NikonsAndVStroms Photography Thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by NikonsAndVStroms, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Being a panorama makes it a bit harder but if it was a single shot I'd try a fill flash (just forcing the camera to fire it off, if it's a mid-higher range P&S IIRC you should be able to adjust the flash strength as well) so you can get a little more detail out of the trailer.

    For the composition maybe move between the 2 in the middle? For the trailer that's the main focus in the middle we just the the back end and not much of the wheels, but in the current location it looks like you're lined up with the cannons so its not the easiest of calls on where to go.

    Is this location close to you? Because I see tons of possible shots, like looking down at those cannons with the 2 wheels on either side framing the image if you can get a focal length where that would work. You also have that tree and tombstone which you could try out different compositions using those to help frame the image. And just a cool shot looking down the barrel of the cannon, and using macro to focus just part way up it. P&S's have a pretty long depth of field but with the macro setting you probably can get it to blur out the background which could be a cool effect so the viewer is at the pov of someone aiming that cannon at who knows what and they can fill in the blanks. Something like that would be a good picture to mess around with filters and different processing techniques too. Trying to replicate an old photo isn't easy but you'll definitely learn a lot in the process.
  2. aterry1067

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    Thanks!!! The location isn't too close, but isn't too far away either. It's in one of the battlefields at Gettysburg. I, being in southern MD, am about a days ride away, conservatively riding/driving. Makes for a good weekend, and the history is always fun too.I do believe there are some cannons nearer to me though, so I will certainly give your suggestions a shot. :)
  3. anotherguy

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    Hand held on the lift at work. D3100 w/18-55 kit lens @28MM/auto. Post only sharpen and crop.
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    aterry1067 Been here awhile

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    First attempt at post processing, cloning out 3 garbage cans in the background using Photoscape. Looking forward to more practice and different programs.

    How do you feel about the composition? How could I shoot this photo and make it better?


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  5. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    I'd like to play..

    Your thoughts please..

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  6. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Is this a 100% crop? The noise especially in the background is really jumping out, which is probably due in part to the sharpening, and you can see some texture from the noise in the plug as well. So I'd back off that and add in some noise reduction, even if you lose a little detail it still should be good. For this kinda shot a macro would be great so it can really fill the composition.
  7. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    I don't know if it's because I read it and was looking for the cloning but it jumped right out at me. Without saying it you might get someone with a quick glance though. Did you try the healing brush? With the content aware feature it's actually pretty good. Just set it on replace and you might need to do it a few times selecting some extra areas around it for the program to pick something proper to replace it with.

    With the composition I'd try to have it a little closer to the bike so you don't have any of the gaps like in the top left area. You have the bike dominating the frame so the 2 ways I'd go about this are either reversing it so there's a lot of the landscape and more than a hint but not a ton of the BMW. Or have it similar to this and just have a crazy landscape like intense colors from a sunset, or mountains, something epic being in that smaller area. I'd probably lean towards the former just aesthetically.
  8. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    I feel like there should be a corona bottle there, which I say as a compliment since it's really hitting the notes of one of their ads. It looks like you hit a camera limitation with the dynamic range though, the blue in the chair is great but the ground and even parts of the sky are underexposed a bit and you can see where the sun is peaking through is already blown out so there's not much you could do.

    For the composition maybe mess around slightly with the angle from there but nothing too major.


    This one could have used a little more exposure as well, you do a good job of not blowing out the clouds but the trees end up looking a bit muddy as it all blends together in a darker grey. From the 4/3 ratio I'm guessing this was a point and shoot camera? The only real thing to do would be trying an HDR image which can work really well with B&W. Since really rich and high dynamic range B&W prints are possible with film as long as you don't push it to the extreme you can get a lot out of it without getting the cartoon-y look which is associated with HDR.

    I like the composition though, so it's just these technical bits.

    For this one I'm not really sure what to do, the one thing that I'd try to avoid are the slightly out of focus branches on the left. They're at the point where it's close enough to being in focus that it looks off. But with the composition just messing around and blocking off parts the way it looked best to me was taking off the left area with those out of focus branches, and then cropping the bottom leaving just a little bit of the top of the bush. The downside to this is that the branches of that bush look awesome, I'd get down there and explore some compositions of that as well.
  9. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    Well, that went better than expected..

    The bridge was with my old Canon G 11, the other two with a new Pentax..the chair may be in the first 20 images I took with it..the Japanese Garden in the first 50...

    Thank you sir!!
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    It's a teeny little piece of the image,no idea of percentage. I over sharpened it to make the chunks of steel pop. I wanted the subject to be the focus and am a newb at post production.

    Thanks.
  11. NikonsAndVStroms

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    That was a big part of the learning process for me, I'd overdo the new methods/techniques I found and from that extreme walk them back to a level that worked a lot better.

    But for these shots the lens is going to matter a lot more than what you do in post, I looked it up and the only affordable macro that will focus on your body is a Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S for about 275. Also if you did go that route you'll likely be shocked by the first shots with a lens like that VS your current 18-55, especially with sensors getting better and better resolution that extra sharpness really shines through.
  12. anotherguy

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    I have a D90 and F5 as well. And a few AE-1s that I have tried to part with but cannot do it.

    The D3100 is with me most of the time. Especially at work where it being damaged or stolen wouldn't be as big a hit as losing the others plus the glass I have for them.

    Honestly I just put that shot up 'cause of the subject matter. I cannot wait to get that engine apart. Carnage on a large scale.
  13. Bill-66

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    Whacha thinkin' Professor? :lol3

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    1 technical thing to watch I for is that there are chromatic aberrations up in the upper left hand corner so I'd just keep an the out to minimize that.

    Composition wise it looks tilted slightly counter clockwise but that's a quick fix... The bigger thing us that you crop out some of the tree trunks on the left but on the righting the right of he current frame there's not much there.

    For future times in this location those large clumps of moss could be interesting, or some other composition where you focus on a detail. There are lots of things going on but none are rally brought to the forefront so they don't have their potential "punch".
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    I have nothing so how about a sink full of kittens?
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    I had to take a benadryl just looking at that photo so I might not be the best choice for critiquing cute cat pics :lol3
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    I've had my D3100 for a few months but with a demanding work schedule I've had little time to use it or shop for lenses.
    Which is a good thing, probably, because I'm beginning to lean toward a full frame camera.
    My reading tells me that the full frame would be better for the landscape photos I want to take here in the big sky country provided that I had the right lens.
    Is my reasoning correct? Would something like the D90 be a good next step?
    I wouldn't mind selling the 3100 and whatever hit I took on the price would be chalked up to the learning curve.
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    D90 is an older crop camera, but the D600/800 are both great for landscape. I just got the D7100 (crop) to go with my D700 (full frame) and I'm loving the extra reach but I can't comment on the D7100's at low ISO yet.

    Here are the big questions, how much do you want to spend in total? And how big do you plan to print? Because on the cheap end with full frame we're talking 2,500-ish for a decent.
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    I'll need to begin my research all over again. One of the cameras that caught my eye is the Canon EOS 5D. Used bodies list for around 500.00 on eBay and Amazon, and I don't see any option but to go used right now.