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Infiltration Forums > Archived UE Photo Critiques > Experiments with close-ups (Viewed 343 times)
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Experiments with close-ups
< on 8/16/2013 10:41 PM >
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I usually shoot more zoomed out stuff, but this place merited close up shots. I found the strangest collection of things. All of these were shot at an abandoned abbey I found by accident. The place was quite literally crumbling beneath my feet so photographing wasn't easy. I couldn't use my tripod or do anything fancy with the exposures--I was holding my breath so as to limit my exposure to asbestos and trying not to stand on any one part of floor too long.

television


fan


calamity


photograph


All unedited, all shot on my Olympus Pen EPM-1.

it's darker later than it was at first
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Re: Experiments with close-ups
<Reply # 1 on 8/16/2013 11:08 PM >
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I used that camera for quite a while. It's pretty awesome for the size. I upgraded to an epl5.

umm. Issues here are mostly compositional. For the first one. I feel like you should have backed away a little and let the edges of the tv be shown.

2. Is a little too centered and close up to me. If you backed out just a bit. You could have got just a little more contextual background in there.


3. That corner of the book should be included and exposed a little brighter. There's no interesting light or anything to have it be as dark as it is.

4. Is cool. I like the piece of moulding. And the crackling paint. I may have had the photo and moulding favor the bottom of the frame though. But that's just me.

keep it up. And practice composition. You'll get better. And it'll be rewarding.

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Re: Experiments with close-ups
<Reply # 2 on 8/17/2013 12:13 AM >
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Posted by randomesquephoto
I used that camera for quite a while. It's pretty awesome for the size. I upgraded to an epl5.

umm. Issues here are mostly compositional. For the first one. I feel like you should have backed away a little and let the edges of the tv be shown.

2. Is a little too centered and close up to me. If you backed out just a bit. You could have got just a little more contextual background in there.


3. That corner of the book should be included and exposed a little brighter. There's no interesting light or anything to have it be as dark as it is.

4. Is cool. I like the piece of moulding. And the crackling paint. I may have had the photo and moulding favor the bottom of the frame though. But that's just me.

keep it up. And practice composition. You'll get better. And it'll be rewarding.


Thanks for the feedback! That is super helpful. And yeah, I've only recently become at all aware of composition. I used to just take snapshots randomly. By the way though--the photo on the wall thing, I wanted to have it be lower in frame, but i am short and couldn't reach up any higher to take the picture.

it's darker later than it was at first
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Re: Experiments with close-ups
<Reply # 3 on 8/17/2013 2:55 AM >
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Posted by glossolalia


Thanks for the feedback! That is super helpful. And yeah, I've only recently become at all aware of composition. I used to just take snapshots randomly. By the way though--the photo on the wall thing, I wanted to have it be lower in frame, but i am short and couldn't reach up any higher to take the picture.


haha. Well. I liked it anyways. And short people have their advantages. It's all about perspective and making it work for you. Being short can create a unique perspective. My fiance is extremely short. And I love the way she sees things.

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Re: Experiments with close-ups
<Reply # 4 on 8/17/2013 7:11 PM >
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since you didn't use any post processing, I'll just comment on the photos themselves.


TV - Need to take it more straight on, it looks like the knobs are closer to you? thus making the whole thing not "squared" to the photo... post processing could fix most of this. Otherwise, I like that it fills (almost) the entire photo. I might have also backed up a couple inches to give it a border around it as well.

Fan - aside from the fact it's centered and a boring shot... what's in the shot could really be turned into something cool!

If this was me, I would have taken it from a LOT lower angle and to the right. Gotten maybe a foot from it, and cranked up the Fstop so it could clearly capture the entire art on the fan...then the rubble around it would just start to go out of focus making for a cool border. I like the lighting and could have done more with that too, what is it from? (window? artificial light source?) I really like the fan on top of the rubble. Just a better non-centered angle would have made it more artistic and interesting.

calamity - Why is the top cropped?!!? I would have done the same as above... stepped back a foot and then zoomed into it, cranking the Fstop way up. Some more lighting around it might have helped too.

Something more like this angle..same for the fan above.



Photograph - totally boring shot. I would have gotten MUCH closer to it. Maybe leaving just an inch or so of border around it. As it is, it's just a "snapshot". Working it a little more would have turned it into a photograph.



Use some post processing in your work, it will really help bring out all the shortcomings of each shot out. Except for retaking a photo from bad angles, a lot of this could be cleaned up nicely with software like Lightroom, etc.


I really liked the content in the Fan pic the best and would have liked to have worked with it myself to get some cool shots out of it

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Re: Experiments with close-ups
<Reply # 5 on 9/20/2013 11:27 PM >
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I really like the first two shots, but I agree that you could pull out a little bit to frame the image. Having said that, as a photographer I'm such a base novice I don't even really know what I'm talking about. From a purely personal taste standpoint, your first image really does have some excellent textures

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Re: Experiments with close-ups
<Reply # 6 on 9/29/2013 6:22 PM >
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Posted by glossolalia
…I wanted to have it be lower in frame, but i am short and couldn't reach up any higher to take the picture.

Ha, me too – I don’t know how many times I’ve used the timer and held the camera up over my head by the tripod!


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