FINALLY! a watermark! and CC on one pic please!

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FINALLY! a watermark! and CC on one pic please!

a very generic one, but after a day working on it, finally it happened! Of course, I'm sure if I didn't have a 17 month old running circles around me, it may have happened quicker Smile

Anyways, let me know how I could improve it. I am in no way planning on doing this professionally, but agree with whoever told me to go ahead and watermark my photos.

Oh, and if you could CC the sun pic, it would be greatly appreciated. This one has been played around with, so it's probably way off from SOOC. I can find that one and post if I need to. And what do you do with pics like this? My watermark is in the bottom right, but you can't see it. Do you change colors?

Thanks for all of your help ladies Smile

Camera: Sony DSC-W55
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 6.3 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

sun

CC welcome here too if anyone wants to chime in. This one is more for the watermark, but I'll take ALL the advice, critique anyone wants to give Smile

first watermark pic

EL2
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Great job on your watermark. Here is my CC.

1 - The sky is definitely blown. I would have increase black so that the subject is more of a silhouette.

2 - You have a lot of blown spots pn the leaves. The pictute is a bit small, it might be oversharpened.

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"EL2" wrote:

Great job on your watermark. Here is my CC.

1 - The sky is definitely blown. I would have increase black so that the subject is more of a silhouette.

2 - You have a lot of blown spots pn the leaves. The pictute is a bit small, it might be oversharpened.

Thanks Smile Yeah, on number one, I think I really played around with it a lot! And just on the iphoto stuff, not even on photoshop....same with number two. if I sharpened it, it was on iphoto!

I don't even know where to begin with photoshop on that stuff yet Smile

as far as the blown spots in the leaves on #2...how could I avoid that? Should I have waited later in the day for the sun to not be so bright on the trees?

Thanks again!

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Good job on the watermark. Like I said, you don't have to be a pro to protect your photographs.

You can change the colours. I usually use white or black depending on the background and opacity so its still transparent.

# 1 is the better of the two, definitely enhance the silhouette to a pure black.

Cazz

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Here's my CC:
1. Definitely increase the black for more of a silohuette.

2. I'd do a closer crop.

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In my opinion, I like the first one. It's a neat take on it. I think it would be neat as a sillouette though too.

I agree with the pp on #2. Wait until he's in the shade.

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I like your watermark! It's about protecting your work and it identifies you as well. Good on you for getting it on there. Smile

I like #1 a lot. I too would like the blacks brought up a bit to make it more of a sillouette, but it's a neat catch no matter what.

And I really like #2 as-is, composition-wise. I like how small your subject looks in admist everything around them. the colors look a bit over saturated to me (but take that w/ a grain of salt ... we don't get real fall colors here in this part of TX so I may just not understand what I'm seeing Blum 3 ).

TFS!
GiGi

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"acarbo99" wrote:

And I really like #2 as-is, composition-wise. I like how small your subject looks in admist everything around them. the colors look a bit over saturated to me (but take that w/ a grain of salt ... we don't get real fall colors here in this part of TX so I may just not understand what I'm seeing Blum 3 ).

haha, I don't know about the colors either Smile We were visiting my inlaws in Indiana...first time I've ever seen the fall colors. I'm from south east Georgia and we don't have colors like that at all!

Thanks to everyone for your help...it's greatly appreciated!!!

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when I'm putting my watermark on my photos, I use either black or white as my color, depending on where I put it. so in your case, I'd use white on the first. the first one is really nice! when you took it, to get more of a silouette, you should close your aperture some. on the second one, you can create a duplicate layer, and process the background differently than the foreground. in the future, you want to watch for really bright areas around where your subject is. you want to expose for the person (most of the time) and not the background, but it's more ideal to have the exposure not blow any of the color channels. it's definitely a learning process. Smile

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Other than the blown parts on the second one, those are pretty true to life fall colors for Indiana. Smile I'm from MI, so we see that all the time. It's gorgeous. I would crop a little tighter, but I like that he's down in the corner like that, just make sure you still keep him in the ROTs still. He's a cutie!