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November 16th, 2004 #1
Morbids Photo Thread - Oceans and mountains, a birdie and a fisherman [jan 9]
I got my camera about 2 weeks ago, a Canon Powershot A95.
I removed the old pictures to save bandwidth.
Old pics -> http://goto.glocalnet.net/dkvahome/bilder.htm
NEW PICTURES AT THE LAST PAGE
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60 views and nobody has anything to say?
November 19th, 2004 #3Registered User
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thats how it works!
i have over 150...still no posts, it sucks.
the lighting on the first is weird, yet cool way!
other than that, not to be rude, but some of the shots seem kinda plain, ya need some spice on that steak!
But i would say the color and lighting is very well done.
is this a digi cam or manual? how much for this camera?
November 19th, 2004 #4
Thanks for replying!
It seems like most people just browse around this photo forum without replying... The camera is a digicam, canon powershot a95. Bought it for about 350$ here in sweden and Im very happy with it so far. I havent tried many cameras before so I dont have much to compare with but anyways.
Ill check your thread out!
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November 19th, 2004 #5
i must say sweden is BEAUTIFUL! my favorite one is the cabin...i like them..but im plain...lol...
I am not completely insane, some parts are still missing...
November 20th, 2004 #6
Hey thanks alot buddy!
November 22nd, 2004 #7
Some new shots I took yesterday.
EDIT*** Photos removed, read the first message. ***EDIT
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November 22nd, 2004 #8
hey morbid, i like these photos a lot. you just made me want to visit sweden.
my favorites out of this batch are the second one (the upshot of the trees) and the starfish. hope you post more!
November 22nd, 2004 #9
OMG the starfish picture is SO cool... The lack of depth of field makes it even better. The lighting works very well too. I really like your work! Keep it up! SMILE BIG
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November 23rd, 2004 #12
Quietadrian, mollyduker, roger, Sanby - big thanks for the compliments! Gives my confidence a real boost!
Ill will post more when I get the time to take them, that is when I dont have so much school work...
November 29th, 2004 #13
I LOVE the upshot of the tree, never thought of that. Also like the last one on the first post, the sun rays are sweet.
Also the airplane one is also a good one...if the airplane wasnt there i would of just pased it by sine it would of been kinda sorta a normal sunset or sundown pic. But nice photos.
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Very good stuff, Morbid! My favorite is the one with the frozenarfish. Sweden is just beautiful. I had 2 roommates from Sweden and I wish I could go visit them Keep up the good work!
Last edited by JudgePagan; December 1st, 2004 at 11:01 AM. Reason: I meant FROZEN STARFISH not "frozenarfish". Sorry I just got up and haven't had coffee yet :-P
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December 3rd, 2004 #16
Sancho and Pagan - thank you, Im glad you like them!
Mort - tack så mycket!
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January 6th, 2005 #20
Just came back from Thailand. A little traumatized by the catastrophy that happened, though I was at the other side of the country. Still I took a lot of photos down there and Im posting my favourites. And Ill spare you the family photos.
Leaving cold Sweden
The beach by the hotel.
An island we went to.
Feeding the monkeys.
"The Railway of Death".
Taking the train on The Railway of Death.
Sunset from the train.
The bridge over River Kwai.
Cows roaming the streets of Hua Hin.
A monk on a bike.
Taken from a taxi.
Two vertical panoramas of the waterfalls.
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May 5th, 2005 #26
i sat comparing the netral and the halo version of the pipe, really cool stuff. i'm liking it as your avatar haha
the stairs are cool but yea the sky is rather blown out. what you could do(not sure how replicate the effect in the darkroom) is make a selection of all parts of the sky in PS and knock it out of the existing photo, then make a layer of the original behind the current photo and intensify the color to make it pop. i wish i knew how to do something like this in the darkroom, but alas i've only begun my journey into photography. really great version though, some good light and shadow and nice colors
May 6th, 2005 #27
For starters, Injection, doing the burning and dodging effects that he is creating in photoshop would be fairly hard in a traditional dark room. Thats why most photographers try to expose right the first time on the film so that they don't have to compensate in the dark room. A good way to get around this is bracketing, or, shoot several shots of the same composition. First shot, under expose the shot by two stops on your camera, second shot, shoot for perfect exposure by your light meter, last shot, over expose the shot by two stops. In this way you can get different amounts of detail in different areas of the picture. The over exposed shots will have more detail in the shadows and the under exposed will have minimal detail in the shadows. Its been a while so I might have that backwards. Also the other thing you can do is meter your shots for the part of the picture you want perfectly exposed. Like if you want all the details in a shadow in one picture, you would center the shot on the shadow and meter the light, then keeping the same exposure settings shoot the picture the way you want it framed.
Secondly, Morbid, you got a good idea of where to start in photography. I do think however you need to focus a bit more on composition. As a photographer each element that gets left in or out of the picture is more and more critical. It is also for this reason that most people that learn photography do so in black and white. By changing your work over to black and white you can start to see the design and shape elements formed in your compositions. In color this tends to be a bit harder to do. My friend who works as a photographer will sometimes shoot with his digital first in black and white to get an idea of what shapes the lights and darks are making. Then he will shoot the same shot again in color.
Part of the reason that the arches picture is so strong is because the picture has a good round composition with the few verticals in it to break the circle your eyes follow on the picture. By darkening in the arches you increased the contrast and increased the strongest element in the composition. As you get further and further into photography you even have to start paying attention to how the negative shapes work in the picture.
Last, and most important, photography is the medium of light, so really focus on the lighting in your picture. I have friends that will sit and wait with a tripod for hours waiting to get the light they want in a shot. The light that falls on a subject in a photograph can potentially change every minute. So every minute is that chance for a different picture.
If you want the best book you could ever get on photography I would suggest Photography, by Prentice Hall Publishing. It is one of the most comprehensive books on photography I have found and well worth the investment in it. I have been told that some photographers refer to it as their bible.
Keep up the good work man. Your photos only get better and better the more of them you shoot.
May 6th, 2005 #28
Thanks. I like your B/W shots! Think Im gonna try some black and white.
I think your right about composition, the only thing I really pay attention to when taking my photos is the rule of 3rds and where i place the horison. If I shoot macro i think about the depth of field too but thats about it... would you suggest I shoot some b/w shots to get better shapes and composition?? I will also check out the book you recommend. Thank you very much for your comprehensive reply!
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May 6th, 2005 #29
I would say go ahead and shoot some BW. It won't hurt your skills any. Plus you will also get a chance to see how the silver crystals give your photos a different texture. Thats the main reason that people fall in love with traditional dark room work.
As far as the rule of thirds, thats a good place to start, but it can tend to start to make all your pics look the same. I would highly recommend that you look up the word Notan and talk to your teacher about it. Notan is a Japanese word for the shapes formed by the objects in a composition, which includes the positive and negative shapes. There are several exercises you can do to practice the shapes your pictures are making and those can help. For instance take BW construction paper and cut random shapes out of the black and place it on the white. Pay attention to how the white paper behind will start to form different shapes that your eye will gravitate to. Also too look at how sharp angles at the edges of your composition will draw the eye.
Another exercise you can do is to draw squares and randomly put lines through of different weights. You will start to see how different objects and their sizes/shapes will bring about different feelings. For instance square objects are perceived more solid, round objects will seem softer, triangles balanced on the tip will seem fragile and unstable. Also people will perceive objects differently depending on where they are placed in the composition. Objects at the bottom seem grounded and more stable, objects near the top more lofty and dreamy.
So as you can see composition is not the easiest thing in the world but the more time you spend thinking about it the better you get at it. Above all though I say shoot till your hearts content. Most people I know have to shoot several rolls to get 4-6 prints that are really good that they like. When I shoot for a show or an assignment I will shoot 2-4 rolls around the same idea or theme to get the shots I want to use for the series. The more time you spend looking through a camera the better your gonna get, just like drawing in a sketch book.
Keep up the good work though, I can already see improvement.
May 7th, 2005 #30
Thank you again for your reply, you seem to know alot about composition! I think my photos so far have been more about colors than composition, because when I tried black and white i was very dissapointed. But it made me realise that I can improve alot by studying composition. I have a digital camera by the way. I just use the black and white mode, so unforunately I won't see the difference in crystal texture. I have no teacher either, I've learned all I know by myself (and the internet). I've taken about 3000 pics so far. I was going to take photography at school but I didnt get a place in the class.
What you say about composition sounds really interesting, I'm gonna check out that Notan thing for sure!
I was at our cottage yesterday and today, and I tokk around 200 shots. Most were crap but we had really interesting weather. There was like a flash of sunlight every 5 minutes, because it was very windy and cloudy. I had some fun experimenting with the flash. I found out that if the background is overexposed, I can meter the light for the backgrund and use the flash to light up the subject. Also I sometimes used a piece of paper or a dead leaf to diffuse the flash if it was too sharp.