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Baldran 


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New Camera
< on 10/6/2014 4:43 PM >
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Hey guys, I've never really posted in this section before, but I've been working with a new camera lately and I thought I might ask how you folks think I'm doing so far. Most of these pictures have already been posted in the regional forums, but I though I'd bring them to you for some more in-depth criticism.

All shot with a Canon Rebel XT/350D with either a Canon f1.8 50mm or an Olympus Zuiko f2.8 28mm.

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Re: New Camera
< Reply # 1 on 10/6/2014 5:54 PM >
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I like 1, but there is something about the perspective that is a little off. I'd try to shoot it more perpendicular to window to straighten out the lines. I may sound a little OCD here, but for me, things like that can be the difference between a good and great picture. Also maybe try a pull a little more detail from the shadows, so the decay is a little more visible. I think it would add to the mystery of the silhouette.

4 is another standout. Good composition, light, and the subject is interesting. It seems to work well in black and white too.

I feel like 2, 3, 5, and 6 lack a strong subject. On 5, a close up shot of that press might be interesting with the nice window light shinning in it.




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Re: New Camera
< Reply # 2 on 10/7/2014 4:09 AM >
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4 is bitchin'. The rest are meh.




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< Reply # 3 on 10/8/2014 5:16 PM >
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My favorite is definitely #6. I love the crisp focus and how all the lines lead you to the main subject, and the negative space above it makes is stand out.

On #1, I agree with the first reply, something feels off. I think if the subject was closer to the window and more defined it would better, in addition to a straighter composition.

Also really like 4 and 7, good control of lighting, good comp. for focal length.




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Baldran 


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< Reply # 4 on 10/8/2014 11:23 PM >
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Thanks a lot for the feedback, guys!

Posted by NotQuiteHuman

I feel like 2, 3, 5, and 6 lack a strong subject. On 5, a close up shot of that press might be interesting with the nice window light shinning in it.


This is definitely something I've been trying to be more conscious of lately. A lot of times, and especially when I'm shooting with a narrow lens like the 50mm, I tend to get shots that sacrifice an interesting subject for an interesting but abstract arrangement in the frame. Back when I took photography classes, my professor said that many of my pictures were too "graphic" as a result. I usually like the outcome as an abstract image, but I definitely see how the method could be better applied to more interesting subject matter, 'cause god knows there's nothing inherently interesting about the drawer on the desk in 6.




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< Reply # 5 on 10/10/2014 1:00 AM >
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Posted by Baldran
Thanks a lot for the feedback, guys!



This is definitely something I've been trying to be more conscious of lately. A lot of times, and especially when I'm shooting with a narrow lens like the 50mm, I tend to get shots that sacrifice an interesting subject for an interesting but abstract arrangement in the frame. Back when I took photography classes, my professor said that many of my pictures were too "graphic" as a result. I usually like the outcome as an abstract image, but I definitely see how the method could be better applied to more interesting subject matter, 'cause god knows there's nothing inherently interesting about the drawer on the desk in 6.



I've been trying to spend some more time working on composition with my 50mm. Sometimes it's too easy to just throw on the ultrawide and grab everything in the frame.




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< Reply # 6 on 10/21/2014 10:09 PM >
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I like the subject of number 1. I'm not sure what exactly it is, but it looks like a blurred, silhouetted person, which is cool, yeah your lines aren't straight, but that's easy to get the hang of.

Number 7 is also nice, but I would dull the green color in post-processing. It's so bright that it detracts from the subject of the picture.

Nice shots




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< Reply # 7 on 10/27/2014 10:09 PM >
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I really like #7, however would crop the green out as the previous commenter mentioned, it takes away from the desolate feeling that the picture gives me.

The photos of all of the peeling metal are great, I love the parts of the pictures where the colour levels are low. Maybe try more B&W? I do however love colour shots and think that colour vs. B&W is a mostly a matter of opinion and taste, depending on what feeling you're going for with the finished product.

Fabulous shots!

What's the subject matter in #1? It really piqued my curiosity




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Baldran 


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< Reply # 8 on 11/2/2014 6:34 PM >
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What's the subject matter in #1? It really piqued my curiosity


I was trying to set up a shot of the window when my friend stood up from taking a photo right in front of me, so I quickly took the shot despite it not being framed perfectly. It's the silhouette of his head.




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< Reply # 9 on 11/18/2014 12:53 AM >
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Looks like you're doing just fine with the new Camera.

I like #'s 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7. Your shots are interesting and you're using a few different techniques and perspectives.

I'd keep going the way you're going. Critiquing photography is like critiquing art. Every artist and photographer, like musicians, have their own way of approaching and interpreting things as they see them.

IMO, you're working on the right track that works for you and that leads to developing your own unique style - which is what it's all about.

Cheers




Baldran 


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< Reply # 10 on 11/22/2014 2:54 AM >
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Thanks, man! Sometimes it's tough to reconcile your vision with the limitations imposed by your gear, but it's the process that provides the greatest satisfaction, I find.




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< Reply # 11 on 11/22/2014 6:53 PM >
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I dig #3 because of the colors. I like how the green works with the blue sky. Also, the yellow and green blend together to give the building a nice feeling. The corrugated metal on the building give the photo some nice vertical lines which make it feel strong.
But, the composition isn't the strongest. The tree on the left side of the photo takes away from the building, there isn't enough of the tree for it really to be it's own subject, but there's enough of it to distract the eye from the real subject (which I'm assuming is the building).

Overall, the photos are pretty good, keep exploring and taking photos!




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