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Old 10-30-2012, 04:51 PM   #406
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I hope y'all don't mind if I butt in even though I'm new

I like the subject, it's interesting and has great detail. The shot looks in focus and the exposure is on point. The editing looks a little over baked to me though, is it an HDR? I wish there weren't so many distracting elements as well (the reflections).

I doubt anyone wants to see car pictures, so I'll go with one from our vacation this year:


I always second guess my editing so I'd love to here some criticism.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:10 PM   #407
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Really neat shot. Love the perspective and it came out looking pretty darn good for a cell phone shot. Any processing done to it? Only thing I would have liked to see is maybe his eye being in focus, but that's certainly not anything that ruins this shot. I like it alot.

Here's a shot a from walk about I did last week...

Thank you. It is one of my favorites and is framed. I too wish the eye could have been in better focus, especially since the petals are visible in the eye. I edited it by cropping the picture just a tad to bring attention to the "sniffing" of the flower. The original had all the petals and a bunch of leaves that caught attention.
Your photo is interesting. I like that you took it from a slight angle instead of the usual straight on. It would be neat to see this same shot at night when the windows are not lit up by the sun (careful the flash doesn't light them up tho!) I have to look to see your locations now, as I'm curious where the Masonic Temple is.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:13 AM   #408
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Thanks to both of you. To answer the question, it is not HDR but I did process it using a Topaz plugin through photoshop.

I'd love to get back there at night. Might try to do that soon, maybe once Christmas lights start going up so I can shoot some of those as well. The temple is located in Winchester, VA.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:03 AM   #409
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I hope y'all don't mind if I butt in even though I'm new

I like the subject, it's interesting and has great detail. The shot looks in focus and the exposure is on point. The editing looks a little over baked to me though, is it an HDR? I wish there weren't so many distracting elements as well (the reflections).

I doubt anyone wants to see car pictures, so I'll go with one from our vacation this year:

I always second guess my editing so I'd love to here some criticism.
I absolutely love this shot. It could totally be framed and everything. The only difference I would do is perhaps tone down the sky once it reaches the inner 'third' of the photo to not be so white. And thats more personal preference more than anything. Excellent shot.


Here is my entry. Found this lil' guy on a leaf at the St. Louis Botanical gardens while on a tour with a group of plant nerds with the AGA convention.



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Old 11-10-2012, 05:33 AM   #410
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I absolutely love this shot. It could totally be framed and everything. The only difference I would do is perhaps tone down the sky once it reaches the inner 'third' of the photo to not be so white. And thats more personal preference more than anything. Excellent shot.


Here is my entry. Found this lil' guy on a leaf at the St. Louis Botanical gardens while on a tour with a group of plant nerds with the AGA convention.

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Caton I've been noticing and keeping an eye on the pics you've been posting lately and studying your pictures from afar for a few months now. I just wanted to say you have "it". I don't say that often to people at all, in fact you're like the 3rd person I've ever said that to. By "it", I mean you have the innate talent to shoot professionally or very seriously as an amateur. Photography may not be your career goal, but I can tell you have "it". Even if you don't shoot in manual mode, you have the predisposition to be able to create interesting compositions. I can tell it wasn't by accident with any of your pictures. It doesn't matter what lens you used or the depth of field. It's there.

You still have much to learn and I encourage you to continue to develop your photography skills, but you have the underlying framework to become successful in photography.

Anybody can learn the technical side of photography and create technically decent photos, but some people just cant and never will develop "it". Its subconscious, and I don't think it can be taught, you either have it or you don't.

You have it. Use it wisely, continue to grow.


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Old 11-10-2012, 06:35 AM   #411
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in reference to the photo above, sweet composition, and vibrant color capture. focus is awesome- right in the face. great perspective too.

mind if i join in the fray?



shot was taken during our day in the caves of the nuban mountain region in Sudan, this one is one of my favorites out of the whole trip.
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:18 PM   #412
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I absolutely love this shot. It could totally be framed and everything. The only difference I would do is perhaps tone down the sky once it reaches the inner 'third' of the photo to not be so white. And thats more personal preference more than anything. Excellent shot.


Here is my entry. Found this lil' guy on a leaf at the St. Louis Botanical gardens while on a tour with a group of plant nerds with the AGA convention.



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wow they have Phelsuma madagarensis grandis running around freely?
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Old 11-10-2012, 03:48 PM   #413
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Yep. I had to keep a few school kids there were from trying to catch it. Thanks for ID'ing it.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:00 PM   #414
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I am absolutely honored for such an experienced and well respected photographer to say such a thing. And I do plan to continue on with photography as a way to help pay for some things (as in, semi-pro). I am going to Israel for 8 weeks in two months and I hope to have saved enough to either get a D600 and if that doesn't work out, at least a better lens and speedlight. But at least I have a DSLR and a kit lens rather than a point n' shoot. Thank you for your compliment.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:01 PM   #415
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in reference to the photo above, sweet composition, and vibrant color capture. focus is awesome- right in the face. great perspective too.

mind if i join in the fray?


shot was taken during our day in the caves of the nuban mountain region in Sudan, this one is one of my favorites out of the whole trip.
Not horrible, but its compositionally weak. It would have been better for the person on the right to be farther into the frame, or perhaps a slightly different angle and perhaps just a tad shallower depth of field to add a little bit of storytelling to the picture.


Here's a self portrait I call: "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a [photography] gangster." lol!

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I really like this photo. Its dark and mysterious and gives the feel like something is going to jump into the frame and take you. Lighting is very creative and the watermark actually adds to the drama IMO. Well done, Sir.

This is another photo I took while in St. louis at the botanical gardens. Its missing something and I can't decide what. Help me out?

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:43 PM   #417
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one of my favorite engagement photo i took last winter!

http://500px.com/photo/3546120

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This is another photo I took while in St. louis at the botanical gardens. Its missing something and I can't decide what. Help me out?

Great depth of field, and feel of motion, I love it and will love to see it in B&W. (it might look good in B&W heavy on the red filter) I do not think is missing anything at all
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:40 PM   #419
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one of my favorite engagement photo i took last winter!

http://500px.com/photo/3546120

canon 5d mark ii w/ canon 35 1.4 L lense f1.8 | iso 1250 | 1/80 sec
Just as a reminder, in order to post a photo you have to critique somebody else's.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:31 PM   #420
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one of my favorite engagement photo i took last winter!

http://500px.com/photo/3546120

canon 5d mark ii w/ canon 35 1.4 L lense f1.8 | iso 1250 | 1/80 sec
Pretty good. Although not as sharp as I would like. I would have gone with a deeper depth of field. While the angle is very creative, I would have gone a little bit more head on by a few degrees. Love how you kept some color in the hat.


(just a quick link to my previous photo in B&W) http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8201/8...890860c7_k.jpg



And now the real photo:


Photo was taken at St. Louis zoo.
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