First pics post C&C please

FeTT

Standard Member
Hi guys this is the first time Ive been brave enough to post some pics on here, anyway a little background I've owned a 350D and various lenses for just over a year now and took a lot of photos with it but most you would probably class as snapshots mainly using Program mode, and a little AV or TV modes. Anyway I really enjoy photography and the last couple of months Ive been learning myself to use manual mode etc. I sold a few items that never got used on ebay and treat myself to a 40D these are the first real shots Ive taken with it.

#1
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3250/2509586940_ab89e2a2df_b.jpg
Canon 40D, Nifty fifty, f4 1/8000, ND2 Grad

#2
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2277/2509533296_841148d020_b.jpg
Canon 40D, 17-85is @20mm f5.6 1/500, ND2 Grad

#3
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2384/2508704307_a6ee848068_b.jpg
Canon 40D, 17-85is @20mm f5.6 1/500, ND2 Grad

#4
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3219/2509530602_832ce65437_b.jpg
Canon 40D, nifty fifty, AV Mode f2 1/8000, iso200 nd2 grad

#5 My Dog :)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3293/2509622676_bee873312b_b.jpg
Canon 40D, 17-85is @33mm f4.5 1/3500

All have had a little tweak in Elements 6 which is something else Im trying to get my head around. Anyway any C&C will be much appreciated.

Thanks for looking

Sean

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Pirate!!

Banned
Arr, arr and thrice . . . Arr!

#2 and #3 are very nice. #4 needs horizon straightening (IMHO). #1 is sweet though my eye is drawn to the bird left of the lighthouse and to the small 'blob' right of the lighthouse half way up. I would clone these out.

Nice set. Good job.
 

Tobers

Well-known Member
Congrats for getting some pics up here. Good on you!

Here's some feedback...

#1 - very nice. Controlled the exposure well on the lighthouse, plenty of detail, sharp, and even a bird flying past. What more could you want. Lovely shot.

#2 - interesting subject. Could you have used the curve of the hill, the curve of the path on the left, and the curve of the bridge more constructively e.g. having the curves layer on top of each other for example? Always worth moving about a bit. Lots of potential there. Light a bit harsh in the foreground.

#3 Probably worth reversing the ND grad on this as you've brought down the exposure on the shady side of the bridge a bit too much, and the foreground is too bright. With the grad on upsidedown you'd have balanced the bright foreground with the shady bridge :smashin:. Could have used a smaller aperture to keep it sharp all the way through.

#4 Like this one a lot. Fave of the bunch. Good use of wide aperture to blur out the background and get nice recession. Super. Would suit a portrait crop rather than landscape to draw out the depth.

#5 Nice dog. Horizon wonky.
 

FeTT

Standard Member
Thanks for your comments guys.

Arr, arr and thrice . . . Arr!

#2 and #3 are very nice. #4 needs horizon straightening (IMHO). #1 is sweet though my eye is drawn to the bird left of the lighthouse and to the small 'blob' right of the lighthouse half way up. I would clone these out.

Nice set. Good job.
Thanks Pirate think I will have a look at cloning out the blob might leave the bird though as it adds a little life to the pic I think.
 

FeTT

Standard Member
Congrats for getting some pics up here. Good on you!

Here's some feedback...

#1 - very nice. Controlled the exposure well on the lighthouse, plenty of detail, sharp, and even a bird flying past. What more could you want. Lovely shot.

#2 - interesting subject. Could you have used the curve of the hill, the curve of the path on the left, and the curve of the bridge more constructively e.g. having the curves layer on top of each other for example? Always worth moving about a bit. Lots of potential there. Light a bit harsh in the foreground.

#3 Probably worth reversing the ND grad on this as you've brought down the exposure on the shady side of the bridge a bit too much, and the foreground is too bright. With the grad on upsidedown you'd have balanced the bright foreground with the shady bridge :smashin:. Could have used a smaller aperture to keep it sharp all the way through.

#4 Like this one a lot. Fave of the bunch. Good use of wide aperture to blur out the background and get nice recession. Super. Would suit a portrait crop rather than landscape to draw out the depth.

#5 Nice dog. Horizon wonky.
Sorry not sure how to quote from multiple posts.

#1 Thank you :)

#2 Never really thought of that tbh, getting these shots was a lot harder work than it should have been with having my dog with me as hes really excitable around other dogs so was constantly on the lookout for them hehe. I will look more for things like that in the future thanks for the tip.

#3 Another thing I never thought of reversing the grad, still getting my head around how the aperture effects sharpness etc. Another thank you all tips welcome :)

#4 Thanks again I'll crop it tomorrow and post the result :thumbsup:

#5 Yep very wonky this was the first time he had been to the beach and he was running around like a lunatic lol was tracking him through the viewfinder :D

Thanks again guys :)
 

FeTT

Standard Member
yes all great first shots to post. For me the first shot is a stand out. I would have cropped it square by cropping out the right hand side of the bridge. If you leave the shadow on the path as the delineating line on right of image I think it's a really striking shot.

Well done!
I will try that tomorrow thank you, will post the result.
 

social_lurker

Active Member
I quite like those pics. Where is #2, I'm sure I've seen that shot before.

My fave has to be #4 although I agree a potrait crop might work a bit better.

#1 looks a little soft in the bottom left? although its late and I dont have my glasses on so I could be mistaken.
 

TarMoo

Well-known Member
I like No1 and No4. :thumbsup:

No4 may have looked better if the leading post was more over towards the right. Generally the 1/3 and 2/3 positions horizontally and vertically have more impact, so bear this in mind when composing the shot. The dog is in exactly the right spot for the 1/3 horizontal and vertical for maximum impact on No 5.

Try cropping the picture to remove some of the right ride and see if it looks better.
 

FeTT

Standard Member
As promised edits of the shots i posted yesterday taking some tips on board c&c appreciated thanks.

#1
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3155/2511418495_0de715c470_b.jpg
Removed the second bird on the right of the lighthouse.

#2
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2313/2512251698_6dde7a31bf_b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2102/2511420363_28c9b55e01_b.jpg
Not sure if this is what you had in mind Gordon tried 2 slightly different crops.

#3



http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2246/2512250478_ab0127ae5a_b.jpg
A few tweaks in elements lightened up the bridge a toned down the stones a bit think I may have lightened the bridge a little to much.

#4
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2323/2511417035_a40d276082_b.jpg
Cropped as per Tobers advice.

#5
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3167/2512247000_fca3dcf6e4_b.jpg
Cropped a little as per rasputins advice

Oh my new toy arrived this morning a Canon 70-200 f4L picked it up for £350 new off ebay :D, probably be Sunday before I get to try it out properly can't wait.
 

FeTT

Standard Member
Yeah go for it thanks Gordon always happy to see ways of improving :)
 

FeTT

Standard Member
Still always nice to take onboard new ideas look forward to seeing it :smashin:
 

Gordon @ Convergent AV

Distinguished Member
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OK ...When I saw you image I was immediately drawn to the symmetry of the railing, the hill the shadows and the path. It was all about symmetry to me and not about colour. In fact I think the colour distracted me from seeing the design or architecture of the left of the image. So here is my version.

It has been cropped using a non perspective holding crop...ie I warped the shape slightly. You can do this by unticking or ticking the perspective box on CS3 cropping. It then had a level adjustment, desaturated and then had shadows burnt it to give it a little punch.

 

FeTT

Standard Member
I like it, I see what you mean about the symmetry especially in the railing and the path it stands out more in your version. I still have a lot to learn about Photoshop but i'll get there eventually.

Thanks

Sean
 

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