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Old 08-01-2010, 03:10 PM   #271
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Been a while, so I'll throw two more into the mix:





Took me two weeks to train that dragonfly to land on my finger (he liked the antenna on my truck). When he did, I tore off as many shots with the 105mm micro as I could before he got tired of being a model.


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Old 08-01-2010, 05:44 PM   #272
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Old 08-01-2010, 05:46 PM   #273
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Some quick thoughts on each:

I would move the camera up a littler here, have less of the out of focus foreground and give a little breathing room for the top of the image where you have a key element bumped up against the absoluter edge.
Definitely a good idea. I shot a bunch of different compositions on those flowers, but they were moving around in that basin from the breeze, & I ended up liking the arrangement on this shot the best, even though the handle hangs off the side. I think I do want to crop out some of that fuzzy foreground. The DoF is definitely pretty tight on these lil cameras.


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I try to avoid this "looking down" at a scene, if you move the camera down and leveled off you would have them, less empty water in the foreground, and than the full landscape in the background,
I remember composing that one & thinking "well, I could have 2/3rds of the image be sky, or 2/3rds be water...the sky was boring...so I chose water; there's a certain "thickness" to the water that I liked. Couldn't get lower...on a boat. I wish I put them on the left side of the frame.

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This shot was zoomed in a little too far as you start cropping out the subject, in a situation like this I would either go for a vertical composition and get the face/arm pulling, or keep it horizontal and zoom out a little....possible a bit more to give context to his work.
I took that shot w/o looking at either the man or the camera. :) I just didn't want to draw attention to myself.

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I like the idea here but you have the issue that you can't properly expose for the sky and subject, a fill flash would be perfect but might not be appropriate in this situation.
Yeah, I would've been happy just w/ a silhouette of the monk, or the slightest hint of saffron in the darkness. I might try playing w/ the contrast on that.

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The thing that gets my eye for this is I want it to be a largely geometric image but the building is slightly off center, I see you were going for the fence posts, just having them staggered like that takes away from the abstract shape/perfect example of perspective my mind is seeing from the building.
I can't remember why it's off center. I think I was kicking it a little off center just for the hell of it.

There's so much pattern cloning done on that image it's ridiculous. They had huge blue tarps over a big chunk of that building around the scaffolding. I kept wondering why they didn't use brown colored tarps? :)

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You are slightly off axis, rotate to level, and bring out the sky some more, this would also have been a great place for a panoramic by the looks of this 1 frame.
I have about 20 pictures of the washington monument from last weekend, and I can safely say for sure that I can't hold a camera level if my life depended on it. Absolutely *none* of my pictures actually kept the building vertical.
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:57 AM   #274
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Definitely a good idea. I shot a bunch of different compositions on those flowers, but they were moving around in that basin from the breeze, & I ended up liking the arrangement on this shot the best, even though the handle hangs off the side. I think I do want to crop out some of that fuzzy foreground. The DoF is definitely pretty tight on these lil cameras.




I remember composing that one & thinking "well, I could have 2/3rds of the image be sky, or 2/3rds be water...the sky was boring...so I chose water; there's a certain "thickness" to the water that I liked. Couldn't get lower...on a boat. I wish I put them on the left side of the frame.

I took that shot w/o looking at either the man or the camera. :) I just didn't want to draw attention to myself.

Yeah, I would've been happy just w/ a silhouette of the monk, or the slightest hint of saffron in the darkness. I might try playing w/ the contrast on that.



I can't remember why it's off center. I think I was kicking it a little off center just for the hell of it.

There's so much pattern cloning done on that image it's ridiculous. They had huge blue tarps over a big chunk of that building around the scaffolding. I kept wondering why they didn't use brown colored tarps? :)



I have about 20 pictures of the washington monument from last weekend, and I can safely say for sure that I can't hold a camera level if my life depended on it. Absolutely *none* of my pictures actually kept the building vertical.
What kind of camera is it? Some DSLR's have grids for the viewfinders, and P&S's can have them overlay while you compose the image.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:01 AM   #275
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What kind of camera is it? Some DSLR's have grids for the viewfinders, and P&S's can have them overlay while you compose the image.
I think it was a G7 for most of those shots. It definitely shows a grid. And my e-p1 even has a fancy schmancy level. I guess you have to pay attention to them for them to work. How friggin' inconvenient.
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Been a while, so I'll throw two more into the mix:





Took me two weeks to train that dragonfly to land on my finger (he liked the antenna on my truck). When he did, I tore off as many shots with the 105mm micro as I could before he got tired of being a model.


That's gotta be the closest shot I've ever seen of one of those little monsters.
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That's gotta be the closest shot I've ever seen of one of those little monsters.
You just need to move in very slowly:





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