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post #136 of 693 (permalink) Old 03-31-2012, 01:36 AM
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I'm by no means professional (although I'd like to be and am considering it), so I can't say anything about other people's photos except that they are all pretty great ones.


Bee. This one's my favorite.




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The bee shot is nice. Just enough DOF to make it a good shot.

Someday I'll start using some of the really nice border templates I created. Today ain't the day.
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post #138 of 693 (permalink) Old 04-01-2012, 03:16 PM
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Hi, just my honest and most humble opinion, the picture above is a little pale, I think the contrast could be a little more as the black is not quite black yet. And I also would love to see a more crop on a right or left hand side.

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So clear! made me reach for the swatter. Did you do anything to enhance the eyes? That red is wonderful.


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I love the flies!!! Here some more.

Spider. This thing was tiny, and I think the focus is a bit off.




Moss flowers.




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I love bug photos, but I really like your moss flower the best - I like the soft edges creating a dreamy feel, and the way my eye is led into the distance, as if I'm in a sci-fi landscape. The only thing I would have done differently is that I would have removed the stick entering from the right...

I hope it's ok to post 4 pics? I know it's piggy, but I may not get anther chance!


Do you think borders are tacky? Do they distract from a photo?



Heavy crop of reflections in a creek - going for abstract...



Black and white of forest cinnamon ferns - blew out the highlights? Hard to get a high contrast without HDR, which I haven't learned to do.



Lots of noise, because I cropped so heavily - I need to take the time to get as close as I can to the subject. I didn't realize there was an bug on the milkweed until I cropped it.


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Hi, just my honest and most humble opinion, the picture above is a little pale, I think the contrast could be a little more as the black is not quite black yet. And I also would love to see a more crop on a right or left hand side.

My Pentax ones

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Glad to see some other Pentax shooters here. Nice, sharp photos. Me like.

You're right about my shot. What good is posting shots where there is little to critique though? Ethically I can't post the actual shot I sold in that series though. Nor a "corrected" version of this since it will be too much like the commissioned one.

DWH, borders actually "finish" a photo. Any marketing collateral I design with photos gets a border. Even if it's a simple 1 point rule.
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I love the bug on the milkweed! I think the border's fine. The stick in my above picture......oh well. It would be near perfect if it wasn't there, and it would have a great sense of scale. What I do is walk through the forest and take a bunch of pictures, filtering the best out afterward.

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So clear! made me reach for the swatter. Did you do anything to enhance the eyes? That red is wonderful.


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Hi, I shot it on a tele lens 70-200 with a Raynox 250 to focus at close distant, around 20~25cm I think. Manual flash YN 560 from left/right top.

Then with post process, I use vibrant to pump up the pale color ones, finally with some sharpen.

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Glad to see some other Pentax shooters here. Nice, sharp photos. Me like.

You're right about my shot. What good is posting shots where there is little to critique though? Ethically I can't post the actual shot I sold in that series though. Nor a "corrected" version of this since it will be too much like the commissioned one.

DWH, borders actually "finish" a photo. Any marketing collateral I design with photos gets a border. Even if it's a simple 1 point rule.
Thank you That's is what this topic for. And I always love to have critiques to improve my photography too
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Interesting...I'm not sensing a focal point.

Wheat field bordered by a Orange grove in Central CA. 30 second exposure, flash, 5.6 aperture



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Oh, and yeah...I know its out of focus. I got this new remote and I am going to do a 10 minute with a higher aperture.


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Critique my photo por favor!

Great shot, I can't quite find anything wrong with it.


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Interesting...I'm not sensing a focal point.

Wheat field bordered by a Orange grove in Central CA. 30 second exposure, flash, 5.6 aperture

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Oh, and yeah...I know its out of focus. I got this new remote and I am going to do a 10 minute with a higher aperture.
Not bad! As you mentioned, the only thing that would be better is if it was more in focus...since you're planning on going back, allow me to give you one crucial tip, although you may have done it already....

*Make sure you set your focus to infinity*

It also helps if you use the widest focal length possible, like you did here at 18mm, since that way the depth of field is increased and more things will be in focus. If you don't know how to set your focus to infinity, the easiest way is to focus on something as far away as possible, like the sky or stars. Just raising the aperture will not make everything in focus, you actually have to focus at infinity as well.
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Not bad! As you mentioned, the only thing that would be better is if it was more in focus...since you're planning on going back, allow me to give you one crucial tip, although you may have done it already....

*Make sure you set your focus to infinity*

It also helps if you use the widest focal length possible, like you did here at 18mm, since that way the depth of field is increased and more things will be in focus. If you don't know how to set your focus to infinity, the easiest way is to focus on something as far away as possible, like the sky or stars. Just raising the aperture will not make everything in focus, you actually have to focus at infinity as well.
I'm no longer in california, but I plan on taking some other night shots. Manual focus turned all the way to the right is infinity, right? By right I mean clockwise. Standard nikon 18mm-55mm kit lens.


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