I usually use this thread for stuff I'm not too sure about, the stuff I really NEED some feedback on. So that being the case, I'll start with this image that I'm not at all happy with, but have gotten some nice comments on, so now I don't know what to think. Sometimes I find that when I put stuff up on FB or wherever, I will get surprising comments on things I don't like that much, and nothing on stuff I love!
#1. f18, SS 1/30, ISO 500, FL 28mm
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friesen4/8108764371/" title="Pastoral Sunset by friesen4, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8052/8108764371_5492db3ee0_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Pastoral Sunset"></a>
#2 is just something fun... water in a blue-tinted glass when I was bored yesterday. f5.6, SS 1/320, ISO 640, FL 135mm
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friesen4/8117451114/" title="Refreshing by friesen4, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8323/8117451114_4bfbaf2844_z.jpg" width="640" height="447" alt="Refreshing"></a>
Why aren't you too happy with #1?? I think it's awesome! I might try lightening the shadows or black a bit, but that's about all I would do. Were those just clouds on top of the mountain? It makes it look like it's a volcano with some smoke! I love the colors in the sky.
#2 doesn't do too much for me, personally. I couldn't figure out what it was until I read the description, but that may be what you're going for :)
I know what you're talking about with the FB comments. Sometimes I'll have something that is so incredibly technically wrong and completely out of focus, but people go ga-ga over it. I have to keep in mind that most people aren't as critical as I am and aren't looking for the same things as me, and they just want to see a cute picture, or something "different". But man, it kills me to post some of the pictures on my personal FB page that I post, but I know my parents will want to see it LOL!
Tracy, do you have the 28-135mm?
Do you like this better for #1?
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/friesen4/8119487758/" title="Pastoral Sunset HDR by friesen4, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8054/8119487758_34f4b9b22d_z.jpg" width="640" height="428" alt="Pastoral Sunset HDR"></a>
On #2, Steph, I kind of like doing odd stuff like that, so I know it's not for everyone. It's good to get the feedback at any rate.
I have an 18-135mm lens. It's the kit lens that came with the 60D. I like it a lot for its versatility; though I'm still desperately wanting a prime lens, a 50mm 1.4 or an 85mm. :)
I'm on my phone at the moment, so I won't comment on the edit right now. But I will :)
I'm really trying to make the full frame 6D work for me. I just wish my kit lenses would work on it! I was really sad when I realized they wouldn't, because I had Drew on board with it, even though its pretty pricy. I'm just trying to figure out a way to still make it work. If I didn't want the 85mm in the not too distant future, it might be a little easier of a decision. I may just go with the 7D so I can afford a little more later. I'd just go with a new lens right now, but I've really outgrown this camera, and need some more versatility. Anything will be a huge improvement to my XTi! I just have to keep reminding myself that!
I've tried to reply here a few times but kept getting logged out. Let's try again!
Thanks for the CC ladies. Yes, you're right as always. Some of the orientations are a little strange. I was restricted as one side of the room had great bit windows with fantastic light and the other end was quite dark. The windows had the 'view' albeit blocked by that darn tree. The other end had packing boxes and a family having their lunch (with the expected mess that accompanies young children). So, if I shot in to the room the background was ridiculously cluttered.
Apologies if I repeat any other CC. I haven't read it yet.
1. I like the composition in regards to the brick space compared to non bricked space, though maybe he could have been slightly more left of frame (i.e. if you had taken a small step to the right). Great leading lines leading to him. The colour isn't quite spot on but it is pretty good. Was he quite tall. It looks like you may have been shooting up at him. I can see up his nostrils a bit plus, the angle makes his head slightly smaller and his body slightly larger (or maybe that was him?)
#2 That skin is beautiful!! I think i would like this better turned on its side. I can see you in his eyes ;)
#3. This is gorgeous and I love, love, love. I think this one really shows how far you have come lately with your photography. Great pose / composition. Simply beautiful!
1. I think I can see where you were going with this, however, the background is a little distracting. I feel like it is all a bit too busy. I would prefer to see a different crop too as this one seems to be more accidental than posed (hand chop, chop part of leg and foot).
2. Again maybe a little too busy and I would like to see him more to the left of frame because of the orientation of his body.
3. My favourite of the three although it looks like you may have caught him about to make a run for it or just having sat down. His face is maybe a touch dark??
Tracy, I will have to come back for yours. I need to get the kids to swimming.
I like the edit better, Tracy!
Thanks for the CC, G!
#1 is really nice. I would think it is the colour and contrast in the sky that is your drawing all your facebook admirers. It is quite well done. I do like the edit better.
#2 is really cool. I love it and now I really want to try something similar!!
Do you use noiseware? If so, which one? Your edits always look clean even if used high ISOs
I use Noiseware Community Edition (the free version of the software) and find it to be quite good. I recommend giving it a try. Thanks for the CC!
Originally Posted by shadow_grey
I haven't really been contributing to either of the CC threads (I'm part of #2 and haven't posted in ages) but saw your picture Tracy and had to comment.
I did like #1 myself, though I like the second one you posted of it better.
Even though I didn't know what #2 was I liked it, liked the pop of the blue and the details of the ice.