped this down to say 3.5. would her left eye have come into focus as well? Or is my nifty fifty front focusing?

ISO 200
1/100
f/1.8
50mm

http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs434.ash1/23994_354356058243_739933243_3674685_623155_n.jpg

Where was your focus point(s)? If i had to guess, id say her eye and part of her hair?

Stopping down to a smaller aperture would have for sure brought her other eye and the rest of her face in focus but thats not always desirable...another way to fix it would have been a slight position change to get her face on a flatter plane to maximize the use of a thin depth of field.

As for a critique, the light is a little "meh"... im guessing between the tiny catch lights in the eyes and the flat lighting, you were using on camera flash. Youve got a fast lens and a decent enough camera body to crank your ISO up a bit without sacrificing image quality, so use it and take advantage of available light! The back ground is pretty busy also and even though you used a wide open aperture to mask it, it doesnt really melt the background enough away to tell that it was taken in a kitchen, in front of a stove and microwave. Composition wise, looks good! You framed or cropped it well.

Honestly, a less busy background and a slight position change would have made it 100% better. Now you got your critique, go make it better! :P

rubbersidedown
March 11th, 2010, 09:17 PM
At the time of the shot I was running around chasing her 3yo daughter with the whisk we just used to make brownies. She had chocolate from ear to ear so we needed to capture that. I stepped from the living room which had great natural light to the kitchen and snapped off a few pics that turned out dark. So I flipped up the camera flash (:P) and took a hurried shot of the GF. She normally wont let me near her with the camera. So I took "quick" advantage of the opportunity! I know it is going to take time to get used to checking all of my settings, framing the shot perfectly, and thinking about my BG all while on the "fly"! But it will come (sooner than later I'm hoping!) Thanks for the C&C Jeff!

ColoradoSkier
April 26th, 2010, 10:01 AM
C&C wanted

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3097/4554308095_5573ec000d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4554308095/)

Jeffro600
April 26th, 2010, 11:34 AM
Kinda neat to see a water droplet balance on top like that.

But everything in the shot seems out of focus to me...nothing is really sharp, seems to be quite a bit of noise and the blues are over saturated.

The composition itself really doesnt lend much to the subject...theres alot going on in the background of this photo and even though you used a wide aperture, trying to bring the focus of attention to the foreground, theres alot of contrast on the background subjects that makes your eyes wander all over it looking for more detail but finding none. A portrait orientation composition with a much tighter crop would have helped a bunch in this case.

Just my two pesos... ;)

ColoradoSkier
April 26th, 2010, 12:31 PM
Like this better?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3300/4555507846_b6827aa193_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4555507846/)

Jeffro600
April 26th, 2010, 12:43 PM
Like this better?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3300/4555507846_b6827aa193_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4555507846/)

Mucho better! :thumbsup: The sharpness and color is better and the composition is MUCH more interesting.

This is just a different crop of the above one is it not? Or is it actually a different picture? I ask because the first one looks out of focus...but if its the same picture just, just cropped differently, it made a huge difference in the overall feel and even though its not what i would call razor sharp, its a big improvement. I think because the first one is so over saturated, you lose alot of the detail in the buds.

SBIUnlimited
April 26th, 2010, 12:47 PM
My eyes (in the first one...) went right to the water droplet......but there is a lot going on in the background.
I like the second very much. Very cool pic.

ColoradoSkier
April 26th, 2010, 12:49 PM
Different crop of same photo, and some different post processing in Lightroom (a lot less saturation).

rubbersidedown
April 28th, 2010, 09:14 PM
I finally got out and got some decent shots the other day! I picked up a nice mono-pod and ball head, and headed out to my girlfriends garden.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs294.snc3/28380_382080853243_739933243_3991247_4638526_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs324.ash1/28380_382080848243_739933243_3991246_7183359_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs314.snc3/28380_382080878243_739933243_3991251_6419671_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs294.snc3/28380_382080888243_739933243_3991253_5635796_n.jpg

Jeffro600
April 28th, 2010, 09:23 PM
All very nice...what did you shoot them with?

rubbersidedown
April 28th, 2010, 09:25 PM
Thanks! They were all shot with the nifty two-fifty. Right at the 225mm-250mm mark, and wide open.

Jeffro600
April 28th, 2010, 09:37 PM
Ahh yes, the nifty two fifty...even though its relatively new to the scene, IMO its one of the best inexpensive telephoto lenses ever made...from any maker.

The first one is definitely the best of the group from a "pleasing photo" standpoint...that ones a wall hanger for sure! But the bee inside the flower is way cool too.

rubbersidedown
April 28th, 2010, 09:43 PM
Ahh yes, the nifty two fifty...even though its relatively new to the scene, IMO its one of the best inexpensive telephoto lenses ever made...from any maker.

The first one is definitely the best of the group from a "pleasing photo" standpoint...that ones a wall hanger for sure! But the bee inside the flower is way cool too.

Yeah, that 250mm was the best 195$ I've spent in a while!

The two you mentioned where my favorite's of the day! I love how the bokeh turned out in the first!

ColoradoSkier
April 29th, 2010, 08:18 AM
I like the 3rd one the best - looks hella cool.

rubbersidedown
April 29th, 2010, 10:23 AM
I like the 3rd one the best - looks hella cool.

Thanks. The detail at 100% crop on the fly really surprised me, it's quite sharp!

SBIUnlimited
April 30th, 2010, 08:17 AM
I like the 3rd one the best - looks hella cool.

Ditto

Napoleon
May 1st, 2010, 03:30 PM
These are a few of my favorite pictures that I have taken over the years.

http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/oo170/Napoleon51/Favorite%20Photos/DSC00013.jpg

http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/oo170/Napoleon51/Favorite%20Photos/DSC00152.jpg

http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/oo170/Napoleon51/Favorite%20Photos/DSC00149.jpg

http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/oo170/Napoleon51/Favorite%20Photos/DSC00123.jpg

http://i372.photobucket.com/albums/oo170/Napoleon51/Favorite%20Photos/DSC00093.jpg

any feed back would be appreciated. Thanks!

mrutledge
May 3rd, 2010, 09:43 AM
These are a few of my favorite pictures that I have taken over the years.

any feed back would be appreciated. Thanks!

Disclaimer: I don't know jack. :D

First one - traditionally speaking, the lighting is backwards. The background is a bit too clear and blends in with the garnish on top.

Second - A neat picture. I would suggest more or less zoom. As it sits, too far to be a picture of any one thing and too close to be a landscape. I like the law of thirds being applied at a diagonal with the clouds.

Third - classic composition. Light seems a touch flat.

Fourth - Great color. Great view of the landscape. Something doesn't quite sit right. Perhaps the lack of thirds?

Fifth - Interesting subject. Perhaps a bit too washed out. Might be more interesting if the focus was on the tower in back instead of the bricks in front.

All told, five good pictures. Criticism aside I like them all.

Jeffro600
May 3rd, 2010, 02:29 PM
Disclaimer: I don't know jack. :D

First one - traditionally speaking, the lighting is backwards. The background is a bit too clear and blends in with the garnish on top.

Second - A neat picture. I would suggest more or less zoom. As it sits, too far to be a picture of any one thing and too close to be a landscape. I like the law of thirds being applied at a diagonal with the clouds.

Third - classic composition. Light seems a touch flat.

Fourth - Great color. Great view of the landscape. Something doesn't quite sit right. Perhaps the lack of thirds?

Fifth - Interesting subject. Perhaps a bit too washed out. Might be more interesting if the focus was on the tower in back instead of the bricks in front.

All told, five good pictures. Criticism aside I like them all.

I more or less completely agree.

They all could benefit from some careful post processing to give them a little more "pop". 2nd and 3rd are my favorites but they both need a little bit less zoom or crop.

SBIUnlimited
May 4th, 2010, 06:06 AM
Messing around with some on my own "Senior" pics. C & C on my first attempt. Thx
#1.
http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/pp265/SteveBartonImages/SBI%20Keepers/DSC_6751.jpg
#2
http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/pp265/SteveBartonImages/SBI%20Keepers/DSC_6487-Version3.jpg
#3.
http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/pp265/SteveBartonImages/SBI%20Keepers/DSC_6489-Version2.jpg
#4.
http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/pp265/SteveBartonImages/SBI%20Keepers/DSC_6644.jpg
#5.
http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/pp265/SteveBartonImages/SBI%20Keepers/DSC_6715-Version3.jpg
#6.
http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/pp265/SteveBartonImages/SBI%20Keepers/DSC_6657.jpg

ColoradoSkier
May 4th, 2010, 09:28 AM
I like 3 and 6. 1 seems out of focus or something.

mrutledge
May 4th, 2010, 09:43 AM
I like 3 and 6. 1 seems out of focus or something.

My first thought with 1 was: OMFG! What happened to her arm?!?!?!

SBIUnlimited
May 4th, 2010, 10:16 AM
I like 3 and 6. 1 seems out of focus or something.

#1 was taken hand held at an aweful slow shutter speed....and I think it moved on me. I didn't want any fill...as I liked the light coming in from the door...so ya....it is a bit fuzzy. It sucks 'cause I like the shot....just wish I had the right equipment when we found this spot


My first thought with 1 was: OMFG! What happened to her arm?!?!?!

Her arm is outside the door.... :eek:

Thx for the thoughts folks.

mrutledge
May 4th, 2010, 10:22 AM
Her arm is outside the door.... :eek:




Oh. It's a door. That makes more sense. The last is my favorite. Has she seen them yet? Which does she like? Have you asked her why?

Let's face it, what she likes is what is important.

-Matt

ColoradoSkier
May 4th, 2010, 10:45 AM
#1 was taken hand held at an aweful slow shutter speed....and I think it moved on me. I didn't want any fill...as I liked the light coming in from the door...so ya....it is a bit fuzzy. It sucks 'cause I like the shot....just wish I had the right equipment when we found this spot



Been there, done that, likely will happen again. :)

SBIUnlimited
May 4th, 2010, 10:55 AM
Oh. It's a door. That makes more sense. The last is my favorite. Has she seen them yet? Which does she like? Have you asked her why?

Let's face it, what she likes is what is important.

-Matt

She has seen them and likes them alot. It's my daughter...so she is pretty easy to please. I didn't get a shot at any of her "professional" Sr. pics....long story, ex-wife involved.....oofff, so we are taking our own when we get together.


Been there, done that, likely will happen again. :)

Next time I am going to lug my tripod....even if I do not use it. Would have had that shot down if I would have had it or my 50mm prime handy....

ColoradoSkier
May 30th, 2010, 07:24 AM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4062/4652194245_9d56ba8206_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4652194245/)

mrutledge
May 30th, 2010, 08:45 AM
From an art perspective I kind of like it. Would be interesting to see it in sepia. (Might ruin it, but it'd be interesting.)

From a straight picture perspective I can't tell if it's too cropped or not cropped enough. I bet it would look sweet printed out poster size.

My mostly unsolicited and mostly uneducated $0.02.

ColoradoSkier
May 30th, 2010, 08:50 AM
From an art perspective I kind of like it. Would be interesting to see it in sepia. (Might ruin it, but it'd be interesting.)

From a straight picture perspective I can't tell if it's too cropped or not cropped enough. I bet it would look sweet printed out poster size.

My mostly unsolicited and mostly uneducated $0.02.

I thought about sepia too, but thought it might be too close to original. Tuurns out it isn't. I am with you on the crop. I cropped it tight to remove as much extraneous white light as possible - middle right is all that's left.

Original (w/ crop):
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4652409615_f97110b6d8_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4652409615/)

Sepia:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4653028934_f786d12830_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4653028934/)

mrutledge
May 30th, 2010, 11:44 AM
Wow. Very interesting differences (and similarities) between the B&W and sepia.

I still think it needs to be poster size or bigger to really be appreciated. It makes my 17" monitor seem really small. I still kind of like it.

ColoradoSkier
May 30th, 2010, 12:14 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4650095512_a885360a4c_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4650095512/)

Water cascading over the top of Evergreen Lake dam, driven by high wind.

ColoradoSkier
June 1st, 2010, 03:30 PM
You guys don't have to be silent just to be nice, I really want to hear your thoughts.

Jeffro600
June 1st, 2010, 04:20 PM
Im honestly not much of a "fine art" guy mostly because beauty is in the eye of the beholder in a lot of the cases and i have a hard time finding most "fine art" interesting...

Either way, they're both fine captures and i think they would look great blown up huge and displayed in areas that follow the same sort of decor.

mrutledge
June 2nd, 2010, 07:12 AM
I took a class in college that taught me to recognize art in public places and to appreciate how it got there. If that picture were hanging in a public building, I would be qualified to say, "Hey look! Art!" Since the board is pretty much a public place, I'll say it here:

Hey look! Art!

Pretty sweet texture. If I didn't know what it was I would have assumed it was a picture of one of those 3d texture paintings.

SBIUnlimited
June 4th, 2010, 12:04 PM
I got lost when I couldn't see the top of the picture very well.......When you explained what it was....I got it...but maybe a little more at the top to show that it was water coming over the dam would give it context....:shrug:

My .02

ColoradoSkier
June 4th, 2010, 01:28 PM
I'll see if that was available or if I cropped in frame. Here's the next one. These are grated steps on the north side of the dam.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/4649478077_ca8caccc13_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4649478077/)

mrutledge
June 4th, 2010, 01:59 PM
I'll see if that was available or if I cropped in frame. Here's the next one. These are grated steps on the north side of the dam.


Oh great.

Get it? Great! HA! I love bad puns.

I like the texture shots. I really do. Capturing 3-D texture in a 2-D format is really hard. Again, I think this one needs to be blown up HUGE to really appreciate it.

ColoradoSkier
June 4th, 2010, 02:21 PM
Oh great.

Get it? Great! HA! I love bad puns.


http://black-diamond.com/smilies/moon1.gif

rubbersidedown
June 9th, 2010, 11:07 PM
Just picked up my new tripod. So I thought I would try some long exposures.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4038/4687335472_76533156e5_b.jpg


Taken with my new Tokina 11-16!

ColoradoSkier
June 10th, 2010, 07:46 AM
Nice! I need a wide angle next...

rubbersidedown
July 20th, 2010, 05:10 PM
I have learned to loathe taking pics of people for some reason!? They just never seem to turn out. These are my first captures that I am fond of! What do you think?

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4137/4813788714_93b47376f7_b.jpg


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4813164419_f34e57e9ff_b.jpg

Jeffro600
July 20th, 2010, 05:31 PM
What your facing is the struggle between exposing different levels of light properly...the fact that you are being critical of yourself is a sure sign your on your way to becoming a better photographer.

From a composition standpoint, i really like the first one. Excellent choice in depth of field...you blurred the foreground and background perfectly by using an open aperture to make your subject be the main focus of attention despite the background being cluttered. As far as depth of field goes, you nailed it perfectly!! The second one, i like not so much and i feel its because the subject(the girl) is too much in the center of the picture. Cropping or framing it differently would certainly help.

Where my critique lies is the lighting...specifically her face which is a little bit underexposed. If you would have exposed for her face, the rest of your scene would have been blown out(over exposed), especially the sky which already is. This is where "fill light" would have helped you out a bunch. Using a flash to fill in where the light is not so strong will allow you to keep your overall exposure, but put more light on your subject. And by fill light, i dont mean the popup flash on top of your camera. Those are perfectly acceptable for snapshots but if you really want to grow as a photographer and get those pictures that make people say "WOW", you need to seriously consider pursuing off camera lighting. That will give you total and complete freedom to put light where you want it, when you want it and to the amount you want.

Id highly suggest you check out "The Strobist" pages if you havent already...and pick up a copy of both David Hobby and Zack Arias's lighting DVD's. They both will make your pictures leaps and bounds better and give you a good understanding of not only the basics of off camera lighting but a firm grasp on what you need to be more creative with light. Im sending ya a PM... ;)

rubbersidedown
July 20th, 2010, 06:21 PM
Thanks for the feedback Jeff!
My biggest issue with capturing people is that it always seems to be rushed shots. These two were not an exception. She doesnt sit still very long, and was just picking up the foam discs that the gun shoots. Out of 5 or 6 shots these were the only two that did not have motion blur! I think I will go back and re-edit the second shot to pull her out of center. The first shot had her in the same position, and I just cropped off the right.

Headed to look at your PM. . . :)

XJCrawler01
July 24th, 2010, 01:00 AM
Finally got a chance to get my camera out to play around some.

I always forget how relaxing it is to just sit on a hill and watch the sunset. input always appreciated.
Thanks,
Mike

http://playground.functionalfab.com/MiscPics/MWheeler_ErieSunset_DPChallange_001.jpg

K2
July 27th, 2010, 10:45 AM
Finally got a chance to get my camera out to play around some.

I always forget how relaxing it is to just sit on a hill and watch the sunset. input always appreciated.
Thanks,
Mike


I like that it is dark, however, I am having trouble finding a focal point. My eyes are drawn to both the sky and the flower.

ColoradoSkier
August 4th, 2010, 04:41 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4822239983_bce7d7b559.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4822239983)

Jeffro600
August 4th, 2010, 06:36 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4122/4822239983_bce7d7b559.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4822239983)

The colors, sharpness and depth of field are frickin awesome but for some reason, the crop or composition just doesnt do it for me...

I could just be in a crabby mood too...had a rough day... :flipoff2:

ColoradoSkier
August 4th, 2010, 08:08 PM
It does feel loaded heavy to the left. I have thought about inverting it horizontally to load it to the right...

mrutledge
August 5th, 2010, 07:38 AM
The colors, sharpness and depth of field are frickin awesome but for some reason, the crop or composition just doesnt do it for me...

I could just be in a crabby mood too...had a rough day... :flipoff2:

Pretty much what I was going to say. Technically awesome. Artistically, a little off, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Oh, and I'm grumpy now too. :D I suspect lack of coffee. Off to fix that.

ColoradoSkier
August 5th, 2010, 09:10 AM
Previous one flipped horizontally:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4862823083_f557c84e76_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4862823083)

Previous one with different crop (I don't like the stray petal going vertical through it):
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4862798265_7ef39727df_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4862798265)

Totally different image:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4119/4822238831_058443d7bb_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4822238831)

ColoradoSkier
August 6th, 2010, 07:56 AM
OK grumpy fookers, thoughts on the reverse of the image?

mrutledge
August 6th, 2010, 08:02 AM
OK grumpy fookers, thoughts on the reverse of the image?

The "Totally Different Image" is going to give me nightmares. Look at that hairy thing!

You're right about that vertical pedal. I notice you didn't risk being stung to move it. :D

The reversed image is good. It looks like a tighter crop as well. Mo better. Still solid technically, but somehow more pleasing.

ColoradoSkier
August 6th, 2010, 08:23 AM
The reversed image is good. It looks like a tighter crop as well. Mo better. Still solid technically, but somehow more pleasing.

I think it might be because when it's on the left, you are overwhelmed immediately when looking at the image (since the majority of western culture has been trained to start looking from left to right). Kinda deep for me, but could be true.

mrutledge
August 6th, 2010, 08:25 AM
I think it might be because when it's on the left, you are overwhelmed immediately when looking at the image (since the majority of western culture has been trained to start looking from left to right). Kinda deep for me, but could be true.

But can you catch a fly with chopsticks?

ColoradoSkier
August 6th, 2010, 08:37 AM
But can you catch a fly with chopsticks?

I can't even eat food with them. :P

ColoradoSkier
August 7th, 2010, 03:50 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4870067870_8f6585e23e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4870067870)

ColoradoSkier
August 22nd, 2010, 07:03 AM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4076/4915559479_5edeb14e55_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4915559479/)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4916161662_c922ba2777_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4916161662/)


Shot Handheld

mrutledge
August 23rd, 2010, 09:54 AM
I'm sensing a theme. :-)

Both are good. Personally, I prefer the warmth of the purple in the background of the second shot. And the engineer in me likes the 90 degree orientation of the little critter.

ColoradoSkier
August 23rd, 2010, 01:08 PM
The theme would be "I love my 50mm macro". :D

rubbersidedown
August 23rd, 2010, 02:14 PM
I like! Maybe just a touch under exposed. Im looking at them on my laptop, so it depends on the angle of the screen though! :)

ColoradoSkier
August 23rd, 2010, 02:21 PM
I've been told elsewhere I should use flash with my bug macros, but even off camera flash just doesn't look right to me in a macro, no matter what adjustments I make to exposure settings or other stuff in Lightroom.

mrutledge
August 23rd, 2010, 02:28 PM
I've been told elsewhere I should use flash with my bug macros, but even off camera flash just doesn't look right to me in a macro, no matter what adjustments I make to exposure settings or other stuff in Lightroom.

It depends. Honestly, you know what you're doing with your hardware and software. In some cases a standard flash will help. In many, it will hurt. Just like "normal" pictures.

Now if you have a macro ring flash, that's entirely different...

Again, nothing you didn't know. But now you have an excuse for a macro ring flash if you need it.

ColoradoSkier
August 23rd, 2010, 02:30 PM
It depends. Honestly, you know what you're doing with your hardware and software. In some cases a standard flash will help. In many, it will hurt. Just like "normal" pictures.

Now if you have a macro ring flash, that's entirely different...

Again, nothing you didn't know. But now you have an excuse for a macro ring flash if you need it.

I "need" a 9-18 first... ;)

Jeffro600
August 23rd, 2010, 03:02 PM
I've been told elsewhere I should use flash with my bug macros, but even off camera flash just doesn't look right to me in a macro, no matter what adjustments I make to exposure settings or other stuff in Lightroom.

In anything less than stellar conditions(which rarely if ever happen), thats true...though, im a HUGE fan of off camera lighting and rarely shoot without it anymore.

Getting lighting "right" when your dealing with subjects that are fractions of an inch from your lens is difficult because your camera, your lens and even your own body can interfere with the light and cause unsightly shadows or out of whack meter readings....ive found this especially true when using extension tubes.

Thats where those stupidly overpriced ring lights come into play. ;)

Honestly though...if you've got a couple or more off camera lights, you can get nearly equal results to a ring light if you really take the time to get it just right. Though, ive had really good results using the 60" shoot through umbrella with a single AB800 and get it as freakin close as you possibly can directly above the subject but still keep it out of the frame. Gives you a nice, soft, even light similar to shooting on an overcast day. Dial in enough shutter speed to kill all or most of your ambient light, then use aperture and flash power to adjust your exposure and DOF...gives some really nice, contrasty images as it keeps the backgrounds clean yet retains the soft lighting effects on the subject.

Ill be playing in my "studio" here in a few and ill show you an example...

ArloGuthroJeep
September 5th, 2010, 07:56 AM
Woke up early this morning to take some pics of our wedding rings (for the cover of our wedding program). Thoughts?

ISO 100, F4.0, varying exposure times.

http://arlojeep.com/Misc-Pics/Rings-9-5-10/Weberized/IMG_8290_resize.JPG
http://arlojeep.com/Misc-Pics/Rings-9-5-10/Weberized/IMG_8272_resize.JPG
http://arlojeep.com/Misc-Pics/Rings-9-5-10/Weberized/IMG_8269_resize.JPG

Thoughts?

ColoradoSkier
September 5th, 2010, 12:25 PM
I like middle one - nice concept.

Jeffro600
September 5th, 2010, 12:32 PM
I like middle one - nice concept.

Same here...but to me, its missing something and i cant quite put my finger on it. A tighter crop...maybe a slightly different angle...or toning down the slightly overly warm feeling. After studying it more, i think its because the rings are so centralized in the photo.

It also looks like you missed the focus on the diamonds in the ring, which IMO, is where you should have been spot on sharp.

ArloGuthroJeep
September 5th, 2010, 02:09 PM
Yeah I think F4.0 was a little much to get enough of the rings in focus...I couldn't find my tripod this morning so it was all hand held and made fighting the auto focus fun.

Thanks for the critiques.

mrutledge
September 7th, 2010, 08:48 AM
Same here...but to me, its missing something and i cant quite put my finger on it. A tighter crop...maybe a slightly different angle...or toning down the slightly overly warm feeling. After studying it more, i think its because the rings are so centralized in the photo.

It also looks like you missed the focus on the diamonds in the ring, which IMO, is where you should have been spot on sharp.

Agree on the rings being too centered.

Probably not wall hanging quality, but it should be more than adequate for the cover of a wedding program. Nice work!

K2
September 9th, 2010, 07:53 PM
DON"T DO IT!!


Oh you meant the pics. I like them. The middle one is cool but I think if you could have them hanging like the sit there would be sweet. Just sitting flat with the nail is not quite right to me.



Congrats!

ColoradoSkier
September 28th, 2010, 08:02 AM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/5031358641_2a47b971be_z.jpg

Jeffro600
October 10th, 2010, 04:47 PM
http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/CaughtMyEyePhotography/HW1D5603-Edit.jpg

Flame away...:flipoff2:

Jeffro600
October 10th, 2010, 04:48 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/5031358641_2a47b971be_z.jpg

Its like a cabin...on LSD. :flipoff2: Too much light smoothing(no exif, you wer using Photomatix... right?)....

ColoradoSkier
October 10th, 2010, 05:06 PM
Its like a cabin...on LSD. :flipoff2: Too much light smoothing(no exif, you wer using Photomatix... right?)....

Yeah, photomatix. Seems like hdrspotting isn't taking styles other than this of late.


http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/CaughtMyEyePhotography/HW1D5603-Edit.jpg


I like it, but there was one in the series I liked better. The one where you could see some city in the background (I think there was a ball field or something, saw a lot of green) - I liked how it added some color to the image.

Jeffro600
October 10th, 2010, 05:13 PM
Yeah, photomatix. Seems like hdrspotting isn't taking styles other than this of late.

Did you put that on there? Curious how it rated...

ColoradoSkier
October 10th, 2010, 07:36 PM
Did you put that on there? Curious how it rated...

It hasn't gotten many views yet. It looks like they have sporadically added a few of mine over the last week. Actually, you don't see any kind of ratings for them. People can star them as a favorite, but you don't ever see how many people did that.

ColoradoSkier
October 10th, 2010, 08:32 PM
Might look familiar, but this is still another version of the image. I took the B&W conversion, tonemapped it in Photomatix, ran it through Noiseware, and ended up with this:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4144/5069738777_c9cbaaf64a_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5069738777/)
For comparison, here is the one you keep seeing:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2657/4190335743_5cb71e9b2b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4190335743/)

Jeffro600
October 10th, 2010, 10:10 PM
I like it, but there was one in the series I liked better. The one where you could see some city in the background (I think there was a ball field or something, saw a lot of green) - I liked how it added some color to the image.

This one?
http://i935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/CaughtMyEyePhotography/HW1D5496-Edit.jpg

The green is lens flare...thats part of So Cal Logistics Airport(formerly George AFB.) Its the desert so there really isnt a whole lot of color, even when its properly exposed. Mostly lots of turd browns... :P

ColoradoSkier
October 11th, 2010, 07:48 AM
This one?

The green is lens flare...thats part of So Cal Logistics Airport(formerly George AFB.) Its the desert so there really isnt a whole lot of color, even when its properly exposed. Mostly lots of turd browns... :P

Yeah, that one. The lens flare helps then. :P j/k

ColoradoSkier
October 15th, 2010, 07:54 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4153/5084423119_2aa80a2bd0_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5084423119/)
The Natchez-Vidalia Bridge (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5084423119/) by Chester Bullock (http://www.flickr.com/people/chesterbullock/), on Flickr


HDR composite of 5 images, with additional treatment via Noiseware in Photoshop.

Jeffro600
October 15th, 2010, 08:25 PM
Very nice, love the color...but i gotta ask...wheres the "HDR" in this image??

ColoradoSkier
October 16th, 2010, 01:30 PM
HDR can be realistic. :P

Jeffro600
October 16th, 2010, 01:40 PM
HDR can be realistic. :P

Yeah but HDR by definition has lots of dynamic range...i.e. you can see detail in the highlights, mid tones and shadows. You get more along the lines of what the human eye sees. You've got good detail in the highs and mids but in the darks\shadows there is nothing(but the silhouette works perfectly here).

As a picture, its beautiful!

As an HDR its a major fail... :flipoff2:

ColoradoSkier
October 19th, 2010, 04:21 PM
OK, here's a better example for you. The French Quarter at sunset, in HDR, from the 30th floor of the Westin.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/5098059724_ce7e7e869f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5098059724/)

Jeffro600
October 19th, 2010, 04:28 PM
OK, here's a better example for you. The French Quarter at sunset, in HDR, from the 30th floor of the Westin.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4147/5098059724_ce7e7e869f_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5098059724/)

Thats bitchin! :thumbsup:

ColoradoSkier
October 19th, 2010, 04:33 PM
Thats bitchin! :thumbsup:

Hopefully HDRSpotting thinks so too. I managed to scrape together some decent images on this trip.

ColoradoSkier
October 25th, 2010, 08:35 PM
2 year olds can be so dynamic. More pictures were blurred than not out of this shoot...

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1349/5116569044_10c78031b6_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5116569044/)

mrutledge
October 26th, 2010, 08:44 AM
2 year olds can be so dynamic. More pictures were blurred than not out of this shoot...


She's a cutie! The blurred images due to kids being kids are what lead to our DSLR purchase. :-)

rubbersidedown
November 18th, 2010, 11:29 AM
I picked up a used Siggy 30 f1.4, and took a couple of quick shots to check focusing and to play with the nice shallow DOF.Not too bad I guess. . .

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4104/5187802096_51ed944e49_b.jpg

Jeffro600
November 18th, 2010, 11:35 AM
Nice shot.

Leaf is a little bit too centralized, smack dab in the middle of the photo but everything else looks pretty good on it.

Looks like you got a good Sigma though! Your gonna love that lens!! Im half tempted to pick up one of their 50 f/1.4's but I just dont know if I can get over the bad taste they left in my mouth with the 70-200 I had. The buzz says they pretty much rule over Canons 1.4 though.

rubbersidedown
November 18th, 2010, 12:00 PM
I took quite a few shots at different angles, putting the leaf out of center on a few. But in post I just didn't care for any of the compositions. I agree the leaf smack dab in the middle does not work very well!

That new Siggy 85 f1.4 looks :drool::drool: most reviews are showing it giving the 85L a serious run for it's money!! I may have to sell my Tokina 11-16 to fund the Siggy 85!!

I think I may become a prime junkie!!!

Jeffro600
November 18th, 2010, 12:58 PM
I think I may become a prime junkie!!!

I keep trying but always migrate back to zooms...just cant get past their superior versatility.

Someday when I can afford all the L primes maybe... :rolleyes: For now, ill just suffer with L zooms... :P

Tiffany
November 20th, 2010, 03:37 PM
Nice DOF!!

SBIUnlimited
November 29th, 2010, 01:32 PM
First crack at OCL!! This was literally the 3rd frame from my very first attempt. I thought it was a "look" that had a lot of potential.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/5206211967_2da12e86be_z.jpg
Thanks Jeff!!

Jeffro600
November 29th, 2010, 01:52 PM
First crack at OCL!! This was literally the 3rd frame from my very first attempt. I thought it was a "look" that had a lot of potential.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/5206211967_2da12e86be_z.jpg
Thanks Jeff!!

Simple, clean, dramatic...

Couple insignificant nitpicks... One, the face is a tad too centralized...move it to the right a bit to also get rid of that weird highlight(hair??) thats showing up on the right edge.

Love the lighting though! With a little more processing, thats easily an image you would see in a fitness magazine, headphone ad kinda situation(the hard, bare?? light gives almost a sweaty sheen to the face which looks really cool). Has a nice commercial quality look to it, IMO. Youll do well with off camera flash! :thumbsup:

Just think of how awesome it would have been if you shot it on a Canon...:lolly: :lmao:

SBIUnlimited
November 29th, 2010, 02:10 PM
Simple, clean, dramatic...

Couple insignificant nitpicks... One, the face is a tad too centralized...move it to the right a bit to also get rid of that weird highlight(hair??) thats showing up on the right edge.

Love the lighting though! With a little more processing, thats easily an image you would see in a fitness magazine, headphone ad kinda situation(the hard, bare?? light gives almost a sweaty sheen to the face which looks really cool). Has a nice commercial quality look to it, IMO. Youll do well with off camera flash! :thumbsup:

Just think of how awesome it would have been if you shot it on a Canon...:lolly: :lmao:

Haha....ya Canon rules!! :flipoff2:
As for the nitpicks...thanks. I did nothing to this in PP....simply straight from the camera. Straight up strobe (camera left) with no modifier or anything. As for the sheen....it is indeed sweat. Better half was 4 1/2 miles into her treadmill run when I started setting up around her... Pissed her off, as I broke her focus...but the shot turned out pretty decent.
Thanks for the C&C.

ColoradoSkier
December 1st, 2010, 02:03 PM
I picked up a used Siggy 30 f1.4, and took a couple of quick shots to check focusing and to play with the nice shallow DOF.Not too bad I guess. . .

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4104/5187802096_51ed944e49_b.jpg

I too would have liked to see the leaf me more to the left or right. Still a good pic.


First crack at OCL!! This was literally the 3rd frame from my very first attempt. I thought it was a "look" that had a lot of potential.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/5206211967_2da12e86be_z.jpg
Thanks Jeff!!

I need to start playing with this more. I am relying too much on natural light these days. Nicely done.

~tc~
December 3rd, 2010, 09:47 PM
Went to Fairhope (opposite side of bay from Mobile) to visit my brother-in-law's family for Thanksgiving. Got some pretty good pictures in a wide variety of subjects (all are straight OOC jpg, no crop, nothing). Camera is Panasonic GF-1 micro four thirds:

Flower/Macro (with Panasonic-Leica 45/2.8 macro):
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf09b3127ccefbec4da823b200000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbef6a8d1b7c00000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbee5b757b4800000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

Portrait (with the PL45/2.8 mostly)
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbeee6ecba2700000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

Scenery (mix of Panasonic 20/1.7, 45/2.8, and Panasonic 45-200 f/4.0-5.6)
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbefc5d05bee00000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbef1fcedaad00000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbef98839a3b00000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbefdd9fda9d00000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

Action (45/2.8 or 20/1.7 IIRC)
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbef5169da2d00000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbefab58da6100000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

... even fish jumping (PL45/2.8 because that's what was on when I heard the splash)
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbefd969da6900000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

C&C appreciated! Still lots to learn ...

ColoradoSkier
December 4th, 2010, 07:46 AM
I like the sunsets, but that's just me. Some people say they are very cliche, but I don't care. :)

ColoradoSkier
December 4th, 2010, 07:47 AM
A candid shot at the end of a family photo session:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5122/5230076545_dc6c512d0d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5230076545/)
All Tuckered Out (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5230076545/) by Chester Bullock (http://www.flickr.com/people/chesterbullock/), on Flickr

SBIUnlimited
December 4th, 2010, 02:20 PM
A candid shot at the end of a family photo session:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5122/5230076545_dc6c512d0d_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5230076545/)
All Tuckered Out (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5230076545/) by Chester Bullock (http://www.flickr.com/people/chesterbullock/), on Flickr

Like!! :thumbsup:

SBIUnlimited
December 5th, 2010, 05:10 AM
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbee5b757b4800000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/


Like. :thumbsup:

Rhino95
December 5th, 2010, 03:19 PM
I'd just watch out for too much DOF. Those white/pink flowers look almost 95% out of focus...LOVE the fishing/dock photos

ColoradoSkier
December 6th, 2010, 08:14 AM
I'd just watch out for too much DOF. Those white/pink flowers look almost 95% out of focus

You get that with a macro a lot of times.

~tc~
December 6th, 2010, 04:12 PM
Yeah, and coming from a P&S with always infinite DOF, I'm pretty much having to learn all over. It's so tempting to leave that baby open at f/2.8 and have a nice bright image and short shutter speeds ... then 0 DOF ... For the flowers, I was focused on the ends of the stamens, so, yeah, amost all of the petal surface is out of focus.

Thanks for the input!

Anyone want to clone that drink out of the boy fishing photo? :)

Jeffro600
December 21st, 2010, 08:49 PM
This was my GOYA(Get off your ass) picture for the day...trying to do at least one a day to stay on top of my lighting fundamentals. Subject was Oxymoron and I thought this was fitting since their dies are made in China. :P

Lit with a single 580EXii in a 28" softbox, above and to the right.

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s296/SharpsShooter69/HW1D0813-Edit-11.jpg

Jeffro600
December 21st, 2010, 08:52 PM
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0cf08b3127ccefbee5b757b4800000030O08AbNWLJszZOAe3nw0/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/



Really like this shot. The colors are outstanding! :thumbsup:

ColoradoSkier
February 3rd, 2011, 03:59 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5135/5414481394_121c911eae_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5414481394/)

rubbersidedown
February 3rd, 2011, 08:34 PM
↑ ↑ ↑ It needs someting. . .I cant put my finger on it!!?? Maybe try it in B&W.

ColoradoSkier
February 3rd, 2011, 09:00 PM
I was going to try to age, like a 70s photo...

ColoradoSkier
March 18th, 2011, 09:52 AM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5288/5340060736_8ddb05c4be_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5340060736/)

mrutledge
March 18th, 2011, 11:04 AM
Love it. Send it to Teton Gravity Research.

Jeffro600
March 22nd, 2011, 02:33 PM
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s296/SharpsShooter69/IMG_3367-3.jpg

ColoradoSkier
March 22nd, 2011, 04:30 PM
Such a fanboi of flashes... :flipoff2:

I like the pic, but the flash, in my mind, makes it look artificial. Maybe some kind of gel on the flash to warm it up a little?

Jeffro600
March 22nd, 2011, 04:40 PM
Such a fanboi of flashes... :flipoff2:

I like the pic, but the flash, in my mind, makes it look artificial. Maybe some kind of gel on the flash to warm it up a little?

Flash makes everything look better. :P

I think its Photobucket giving that cool cast to it... I didn't even really notice it till you said something but now that I look at it, it bothers me. Sitting here looking at it in LR and the colors are MUCH warmer and vibrant. Wish someone would just settle on a color space as being universal instead of having 2 or 3 that are used here and there(Prophoto, sRGB and Adobe RBG).

Let me play around with it a little bit and upload it somewhere else and see if it makes it any better.

Jeffro600
March 22nd, 2011, 04:49 PM
http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s296/SharpsShooter69/IMG_3367-3.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5255/5551702512_12052c9a3b_b.jpg

Didn't modify anything in the photo... Check out the color differences between photobucket(top) and flickr(bottom).

Photobucket... :thumbsdown: I really wish Flickr was a little more workflow friendly...

ColoradoSkier
March 22nd, 2011, 04:56 PM
Photobucket... :thumbsdown: I really wish Flickr was a little more workflow friendly...

Definite improvement, but still too cool in my mind.

Flickr can work into the LR workflow really well. I have mine pretty well fine tuned for it. Try these: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies

Jeffro600
March 22nd, 2011, 05:04 PM
I tried warming up the photo and it just does not work well as you lose the really deep, dark blues in the sky. I supposed I could do some layer masking and warm up just the foreground but I'm too lazy... :)

A warming gel on the flash would have helped but I tend to keep most of my photos on the cooler side of things anyway, especially when using flash. I'm finding it's just one of those things that is getting engrained into my "style".

Can blame my idol, Mr. Arias for that... he's not much of a flash gel'er like David Hobby is.

My complaints against Flickr are not so much in the uploading as it is in the sharing and posting on forums aspect. Photobucket has these little menus that pop up under each thumbnail that you click the tag you want, it automatically copies the link and you paste it wherever you want... Done. Flickr, you have to dig through a ton of links then do your own copy and pasting with oddball sizes(see above). It's just not anywhere near as streamlined.

ColoradoSkier
March 22nd, 2011, 07:28 PM
My complaints against Flickr are not so much in the uploading as it is in the sharing and posting on forums aspect. Photobucket has these little menus that pop up under each thumbnail that you click the tag you want, it automatically copies the link and you paste it wherever you want... Done. Flickr, you have to dig through a ton of links then do your own copy and pasting with oddball sizes(see above). It's just not anywhere near as streamlined.

I guess I have just been using it for so long, I don't even notice.

As for your idol, I had a chance to compete to be the host when he comes to town. I really wanted to, and think I could have put a winning proposal together, but I have too many other things going on that I need to focus on. Hell, I can't even find the time to do any meaningful shooting right now. I am kinda bummed, would have been cool to meet him and attend the workshop gratis.

Jeffro600
March 22nd, 2011, 07:48 PM
I'd love to attend one of Z mans workshops but that 800 dollar pill is hard to swallow... especially since his OneLight DVD covers 95% of what he will teach and I can watch it over and over, ad nauseam.

Hell, that's half the cost of the 17mm TS-E lens I want... :drool:

ColoradoSkier
March 22nd, 2011, 08:01 PM
I'd love to attend one of Z mans workshops but that 800 dollar pill is hard to swallow... especially since his OneLight DVD covers 95% of what he will teach and I can watch it over and over, ad nauseam.

Hell, that's half the cost of the 17mm TS-E lens I want... :drool:

Offer to do the logisitics for the city he is coming to and you get in free.

ColoradoSkier
April 7th, 2011, 08:56 AM
Side by side for easier comparison
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5224/5597584183_d4e8d3571d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5597584183/)http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5068/5597583401_48113c1e18.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5597583401/)

Jeffro600
April 7th, 2011, 12:00 PM
Side by side for easier comparison
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5224/5597584183_d4e8d3571d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5597584183/)http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5068/5597583401_48113c1e18.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5597583401/)

Definitely like the color better...

It's one of those photos, the more I look at it, the more I like it. At first I did not like the centralization of it but the pole was not the subject as much as the blades were, which are technically where they should be(if you follow the rule of thrids). Maybe it's me leaning a bit this morning but as a nit-pick, it could almost use a degree or two of counter clockwise rotation(it could just be an illusion created by the hillside). The gradient in the sky is very cool which makes the photo interesting and is probably why I like it much better than the B&W. The transition from the muted orange to the deep, almost purple blue looks good. Too bad you didn't have a little cloud cover on the horizon which would have given you something really WOW!

This would certainly be a location to visit on a early morning before a low pressure system rolled through...

Jeffro600
April 7th, 2011, 12:06 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5301/5597994187_769bd91b4d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/caughtmyeyephotography/5597994187/)
Hear nothing, See nothing, Say nothing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/caughtmyeyephotography/5597994187/) by Caught My Eye Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/caughtmyeyephotography/), on Flickr

Trying something a little different... I want to redo this but full length on white seamless.

ColoradoSkier
April 7th, 2011, 12:18 PM
Maybe it's me leaning a bit this morning but as a nit-pick, it could almost use a degree or two of counter clockwise rotation(it could just be an illusion created by the hillside).

I think it is an illusion. I straightened and cropped in Lightroom, and there is a vertical running right up the middle of the pole to the center of the turbine hub. I am with you, it looks off, but it isn't.

Thanks for the rest of the comments too. It is growing on me more and more.

It's a B@#!^% to get the blades in the right spot. I have been looking at some wind groups in flickr, and next to noone tries to get a vertical blade (or is showing them that way). Have a boatload more to process, but wanted to see if my concept was even sound before I keep going.

ColoradoSkier
April 7th, 2011, 12:19 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5301/5597994187_769bd91b4d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/caughtmyeyephotography/5597994187/)
Hear nothing, See nothing, Say nothing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/caughtmyeyephotography/5597994187/) by Caught My Eye Photography (http://www.flickr.com/people/caughtmyeyephotography/), on Flickr

Trying something a little different... I want to redo this but full length on white seamless.

I like the idea, but I think a little more space at the top and bottom would help in my eyes anyway. Feels a little crammed.

Jeffro600
April 7th, 2011, 12:29 PM
I like the idea, but I think a little more space at the top and bottom would help in my eyes anyway. Feels a little crammed.

That's what kinda bugged me about it too but I was working with limited space at the time which is why it's cropped fairly tight... I originally added more negative black space at the top but liked the tighter version more since it was a fairly tight crop on his body.

That's also why I want to do it on white seamless with full lengths which will give it a much more "open" feel to it. I no doubt could have done a better job with the lighting too but there again, getting a 5 year old to hold still for more than 10 seconds was a feat in itself... :P

I'll setup the white seamless later and see if that works any better.

Grant H.
April 14th, 2011, 09:17 PM
Dinking around with the new camera...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5106/5621027642_28b75180c5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61071044@N08/5621027642/)
Irritated at the camera (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61071044@N08/5621027642/) by ARNEWB (http://www.flickr.com/people/61071044@N08/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5025/5621026636_71212a7d7f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61071044@N08/5621026636/)
Really??? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61071044@N08/5621026636/) by ARNEWB (http://www.flickr.com/people/61071044@N08/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5143/5621025902_4735e9a1af.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61071044@N08/5621025902/)
What was that? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61071044@N08/5621025902/) by ARNEWB (http://www.flickr.com/people/61071044@N08/), on Flickr

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5226/5620437109_b733126e51.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61071044@N08/5620437109/)
Random items on the desk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61071044@N08/5620437109/) by ARNEWB (http://www.flickr.com/people/61071044@N08/), on Flickr

I officially suck at this photography thing thus far.

I need to get a bigger lens because I love landscapes, but with the 55mm it is hard to capture what my eye is seeing without all the other crap...

Curious about your thoughts.

ColoradoSkier
April 14th, 2011, 09:35 PM
I like the symmetry in the last one. I'd probably crop it to a portrait frame and make the bullets bigger.

ColoradoSkier
April 14th, 2011, 09:35 PM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5148/5618611735_e1cedd0727_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5618611735/)
Spring Day in Colorado (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5618611735/) by Chester Bullock (http://www.flickr.com/people/chesterbullock/), on Flickr

mrutledge
April 14th, 2011, 10:18 PM
I like the symmetry in the last one. I'd probably crop it to a portrait frame and make the bullets bigger.

There's a lot you can do with that one. Wood grain. Brass. Work out some crop. Find what you like. Next time it's set up like that, play with the angle. Get down more. Get up more. Get a fuzz off center in the patterns so you can see more of the brass from down low...

Nothing I would call "bad." And frankly, it's not what we like, it's what you like.

And again with the lego snow sports! Love those shots.

mrutledge
April 18th, 2011, 09:17 AM
Untouched, uncropped. Ignore that green blanket on the top...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5021/5631659660_79ae868f5e.jpg

Looking at the action shots from the day, I need to spend more money on hardware.

ColoradoSkier
April 18th, 2011, 09:34 AM
Exposure and WB are off, but I like the composition.

mrutledge
April 18th, 2011, 09:40 AM
Exposure and WB are off, but I like the composition.

That damn neon green blanket really messed things up. The same picture with the flash is all washed out.

Note to self: Burn that blanket.

I'm a total noob at the post-processing. I'm pretty sure the WB can be fixed. Not real sure on the exposure.

The best part is the composition is mostly natural. All I did was remove a skate guard and flip the medal so you could read it. My daughter dropped the rest of the stuff there in a rush to the potty.

K2
April 18th, 2011, 10:02 AM
OH! That is a medal! I thought it was a swastika.

I do agree with COSkier, spot on.

ColoradoSkier
April 18th, 2011, 10:07 AM
Get Lightroom, and something to calibrate your monitor if you don't already have something.

ColoradoSkier
April 22nd, 2011, 01:40 PM
I have been getting all into black and white's lately for some reason. C&C on these please.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5229/5628771323_d11ce1b4c8_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5628771323/)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5190/5623334192_a59b474a59_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5623334192/)

mrutledge
April 22nd, 2011, 01:52 PM
Well your puns need work.

(Black and white. Police bikes...)

I like the composition and subject of the bike shot. Playing with the FOV and focus points a bit might turn it into a couple different pictures.

The light on the couple heads looks a bit harsh. Her right hand looks weird. And her kneecaps are kind of funny. But I don't think you can control that. ;-) It's a solid picture though. I like it.

rubbersidedown
April 22nd, 2011, 02:02 PM
Did Krispy Kreme just turn on their hot'n'fresh sign??


Great looking shots!!:thumbsup:

Jeffro600
April 22nd, 2011, 02:19 PM
The light on the couple heads looks a bit harsh. Her right hand looks weird. And her kneecaps are kind of funny. But I don't think you can control that. ;-) It's a solid picture though. I like it.

I agree and disagree... It is his job as a photographer to have complete "control" over every aspect on the image, especially when shooting portraits. :P

The hot spots on the left sides of the face are distracting and the overall, blown out skin doesn't really work here. 3/4 length portraits can be tricky to pull off and this one is no exception, especially with the mid length dress and exposed knees. The expression on her face is perfect but her pose looks unnatural and a bit forced or uncomfortable.

What needs work:

Exposure on the skin, particularly the sides of the face. This is easy to fix by getting them out of the sun or diffusing it(large umbrella or some sort of diffuser, camera left, softening the hard light would have helped a bunch).

Crop and\or pose. Tighter crop showing more of their beaming smiles would have worked much better.

Background. Two ways you could fix this: Step back and use a longer lens to compress the background and give it a more blurred and less distinctive texture or just use a different background all together.

What I like:

Nailed the exposure on the clothes... a tough thing to do with dark, detailed clothing. Though, the by-product was that you lost almost all the skin detail but that goes back to softening that harsh light that is hitting them.

Facial expressions. They both have excellent, captivating smiles that are sharp, clear and pleasing to look at. Next time, try focusing more on those with a tighter shot or crop.

Sharpness. There is plenty of detail and crispness to keep it appealing.

ColoradoSkier
April 22nd, 2011, 02:45 PM
Here's a color solo of just her:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5143/5622749647_7ab020942d_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/5622749647/)

I definitely wasn't in full on portrait shooter mode when I took these, it's my son and his girlfriend and it was before prom. That said, I do need to pay attention to the details more. Practice like you play.

As for the bikes, there was a protest going on in downtown SFO. They were wrapping up and getting ready to leave when I saw the bikes. Only had time for a quick shot, but I can play with it more in post.


Thanks gang.

Myredyota
April 25th, 2011, 11:28 PM
I love horses. Horse eyes are just plain cool. One of my passions is reflections. Put them all together and they add up to this...

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m267/myredyota/misc/Easter2011024.jpg

SBIUnlimited
April 28th, 2011, 04:58 PM
I love horses. Horse eyes are just plain cool. One of my passions is reflections. Put them all together and they add up to this...

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m267/myredyota/misc/Easter2011024.jpg

Cool..... I got one of those too.... Love the reflection in your horses eye. Could be a bit more distinctive to actually clearly show what is being reflect. Nice shot though!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3325/4579441853_f84ab8260a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevebartonimages/4579441853/)
Distant (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevebartonimages/4579441853/) by Steve Barton Images (http://www.flickr.com/people/stevebartonimages/), on Flickr

Myredyota
April 29th, 2011, 12:16 AM
Thanks Steve. Your horse looks like it's "Day dreaming!" I like it! Here is another shot of the same horse/eye. This one really looks like she was looking right at me.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m267/myredyota/misc/Easter2011027.jpg

SBIUnlimited
April 29th, 2011, 09:27 AM
Thanks Steve. Your horse looks like it's "Day dreaming!" I like it! Here is another shot of the same horse/eye. This one really looks like she was looking right at me.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m267/myredyota/misc/Easter2011027.jpg

Like it. Aren't the eyelashes on horses amazing?? I don't think most people ever notice them...until you see pics like these and realize how long they are. Pretty cool if you as me.
I might clone out the piece of straw from the corner of the eye if you could. It's a bit distracting. First thing my eye catches when I look at both pics.
Kinda like the rope in mine................:shrug:

Myredyota
April 30th, 2011, 01:50 AM
Steve,
Speaking of eyelashes, what about the lashes on the cow in your one album? :thumbsup: I normally don't mess with editing my photos, but you are exactly right. That piece of straw has bugged me also. I just needed to hear it from someone else! So I played around a little...Now I need to figure out which one I like better before it gets printed! :shrug:

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m267/myredyota/misc/Easter2011024fixed.jpg

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m267/myredyota/misc/Easter2011027fixed.jpg

SBIUnlimited
April 30th, 2011, 07:44 AM
I like the second one...not sure why. Maybe the corner of the eye???? The only thing that is distracting is that stray piece of "whatever" that is falling in from the right side. Gray hair?? You can see it in the first one...but it doesn't come across the eye.

That cow (bull) was a mean mofo!!! Charged me right after I snapped that pic. Scared the shat outta me.........

Myredyota
April 30th, 2011, 04:23 PM
My editing skills are lacking. I can't get rid of that grey hair. :shrug:
Next time you shoot a bull, try using a long lens or a gun! :D

ColoradoSkier
August 10th, 2011, 07:51 PM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6072/6031087568_d73b9fea31_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/6031087568/)
Sunflower (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/6031087568/) by Chester Bullock (http://www.flickr.com/people/chesterbullock/), on Flickr

ColoradoSkier
September 19th, 2011, 08:27 AM
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6173/6162729530_94c415a567_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/6162729530/)
Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/6162729530/) by Chester Bullock (http://www.flickr.com/people/chesterbullock/), on Flickr

mrutledge
September 19th, 2011, 08:41 AM
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[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/6162729530/]Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/6162729530/) by Chester Bullock (http://www.flickr.com/people/chesterbullock/), on Flickr

That's the classic MB shot.

Love the bright blue and the yellow. (WOW! In a couple days that's going to be a really neat spot!)

It may just be my crappy work monitor, but the shadows on the left seem a bit oppressive. I'm not saying it's bad, just making the statement. It makes that left side feel heavy. It certainly offers contrast for the rest of the image.

-matt

ColoradoSkier
September 19th, 2011, 10:35 AM
That's the classic MB shot.

Love the bright blue and the yellow. (WOW! In a couple days that's going to be a really neat spot!)

It may just be my crappy work monitor, but the shadows on the left seem a bit oppressive. I'm not saying it's bad, just making the statement. It makes that left side feel heavy. It certainly offers contrast for the rest of the image.

-matt

They do feel heavy, but I didn't have time to wait for them to level out. Had to get back and pick up my wife from the balloon festival in Aspen. And yes, in a week or two, the hills will be on fire from the color.

mrutledge
September 19th, 2011, 10:38 AM
They do feel heavy, but I didn't have time to wait for them to level out. Had to get back and pick up my wife from the balloon festival in Aspen. And yes, in a week or two, the hills will be on fire from the color.

Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Had you waited for the shadows to level out it might have washed out some of the other color. The shadows aren't "bad" just heavy. And it certainly provides impressive contrast.

Jeffro600
September 19th, 2011, 11:18 AM
That's the classic MB shot.

Love the bright blue and the yellow. (WOW! In a couple days that's going to be a really neat spot!)

It may just be my crappy work monitor, but the shadows on the left seem a bit oppressive. I'm not saying it's bad, just making the statement. It makes that left side feel heavy. It certainly offers contrast for the rest of the image.

-matt

I agree with that. They don't look that bad on my monitor but showed up very dark on my phone.

I think if you toned down the saturation just a touch on the upper sky(reflection seems fine) and dodged a little bit of detail back into the trees, you'd have a very worthy wall hanger!:thumbsup:

Either way, I'd be making every effort to visit again in the next week or so... perhaps in the early morning.

ColoradoSkier
September 19th, 2011, 11:53 AM
I agree with that. They don't look that bad on my monitor but showed up very dark on my phone.

I think if you toned down the saturation just a touch on the upper sky(reflection seems fine) and dodged a little bit of detail back into the trees, you'd have a very worthy wall hanger!:thumbsup:

Either way, I'd be making every effort to visit again in the next week or so... perhaps in the early morning.

Might play with it some, but no plans to go back anytime soon. :(

K2
September 22nd, 2011, 03:47 PM
What about a tighter crop? I took a piece of paper held it over that far left tree and it was less gloomy over there. I agree with what was said above, and I wish I took that pic!

ColoradoSkier
September 22nd, 2011, 04:41 PM
A tighter crop would work, but I was hoping to avoid cutting out the reflection and one of the Bells.

Whaddya think of the B&W version?
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6210/6161010383_1e817d3a6e_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/6161010383/)

mrutledge
September 23rd, 2011, 08:53 AM
Whaddya think of the B&W version?


Well that pretty much fixes the shadow issue. (At least on the crappy work monitor.)

I was going to comment on the top left corner of the sky looking dark, but it really makes the snow pop. So I think I like it. :)

ColoradoSkier
September 24th, 2011, 08:32 AM
Well that pretty much fixes the shadow issue. (At least on the crappy work monitor.)

I was going to comment on the top left corner of the sky looking dark, but it really makes the snow pop. So I think I like it. :)

Should be pretty nice on metallic paper too...

CobyH
January 29th, 2012, 01:04 AM
http://mostlyharmless.smugmug.com/Portfolio/Wall-Hangers/Justina-0001-12/656695382_VKcTC-X2.jpg

K2
January 29th, 2012, 09:40 AM
Her panties don't match her bra, but pretty darn good otherwise.

ColoradoSkier
January 29th, 2012, 05:44 PM
I was thinking Horsetooth needs more water too.

I'd like to see it zoomed out a little more, to see her face or the back of her head. The pose feels odd to me without the head.

CobyH
January 31st, 2012, 12:45 AM
With heads....both on Horsetooth.

http://mostlyharmless.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Justine/Justina-0001/653893081_P9vrs-X2.jpg

http://mostlyharmless.smugmug.com/Portfolio/Wall-Hangers/i-jCw3dgm/0/X2/IMG1424-X2.jpg

And now for something completely different...here's one I snapped tonight, of a friend that just had his first baby.

http://mostlyharmless.smugmug.com/Friends/Chloe-Blackburn/i-HbH6b2Q/0/X2/20120130-IMG3878-X2.jpg

ColoradoSkier
January 31st, 2012, 07:38 AM
That last one is awesome, that Dad is going to keep that pic forever. Well done.

mrutledge
January 31st, 2012, 08:44 AM
And now for something completely different...here's one I snapped tonight, of a friend that just had his first baby.


Nice work. You've managed to capture the "WTF did I just get myself into?!?!" expression.

Kidding aside, I like it. Great composition. I like the lighting. I find the glare off the picture on the wall a bit distracting.

But yes, Dad there is going to keep that picture forever.

CobyH
January 31st, 2012, 08:57 AM
Nice work. You've managed to capture the "WTF did I just get myself into?!?!" expression.

Kidding aside, I like it. Great composition. I like the lighting. I find the glare off the picture on the wall a bit distracting.

But yes, Dad there is going to keep that picture forever.

I agree about the glare, if you're talking about the light reflected off of the glass on that art on the wall. That was unfortunate. I shot this with a rim light behind him, and a warm gold filtered key light high to the left hand held while snapping the pic. I'm a big believer in multiple strobes to fill in the light and direct it, and I'm using radiopoppers to control them.

mrutledge
January 31st, 2012, 09:19 AM
I agree about the glare, if you're talking about the light reflected off of the glass on that art on the wall. That was unfortunate. I shot this with a rim light behind him, and a warm gold filtered key light high to the left hand held while snapping the pic. I'm a big believer in multiple strobes to fill in the light and direct it, and I'm using radiopoppers to control them.

I can tell you put a lot of thought into the lighting situation. And it worked really well. The glare off the wall is unfortunate, but it's a once in a lifetime shot and you can't control every aspect of that situation.

You may be able to do some post-processing to tone the glare down. (*I* couldn't, but I suck at the software.)

Well done.

Jeffro600
January 31st, 2012, 10:59 AM
A couple random thoughts on the bike/hotrod series....

IMO, the subject matter and the background severely clash. The very warm tones of the woman and the vehicles stick out like a sore thumb compared to the very cool(in temp) background(sky, water, etc) creating a distracting feeling. My eyes are immediately drawn to what's going on in the background. A background more suited to the subject matter and colors would have helped immensely.

The first image(with her ass hangin out... :P) has sort of a weird composition to it but the lighting is good. Out of the three, this one by far has the best use of light. A small angle change or slightly different crop and you'd have a fantastic image.

The second image clearly demonstrates the contrasting color temp background issues. My eyes are drawn to the background to see what's going on instead of looking at the subject matter. To get nit-picky, the horizon is crooked and the colors are over saturated(especially in the sky and her skin).

The third of the series... now we have a warmer background and a (slightly) overly warm model and car. Again, I see a little bit of over saturation. I like the concept of the 'oops, I got my dress caught in the door' but again, the background distracts me. My eyes were immediately drawn to the shimmering water.

I think you've got your lighting down and it's pretty obvious that you know what you're doing with your OCF. Now, I think you need to work a little on your white balance consistency and background selection. I would have loved to see the 3rd image with a background relevant(or at least more flattering) to the subject matter. Think a retro gas station, an interesting brick wall or something else that would give you a look that was more suited to the pin-up girl style.

If you're like me and have white balance consistency issues, buy yourself a grey card and use it religiously. White balance is something that I struggle with all the time and I'm finding that even slight inconsistencies in itself can make or break an image. Passport color checker... best 100 dollar gadget you can buy for photography if your color and white balance must be perfect!

Your final image. Awesome! Other than your white balance(touch too warm), I wouldn't change a thing. So what if there's a glare on the wall... While this might not be a technically perfect image, you captured something that is compelling and really evokes emotion. The glare on the wall.... big deal. The beautiful composition, expression on dads face and just the right amount of blur to mom and baby make for a photo that has a wonderful sense of character and projects profound feelings of a proud papa. The additional lighting from behind his head adds another interesting degree of separation and it really helps Dad stand out. Given the subject, situation and again, background... nailed it! :thumbsup:

CobyH
January 31st, 2012, 11:10 AM
Thanks for the critique; it's helpful. Makes me want to get out and do more shoots and make something more interesting.


A couple random thoughts on the bike/hotrod series....

IMO, the subject matter and the background severely clash. The very warm tones of the woman and the vehicles stick out like a sore thumb compared to the very cool(in temp) background(sky, water, etc) creating a distracting feeling. My eyes are immediately drawn to what's going on in the background. A background more suited to the subject matter and colors would have helped immensely.

The first image(with her ass hangin out... :P) has sort of a weird composition to it but the lighting is good. Out of the three, this one by far has the best use of light. A small angle change or slightly different crop and you'd have a fantastic image.

The second image clearly demonstrates the contrasting color temp background issues. My eyes are drawn to the background to see what's going on instead of looking at the subject matter. To get nit-picky, the horizon is crooked and the colors are over saturated(especially in the sky and her skin).

The third of the series... now we have a warmer background and a (slightly) overly warm model and car. Again, I see a little bit of over saturation. I like the concept of the 'oops, I got my dress caught in the door' but again, the background distracts me. My eyes were immediately drawn to the shimmering water.

I think you've got your lighting down and it's pretty obvious that you know what you're doing with your OCF. Now, I think you need to work a little on your white balance consistency and background selection. I would have loved to see the 3rd image with a background relevant(or at least more flattering) to the subject matter. Think a retro gas station, an interesting brick wall or something else that would give you a look that was more suited to the pin-up girl style.

If you're like me and have white balance consistency issues, buy yourself a grey card and use it religiously. White balance is something that I struggle with all the time and I'm finding that even slight inconsistencies in itself can make or break an image. Passport color checker... best 100 dollar gadget you can buy for photography if your color and white balance must be perfect!

Your final image. Awesome! Other than your white balance(touch too warm), I wouldn't change a thing. So what if there's a glare on the wall... While this might not be a technically perfect image, you captured something that is compelling and really evokes emotion. The glare on the wall.... big deal. The beautiful composition, expression on dads face and just the right amount of blur to mom and baby make for a photo that has a wonderful sense of character and projects profound feelings of a proud papa. The additional lighting from behind his head adds another interesting degree of separation and it really helps Dad stand out. Given the subject, situation and again, background... nailed it! :thumbsup:

ColoradoSkier
January 31st, 2012, 01:14 PM
Passport color checker... best 100 dollar gadget you can buy for photography if your color and white balance must be perfect!


What does your workflow look like with that thing? Do you use the software that is out there for it? Seems like they stopped updating the lightroom plugin. I have one, and have yet to figure out how to use it effectively (of course, I haven't spent much time with it).

SBIUnlimited
May 19th, 2012, 10:52 AM
http://i418.photobucket.com/albums/pp265/SteveBartonImages/SBI%20Keepers/700_0093Z050512WRWM.jpg

mrutledge
May 21st, 2012, 07:51 AM
Nice! I find it difficult to get the focus on something other than the nose. Good work.

A touch dark, but not really in a bad way. Sort of reminds me of old hunting lodges, cigars, and scotch.

And the picture just begs for a smart ass caption. :D
"Experienced pointer dog is not amused with your training bumpers." Or something stupid like that.

SBIUnlimited
May 21st, 2012, 08:23 AM
Nice! I find it difficult to get the focus on something other than the nose. Good work.

A touch dark, but not really in a bad way. Sort of reminds me of old hunting lodges, cigars, and scotch.

And the picture just begs for a smart ass caption. :D
"Experienced pointer dog is not amused with your training bumpers." Or something stupid like that.

Thx......I purposefully underexposed it to get the emphasis on the right eye & lose the left side of his face.. I thought it was a dramatic affect......but ya.....he does have "a look" on his face. :)

ColoradoSkier
May 21st, 2012, 11:04 AM
I was thinking it could easily be a person with the expression on the face.

CYAN5DE
May 27th, 2012, 05:42 AM
Couple shots I got here in Africa, also, playing with my new, and first, flash. Got a 580EXII to try out. makes things much more interesting sometimes.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7214/7278517264_fed9cefcc9_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/esvanoe/7278517264/)
Fern Drop (http://www.flickr.com/photos/esvanoe/7278517264/) by esvanoe (http://www.flickr.com/people/esvanoe/), on Flickr


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8009/7278513532_522e19701c_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/esvanoe/7278513532/)
flower drop (http://www.flickr.com/photos/esvanoe/7278513532/) by esvanoe (http://www.flickr.com/people/esvanoe/), on Flickr


And this picture below, I felt really strongly about it being a good idea, but I couldn't line it up right or something, what is wrong here please help. It seems like there is potential but I am not getting it done somehow. Part of the problem was the flower being about 12 feet high and I can't move it, only myself....

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7092/7278507656_76afe06284_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/esvanoe/7278507656/)
Orange Flower2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/esvanoe/7278507656/) by esvanoe (http://www.flickr.com/people/esvanoe/), on Flickr

Grant H.
August 7th, 2012, 11:53 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7115/7738019252_b58a24316d.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61071044@N08/7738019252/)
Sea of Galilee sig (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61071044@N08/7738019252/) by ARNEWB (http://www.flickr.com/people/61071044@N08/), on Flickr

Sunset at the Sea of Galilee from the eastern shore.

greenramp
March 16th, 2013, 06:22 AM
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s2048x2048/544608_10200462787126638_1133316898_n.jpg

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s2048x2048/67001_10200462786886632_1453987627_n.jpg

ColoradoSkier
March 18th, 2013, 08:45 AM
Artificial blurring in the first?

rubbersidedown
March 18th, 2013, 10:45 AM
I think it's just a 100%+ crop of the second shot.

greenramp
March 18th, 2013, 11:11 AM
Yes to both crop and artificial blur to disguise the fake flower

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ColoradoSkier
March 18th, 2013, 01:53 PM
I like the crop, but not the blurring.

greenramp
March 19th, 2013, 06:44 AM
Sweet thanks

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Jimmy
July 15th, 2013, 06:55 AM
Thought I'd throw a few out there and see what you all think of them:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8301399241_7197239e57_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8374577562_57421a76d8_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8092/8373505459_2878151ede_c.jpg

Thanks for any feedback you have!

ColoradoSkier
July 15th, 2013, 08:09 AM
I like the 3rd one. 1st one makes me want to read it, but its not legible. 2nd one feels incomplete. Just my thoughts.

On the third, I may even have cropped it so the stone was in the lower left corner, but it would be a shame to lose the storm gradient in the upper left. I'd have to see it to know if I liked it.

Jimmy
July 15th, 2013, 10:32 AM
Thanks for sharing - I appreciate it.

ColoradoSkier
August 31st, 2013, 08:58 PM
Took the 8yo to the mountains today. We were hiking near a waterfall on Scott Gomer Creek (up Geneva Road outside of Grant), and I spotted this fall-colored leaf on a rock in the creek. Not totally sure I am done with post on this one yet, but I am quite fond of the image. Would love your thoughts.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5510/9639283895_47fa255030_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/9639283895/)

Hardcor4x4
September 1st, 2013, 12:05 AM
Nice photo.


If leaves are changing up there already then were in for an early fall and winter. I've noticed here in town the color of some trees are starting to take on a slight yellowish tint. My Siberian Husky is just finishing up shedding her summer coat already.

ColoradoSkier
September 1st, 2013, 10:14 AM
Took it down a stop and squared it...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7456/9644144799_fcd7b4fc90_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/9644144799/)

rubbersidedown
September 1st, 2013, 11:20 AM
Looks good! Brought out some more detail in the leaf.