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Old 29th June 2008, 11:30 AM   #421
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Do you find it hard to reconcile your amateur status with selling prints?



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Old 29th June 2008, 12:17 PM   #422
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Hey, how did you do that? I mean, is he really sitting in there?
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Old 29th June 2008, 12:26 PM   #423
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I thought my comment would elicit this sort of response!
Frank - not at all, it wasn't meant in the spirit of 'it's ok to criticise but let's be having your stuff then', it's just that you obviously love photography and are good at it, and I personally would love to see what you come back with from your daily wanderings occasionally - for me this is about enthusiastic photographers sharing what they find with their camera. Similarly I'd love to know what your 20" print shot was of. It's curiosity above all for me, nothing more. If you don't want to post anything then don't worry, and don't feel you have to hold back on useful critical tips either, a lot of the info is very useful obviously.

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Old 29th June 2008, 03:38 PM   #424
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This is our first posting of a photo here.
It is taken from our house the roof is of a neighbouring house, during a winters sunset
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Old 29th June 2008, 04:09 PM   #425
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Re: the shot with the 'blown sky'
i took it with a Canon A-something, so my options are pretty limited as far as contrast control go. I had the vivid setting on which probably compromised the sky for a better glimpse of the falls. I'd be interested in seeing some of Frank's work too. You know, just so I can see the master at work
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Old 29th June 2008, 04:33 PM   #426
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I'd be interested in seeing some of Frank's work too. You know, just so I can see the master at work
Perhaps you could point out where I said I was a master photographer. You don't need to be a master photographer to see when a sky is badly blown. By posting your photos on the web, you are putting your head above the parapet and inviting comments. It's a pity you feel you can only accept positive comments, that you are above criticism. My post was merely a suggestion as to how the problem could be avoided, but you can rest assured I will not be commenting any further. I'll let you carry on believing your photos are great.
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Old 29th June 2008, 05:58 PM   #427
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@Gary, fantastic shot, the iphone is pretty good quality!
Yes, both of my megapixels must have been working that day. The iPhone is okay in good daylight but thats about all - NB this camera also includes a 16GB video ipod, a variety of stopwatches timers and alarm clocks, a diary and calendar, internet access, email and a mobile phone, oh and from July 11th a GPS tracking system. Best of all it fits in my shirt pocket.

It certainly wouldn't blow up to A2

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Old 29th June 2008, 06:04 PM   #428
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Hey, how did you do that? I mean, is he really sitting in there?
I pointed and clicked, the camera did the rest. Yes, Edith, no trickery - what you see is what there was.

My grandson is crawling through a stainless steel tube on a children's clmbing frame at Lotherton Hall near Leeds.

It came out so well I thought it was worth sharing...

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Old 29th June 2008, 06:19 PM   #429
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It came out so well I thought it was worth sharing...
It certainly did! It looks quite professional, like it's from a flyer or something!
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Old 29th June 2008, 06:23 PM   #430
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It certainly did! It looks quite professional, like it's from a flyer or something!
Thanks

Just good luck - I wouldnt even claim to be an enthusiastic amateur, my iPhone is the only camera I possess

Sadly Paul Simon has already recorded "The Boy in the Bubble" - would have made good cover art!!
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Old 29th June 2008, 06:40 PM   #431
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Everyone seems a bit touchy today. Anyway.

Pat1, for those not looking to sell their photos, a bit of very casual photoshoping might be in order.

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Old 29th June 2008, 06:47 PM   #432
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Everyone seems a bit touchy today. Anyway.

Pat1, for those not looking to sell their photos, a bit of very casual photoshoping might be in order.

I think I could benefit from such a filter too. One of the reasons why I only take pictures in sunny weather (apart from the fact that I'm a sun lover) is because I don't like the way my pictures turn out when the skies are overcast.
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Old 29th June 2008, 06:59 PM   #433
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It certainly wouldn't blow up to A2
You never know, Gary! Certainly the good printing companies that print large outputs use a RIP programme, (Raster Image Processors) which can get perfectly acceptable prints from some very small file sizes. I had about 15 photos printed on the whole side of some buses, but the files were no bigger than I would print an A3. They seem to be able to print almost any size, on anything nowadays.
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Old 29th June 2008, 07:12 PM   #434
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One of the reasons why I only take pictures in sunny weather (apart from the fact that I'm a sun lover) is because I don't like the way my pictures turn out when the skies are overcast.
Sun also brings it's own problems, for instance it can be quite challenging taking photos in Spain on a really sunny day. It makes for very bright white houses, and very dark, harsh shadows. It's all too easy to overcook one or the other, ie end up with blown highlights, or very dark shadow area. Photographers are like farmers, there's no pleasing them, the weather is never just right! There is a pro near me, and nearly all his output is B&W landscapes/seascapes, taken on cloudy, overcast days, and he turns out some stunning stuff. Really dark, threatening skies etc, very impressive.
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Old 29th June 2008, 08:12 PM   #435
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Perhaps you could point out where I said I was a master photographer. You don't need to be a master photographer to see when a sky is badly blown. By posting your photos on the web, you are putting your head above the parapet and inviting comments. It's a pity you feel you can only accept positive comments, that you are above criticism. My post was merely a suggestion as to how the problem could be avoided, but you can rest assured I will not be commenting any further. I'll let you carry on believing your photos are great.
woh woh, slow down there. I didn't mean to offend, honestly. It really sounds like you know what you're talking about so I didn't think it was out of line to want to see some of your work. And I wasn't taking offense to any criticism of my photo. Like you said, that's why someone would post a photo on here. Clearly I have a lot to learn, so thank you for pointing out the sky. I suppose when I posted it, I didn't have the intention of looking for critiques as much as just showing people another part of the world, but of course I am not above that either.

@ Decree -- that looks a lot better. What did you use to do that?

Sorry again for starting a pissing match. I suppose it's harder to convey tone of voice over the internet/across the pond.
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Old 29th June 2008, 08:48 PM   #436
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@ Deecree -- that looks a lot better. What did you use to do that?
That was 5 minutes work. 10 or 15 would have made it look a little less false.

I removed the sky you had and shaded the white space blue.
I selected the foliage overhanging the falls and fixed the contrast, saturation and hue.
I selected the cliff face and fixed the levels in that.
I took off the top of the tree so I could cheat easier with the sky.
Fixed the levels on the whole thing.

I'd assume if I spent a little more effort I'd get it about 50% real-er looking. But, for your image I think this is fine.

I didn't boot up Photoshop, my copy of GIMP was just fine.
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Old 30th June 2008, 11:05 PM   #437
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Old 1st July 2008, 12:20 AM   #438
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There is a pro near me, and nearly all his output is B&W landscapes/seascapes, taken on cloudy, overcast days, and he turns out some stunning stuff. Really dark, threatening skies etc, very impressive.
A couple of days ago I came across a Dutch guy on Flickr who also makes stunning pictures with dark skies, e.g. of industrial sites. Although I'm a nature & countryside buff I really appreciate that kind of thing - these places have a beauty of their own and the same is true for cars, skyscrapers, etc.
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Old 1st July 2008, 09:24 AM   #439
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The midges in you photo would have feasted upon me... I would have looked like a join the dots puzzle!!
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Old 1st July 2008, 11:33 AM   #440
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Very cute! Are all the iPhone photos this good?

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