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Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by seany, Nov 24, 2004.

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  1. seany

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    Ok chaps, this is where you can put your photos up for critique and advice.

    Please note:
    You’re photos must be hosted on other sites as posting them here would be a drain on the forum. So please just post a link to your photo rather then uploading it here or use the image tag.

    Could you also make sure that photo is of a subject for viewing at any age.


    Cheers:)
     
  2. stevegreen

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    Nice one Sean :smashin: I can see this being very popular!
     
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    Great shot John.

    Prefer the 1st shot, as it increases the perspective, leads you into the shot, plus also the man climbing the steps gives an impression of how steep the site is :thumbsup:
     
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    That's the one I prefer to be honest. It's a Moorish Castle on top of a mountain in a place called Sintra, North of Lisbon.
     
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    I like the wide shot myself john. Shows the scale of the castle with the chap tracking up it. Nice photo matey;)
     
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    I am just starting to mess around with my Olympus C4000z and want to know how to get the background in focus with a foreground object. The first attachment is alright but i would like the background to be in focus also, anyway to achieve this? The second is my first attempt at using the Macro setting, it took ages to get the focus right.
     
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    That second pic has real depth to it :)
     
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    Ok, here are a couple of images .
    Both taken with a recently bought Canon 28-135mm IS lens - taken last week when there was a rare glimpse of the sun, the only chance i've had to go out and have a tinker with it.

    Still getting use to using it - it seems to underexpose somewhat on my lowly D30 but the image stabiliser seems to work pretty well from the few times i've tried it.

    Feet

    Squirrel



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    JohnG - i prefer your first image, the guy in the shot gives it a great sense of scale.
     
  10. electrolyte

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    JohnG - I too prefer your 1st image, for the same reasons that everyone else says.

    Tomson - love your images, especially the squirrel pic. The contrast of the green grass behind the orangey / brown squirrel works really well. You have captured the squirrel perfectly. The feet of the goose (?) is also good but I don't think it work as well as the squirrel. The body of the goose is a bit too undefined for me. But still a top shot.
     
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    I'd actually think that the crop should have concentrated on the person walking up the steps, i think that would give the image more impact.

    I have been messing about with the macro setting on my A95 for a bit tonight, trying to get a really clear and sharp image, this is the best I have come up with. Macro mode confuses me a little so it's all experimentation.

    Any advice? Apart from skin cream :laugh:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. electrolyte

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    Can't give you any advice but I can say that the shot is very scary when it firsts loads - bit too much of an extreme close-up! :eek: ;) But seriously, it looks a really good shot, very moody :thumbsup: Like it.
     
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    I wanted to get some real definition on the beard for some reason and that doesn't really do it. Maybe a bit more light or even a flash?
     
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    Don't think so, think the photo is perfect as it is...
     
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    Phill, you want a smaller aperture, something like F.7 would do to bring everything in to focus.http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glossary/Optical/Depth_of_Field_01.htm info about depth of field


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    Phill mate, i dont want to be a pain, but if poss can i ask you (and everybody) to give links to your photos via online photo albums and private web space rather then loading them up to the forum to save on stu's bandwidth:)

    Is that right? bandwidth:laugh:
     
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    Tomson, quality them mate;) They look so vivid!
     
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    Tomson, lovely photos. I wonder what the feet one would look like if you just cropped into the feet, or even one of them ? That IS lens certainly does a good job though.
    Phil, great shot of the mobile, I know how difficult it is to get sharp focus in macro mode.
    Steve, did you take that shot of yourself ? If so, it's a marvelous effort, must have taken you a little longer than my Starbug shot !!

    Another question for you all. This photo is giving me a few problems when I try to shrink the size of it. I've uploaded it in it's full original size, but you can probably see what I'm on about when your explorer shrinks it to fit on the page - it introduces patterning on the roofs of the expo buildings. Any ideas how to shrink the size of it (not cropping) without doing this ?
    This photo is a view from the top of a big tower at the end of the Expo centre in Lisbon. All my photos by the way have been taken with an Ixus 500 on point-and-shoot mode.
     
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    :laugh: Yeah I took it myself. Quite easy as the A95 has a flip screen so I placed the camera on the bookshelf and put it on timer :smashin: I shot it in sepia mode but i'm thinking black and white would have been better and then I may have got more definition.

    I took some shots on macro mode of a wodden tri-angular box I have but none of them turned out very well :(
     
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    I thought you'd been at the fake tan a bit too much :laugh:
     
  20. electrolyte

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    Perhaps it would have been better to have taken the photo in colour and then used software to turn it into a sepia or b&w shot? I am no software expert but i'm sure the result would have been as good but would have given you more flexibility. Having said that it looks really good as it is so don't worry too much about it :)
     
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    Well here's my Aircraft picture link again.. :boring: ......sorry, but could'nt resist.. :blush:

    http://www.airliners.net/search/pho...rnet.com&sort_order=views&distinct_entry=true

    I've had nearly 70,000 hits so far.. :eek: Its a really cool site if you like aircraft, and there are thousands of other pictures on there which make mine look rubbish.. :suicide:

    Hopefully its nearly Canon 100-400 IS L Series time.. :D

    regards
     
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    what size do you want it?
    Here is a 800x600 version (scaled in PS CS - bicubic sharp) - the moire pattern (which is what you were seeing) isn't too bad at that size.
     
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    Ouch - thats not gonna be cheap!
    Got my eye on a 70-200L f4 for my next purchase - a little more wallet-friendly.

    Superb images though - what lenses are you using at the moment?
     
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    Tomson, thanks for that - it's exactly what I wanted to do. I do have PS CS but am not clever enough to work these things out yet ! I'll have a play with it later
     
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    All I could see was Fu Man Chu with glasses... :rotfl:
     
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    [font=&quot]One thing I'd like to throw into the ring is that we are going to have to come up with a method of labelling the shots so that the post can be relevant. After a while just a forum name is going to get tiresome for figuring which comment is applicable to which photo. :confused:

    Great idea for a thread. :thumbsup: [/font]
     
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    steve,

    It looks like you've been waiting up for Magnum P.I to bring back the Ferrari in one piece:laugh:
     
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    '

    Just the standard kit lens 18-55mm for ground shots, and the Canon cheapo 75-300mm for the aerial stuff.
    I thought about the 70-200L and a 2X converter, but set my goal on the 100-400L
     
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    Sorry, I seem to be hogging this thread at the moment, but I do value your advice. This photo doesn't achieve what I wanted it to do, it's a cannon looking over Lisbon (yet again) I thought it would look quite imposing when I took it but the more I look at it the more I think I should have done it differently. Bearing in mind that I couldn't go climbing all over it (you have to be extra careful when wearing an England shirt abroad!) what would you have done differently ?
    The guns of Lisbon !
     
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    John mate bang in as many as you want son, its great looking at them;)

    I think you've taken a pretty good photo john;)

    Maybe if you'd have came on diagonally left or right of the canon you might have got a larger sense of scale, but still a decent photo:)
     
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