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Infiltration Forums > Archived UE Photo Critiques > Decay (Viewed 586 times)
AD Kodak 


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Decay
< on 8/15/2013 8:21 PM >
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Let me know what you think. I don't mind it a little rough


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I'll post more in a couple days.

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 1 on 8/16/2013 2:48 AM >
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The last one is my favorite, all I have to say is watch your lines and try to straighten the pictures in post processing. I have the same problem and if you look at the shots closely they are all a bit crooked or maybe it's just me. Haha

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 2 on 8/16/2013 3:26 AM >
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Be mindful of your color temperature/white balance. I like the second picture a lot.

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 3 on 8/16/2013 1:40 PM >
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Yes ... as others have said, please try to fix the lens distortion when shooting straight lines. And yes, the second shot is my favourite! And yes, watch your temperature ... it makes the photo less real ...

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 4 on 8/16/2013 2:00 PM >
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The roofline of the building in the first shot is even with the frame, but the bottom isn't. Also those branches along the right edge of the frame should be cropped or cloned out.

Whatever you've done to the second one looks weird and unnatural, like some kind of Instagram effect that people use to make bad shots seem good. In this case it makes a good shot bad.

Third one, I love it.

I also echo the bellyaching re: uncorrected lens distortion.

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 5 on 8/16/2013 10:44 PM >
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The last two photos are my favorites. My issue with these is, as people have mentioned, the temperature. The first picture hurts my eyes, to be honest. I'd work on exposure. They all seem a bit overexposed and very instagramish.

it's darker later than it was at first
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Re: Decay
<Reply # 6 on 8/16/2013 11:14 PM >
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The shots are mostly decent. But. The processing is awful.

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 7 on 8/17/2013 12:57 AM >
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I'll jump in on this as well. Nice shots, maybe just a bit of tweaking here and there to get things on the right track.

I see where you were going with the first one. It has some beautiful clouds and very nice light. I just can't help but wonder what the side of the building looks like as well. I would maybe try a 45 deg approach to get the front as well as the side. I feel even if you had some strong divergence, this angle would really put tensions at rest. If you got lucky and even added some vultures to the sky, or another element to the foreground, you'd have a very sweet shot here.

The 2nd one is nice comp-wise. Maybe try a shot a little further away. The only thing I see here that could use a boost is contrast. The midtones look very grey-ed out to me. Very muddy.

3rd shot has some neat elements, but I think the lighting is just not in the favor of the direction you shot this in. Maybe 3-5 hours difference in time earlier or later and you'd get more of a highlight on the cracks instead of all the light blowing right through. Should help even things out a bit.

4th shot looks good. I think the mood of the clouds fits the depressing mood of the weed-wrapped broken down truck. White balance is a little odd, but whatever floats your boat. The only thing weird about this is how the rusty vertical beam on the corner of the bed looks flourescent. Dodge it just a bit maybe.

The 5th shot with the spider is very nice. Although the focus looks a bit before the spider, maybe only like 3-4 inches. Best way to approach this is throw it in manual focus and take a couple shots while focusing the barrel. My auto focus on my Nikon goes all over the place sometimes and isn't always thinking what I am. The bokeh on this is very nice and I like the contrast of the paint on the metal with the colors mixed in with the spider.

The last shot has a lot going for it. One more element of something and this would really be sweet. Maybe a pretty model at the middle of the hallway, or sitting on the window sill (in a blue dress perhaps?) would really set this off and give the eye something to lock onto while taking the rest of this intricate hallway as an afterthought. Maybe even vertical.

Anyway, that's my input. Slightly influenced by homemade wine. Cheers.

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 8 on 8/17/2013 1:42 AM >
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Thanks y'all. I appreciate it. Ive been doing film for so long now I almost forgot how to take stills and edit them. All your comments are very appreciated.

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 9 on 8/17/2013 1:46 AM >
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Next set, cause well I'm a glutton for punishment


Until The Next Time by Ad Kodak, on Flickr
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Re: Decay
<Reply # 10 on 8/17/2013 6:09 AM >
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New set...the third one is lovely! Can you please post these same pictures unedited? I feel like they're gonna be much improved. Sometimes editing hurts more than it helps.

it's darker later than it was at first
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Re: Decay
<Reply # 11 on 8/17/2013 4:43 PM >
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All advice as per using Lightroom 4 or above:

1 - something seems a tad crooked? maybe lens correction needed, or just re-straighten using another line (vert vs horz or the other way around depending what you straightened it with). Also, temp seems too orangish. The building looks kind of cool this way, but the sky looks bad. Perhaps also bring the contrast up a tad to give the sky more depth. I like the shot though.

2 - awesome shot... but its all washed out. Maybe bring the exposure down a bit, but at the same time bring the whites up some. I would also try washing out the sky some to focus more on the truck and it's rusty awesomeness along with the greenery around it. Or go opposite and see if there's any blue in that sky at all and pull that out some (if not, blow it out white)

3 - I might have offset the steering wheel so it wasn't in the center.. maybe more over to the right to show off the inside of the vehicle more...or left to show the outside..whatever you were wanting to see. I would pull the shadows out quite a bit so you can see more of the interior and also maybe color enhance it a bit and brighten it up just a tad while bringing the highlights down some (kills the glare). Also as crackly as that interior is, some sharpening or a little bump of the clarity slider might be cool.

4 - truck in the flowers. I might just barely tap the contrast to bring the clouds out more, but otherwise GREAT PIC!!! I like the colors and composition and all. The lightness of your entire photo makes it almost have a soft pastel look to it. Not a bad thing, just different...and kinda cool.

5 - spider. Try not to center the subject (the spider I assume). I would have cranked the Fstop way up and maybe shot more to the right to get some of the plants in with it OR shot more to the left and cranked up the clarity/sharpness on the rusty green beam (also with high Fstop, to keep it all in focus). Otherwise, good perspective/angle... just need to move either left or right a bit and figure out what you want to do with that shot.

6 - Hallway. REALLY nice! I LOVE the infinite look, the awesome large brick pattern, great lighting from all the windows, cool shadows. My only complaint is that it seems a tad washed out. I would darken it just a hair (playing with various settings to get that effect).

You subjects and composition aren't bad... just needs better post processing work and a remembering not to always center certain types of subjects for a better composed shot.

Good stuff!

#4 (truck in field) and #6 (hallway) are my two favorites. The truck you could easily frame on a wall with a little tweaking.

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 12 on 8/26/2013 5:38 AM >
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I would get rid of your watermark. It's the biggest distraction from otherwise decent shots. People aren't going to steal your UE photos if that's what you're concerned about.

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 13 on 8/28/2013 6:03 PM >
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Posted by siper
I would get rid of your watermark. It's the biggest distraction from otherwise decent shots. People aren't going to steal your UE photos if that's what you're concerned about.


You would be surprised ;)
People are going crazy for this type of photography lately outside our UE circle.

On that note, these are the EASIEST watermarks to remove. Nothing the clone or healing tool can't fix in seconds.

to the OP: Unless you're just naming your stuff, just use lower res images anywhere you post these online. If someone wants to steal them they won't be blowing them up very large because of the low res images

I use 800x600 for all my stuff. It looks fine on a website, but as soon as you enlarge it even a hair, it gets all nasty looking. Have fun printing those, thief! LOL

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 14 on 8/28/2013 6:17 PM >
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Posted by AD Kodak
Next set, cause well I'm a glutton for punishment
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Until The Next Time
Not quite digging the from the side composition. It reminds me of a bad crop, or something terrible off to the side that you just had to crop out just to show the pic. On the other hand, the big blank sky area would make an awesome place for a company logo or something to be displayed along with the current composition.
Color and all looks good.
I would have liked to have seen the coloring of this one on the 1st shot you took of it.

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I like the coloring. I don't think it's very inspiring though. I would have liked to have seen the trucks in the background more than the foreground object.

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Coloring looks great.
I would have centered it more since there's nothing else in the shot that calls for it being off centered. It's a symmetrical subject so it would be ok for a centered shot.

DSC_0190.jpg
Colors are a little too washed out for my taste.
I would have taken it a bit lower down too to get more of the greenery in it Maybe mid-center of it, or kneel down and aim up just a bit.
The yellow? color of the van and the rust screams out for some saturation adjustments

My Ride Outta Town
What was the focal point? I see the steering wheel and the ripped up seat on the right are in focus, yet the rest is kind of blurred (lower aperture I take it?). Not a bad thing, just curious.
The coloring and softness works well. I like it.

DSC_0083.jpg
I would have blown the sky out more and contrasted the heck out of the building. Or maybe give the clouds more of the armageddon look. Did you black and white this or are those the natural colors? It's hard to tell. I like the coloring though...black, white, silver. Simple and sharp. The building just needs to be better defined against the sky is all.
I liked the first shot much better. Perhaps do a 2nd edit of the 1st shot of the building..but using the more black/white/silver colors you used on the 2nd shot.

Untitled
Nothing fancy, but the artsy effect you went for worked for me.The focal points and coloring and all looks good.

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Re: Decay
<Reply # 15 on 9/26/2013 7:11 PM >
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Like where you're going with most of what you've shared. There's only one I'll comment on for improvement.

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The one with the spider didn't really seem to fit in with the rest. The long downward angle distracts from the most interesting part of the photo: the spider. Tighten up the focus a little and you're golden.

That's my $0.02. Deposit it and continue to enrich your wealth of photo skills.


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