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post by hollowman   |  | 
My first urbex trip
< on 1/9/2021 6:53 PM >

Please let me know if this post doesn't meet any guidelines I might've missed (I'm brand new here).

I took this photo at my first urban exploration outing yesterday; I'm not mentioning the location because I didn't find it on the DB, which makes me think that it might not be available to basic users (and therefore shouldn't be shared in this thread). Very cool spot, and I will be posting more photos later.

I like this photo because of the contrast between the bright primary colors on the wall and the dark shadows from the winter light coming through the burnt-out roof. I'm very much an amateur photographer and working to properly learn more, and I'd be grateful for your honest feedback.

The info for this shot:

Shot with a Nikon D7100
ƒ/3.5, 1/1250, 20mm, ISO100

MH1_8412 by Matt Hunter, on Flickr

Full res: https://flic.kr/p/2kqCFzR (very reduced version attached to this post)

[last edit 1/10/2021 1:10 AM by hollowman - edited 1 times]

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post by Punchy   |  | 
Re: My first urbex trip
<Reply # 1 on 1/9/2021 11:40 PM >

You can share your image here directly from Flickr. Over on the right side of your image on Flickr, click the sideways arrow, then go over to BBcode and select a size. I usually use Medium (800 x 533). Then come back here and paste in the code, and your image will show up in your thread.


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post by hollowman   |  | 
Re: My first urbex trip
<Reply # 2 on 1/10/2021 1:03 AM >

Thanks, @Punchy, I'll do that shortly!


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post by Steed   |  | 
Re: My first urbex trip
<Reply # 3 on 1/10/2021 11:12 AM >

I'm a fan of this picture because of the bright colours contrasted with the shadow. The exposure is just right. The diagonal streak through the middle plus with the lower-left window looks pretty good. I think it might be slightly more striking if you raised the bottom frame up about a centimeter, so the light aimed more directly into the corner.


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post by EsseXploreR   |  | 
Re: My first urbex trip
<Reply # 4 on 1/10/2021 11:39 AM >

Welcome to the site!


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post by Danny_phantom   |  | 
Re: My first urbex trip
<Reply # 5 on 1/10/2021 1:45 PM >

Welcome to the site you'll enjoy it here. I am by no means a professional and am just learning like you, with that being said: Photo is nice, really like the light emphasizing the streaks of color. One thing I wish though is if there was less noise in the shot, maybe trying to zoom in more on the shot or blur? Or try taking more shots in a different angle, would have loved to see more shots but good photo nonetheless.


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post by hollowman   |  | 
Re: My first urbex trip
<Reply # 6 on 1/10/2021 7:06 PM >

Posted by Danny_phantom
Welcome to the site you'll enjoy it here. I am by no means a professional and am just learning like you, with that being said: Photo is nice, really like the light emphasizing the streaks of color. One thing I wish though is if there was less noise in the shot, maybe trying to zoom in more on the shot or blur? Or try taking more shots in a different angle, would have loved to see more shots but good photo nonetheless.


Thanks! Question: do you mean noise, like actual noise in the image data itself, or noise like visual clutter?


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post by hollowman   |  | 
Re: My first urbex trip
<Reply # 7 on 1/10/2021 7:08 PM >

Posted by Steed
I'm a fan of this picture because of the bright colours contrasted with the shadow. The exposure is just right. The diagonal streak through the middle plus with the lower-left window looks pretty good. I think it might be slightly more striking if you raised the bottom frame up about a centimeter, so the light aimed more directly into the corner.


Thanks! Do you mean that if I reframed the entire thing (i.e. so more of the roof would also be showing), or just to crop the bottom cm or so?

Posted by EsseXploreR
Welcome to the site!


Thanks! Really cool to see so many people interested in urbex!


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post by bleckfrog   |  | 
Re: My first urbex trip
<Reply # 8 on 1/10/2021 8:56 PM >

welcome

i agree with the previous repliers in terms of framing and really like how this photo is framed where the shadows allow for the face on the wall to be isolated. i also agree that the shot is exposed nicely that theres a good contrast between the lit up areas and the shadows.

one thing i can suggest is possibly using an aperture of f8. this is more of a personal preference but for landscapes, i tend to like using an aperture of f8-f11 because since light is being more limited, the image will overall be sharper. i only really bring my aperture to <f4 when im doing portraits for the depth of field, or if i need enough light if im in a darker setting or something. given that your shutter for this shot was 1/1250, i think you could easily shoot this same shot at f8 and maybe use 1/200-1/250. from what ive learned, the maximum shutter you should allow for good sharpness is double the focal distance, (1/70 for a 35mm shot, 1/100 for a 50mm shot, etc). since this photo seems relatively wide, 1/200-1/250 should be definitely well within this parameter.

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post by hollowman   |  | 
Re: My first urbex trip
<Reply # 9 on 1/13/2021 4:46 AM >

TT hanks for this feedback. To be absolutely frank, I'm still learning and most of what I do is via trial and error until I get it right. I'm going to save your comment for the future when I'm able to better apply it


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post by bleckfrog   |  | 
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<Reply # 10 on 1/13/2021 6:36 PM >

no problem! it may also be helpful to research how aperture works and how it affects light coming into the camera, or like the best aperture ranges for landscape photography, as that will definitely help you decide what settings to use in the future


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post by hollowman   |  | 
Re: My first urbex trip
<Reply # 11 on 1/21/2021 7:01 PM >

Posted by bleckfrog
no problem! it may also be helpful to research how aperture works


I absolutely agree. I haven't taken the time to learn the nitty gritty and less exciting but important technical aspects of photography generally and how to use my camera specifically. Trying out a few different online options for this, and I hope my photos show improvement over time as a result!


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