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Old 11-13-2012, 02:09 PM   #101
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Ok, you asked for it, the brutal truth.

Sweet....here we go!!

Picture #1.

I really like the angle, and the composition, the leaves add a nice touch as well as the reflection. I like reflections and use many, so I don't always use a polarizer for that reason.

The focus seems a tad soft, my preference is a sharper image, near the fence and sky and some trees, the highlights are blownout, but the main subject is exposed much better, sometimes some blownout highlights can't be avoided, overall, I like this image.


Thanks! I saw somebody shooting a BMW over here at my parking lot the other day and thought it to be a good shot if I could incorperate the color and texture of the leaves. I do need to dust off the Camera a little. Seems like some of my other shots had a tad of blur in there too....or maybe my prescription is just off.

Picture #2.

I like this shot, I like the background (though some might call it distracting, I dont), I like the stance of the car, but again the subject is on the soft side, would like to see a sharper subject, and I might have rotated the background clockwise a tad, to give the car a downward slope emphasizing some rake. Also you should have 'clone stamped' yourself out of the reflection in the car...

Ah! I think that you say exactly what I was going for and only after I pulled the images I realized...shit, it's taking off not coming down. LOL We all like Rake....we know you certainly do! "Clone Stamped?"...I presume thats some way of taking my reflection out of the shot. I'll look into learning how to do that. Thanks.

Picture #3.

A long exposure shot, I take it you used a tripod? shot is blurry, the 4th image is much better, though some of the ballons are a tad over exposed in my eyes.

No tripod....just held it steady between my legs while I sat down. One of my first attempts at shooting at night. I should prolly score a tripod if I plan on shooting this way again.


Picture #5, your best of the set. Great angle/composition, and the subject is sharp with detail. I like getting down low and level with a car, as if I was a car looking at another car, especially the camaro as this angle tends to capture it's wonderfuly body lines. I don't like shots of somebody standing and shooting a car (as you often see at car meets), the photos tend to look exactly like that, somebody standing and taking a picture, rather, get on the cars level, as you did in picture #5. I say the same thing about shooting pets, get on their level, the output from your camera will be much more pleasing.

Couldn't agree with you more. I hope to never take a shot of anything as normal people would tend to look at through their own eyes. I enjoy getting that wicked close up, detail, or low level glance at the subjects too. Great insight.

Now some of my comments are from my preferences, and are not right for everybody. I love vivid color, and I love a tact sharp subject, some might suggest my subjects are too sharp, and prefer a softer image, and thats okay. I am not saying I am right, just relaying my style a bit.

I tend to under expose images as opposed to over exposing. Over exposing often leads to blownout highlights which really means a loss of data, as there isn't any in the blownout area. For this reason I under expose but just a touch, as when one under exposes they invite noise in the shadow areas. Now the goal is obvioulsy a proper exposure, but I have always said photography is a game of tradeoffs, or compromises. Sometimes you just have to get blownout areas, or noisy shadows, depending on the shooting situation, as a shot is always better then no shot at all. I tend to shoot 3 - 5 images from the same angle (tripod always prefered if possible), adjusting my exposure in each one, then upon review in post processing I keep the best image.

Avoid 'cropping' as much as possible, as if you practice this you don't utualize the full resolution from your cameras sensor, and cropped images will tend to be fuzzy or soft depending on how much one crops, rather, try and compose/frame everything you want in a image from the shot, and simply resize that image in post processing. When I have to crop, I tend to want to use my Sony, as it's 24 megapixel sensor is more forgiving, and my Olympus 12 megapixel sesnor isn't.

pratice, practice, and most of all, have fun. If you are enjoying it, it will show in your images.

Our images are our footprints....


This one, shot a few nights ago, getting some night time practice with my Leica Summilux f/1.4 25mm prime.

Great shot! Man, that lens is worth every bit of that $600 that I've seen it for! Great detail!!


Really great advice....thank you. I too like that style and agree, there has to be some "give" to "get" when it comes to photography. That was my delimma in the first pic. I really wanted to capture the black in the lower grille of the car but the only way that I could was to open up the shutter but I think that (like you said) resulted in what appears to be an overexposed shot. Damn the black cars....never again. I really appreciate the time you take to think about the shots I posted and offer your critique. Definitely some good ideas poppin off in my head now and can't wait to get back outside.....thank you.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:08 PM   #102
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Really great advice....thank you. I too like that style and agree, there has to be some "give" to "get" when it comes to photography. That was my delimma in the first pic. I really wanted to capture the black in the lower grille of the car but the only way that I could was to open up the shutter but I think that (like you said) resulted in what appears to be an overexposed shot.

Don't rule out using 'fill in flash'.

You can expose for the sky, use flash to lighten up the grill area, if the flash is too strong the camera should have strength settings or you could diffuse the flash with a simple walmart type plastic bag you get when you buy gorceries. there is also 'bounce flash' techniques one can use, if you flash is flexable and you can change its angle, sometimes say bouncing off of the ceiling or a wall and onto your subject rather then directly hitting your subject.

off camera flash on a tripod type stand is even better.

with that said we tend to be 'available light' type shooters, but will use flash when required.

This change when flash is used, can't really recommend any particular setting, as it will always be differen't, but again one should fire numerous shots and select the best one in post processing.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:03 AM   #103
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Don't rule out using 'fill in flash'.

You can expose for the sky, use flash to lighten up the grill area, if the flash is too strong the camera should have strength settings or you could diffuse the flash with a simple walmart type plastic bag you get when you buy gorceries. there is also 'bounce flash' techniques one can use, if you flash is flexable and you can change its angle, sometimes say bouncing off of the ceiling or a wall and onto your subject rather then directly hitting your subject.

off camera flash on a tripod type stand is even better.

with that said we tend to be 'available light' type shooters, but will use flash when required.

This change when flash is used, can't really recommend any particular setting, as it will always be differen't, but again one should fire numerous shots and select the best one in post processing.
"Fill in Flash...."

Guessing this is in Photoshop? Sounds pretty awesome.

Diggin that Bounce Flash technique as well. I've seen the diffuser bulbs/umbrellas and how they work. Pretty great idea as well.

You guys are all over the Photog Scene DaddyO! Got the knowledge and all that.

It's great learning so far....I feel that the more I shoot, the more I learn.

Great feedback...always welcomed and appreciated.

Thank you!
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:16 PM   #104
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no fill in flash isn't photoshop, it is camera flash or off camera flash meant to 'fill in' a specific area such as a dark grill, side panels, depending on the scene and situation, off camera flash.

Sometimes it is used also in a portrait shot during the day, to avoid shadows in faces.

the term 'clone stamping' used earlier is in regards to photoshop. It is a tool which allows you to clone in or out certian images in your picture. With the clone stamp tool, you can select area, copy it, and use it elsewhere in the image. This is how Josh eliminates the rig that is on a car during his rig shots, he clone stamps it out, which is what can be done when a reflection of the photographer is caught in a body panel
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:18 PM   #105
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no fill in flash isn't photoshop, it is camera flash or off camera flash meant to 'fill in' a specific area such as a dark grill, side panels, depending on the scene and situation, off camera flash.

Sometimes it is used also in a portrait shot during the day, to avoid shadows in faces.

the term 'clone stamping' used earlier is in regards to photoshop. It is a tool which allows you to clone in or out certian images in your picture. With the clone stamp tool, you can select area, copy it, and use it elsewhere in the image. This is how Josh eliminates the rig that is on a car during his rig shots, he clone stamps it out, which is what can be done when a reflection of the photographer is caught in a body panel
I need me a Ps Wookie.....step my editing game up.

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Old 11-18-2012, 04:12 PM   #106
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Great photos Lawrence, thanks for posting !!
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:26 AM   #108
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a few from Fastinos using my new little Sony Cyber Shot point and shoot.





































HDR shots coming next...
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Oh yeah!!!! Still shooting! Lmao. Heading outside again. Great shots tonight. Big hats off to Lou for the assist tonight. In the zone!!! Thank you.
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Great photos, I particularly like this one on Vince & Genny's car
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Here are the HDR shots from the Sony A65.

All HDR, which I am not the biggest fan of, but, it is fun to shoot this way from time to time, as they can be unique. I did three levels of HDR, some very mild, and some surreal wild.

















































































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Hey now!! Those are sick! from the pinstripes on TMacs hood, to the bugs on the windshield of Howards Goldwing to me not showing my thong....excellent shots!! I'll post mine tonight! I need to pull em off the Camera! Thanks for the pics and coming out! See you Friday! ;0

Ok...tonight here!

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nice.....
Thanks Good Sir! That /1.8 lens makes a monster of a difference!

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Thanks Good Sir! That /1.8 lens makes a monster of a difference!

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if you can find a way to snag the 50mm f/1.4, do it, the images from this gem really pop and have that 'pro' look. Another lenses to look for, but is hard to find is the 28mm f/1.8..

IMO the nifty fifty f/1.8 is a great auto focusing prime, its manual focus kinda blows due to the design of the lens..

the 50mm f/1.4 is the one for manual focus...

the 28mm is a older lens that sells for around $450 on canons site, the 50mm f/1.4 is around $339... both pieces of glass superior to the nifty fifty, the nifty fifty though is a must own and what a bargain, refurbs were going for $80, bestbuy $119 brand new.....

I still see the above lenses rather cheap, as the 50mm f/1.2 fetches a good $1299.

50mm on your aps-c crop sensor is a somewhat long focal length, the 28mm is a nice wide angle for some of those...'freaky'...shots.
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if you can find a way to snag the 50mm f/1.4, do it, the images from this gem really pop and have that 'pro' look. Another lenses to look for, but is hard to find is the 28mm f/1.8..

IMO the nifty fifty f/1.8 is a great auto focusing prime, its manual focus kinda blows due to the design of the lens..

the 50mm f/1.4 is the one for manual focus...

the 28mm is a older lens that sells for around $450 on canons site, the 50mm f/1.4 is around $339... both pieces of glass superior to the nifty fifty, the nifty fifty though is a must own and what a bargain, refurbs were going for $80, bestbuy $119 brand new.....

I still see the above lenses rather cheap, as the 50mm f/1.2 fetches a good $1299.

50mm on your aps-c crop sensor is a somewhat long focal length, the 28mm is a nice wide angle for some of those...'freaky'...shots.
Good advice as always.. I've spied that 50 f/1.4 for a while now. I figure that's my next piece of glass as it's much easier on the wallet than the f/1.2.

I dunno, if I could dedicate the time I'd like to actually shoot then it might be a smarter buy to step up to that 1.2 however. I mean, heck, with all the damn pics I take, it seems to be a better bang for the buck.

Guess I have my eyes peeled for two lenses now....thanks. LOL
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I went down to LC this weekend for a car show, but it got cancelled.
I still got to have lunch with the Las Cruces/El Paso C5 group.
Unfortunately I didn't take pics til late and missed half the cars.
So I missed out on a couple bad ass Trans Ams and an IROC-Z.
They're not Lu quality or anything but here they are..
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Oh yeah!! Good shots and good on you and Wolfman for heading south to support our Las Cruces Brethren!!
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Now we're talking! Gettin the settings dialed in and NOW we can see THE HEAT!

Looking good!
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