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Critiques Wanted, Sorry about Watermark
< on 2/25/2015 2:20 PM >
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Imgur links (didn't want to break the site with my huge photos).

Would love composition critique and any tips on equipment or technique I should try specific to urbex. Thanks mates and sorry about the watermark, I know it must be fucking annoying.

Baltimore, MD

http://i.imgur.com/7tc3wdG.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/hR7u7Km.jpg?1

Suburban DC

http://i.imgur.com/CBxCQSZ.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/DoQ8XCV.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/W0hRnLJ. jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/K8t1MMt.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/RUPth5y.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/hdieLhZ .jpg?1




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Re: Critiques Wanted, Sorry about Watermark
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I'd love to see em but the links aren't working.




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Suburban DC













[img=800]http://i.imgur.com/7tc3wdG.jpg[/img]

[img=800]http://i.imgur.com/hR7u7Km.jpg[/img]

Sub urban DC

[img=800]http://i.imgur.com/CBxCQSZ.jpg[/img]

[img=800]http://i.imgur.com/DoQ8XCV.jpg[/img]
[img=800]http://i.imgur.com/W0hRnLJ.jpg[/img]

[img=800]http://i.imgur.com/K8t1MMt.jpg[/img]

[img=800]http://i.imgur.com/RUPth5y.jpg[/img]

[img=800]http://i.imgur.com/hdieLhZ.jpg[/img]


Removed the spaces in ". jpg", embedded links between img and /img tags and the ?1 parameter is probably not needed. Images were huge, so the =800 was added for X resizing. (example: img=800,400 would be 800 pixels by 400)

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You should be sorry about the watermark. That's awful.


Edit: To be more constructive- your watermark is so distracting I can't even take your photos seriously, because it literally takes away from the images and creates shadows and highlights in various places that were likely not otherwise intended.



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Re: Critiques Wanted, Sorry about Watermark
< Reply # 4 on 2/25/2015 3:26 PM >
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sorry about the watermark, I know it must be fucking annoying.


Is it! So why did you put it there? The photos themselves seem to be pretty decent, but the watermark is way too distracting...



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As mentioned before, you gotta drop the huge watermark, it's actually detracting from the quality of the photos. But I'm going to do my best to ignore it and focus on the content as you're a decent guy when we chatted this morning.

1. This is probably the strongest in the set. The upwards angle works well in this composition. The washed out feel also adds to the image as a whole.

2. The image is off balance, the brick framing of the window takes away from the photo as a whole.

3. Check your horizon line, also line up so that you're directly facing the doorway not just off to one side. Also drop your ISO, the noise is pretty bad here. Also the focus seems off.

4. Drop the camera a bit, so that the typewriter occupies more of the centre of the frame.

5. Again, composition, either show all the chair or none of it.

6. Got the leading lines down in this one but your focus is off. Go manual if you can.

7. Focus is off again.

8. Another strong image the warm tone works really well but noise and focus are off again.

Of course the focus could just be because of the watermark, but you have two decent images in the set!




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The funny thing about that watermark is that it doesn't even function as a watermark.




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Thanks for the constructive feedback, I'm new to the community and didn't know what the etiquette was with posting photos.

I'm a photographer by trade and am pretty anal about not putting unlicensed photos on the web - obviously I don't take these photos to sell, it's a hobby for me more than anything.

What would some of you more seasoned veterans suggest I do in terms of watermarks in the future?

Also would it be in bad form to post them again withOUT the watermark?

Thanks again to all of you. I haven't done much shooting in abandoned properties yet, and I know a lot of you have seen thousands of photos and have a keen eye as to what makes a good urbex composition.



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Re: Critiques Wanted, Sorry about Watermark
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I just wouldn't use a watermark. If you're really worried about it, then post reasonably low-res photos. If it's under 1000 pixels across, that's still plenty big enough for the web, and useless for print. But really, if someone really wants to steal your photos, no watermark will stop them. Fortunately, in most cases, no one wants to steal your photos! And especially if you have no intended commercial use for these photos, then what are you worried about?

All that being said, if you really want to have a watermark, just make it a small, well-designed logo, signature or name in a corner, so that it doesn't take away from the photo.




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What would some of you more seasoned veterans suggest I do in terms of watermarks in the future?

Also would it be in bad form to post them again with the watermark?




I personally don't watermark my photos, especially because I don't take them to make money off of, I do it for me. But for suggestions for watermarks, have a look at these two guys' work.

abandonr. & WEKurtz

Both of them do it in very different ways. abandonr. does his in such a way where it is obviously there. Some people might not like his either, I like it because it never seems to take away from his photos, for me. It's there. It's unique. But it's not obnoxious. WEKurtz has made a well-loved game out of his. You have to really look for some of his, and he almost always make it look like it might have very well been in the photo he took and he may not have added it. Unless, of course, you know it's him who took it. Which is awesome.

I personally don't think it would be bad form to repost them without the watermark. I'll take them seriously if you do. You can likely just edit your original post and fix it (since your links didn't work in the original anyways) and not make a new post.




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Thanks fellas,

I'll repost them the next time I post some photos for critique, next time sans watermark.

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BY THE WAY: not to defend my watermark, but to explain it and provide a little bit of context, it's the symbol of an art movement in my hometown, Washington DC with a pretty cool story those urban-exploring/street art inclined people may find interesting.

The face is the symbol of a street art campaign that's lived on in DC for about a decade now, known as BORF!

DC, while certainly a big city and a cultural center in many respects has for many years suffered from a lack of art, a lack of character - the sort of grit and edginess one typically sees in New York or San Francisco or in Canada in cities like Vancouver or Montreal - in other words, DC's a government town where the streets are empty after midnight and there's little diversity or color in most of the city.

Borf is/was the name of a street art collective that sought to combat just that. The movement was named after a DC teenager who regrettable committed suicide in the early two thousands, named Bobby Fisher, nicknamed Borf - ostensibly because of the repressive nature of the microcosm of vanilla living that persevered in DC for so many years. The watermark is a posterization of Bobby's face, and has been plastered all over town as a symbol of 'taking back the city' with art. This isn't a plug for BORF, just simply context and a cool story. For more info about the scope of the movement, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borf




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interesting,




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What would some of you more seasoned veterans suggest I do in terms of watermarks in the future?


Don't. Simple and straight forward. If a person is going to steal your photos, they were never going to pay for them in the first place.




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Instead of one big one, spread it out into many different smaller watermarks like this:




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But for suggestions for watermarks, have a look at these two guys' work.

abandonr. & WEKurtz

Both of them do it in very different ways. abandonr. does his in such a way where it is obviously there. Some people might not like his either, I like it because it never seems to take away from his photos, for me. It's there. It's unique. But it's not obnoxious.



Aw... Thanks, Astro!

I'm not using my photos for money-making purposes - couldn't even imagine how I would - and I don't much care about intellectual property in general. But in the context of the public forums, I guess I do it because of a combination of worrying about random turdburglars finding something I created and using it for something that I don't want them to...and of course this:

(...but a digital version, ha!)


But yeah, I'd also be interested in seeing Axle's photos without the watermark obscuring them. Always wanna see someone else's perspective on places I'm familiar with.




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But yeah, I'd also be interested in seeing Axle's photos without the watermark obscuring them. Always wanna see someone else's perspective on places I'm familiar with.


When I do use a Watermark is looks like this:



And the same image without.





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When I do use a Watermark is looks like this:

http://alexluyckx....s/abandoned/08.jpg

And the same image without.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7282/8992049334_d0ef2b4671_b.jpg


Sorry Axle, I got it twisted; yours was the last name I saw so I accidentally typed it instead of the creator of the thread, punkrockpete.




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Sorry Axle, I got it twisted; yours was the last name I saw so I accidentally typed it instead of the creator of the thread, punkrockpete.


I knew you'd made this mistake when I saw it.




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