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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)
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.
Last edited by Obsidian; September 16th, 2007 at 12:12 PM.
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.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Camera: Canon 20D
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.
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:
13. (this one I autolevel-ed in photoshop but Iím not quite happy with it, it seems too cartoonish)
19. Iím not sure how I feel about this one.... how can one feel about dead shopping carts?
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
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.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Camera: Canon 20D
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)
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.
36. not incredibly artistic, but too pretty not to share
Oh no, not crit begging!
In a superbrief crit, 28 is awesome and 34 .... isn't.
i really like your photos. the angles you take them at make for some really neat ones.
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.
39. Itís mushroom season! [although I think Morbidís photographs already announced that]
46. And finally an obligatory flower picture
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:
Last edited by Obsidian; April 7th, 2007 at 09:23 PM.
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.
Thanks for the comment Morbid.
About the last pic - I tried cropping out the bottom and it looked worse, I think it's one of those shots that looks promising but you just can't seem to get right (or... maybe I'm the only one that happens to)
bit of an update
48. okay getting obvious I have a bit of a thing for lit lamps whilst it's still light out
49. you can see my reflection... I think
51. dead baby
I keep going back to the fire-hydrant - the pattern and colors are great
Well I was forced into black and white photography since I had forgotten I set my camera to black and white when I was messing around with it a couple of days ago, and subsequently didnít notice my photos werenít in colour. Iím a sharp one.
Again crits warmly welcomed and sought after.
55. a bit wonky
I really like number 50, but here's what I think would improve it. I know sometimes people don't want to mess around with photoshop, but sometimes it can help, I think. I would straighten slightly, crop a little bit off the top, and clone out the little ledge on the upper right. I would also adjust the levels, to punch up the colors a little. But that's just me. Good thought. I like windows, too.
Yay window love!!
Hmmm yeah I normally donít like photoshop, but for that photo I did use it because it was high up so the original photo was very wonky (plus I took it in a hurry - I was getting barked at by a scary dog, and getting evil glances from itís owner like I was tormenting it by being on the other side of the fence... and that I just hop over already so it could bite my head off and be happy):
anyway I messed around with 50 slightly... it still looks wonky though, but I canít figure out why:
Oooh, speaking of windows, I saw a beautiful one yesterday, it was ancient, rustic and slightly woebegone looking. It had peeling white paint and vines caressing it - I fell quite in love. Unfortunately I was very late so I couldnít stop to admire it
(also apologies if this post in incoherent.... sleep deprived here)
Wonderfull work ! i especially love those ones : 1,4,5,13,16,18,19,29,35,39,45,46 ! Great composition, texture and colors on these pictures. What is your camera Obsidian ? Reflex , Bridge , Digital Reflex ?
Last edited by SebKaine; April 14th, 2007 at 10:41 AM.
I like the way the shadow on the wall in number 56 looks like a tree!
Maybe you could come and give my photos some pointers...
Ah sorry for the late reply guys
SebKaine - Thanks, and I PMed you
Swift - Thank you! and I didnít even notice that till you pointed that out
purplerose - Thanks, Iíll mess around with cropping a bit more.
So hereís a few new ones.
I really like the pattern in #59. I'm not so sure about the grass triangle though. May have to play around with that. =)
#61 looks a bit unbalanced to me. Maybe a little too bottom heavy? The more I look at it now, I think it may be that bright oval that's throwing me off.
I love the contrast in #64 and #62. =)
Last edited by purplerose; May 3rd, 2007 at 01:20 AM.
purplerose - thanks a lot for the input!!
here's a couple more:
65. two second exposures without a tripod are FUN!
holy, sixty six pictures
Last edited by Obsidian; April 30th, 2007 at 01:10 AM.
I guess I should put this in my thread:
My entry for the photo challenge 'ghost'
68. Messing around with photoshop
69. Really this can be rotated any way and it looks just as weird
70. I liked these windows but I was late for my bus so this is all I took, crappy quality and not great cropping (I'd like more at the bottom) - mainly here to remind me to go back and take a better one.
71. Garbage man of doom?
69, man, what on earth did you do there? That's beyond me, LOL. But a great way to get to a nice abstract.
Garbage man of doom, indeed, but to hammer that impression home I'd suggest converting it to black and white and toning it down somehow. The sunny, go-happy lighting of the background kind of ruins the menacing impression (which is there in the pic. Ambiguous shot. Do something to it!)
Your challenge entry is just freakin ace. Really otherworldy and from the color palette and wetness of all of the forms in there it reminds me of William Turner. (english painter, forerunner of impressionism)Do you know him?
With 69 it actually wasn't anything that fancy, it was just a nice reflection - but thanks
With garbage man of doom, I worked on it a while ago but I'm currently without photoshop so I'll just post what I got so far;
And thanks again on the challenge entry. No I haven't heard of him (actually you said 'william turner' and I got images of pirates flashing through me head ) but i looked up his stuff, and it's quite lovely.