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My favorite photos from 6 months of exploring!
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I found my passion for photography and urban exploration about 6 months ago. Here are some of my favorite photos from my recent explorations. I use a Canon t3i with a Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 and a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8.

I’m looking for some feedback on composition/editing. Thanks


malting by Clarence de bayser, sur Flickr



incinérateur 2 by Clarence de bayser, sur Flickr



incinérateur 1 by Clarence de bayser, sur Flickr



silo by Clarence de bayser, sur Flickr



teinture by Clarence de bayser, sur Flickr



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I like them!

Only thing that I would say is to use less grain in editing, and maybe in the last image, show more to the right where he is pointing the camera.




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I like them!

Only thing that I would say is to use less grain in editing, and maybe in the last image, show more to the right where he is pointing the camera.


Thanks for the tips! I will try to recrop the last photo to see what it looks like with more space on the right. Unfortunately, my camera is old and can't handle low light situations so grain starts to appear at ISO 800 and I can't really do anything about that




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Tripod. Long exposures on a tripod will allow you to shoot in low light at much lower or even the lowest ISO.




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Tripod. Long exposures on a tripod will allow you to shoot in low light at much lower or even the lowest ISO.


I totally agree with you and I always use a tripod. The problem is that I like to have a human subject in my pictures but my friends can't stay still during a 30 sec long exposure. That's why I'm forced to work between 1/30s and 2s to make sure my subject isn't blurry.




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It's a tough call then, and the grain might just have to be worth it. You could use some kind of flash, but you've got a good thing going with the natural light and I'd imagine you don't want to sacrifice that. Noise is bad, but it's hard to tell how bad at this small size. Like I said, it might be worth it. Coupled with the low-contrast look of these shots, it almost looks like film.

You could play around with noise reduction. Often it sacrifices too much quality when it's turned up high enough to do anything, but occasionally you can make it work.



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It's a tough call then, and the grain might just have to be worth it. You could use some kind of flash, but you've got a good thing going with the natural light and I'd imagine you don't want to sacrifice that. Noise is bad, but it's hard to tell how bad at this small size. Like I said, it might be worth it. Coupled with the low-contrast look of these shots, it almost looks like film.

You could play around with noise reduction. Often it sacrifices too much quality when it's turned up high enough to do anything, but occasionally you can make it work.


Thanks a lot for the tips! I'll try using a flash next time and I'll see what I can do with the noise reduction tool on Lightroom.




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The problem is that I like to have a human subject in my pictures...


You've won me over
Love them all. Funny thing is (and I'm about to piss off half of UER here) if you showed me the identical photos without people in them I wouldn't find them anywhere near as interesting.

Keep 'me coming




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I totally agree with you and I always use a tripod. The problem is that I like to have a human subject in my pictures but my friends can't stay still during a 30 sec long exposure. That's why I'm forced to work between 1/30s and 2s to make sure my subject isn't blurry.


There is an easy solution to this using a simple combination of two layers in Photoshop.

Use a tripod and extra long exposure as suggested before. Then take the shot for your subject (the same way you've done the first time)

Layer the two exposures and carefully erase the spot on the long exposure where the subject is, revealing the still subject on the lower layer.

Make some adjustments here and there for brightness inconsistencies between layers (with the burn or dodge tool) and you're done.




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There is an easy solution to this using a simple combination of two layers in Photoshop.

Use a tripod and extra long exposure as suggested before. Then take the shot for your subject (the same way you've done the first time)

Layer the two exposures and carefully erase the spot on the long exposure where the subject is, revealing the still subject on the lower layer.

Make some adjustments here and there for brightness inconsistencies between layers (with the burn or dodge tool) and you're done.


That's a really good idea! I'll try that next time. Thanks!




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#4 is a stone cold keeper.
Shots that would be great are lost by not squaring them off and bad framing.
You can't post edited that.

The visual cortex is intolerant of 2D images that aren't square off; it's much easier to view and less distorted when they are squared off.
It means less in frame sometimes and getting the cam exactly at the right height* and the lines where they need to be; you're not trying to capture everything, just a single moment.
The only reason for not squaring off a shot is pure art; don't over use it.

#5 seems to have some blur to it?
That throws it off. Don't be afraid to dial up the ISO setting.



*another reason I loathe tripods. Shooting at the same height all the time is a total bore.
Even when street shooting I'll go from as high as I can get to pavement level if it makes the shot.
I'm lining it up, framing it and squaring it off many times in a second or two.
After a while it becomes habit.
Going lower than eye level with people can be effective as well... it's art and also how the people react.

Eye level (I got down about 2 inches to grab it) with the first subject and line it up in under 3 seconds.
50L, 1/750 sec @ ISO 2000, wide open at 1.2



These bangers posed for me out of the blue, at first I thought they might be trouble.
Great subjects for a couple seconds and gone.




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