some good advice there as usal legab, I do like the idaer of the light paintings, im a sucker for simitry though lol, sorry
Le Gab: Thanks, I'd never heard that before, I'll keep it in mind during taking and post-processing. I can see how that would work when thinking back on better photos. I'm not going to resub my entry (I did that last week, I don't want it to become a habit) but I may post a comparison later with fine lines superimposed on a re-cropped version. Also, I've added you on MSN now so I can run photos past you before submitting them on here
Sam: This is about as good as I got for symmetry, it didn't have much life though so I didn't include it in the initial group. We're going to try them somewhere darker next time to get better images, and ramp up the ISO for some ones with glowsticks.
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AAARGH! not pictures of my lame ass firespinning. Otherwise .. fantastic photos, but I've already told you what I think Showing some deffinite improvement. Keep it up Klips!
Skaters in Belcompton today
Revisiting an old theme (but better this time)
All of them could probably do with a little cropping, but I'm feeling slack tonight.
On number one the cropping should be a bit higher so that i dont get to see the entire bridge stucture. It's the way i feel it, i dunno, maybe you felt it different. . However I'm really liking the use of negative space.
The second one is quite good. I like.
The same goes for number 3.
on all these, as an overall critique, they could use some color correction. Usually, colors are the ones giving the mood and the drama.
I'm really thrilled, these are looking very good. Keep showing more!
Thanks eazym, he's yet to land one, but the photo doesn't show that (fortunately).
Gabriel, thanks again for an in depth analysis . I played with the colour correction on the skater, but it was difficult to get right due to the conditions (overcast, with the good angle causing backlighting). I'm just switched over to RAW though, so as I will have to do most post processing it means I will be less lazy about things like this.
More from today! yay!
And that's a wrap people. This lot could do with better lighting, the problem being that this skatepark is designed to be in the shade during the afternoon (when most people skate it) so it kills the good lighting that comes during the morning. Not yet sure how I'm going to fix this, except for maybe moving to a new park so please feel free to crit the colours, but I've done the best I can and I'd rather have a focus on composition issues ^_^
Last edited by klips; October 22nd, 2006 at 07:30 AM.
Goddamn, I look hardcore. Good timing on that one.
My sketchbook Critical Feedback = Luv
and substantially less hardcore when getting beaten up by a girl...
(just a note for everyone, he made it to grass in the one where he's in flight. bastard.)
Man, someones going to die one of these days.. You guys be careful(and girl?)
On the photographic part, good captures.. Not much of photos though. See if you can go on a night shoot, lots of lights, think of compositions before you implement this.. and go have a great shoot!
We train hard, but we're usually safe (except for the guy who shattered his kneecap). And we have two girls in the crew, which is good as it means we're a group of people training as opposed to a bunch of dudes running rampant
A night shoot would be fun, and we currently have ideas for one. The problem is going to be in the lighting, is there somewhere you know of with recommendations for night shots? We were thinking about lots of torches and those heat reflectors you put on car windscreens, plus the flash, but weren't sure if this would work/be enough/distort colours/etc.
one more thing, you said "On the photographic part, good captures.. Not much of photos though." I'm not sure I understand what you mean, could you clarify for me.
I feel like you are getting better, but maybe branch out more from skate photos. They are really awesome, and I am not saying stop taking skating photos, but maybe try others ones too. I like the guy and the girl in the grass and each post is better than the last.
Good work. Maybe starting thinking a little more in terms of lighting (I saw that you said its not great in the afternoon, but maybe try going early in the morning or something) because your pictures are starting to get redunant in terms of similar subject and similar lighting and composition, imo.
Thanks molly, I've been doing just that recently but I'm not getting anything I'm happy with, so that skate stuff is to make me feel good . Something I do need to so is get around more (and at different times), but due to uni and work I find it hard to visit the other skate parks in canberra on weekdays, and weekends are usually full. I will be getting a new lens very soon though, and this will mean that I can take new photos and hopefully get a wider range of stuff (and it will motivate me to get up earlier).
Unfortunately the guy and girl is not my photo, just one taken on my camera. I would have loved to have got it though . Thanks for the comments, I'll post some of my new, non skate stuff soon,as well as some more skate stuff if it's noticeably different.
Okay, the big thing at the moment from a few places seems to be 'dude, we can see you can take pics of skaters and traceurs in the afternoon, no try something else'. Unfortunately the afternoon is still the time, but now there are no people in this set! Please crit me as harshly as you want, and I'd prefer specific stuff but if you're in a rush then feel free to generalise.
fire at the interchange
not the cube
pool edge (skate related, but nt a skater )
Ribs II (I loved the original so much I had to try to imitate it, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery)
Let me know how I did, and thanks for looking.
These are good and I can't come up with any other crit than the already mentioned... light/time of the day. Your photos would be even greater if shot in different lighting situations. High noon isn't quite the best time of the day, even tho the amount of light is at its peak, it makes some of the images look flat and dull. For example: the "trolleys" and "fire at the interchange" doesn't quite work in those lighting situations (IMO)
Also, try B&W with the "lost" photograph. It would create more oomph to it (note the texture/pattern in the wood pattern, B&W is all about patterns & textures (again only in my own opinion))
I've got some new stuff here, experiments rather than polished works but I would like crits on how to improve them. The one problem is that they're all grainy as I was shooting bands at night, and forgot to turn it back from ISO 800 so please ignore this.
Fatherly love (needs a crop maybe, but not sure where. also, the tree in the background is annoying.)
Skater at night
Bike on wall (This would have been a great session if I'd remembered to use my flash. As it was, this was the only salvageable one, and it's not really that good).
I will be doing more night stuff soon, hopefully with better prep next time and maybe even new location(s).
Le Gab: The feeling is mutual, we should have children
Okay, bikes at night (weston park, never been there before). Also, usin the flash this time ^_^
Tailwhip (okay, from civic, but at least it's new)
Plus some non actions ones:
And the lovely sunset that decided to occur on the day I decided I wanted a sunset photo:
I know, everyone's yawning at the skaters, shaddup already:
Also, here's a more conceptual one:
I'm hoping to get that blue guitar back for something else soon as well.
Crits would be appreciated, and thanks to everyone who has been. I've been a little slack on my critting recently, but I'll get back into it after exams.
You're still improving, but there are still areas that could use improvement. I think what I need to do is meet up with you sometimes and go out photographing and do the crits then and there. Because I can never get all my thoughts accross clearly on the net. Plus it means we can try shots again till they're right.
Im thinking that it's good I'm going to a new page soon, it'll take a lot less time to load . If I could be bothered I'd go through and but all the IMG tags, but I realy can't to be honest. Maybe later.
Some from the session at belco today. Crits are appreciated. Also, I'm likely to be posting stuff tomorrow as I am going down again, but this time with friends!
Here's a big update, as I haven't posted anything in here for a while. Let me know what you think:
Bands at the phoenix:
These are a bastard to shoot, as I have to go at 18mm if I want 3.5 and that's still at ISO 800, hence the noise. I am hoping to get a 50mm f1.7 soon, and that will make things a lot easier.
Eileen Fransisco (over two nights)
This was a great evening spent with my friend Blair. Geelong is about a 9 hour drive from where I live, so it's unlikely I'll go there again soon
G3 (my favourite)
And finally, mucking around at a friend's uni presentation:
No, this is really finally, my insignificant photo challenge entry that I just forgot to post:
Crits are appreciated, specific ones especially so (even if it's just on one or two). I especially like ones that tell me what I could do better next time (hint hint )
well too bad mr drinkable tap water, specifics are for those with decent rivers
i'm just going to say, band photography = yay
geelong = why'd you go there if you have tap water in your OWN state?! EH? [yes yes, territory] nah i'm kidding, they're good pics, the bin in the second one is a bit ehhhh but nothing you can do about it, at least its out of focus, & the clouds are rather rad.
D3 is pretty cool but a bit dark... no i dont mean the black bits, i mean HE is, if poooosssible, [& if it doesnt look too bad], i'd somehow make him lighter... but i dont know how so once again, i'm helpful.
and i like your insignificant photo, pity you forgot to post it.
for some odd reason, i feel like i'd like it more if the horizontal lines were parallel to the top. then again, if it were like that, i'd probably want it the other way round.
but yes, as you said somewhere above, i think you should make a new thread, this takes toooooo loooonnnggg
i just like complaining
sorry if that's incoherent & rambly, its past my bedtime.
fuck. i just lost my response to your thead.
in a nutshell (and rather blunt... hope i dont offend): most of your photos are boring. i dont get a sense of action, or danger, etc.
and its funny to me that the one photo i really liked alot was one you thought was bad:
also, there are a few that really caught my eye, but with better cropping they could be stunning.
just keep in mind the rule of thirds.
and keep taking photos.
Sez: Thanks, oh citizen of the city of light. It's only another 4 comments until I hit the next page, and that will make things easy again.
Complete: Thanks for the comment, although I have to admit I'm a bit puzzled by it. I know a fair amount of recent stuff isn't very action orientated, but this was due to people telling me to do other stuff. I still take a lot of skate/bike/parkour photos, but I don't post them as they are pretty same-ish and will be until I can get out at different times (need more sunset stuff etc, also when I get a remote flash). Basically, this my long and rambly way of saying could you please give me some specific crits on both "boring" ones and some of the god ones that could be better through cropping, even if it's just letting me know which ones are which.
yeah, i lost my original post, so that comment was pretty blunt and not very descriptive.
well, in a nutshell, most of the action oriented shots are the ones i refered to as being boring... not the others.
they just dont have any feeling, emotion... its really hard for me to explain...
they just feel very static, and alot of them are putting the subject right smack dab in the middle of the frame.
for me, photography is an artform. and it feels like alot of these are more or less into the "documentation" side of photography....
theres photography, then theres taking pictures of an event. to me, those are completely different.
these action shots feel more like "this is my friend doing this trick, and this is my friend doing a different trick"
like people taking pics of their aunt bertha on vacation "this is bertha in front of the eifel tower, this is bertha in front of the elephant turd monument"
does that make sense?
i feel like im rambling... cant seem to find the words i want to use to explain what i mean...
i guess the harsh way to put it would be to say that they aren't very creative.
but thats the challenge with the subjects you've got, they're moving, its hard to set up an interesting shot when your subject is so unpredictable.
anyway, hope that made some sort of sense, and i'm seriously not trying to offend. just throwing out some of my thoughts.
i cant pick out specific shots at the moment... its almost 3am, i need to crash.
Some more bands, but this time in a new and even worse lit venue. That said, I had a lot of fun, so it wasn't a complete waste of time, even if it increased my throw/kill ratio somewhat.
Dappled Cities Fly:
And just a flashback to the days of grainy as hell black and white rock 'zines (yes, I know that noise and grain are very different but hey)
Crits are greatly appreciated.