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    Obsidian's Photography Thread (update Sept 15th with bullets! :P )

    Hello, Iíve been lurking for awhile and figured Iíd post some of my photos so I can get some much needed feedback.

    Iím quite new to photography (well Iíve been interested in it for awhile, though my thought process always seemed to be along the lines of Ďoh that would make a good photoí but not taking it) and I havenít studied photography (something I intend to do when Iíve got more time).

    Critiques are warmly welcomed but please be gentle

    Hereís a few and Iíll post more later (well if I donít get my head bitten off :p)

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    Oh, and a couple of questions.
    I always have problems trying to figure out what lines should be vertical, any pointers for that?
    When you take pictures of strangers do you ask them permission first? Iíve seen some beautiful shots but havenít taken the picture for fear that if I asked them theyíd move or loose their expression - so I just try and take a freeze frame in my mind (which obviously doesnít last long).

    And also! I always feel guilty taking pictures of buildings or things like that because it's not my art it's the architectures art. hah. Am I alone in this?

    btw sorry if they're a bit huge photobucket was being stupid.

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    Its nice to see another person from Toronto on the boards

    You definitely have a very good eye for photographic composition and you seem to be aware of it. Generally you should ask for people's permission before taking a photograph.

    Don't worry about taking photographs of architecture, the photograph is still your art regardless of whether or not you made the things in it. Anyway your building shot is one of your best if not your best. I just dont like how the building is cut off at the top.

    Overall you're definitely a very good photographer especially for an amatuer. Keep taking photographs, keep sharing them with us. You seem to composition pretty down pat but if you're interested you could look up the rules for composition, like the rule of thirds or playing with depth of perception and always playing with lines.

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    Hello! Welcome! You have some great shots here, #3, 5, & 6 in particular! I think #5 would look even better if it was in B&W and you worked a bit on it by burning and dodging.

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    Shade - Thanks!
    Iíll definitely look up that stuff over the weekend.
    Those pictures from Toronto were just from a visit, I live a couple of hours away... thought I better point that out right away I wouldnít want to be guilty of fostering a false sense of compatriotism in you
    But I enjoyed it very much, youíve got a lovely town there.
    And btw Iím fully qualified to make that judgment since (for the majority of the time) I wasnít acting like a regular tourist
    ďomgz look itís the TOWER quick take a pictureĒ then five minutes later ďoh look itís the tower from five degrees to the left, take another one!!!!Ē

    satisfaction - Thank you, I see what you mean about #5 Iíll try and work on it this weekend, if I get a good result Iíll post it.

    Well hereís a few more:
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    13. (this one I autolevel-ed in photoshop but Iím not quite happy with it, it seems too cartoonish)
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    19. Iím not sure how I feel about this one.... how can one feel about dead shopping carts?
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    Well this is turning into more of an ďObsidianís photo threadĒ... can I edit the post name?
    Actually thatís more of a may I than can I - I know itís possible Iím just not too sure of the etiquette around here yet

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    Hah yes you can edit the photo thread name to whatever you want whenever

    and whereabouts are you from then?


    As for these new photographs they almost all have a very nice feeling and odd angle to them which is refreshing, you certainly have an eye for composition whether or not its a conscious thing. Keep up the great work.

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    Thanks again Shade.
    I guess my sense of composition is tending towards the unconscious - it’s more of a how right everything looks kind of thing.
    I wish they would look either right or wrong but unfortunately there’s lots of grey area in between where most of my photos fall.

    Any tips on how I can improve?


    Here’s some more
    (all the photo's I've posted (including these) were taken within the last month)

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    Crits - anybody?
    ....donít make me beg!

    Alright this is the last batch I swear, and today Iím going to go run around with my camera, see what I find.

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    36. not incredibly artistic, but too pretty not to share
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    Oh no, not crit begging!

    In a superbrief crit, 28 is awesome and 34 .... isn't.

    "Try and post the most artsy, we're very protective of our artsiness over here." - Rhynome, on the photo phorum

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    i really like your photos. the angles you take them at make for some really neat ones.

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    #14 works for me. The lines and simplicity, and geometry are solid

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    Klips - When I read your reply I wasnít at my computer [I was at a library] and none of the pictures showed up so I didnít know which picture 34 was but I guessed and I guessed right because that one I wasnít too happy with.
    And 28? well Iím glad somebody liked it, I had to get down on a garbage room floor and it didnít smell very lovely at all.
    Thanks for the brief but honest crit

    iriskillsthecornea - Thanks! [on a side note, you say Ďneatí I like you]

    eazym - Thank you

    Well I did as I said I would - I ran around with my camera.
    For anyone watching me take the picture of the spider it would have been rather funny for Iím slightly afraid of them [yes even though that one was less than a cm] and it kept jumping up near my camera, so I would get all close to it, try and take a picture - it would jump, I would jump and then Iíd start back at the beginning

    So here they are:

    37. high ISO still not sharp, pisses me off.
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    39. Itís mushroom season! [although I think Morbidís photographs already announced that]
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    46. And finally an obligatory flower picture
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    Okay so I do realize I bombarded the shit out of you guys but if you could just pick one and crit it, that would still be wonderfully helpful - especially since right now I’ve got no clue what I’m doing, I’m taking pictures in the dark [so to speak ].

    Here’s one from yesterday:

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    Yay mushrooms!
    I like 29,43,45 best here. That ladybug shot is simple but nice. You are definitely on the right track.
    In the last pic I think the branch is distracting. Maybe it would be better without the things at the bottom also.

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