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UER Forum > Archived UE Photo Critiques > First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent? (Viewed 1809 times)
dianneordi 






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First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
< on 1/16/2013 5:29 AM >
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What do you look for when you're taking pics on site?

These were taken with a 5d Mark iii and 24-105mm lens. I may try a 14mm next time...

1. Butler Street Y: 3-exposure HDR image with radial blur added in Photoshop Elements



2. Dolly. radial blur added in post.



3. piano keys



4. track and basketball court



5. life saver



6. nothing but net




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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 1 on 1/16/2013 9:11 AM >
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hey, thanks for sharing


1.
Ditch the radial blur and saturated post, you've got classic hdr halos.
Experimentation is nice, but it needs to add to the photo/concept.

2.
Again the radial blur doesn't seem to fit the image. The square crop seems a bit weird. I also find mid/close mid shots to be lacking in context, in contrast to closeups (subjective psychological) or long/mid (objective-relational to environment).
Since the feet have that sweet diagonal line I'd like to see a bit more room in the right of the frame.
It also seems like you've zoomed in a bit here (standing back and composing with telephoto), which tends to to disconnect viewer subject a bit... I dunno, people say that 50mm focal length matches human FOV but its more that it matches our perspective than anything else.. with perspective distortion becoming apparent as you move away from this length (that's 50mm full frame).

3.
Didn't know what I was looking at for ages, which isn't always a bad thing. I'd go for a wider shot at a slightly higher angle to give that extra bit of information.
BOKEHHH!

4.
I really like this photo, the sweeping curve. Could have gone for hdr to give a bit more info in the shadows. The option to play with your own lighting is always there.

5.
nomnomnomnomnomnomnom.
Great shot. Seems ridiculously balanced in terms of comp and lighting as well as a delicious feel for space that the /\ pool corner is giving. Some might say that the horizontals should be straightened, but the skew seems to suck me in.
Definitely the best of the set.

6.
Interesting concept, seems a bit flat, though the floor detail is wicked.


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get a flickr and fuck the uer 100k resizing right off, you've got zippers all over the shop and you're shooting with a mkIII (a moment of sads for poor photographers -_- ).
You can upload to flickr and link quality hi rez images in your posts.



At the end of the day I could just be frothing on my own artwank, which as a photography student is probably something that I do daily.
Just remember to shoot what YOU want to shoot, following the 'rules' is a good learning experience but yeah, as always, it's totally subjective in nature.


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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 2 on 1/16/2013 11:59 AM >
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2tung --

Thanks for the input!

1. YMCA Sign without post-processing. (not HDR; halos are reflections and lens flare).


2. dolly without crop or radial blur


4. track printed for shadow detail.


for the record, I work retail. When I have a little money, I buy camera equipment. If there's anything left over, I buy food. ;D



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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 3 on 1/16/2013 4:42 PM >
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Definitely not bad for a first post, like stated before lose the blur.

1. I would say compose it more in front so you can read the sign.

3. I like that shot a lot, its just slightly blurry but not enough to cause any problems!

4. Too dark and slighlty crooked, If it were fixed a bit it would be a good photo though.

5. A little too dark, and I would try and straighten it out a bit.

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 4 on 1/16/2013 4:49 PM >
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1&2 i hate the blur.
The one of the life saver is your strongest image
the perspective on the hoop is interesting; could be improved by using a speed light though.

try your 14mm, in my experiences urbex is best shot with a wide angle.
best of luck

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 5 on 1/16/2013 5:23 PM >
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Posted by KMUE1991

5. A little too dark, and I would try and straighten it out a bit.


5. life saver lightened and straightened.





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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 6 on 1/16/2013 5:26 PM >
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I'm not a photo connoisseur, but the doll picture with blur gives me a sense of uneasiness. I'm sure most people will disagree, but I like it blurred because of the creep factor.

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 7 on 1/16/2013 10:24 PM >
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Posted by wanderlust12

try your 14mm, in my experiences urbex is best shot with a wide angle.
best of luck


This.



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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 8 on 1/18/2013 4:04 PM >
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I love number 5! Straight lines or no straight lines it just has a very natural look to it.

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 9 on 1/19/2013 10:18 AM >
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Posted by wanderlust12

try your 14mm, in my experiences urbex is best shot with a wide angle.
best of luck


Not this. Choose the focal length which best suits the shot. There are thousands of generic ultrawide must-fit-everything-in urbex shots which cram the frame with every distracting element they can. Distinguish yourself by shooting with a range of focal lengths, as photojournalists have been doing for decades.

As for the original question - indifferent leaning to scornful. Generic shots of cookiecutter locations. Time to step it up a notch.



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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 10 on 1/19/2013 4:55 PM >
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Posted by wanderlust12

try your 14mm, in my experiences urbex is best shot with a wide angle.
best of luck


Shoot with that lens and you get one shot, the same shot. There is no "best" lens for urbex or any other area of photography. Learn to use every lens, and then pick the right one for the shot you want to make. Differentiate yourself from everyone else who simply picks the widest lens possible and take the same photo as everyone else.

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 11 on 1/19/2013 4:59 PM >
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As to the original posting. For your first time out be happy that you got things in focus.

Of the 6, the last one is the only one of note. The reprocessing of #4 is a definite improvement.

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 12 on 3/13/2013 7:06 PM >
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I like 3,4, and 6. As an artist who has had work in many galleries I can say these are gallery worthy shots, But from a tech standpoint there are flaws. Not being harsh many of my pics that made galleries here have been slammed. Keep up the good work.

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 13 on 3/29/2013 11:03 PM >
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1 and 2 were much better without radial blurs and that, but I feel that they needed a sense of place or scale, number one needs a clearer subject as it seems the subject is the sign, but it's so turned it's hard to make out and then you don't know what room you're in either. The doll I think could be awesome, but I think it just needed to show a little of it's size in the place it's in.

3 is similar to 1 and 2 in that without you telling me it just looks like broken wood or floor, maybe I can determine piano keys after a little while.

I really love 4, 5, and 6. I personally liked them darker than before the fixes, maybe a middle ground for 4. 5 needed the straightening, but again, I liked the dark one. 6 is just perfect. Different shot, still feels urbex, just love it.

Good work mate.

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 14 on 5/7/2013 2:56 AM >
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Stick with 6 if you can. All the others have uninteresting subject matter, from my point of view; there's not a whole lot you can do with them in terms of livening up the composition.

Oh good, my slow clap processor made it into this thing.
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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 15 on 5/28/2013 3:58 AM >
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I like #6 best. Great concept and I'd imagine it took some work to set up.

Though I carry a backpack with various lenses, my 14mm is the "go-to" lens. I'm loving it's sharpness. Is yours a Samyang/Rokinon/et al?

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 16 on 5/28/2013 10:44 AM >
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Posted by dsankt


Not this. Choose the focal length which best suits the shot. There are thousands of generic ultrawide must-fit-everything-in urbex shots which cram the frame with every distracting element they can. Distinguish yourself by shooting with a range of focal lengths, as photojournalists have been doing for decades.




One of my favorite types of shots if you ever look at my posts, is using my m43 to get almost macro shots when out exploring. I love a lot of the ultra-wide shots but I also like to see the details too.

I have a 12-24 zoom that I find the majority of my focal lengths are around the 18mm mark (which is about 36mm for my camera). The other day I forced myself to use my 50mm (75mm equiv) prime while shooting an abandonment... I missed being able to go ultra-wide on some shots but it made me think about what I was going to shoot and was shooting.

As far as the critique. #5 is probably the best composed and I agree with the others that the radial blur was distracting. If you wanted some blur, I'd try it with the blur brush and make it subtle.

#6 I like a lot because it's from a perspective most wouldn't think of and that may lead to setting you apart from others.

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 17 on 6/11/2013 5:42 PM >
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I like the darker version of the lifesaver much better. the colours are more intense. More atmosphere.. But the capture is a bit boring.

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 18 on 6/19/2013 10:33 AM >
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Getting a f1.2-1.8 aperture lens will help you a lot, since urbex is generally going to dark undisturbed areas ;)

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Re: First UER shoot - good? bad? indifferent?
<Reply # 19 on 6/20/2013 1:58 PM >
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something about this is dizzying, keep on practicing. And try and get rid of the blur.

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