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post #1 of 26
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Seeing as the old thread kinda died away... and that it's full of posts with defunct links to pics, I thought we should have a brand new spankin' thread for pics.

So, post away!




This is a picture taken with an old Russian camera. I don't remember the name of it - but I really liked its look and feel. It was a nice camera too, it produced some really sharp pics.

For a larger version, go here.
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post #2 of 26


(with apologies to Georgia O'Keefe)

In our desire to impose form on the world we have lost the capacity to see the form that is there;
and in that lies not liberation but alienation, the cutting off from things as they really are. --...

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post #3 of 26
In tribute of my latest escapades to Las Vegas I give you the man responsible Mr. Bugsy Siegal,

When I looked up "Ninjas" in Thesaurus.com, it said "Ninja's can't be found" Well played Ninjas, well played.
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post #4 of 26
This picture was taken with a crappy digital camera while shooting a Hip Hop video clip. No further editing done.

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post #7 of 26
Nice Asaph. Nice detail in the eye. Perhaps if the head were turned a little more toward the camera.
post #8 of 26
OK, that eye thing is just FREAKY!

*Runs away screaming arms in air*
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post #9 of 26
OK, calm now. I should probably make a contribution since I made a stink.

A 2/14 themed image. Just a little late.
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post #10 of 26
Thanks for the compliment... he pooped on me about a minute after taking that shot. I got my picture and he got his revenge for the annoying photo shoot!

Here's one for today:


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post #11 of 26
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Originally posted by Ebby
OK, calm now. I should probably make a contribution since I made a stink.

A 2/14 themed image. Just a little late.

How did you stage it? The offwhite background is nice.. I like it.
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post #12 of 26
Heh, get this... the background is looking down on the grey lid of my Epson 2400 scanner. I tried to remove everything from the background but the grey plastic worked. With a little tweaking in Photoshop I got a nice backdrop. I actually got that tip (reducing the luminance of the background and avoiding pure-white splotches around the borders) from one of my photography instructors a year ago. Sometimes these simple tips cam make all the difference.

I had 4 roses in a vase and staged them in different positions. I took about 20 photos at various angles. By far the hardest thing was controlling the lighting. I don't have a studio setup so I had to make do with halogen lamps and LED flashlights.

Boy was that fun.
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post #13 of 26
Asaph, that owl picture is awesome.



A quick shot of the three flowers I got for my wife this valentine's day (my mom wanted to see them).

Also, this is my recently purchased XBox opened up for hard drive replacement (~2 hours after I dropped $130 on it!)

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post #14 of 26
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Originally posted by Ebby
I actually got that tip (reducing the luminance of the background and avoiding pure-white splotches around the borders) from one of my photography instructors a year ago. Sometimes these simple tips cam make all the difference.

Care to share?
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post #15 of 26
Tip #1) The Rule of thirds
For best composition, try to line up objects in your image according to 4 invisible lines. Divide the image into 3 vertical sections and 3 horizontal to find these lines. Now, if you try to do that with my image, it won't work because I cropped it down to screen resolution. The original does adhere to this.

Tip #2) Avoid brights around the edges
If you have bright sections next to the border of your image, it will draw your eye away from the main subject. This tip was passed from Ansel Adams to a great instructor I had and now from me to you.
ORIGINAL
EDITED

Tip #3) Depth of field
Depth of field is important especially for macro photography. You need to highlight what your viewer should see and place emphasis on subjects in your image. The way to control this is to change the iris size. The smaller the iris, the sharper and longer the depth of field. This is done through f-stops, and the larger the number (22) the smaller the iris.

Tip #4) Feel the curves
Pure white should be avoided. A printer can not print pure white and our eyes perceive this as a loss of information. With a white point around 95% of full, we still see it as white, but information is still there which make the image more pleasing to look at.

Advanced tip:
If you are working in 16-bit images, but may convert them to 8-but later, use curves to select the blackest black and whitest white of your photograph. This calibrates the image to use the full gamut spectrum before you convert and loose information. "But that makes my image look fake!" you say? Use an adjustment layer to restore settings if you like. What this does is protect you if you work in 8-bit with photoshop 7 like me and minimized combing effects.

There are perfectly good exceptions to all of these in the name of art so experiment with some images. I'm in LA right now, but I'll try to post some before and after images of another photo I did when I can.
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post #16 of 26
If I may use groverat's image as a mightyfine example.

I added the rule of thirds lines and you will notice how nicely two of the flowers fit into the corners. The top flower, though not centered on a line, has the edge of the petal follow the line down. That also counts.

I didn't notice this before, but the vase holding the flowers is perfectly centered between the two lines.

There is also a small depth of field blur in the table and background that keeps focus on the flowers themselves.

The only suggestion I would have is to darken the table down a little to make it grey. That should shift the "weight" of the image more center.
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post #17 of 26
A few week ago. The light was wonderful that morning.

I wish I had a little more room on the bottom. Too much lens.

post #18 of 26
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Originally posted by Ebby
Tip #1) The Rule of thirds
For best composition, try to line up objects in your image according to 4 invisible lines. Divide the image into 3 vertical sections and 3 horizontal to find these lines. Now, if you try to do that with my image, it won't work because I cropped it down to screen resolution. The original does adhere to this.

I've never used this rule, but it does make sense. Thanks for your time and effort explaining this Ebby.

Here's one more from me: a public phone in one of the (almost-destructing) train stations of Chicago. I used some Photoshop filters to make it more film noir but in color...

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post #19 of 26
how do i put a photograph in my post?
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how do i put a photograph in my post?



Host the image somewhere else (like www.flickr.com) for free

when you post here, click on the "image" button below the window where you type your message and paste in the url of your image into the window that opens up.
post #21 of 26
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I've never used this rule, but it does make sense. Thanks for your time and effort explaining this Ebby.

Here's one more from me: a public phone in one of the (almost-destructing) train stations of Chicago. I used some Photoshop filters to make it more film noir but in color...

Which stop? Looks like the Blue Line.
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post #22 of 26
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Which stop? Looks like the Blue Line.

Red Line, Loyola.
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post #23 of 26


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one from my recent trip to tennessee...
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post #24 of 26
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Red Line, Loyola.

Gotcha. Cool picture.
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post #25 of 26
Hi there, topic.
Time for a kick in the pants.

This was a shoot-first, look later type of photograph. I took a macro lens to the beach expecting to do some close-ups, but had to take this pic for some reason. This is a good 6 feet away to frame the whole thing. Too bad I got the footprints. (I cropped one out, but couldn't cut the other.) Oh well, I'll have to do some photoshopping some time.

I cam almost smell the salt now.
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post #26 of 26
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Where's the pic spirit?



A friend, playing a Rodriguez.
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