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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by NikonsAndVStroms, Feb 25, 2010.
I find it difficult to capture people well unless they are distracted. So here's some friends at work. Comments welcome. I know the lighting is harsh.
I like your photo better than mine.....but I've been there too.
From same spot, still sitting on bike.....
....and now looking to the right.
That's a nice ride! I didn't post process any of those yet....I should try and see if I can improve them a bit.
I was wondering how long until some "ringers" would be posted
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There's no way you can ride that road and not stop there for a pic!!
The big thing that is distracting in the top few are all the Jpeg artifacts, can you save them with a higher quality setting?
Yes, but the originals are on my work computer. And I'm out for a few weeks. How do you like the composition?
The exposure is nice but some play with contrast could help bring it out more.
This is a great location, with this specific composition I would have cropped it a little on the right at the edge of the rocks (taking out those few trees) so it becomes a boarder.
Also the stuff on the lower right does not hold a candle to the rest of the scene so if you say moved over a bit.....held the camera lower.....and a littler higher angle it could capture all the best elements of the scene.
No problem, on #1 I like it but if you moved the camera down a bit and angled up it would be stronger. You have a lot of negative space on the bottom and not much on the top...a crop could fix it for this image and balance it out but in the future adding some to the top would help.
The 2nd one I feel is kind of in the middle of what angle I would optimally use. It works but doesn't grab as much as it could.
3 is just too busy with the foreground elements, they distract from the scene, and if you can use something (white napkins work) as a diffuser for the flash it works great.
4 you need to leave more space above the head, it's "chopped off" a good thing for these photos is to zoom out a little and leave the room to play with extra.
1) You need to watch out for cropping off the top of the head, also his face is lit on the sides and not the center if he turned a bit towards either side it would help, there is also a soft focus or slight motion blur, and looks like you are pushing the usable ISO limits of your camera.
2) Here too you are pushing the ISO, but I like the lighting on the guys face (but here too it looks soft in the focus) but the girl's face is mostly just noise with light on the hand, you could try and up the contrast or burn it slightly and turn her more into a silhouette which could add some nice mystery into the photo.
3) You have a slight motion blur on one of the hands, and a bit tight crop on the side. As a composition it doesn't speak to me so much in it;s composition but as a moment in your life.
4) You have a lot here, including some background, try focusing on a single element of the bike. You don't need to go extreme (I do ) but bring the viewer into an element or with your shot a landscape for the background could work.
5) I'd try some different angles but the color and idea has lots of promise, I would try to get a more dynamic "portrait" of the tree outside.
Fake Tilt Shift :
Smudge tool? For this image I don't see it adding much since it bleeds into the houses you don't really have that crisp in and out of focus area.
Alittle better :
Beyond the image itself just for your processing technique can you soften the line a tiny bit, it seems like an on/off switch right now while with focusing you have a slight boundary.
Yeah I noticed the line. I need to get a better city shot with less trees.