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    Eye of the tourist

    I wanted to share with you a number of photographies I have taken during my journeys.

    They vary quite a lot in what the quality of the image is concerned - my cameras have evolved and so have I...

    I know I cannot compare these snapshots with the truly artistic images I have seen on the forum, but they may be worth wasting a minute or so to look at.

    The first set are a collection of images representing the sky - sunset, sunrise, clouds, they all fascinate me!

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    The following are a set of photos I took inside the medieval castle of Rasnov, Romania.

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    And, to top it all up, here is a picture of my grandfather, in two versions:

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    I hope you have enjoyed looking at them!

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    Ouch, I'm really sorry for the size of them babies... I had no idea they would look so monstruous...

    Could anyone give me a tip about the way I could shrink images before posting them?
    Thanks!

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    Go to the pictures in Photobucket and go to edit

    i would suggest clicking 50%, but you could always do 75% (and if you need to you could do it twice which would be the equivalent of doing about 52%) and then they'll be smaller

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    Thanks, Shade!

    I think they look better now, don't you?

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    much! now i can actually see them!

    I must say the first one is definately my favourite. You have a good eye for composition and have managed to capture a sort of archetypal (blah spelling) straight on picture with the wheel and the wall. The first of the two houses is a very nice picture and has a nice composition and feel. I just wish the point on the roof wasnt touching the frame of the picture

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    you can see them? i can't. they are humongous. its ok tho. just remember that some of us dont' have big screens

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    Molly when you open the page again press the refresh button


    that should show that they're smaller

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    got it! i like these. the colors are aweomse. i like the yellow house with the wheels best.
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    nice pictures! my favourite is the house with the crucifix... and your clouds/ sky-fotos look great. i like it that you set the horizon of the cityscapes so low that the sky becomes the dominant part of the picture.

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    picture NR 12 are really great!

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    Thank you all for your comments!

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    Thank you for your comments, they are most encourajing!


    I totally agree with you, Shade - the tip of the yellow house should never have touched the frame. My mind told my hands just that, but my hands, aparently tired after a full day, decided otherwise...
    I'm glad you like the first one. It nealrly cost me my leg. I was inside the Montemor Castle, in Portugal, chasing the sunset and I totally forgot about the closing hour. The keeper locked me inside and went about his business. I had to jump from a 3-3.5 metre high wall to get out.

    Thank you, too, stine, for your comments. I do indeed believe that the sky is so marvelous, multiformous and surprising, that it deserves to be the primadonna in a photo.

    What pains me, guys, is that I somehow fail to create an artistic photo. My pictures are only as beautiful as the things captured. When it comes to creating a setting or to make a portrait, I fail utterly.
    Any advice on the subject?

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    hi! i know what you mean with the "artistic"-problem. sometimes i think the motive is great, but it still looks like a snapshot. i found that the presentation and the format change the whole appearance of a photo. a frame for example and a unusual or at least non-camera-standard format helps. so cropping is sometimes a good thing to do -- for example i would get rid of the people walking by the house with the cruzifix.
    you have a good eye for a subject. so it's just a question of a little "tweaking"... i know i don't take pictures as good as most of the guys here, but i hope i could help a little...

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    That really looks great, stine!

    No, I don't mind the fact that you tweaked one of my photos - it really does look better. I think I've always felt that "tweaking" was a bit of "cheating" and therefore avoided it. But now that I think of it, it needs not be...

    After all, a photo is a fragmented view of a continuous world, a patch surgically removed from it. So why not stress this fragmentation by adding a frame or by changing the proportions?

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    i hope you don't mind me using one of your photos to show you what i meant and that you don't think i ruined it...

    Eye of the tourist

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    exactly! i always feel like cheating, too.
    and there are a lot of people on this forum that can achieve great things without photoshop and i really admire that!

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    Here are two other pictures - one, following your advice to frame it, the other not edited, pure like a new born babe!

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    This angel is part of the decoration of the Exeter Cathedral



    Eye of the tourist

    This one was taken in Cambridge, after a rainy night.

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    That crop job does look much better Stine! And although i have absolutely no problem with editing pictures i do not do it with mine. Mainly i do not crop my photographs at all. Perhaps thats because im satisfied with the framing, or maybe its just because i like the shape that they're taken in, but i rarely ever crop them. And i like that last picture of the flower a lot - i would just suggest flipping it horizontally so that the flower was on the left instead of the right. I think it would look better that way. Maybe you can try doing that and posting to show us? or maybe i can do it lol.

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    Well, Shade, I would rather post another picture, taken at the same time and in the same garden:

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    The first is the original, while the second is flipped. I think I prefer the original.

    As a bonus, I would like to show you a recent picture:

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    Does that reek of bad taste to you?
    I'm always afraid that my pictures are too common-place, too little original...

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    i tried flipping the other one myself and in both cases i like the original better - you're right. It's just that theres something drawing my eye to the left.


    I like the silhouette picture. And do NOT worry about unoriginality. What i did when i started was try to mimick anything professional that interested me - its not that i went and looked at an ad or photo and tried to mimick it myself, it's that i had an idea in my head of what i remember professional ones being like and then i mimicked that when i was taking my own pictures. Until your profession is photography do not worry. And i dont think that is common-place, cliche or unoriginal.

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    Back again! You may have noticed I have made some changes to my original post.

    In this message, I would like to show you one of my experiments with the rule of thirds:

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    Wouldn't you agree that the first image, though made "by the book", respecting the rule of thirds looks more "tame", more "ordinary", less spectacular than the third?

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    More silhouettes

    I'm glad you liked the silhouette photo, Shade!

    Here are some more:

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    This is the Black Church, in Brasov, Romania

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    This is the Olivais Church in Coimbra, Portugal


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    And this one has been taken at the seaside, in Eforie Nord, Romania.

    I hope you liked them!

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    i really like your silhouette-shots, especially the third one looks very interesting! and the new photo of your grandfather is great! have you tried turning that into a b/w? maybe the background could use a little blur so that you can concentrate on the face, but it's a wondeful scene!

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    Oh, and a final one for today:

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    This picture is, to my mind, both good and bad. It is good in what the subject and atmosphere are concerned (this is the orthodox church of the Sinaia Monastery, in Romania), but an utter failure in what the focus, lighting and every other technical aspect is concerned. And it has a LOT of noise. (I took this with a Mustek DC5500Z - not a great piece of machinery)

    Do you think that editing it with Photoshop could improve things?

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    There, Stine, I've added the BW. And I've also dropped the razor blade, which had no place in there.

    Which one do you prefer? I think I'll go for the BW...

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    hmmmm, i like the b/w better, but it could use a little more contrast. did you transformed it into grayscale? cause i would leave it a color-photo and desaturate it to keep more values... and i would keep the blade. i like the contrast between the fast movement and your grandfather's patience...

    and about the orthodox church - i don't think it's so bad. maybe you could get some more details with level-control and combine that with a little more yellow on the mid-tones. that usually helps with really dark pictures...

    hope it could help...

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    In your first post I love the one of the house. Thats a beautiful house. These are all really good.

    The last one, I think that if it was less dark it would be more interesting. It seems like a place that would have a lot of things too look at and in your picture most of its dark. Its a nice mood, but Id like to seem more of the building if that makes sense .

    Nice job.

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    Thanks for the comment, Ilori!

    I might try to make the church picture more visible. It hasn't really crossed my mind that somebody might want detail in it - to me, the image of the dome of an orthodox church is so familiar that I was more intersted in the lighting effect rather than in the detail of the interior frescos.

    Unfortunately, there is little we can do against our cultural prejudices...

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    I was thinking I should show you some flowers of my own. They are no match to yours, Shade and Stine, but anyway...

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    and finis coronat opus:

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    Rather blurry, the last one... Offf, I just hate it when such small details like the twitch of a hand ruin what might be a fine photo!

    I also know I should practice with the f-stops, but I never seem to remember when to use a large f and when to use a small one. Besides, most of these pictures have been taken while on trips, so I cannot spend much time adjusting points of view and other fine details...

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    "I was thinking I should show you some flowers of my own. They are no match to yours, Shade and Stine, but anyway..."

    That is very flattering, but dont think that when you post photographs they need to be compared to other peoples here. I'm pretty tired now and have tons of work to do so im not gonna stay on these boards long but i just wanted to comment briefly here - i'll be back later to comment more. The photo you showed with two versions where you spoke about the rule of thirds - Both photographs actually employ this rule IMO. When you change the shape of the picture the thirds change as well and the way they apply also varies. Both crops employ the rule of thirds and both are good.

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