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Old 12-19-07, 01:31 AM   #1
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Jon's Photography, please take a look. :)

Please people, anyone who views this, even if you know nothing of photography. Please let me know what you like and dislike about these photos. Photographers or not, just trying to get better.



























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White wimminz? I ain't gotz none. My wimminz is brown.
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Thatz don`t getz me jiggie, yo!
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The windswept tree and coastline are the best IMO (colour, composition, subject, focus).

Some of the others are overexposed/out of focus or just have a boring subject. 99% of art is taking away the extra layers. Let people see only the best of the best, and save the rest.
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Here's a tip for selecting a great photo: cut it in half. If both sides are balanced, then you have circa 1/3 of a great shot.
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I like the second one, but like Dipper said, it's a bit too balanced, which takes away some visual interest.
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The windswept tree and coastline are the best IMO (colour, composition, subject, focus).

Some of the others are overexposed/out of focus or just have a boring subject. 99% of art is taking away the extra layers. Let people see only the best of the best, and save the rest.
I try to do that, make sure the photo is symmetrical and balanced.

Actually believe it or not, these 5 ARE my favorites. This is my first time shooting with anything more than a point and shoot camera. Lots of the shots I took surprisingly were out of focus, I prefer manual focus over the AF, but now I realize maybe I need to use the AF to get a clear shot. Also, I shoot most of the time in Auto-ISO and shots come out friggen so dang overexposed. Anyways, this was the 5 I liked from 150 shots in the first day of the camera.

I have lots more I liked, but quickly picked out these.
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I have to agree with serendipper on this one. Also, I would start (or continue) to play around with some filters, especially with photos of sweeping, powerful landscapes. Also, black and white...best medium evvvarrrrr! You apparently live in a area that is full of potential, keep up the good work.
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I try to do that, make sure the photo is symmetrical and balanced.
Ah, but most would say that's something to be avoided, per the rule of thirds.
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I like the 3rd one. The 2nd one made me think about when you did the sewer faceplant....yuck. The last two have kind of a Ansel Adams thing going on but I don`t care for that so much.
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You can do a soft-focus effect, but it won't really work unless there is an object close to you that's in sharp focus for contrast. It's cool to push the f-stop in moments like these and see what happens.


The type of film you use is super important. I love filters as well.
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I have to agree with serendipper on this one. Also, I would start (or continue) to play around with some filters, especially with photos of sweeping, powerful landscapes. Also, black and white...best medium evvvarrrrr! You apparently live in a area that is full of potential, keep up the good work.
I also tried the Hi-1 setting on the ISO at night many times. This is the only decent shot I got with it at Max aperture.



Oh, and I do agree. B & W for the win. The camera won't let me take photos in B W, you can edit the photo in camera afterwards or in Photoshop.

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I like the second one, but like Dipper said, it's a bit too balanced, which takes away some visual interest.
I completely see what you and dipper mean now. Thing is though, I wonder if I had angled the camera differently if the same affect would have been achieved. But it does look too balanced, with the puddle and the path directly in the middle.
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Old 12-19-07, 02:27 AM   #18
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HOLY ****…………..Take a look at that second picture. Looks like the Grim Reaper awaiting at the end of the trail. That is him alright.

Do you guys see that? That is freaky.


Of course I’ve seen and had pass over me the Reaper (death) an occasion or two. Nice pictures btw.
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One tip for dealing with shots that end up overexposed is to set the exposure compensation from somewhere between-1 to -2. You retain detail in the areas that may get washed up. You can use photoshop to add more exposure to the dark areas. Might have a little noise in the shadows. But at least that can be cleaned up, whereas detail that's washed out can never be recovered (clipped at all-white).

On #2 and #3, they both look left-heavy. I would've aimed to the left a little more so there wouldn't be so much blank sky on the right side. Also lift up #2 a little so you have 1/3rd puddle, 1/3rd road, 1/3rd sky.

The #4 is my favorite. If you can do a long exposure, like 5-10s, give that a try, it might give you more of the serene effect you're aiming for.

Good job, keep up the practice!!!
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Jon took a picture of the Reaper.

Doesn't anybody see THAT?


LOOK at pic #2!
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Yup, your camera works. Meh






This picture rocks! Excellent composition, the exposure works for me. I'm liking the mostly B&W look with just a touch of color in the foliage on the right.





If this were in B&W it would closely mimic a great Ansel Adams shot. Good composition nice diagonal 1/3, 2/3 thing going on






This reminds me a lot of a picture I took years ago, about this time of year too. In Cape May, NJ. It was about 11 at night, I shot low on a tripod max aperture, 30 second exposure on 400 film. The only illumination was from some street lights running up the boardwalk. Everything that could go wrong did. Ray trace streaks from the street lights, reciprocity failure from the long exposure, and massive grainy from the 400 film that was very pronounced when enlarged to 16x20. All together it made for a beautiful print.

I lost it in the divorce. Thanks for making me cry.



Meh, doesn't move me one way or the other.
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HOLY ****…………..Take a look at that second picture. Looks like the Grim Reaper awaiting at the end of the trail. That is him alright.

Do you guys see that? That is freaky.


Of course I’ve seen and had pass over me the Reaper (death) an occasion or two. Nice pictures btw.
i thought the same thing ,

but dont pheard the reaper

anyways cool pictures good work
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It looks like a great area to find some nice pics. My suggestion would be to shoot in better light. Try the first and last hour of the day. Half hour either side of sunset and sunrise. Use a tripod if you have to.

Sometimes stormy days make great beach photos especially if there are some broken clouds or filtered light. As much as composition is important, it is light that makes the photo.
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I really like this shot with one critique. The exposure is good I think, and the hint of trees in the background give it a lot of depth. Just a touch of color makes it good, and I want to know who the hooded figure is and where he's going. As has been pointed out, it's very suggestive of the Grim Reaper ,but not obviously staged to look that way which makes it way cool.

The one critique I have is that he's too centered in the photo, but it's not an easy fix. If you had moved him left by swinging the camera right, you would have had the green more centered and lost the trees on the left. Going the other way you'd lose the interest of the ground sloping away to the right. Shifting left might have taken him out from behind the clump of stuff there. shifting right might have worked. Tough composition to make on the spot, if it was on the spot.

My general rule is that if I'm taking a photo "of" something, like airplanes for detail work or something like that, it goes in the center. But if I'm taking a photo that's supposed to express something rather than show something, it's not usually in the middle of the photo.
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IMHO, the impression of the path leading to the vanishing point (just out of sight in the mist), far and away trumped any perceived need for adherence to the 'rules'. This minor infraction in no way detracts from an excellent composition based on alternate criteria.
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