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Sep 2, 2011 19:34:05   #
Big Nickel Loc: New Hampshire
 
this photo was taken with a

Canon EOS Rebel T3
f/5.6 1/125 sec. ISO-800 34mm


any input would be great!



Thanks

Big Nickel

Fungi Photo
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Sep 3, 2011 05:52:59   #
dpullum Loc: Tampa Florida
 
Basically a great shot, subject,color contrast, vertical low angle of the shot,,, many great elements,, but lots of junk was also photographed. Next time do a little gardening before shooting. Remove log (yes, twig) front rt half, the green sprig, F-Left, the balanced fiber like thing on Mushroom, the twig center on left side.

The rest of the things, such as, green sprig 3/4 to right up to center, the white blob upper left, can be removed by photo edit tools, such as clone. then crop to make your main subject the main subject.

If possible move to give background line a more level line.

And last my greatest personal sin that I commit over and over,,,, not taking many shots of the subject,,,, memory is cheap and can be over written,,,, this is not costly film,,, shoot shoot shoot. How many shots of this subject?

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Sep 3, 2011 08:43:48   #
Big Nickel Loc: New Hampshire
 
I usually take three shots of whatever I'm shooting.

thanks for the tips I'm new to this so my thinking was take the shot just the way it was without disturbing the area.

but I'll take your advice then post what I come up with.


Thanks
Big Nickel

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Sep 3, 2011 09:37:11   #
dpullum Loc: Tampa Florida
 
Yes, you and I think the same regarding recording what was there. However, I was talking to a guy who was there an hour before you and he added the junk elements I mentioned just to add artifact to your photos!!! (not really)

I shot my entry for the camera club; the monthly theme was "glass". I thought it to be a beautiful shot. Ms. Gott in foreground ovens glowing in background, sure trash cans, stuff hanging, etc., but the photo put you in the workplace. Wow, you could see every thing. Ooops low points, gulp. Hay, why did you give me low points????

To Quote judges, THEME was GLASS, not ovens, not trash cans, not junk on floor, grrrrr did you not understand G-L-A-S-S ???? I went home and cropped the woman/glass tight and all you saw was front half of woman with blow tube and large chunk of red-hot glowing dangerous molten glass .

DRAMA, focus on one subject, contrast to dark background.
BOLD STATEMENT, this is a vulnerable small woman, this is dangerous hard to handle molten glass and she is mastering it.
YOUR THEME is a red-top poison mushroom. Cleanup and clone straw to cover junk, crop slightly off center approach the 1/3 rule. Then Mr. Big it is an award winner.

SET A RULE: Every shot, first ask what is my theme, what is message, take a few differing angles, shoot raw if you can, bracket exposure, always slightly under expose from what you think (you can always brighten, but if burned out info is not there). This photo with proper modification is an award winner indeed. YOU SIR HAVE THE EYE AND GOOD EQUIPMENT. YOU ARE A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER JUST BLOOMING, YOUR TRANSITION WILL BE QUICK.

Now my question to you is this; why the heck do I not follow my own advice??

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Sep 3, 2011 10:35:13   #
condor
 
All that is probably good advice for a pro or a contest entry but for us poor little amatures who just want a nice nature shot, I like all that extra stuff. Very nice.

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Sep 3, 2011 10:50:08   #
Robert Loc: Round Rock, TX
 
I agree...a beautiful shot. "Fearfully and wonderfully made" comes to mind amongst aggressive conditions. This would make for a great motivational poster.

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Sep 3, 2011 12:00:28   #
dpullum Loc: Tampa Florida
 
Hay, Condor what is this "poor little armature" excuse !!!! I do my photograph with a five year old point & shoot Panasonic TZ3. I use old editor software. I am not a professional. I do have Topaz Adjust plugin that cost $50,,, rest low cost. Follow my dad's advice "son if it is worth doing do it good."

Look Condor, if a beautiful woman poses for you do not leave that wart on the end of her nose and the flash red-eye, please. Mr. Big had a beautiful Mushroom pose for him in her home and so Mr. Big owes it to Ms. Mushroom to make her as beautiful as he can and clean a little brick-a-brack from her floor. I excuse him because he, like I was, is a shoot-as-it-is guy. Mr. Big asked for advice and so I gave it. With personal resistance, I changed motivated and directed by the discipline of belonging to a helpful club. That influence has improved my works greatly. (and yes, also self discipline.) Leonardo da Vinci worked to get that smile right, so work and enjoy your photography.

The receipt for cooking red-tops was used in the movie "Beguiled." Choice Red-Tops were cooked for Clint Eastwood for his last meal, the day before the ladies put flowers on his grave!

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Sep 3, 2011 15:12:26   #
Phyllis Loc: NE PA
 
I agree with dpullem. Taking his advice will make a good shot a great shot!

It is very rare that we take a photo, no matter how good it is, that doesn't need a little work to improve it. It's seldom that we get the perfect shot. :-)

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Sep 3, 2011 17:19:28   #
SnapHappy Loc: SW Florida
 
Thanks dpullum for your advice! I had to wade through about 5 books on photography to glean what you put down so succinctly. I appreciate your input mightily and believe that's what this forum is all about. Thanks for keepin' it real. :thumbup:

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Sep 3, 2011 21:52:57   #
condor
 
OK, OK, you guys win,but I still like it as it is.

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Sep 4, 2011 00:24:30   #
KathyinNH Loc: Kingston, NH
 
dpullum wrote:
Yes, you and I think the same regarding recording what was there. However, I was talking to a guy who was there an hour before you and he added the junk elements I mentioned just to add artifact to your photos!!! (not really)

I shot my entry for the camera club; the monthly theme was "glass". I thought it to be a beautiful shot. Ms. Gott in foreground ovens glowing in background, sure trash cans, stuff hanging, etc., but the photo put you in the workplace. Wow, you could see every thing. Ooops low points, gulp. Hay, why did you give me low points????

To Quote judges, THEME was GLASS, not ovens, not trash cans, not junk on floor, grrrrr did you not understand G-L-A-S-S ???? I went home and cropped the woman/glass tight and all you saw was front half of woman with blow tube and large chunk of red-hot glowing dangerous molten glass .

DRAMA, focus on one subject, contrast to dark background.
BOLD STATEMENT, this is a vulnerable small woman, this is dangerous hard to handle molten glass and she is mastering it.
YOUR THEME is a red-top poison mushroom. Cleanup and clone straw to cover junk, crop slightly off center approach the 1/3 rule. Then Mr. Big it is an award winner.

SET A RULE: Every shot, first ask what is my theme, what is message, take a few differing angles, shoot raw if you can, bracket exposure, always slightly under expose from what you think (you can always brighten, but if burned out info is not there). This photo with proper modification is an award winner indeed. YOU SIR HAVE THE EYE AND GOOD EQUIPMENT. YOU ARE A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER JUST BLOOMING, YOUR TRANSITION WILL BE QUICK.

Now my question to you is this; why the heck do I not follow my own advice??
Yes, you and I think the same regarding recording ... (show quote)


You are so right on. I have entered photos in the camera club competition and gotten similar response and also lost points for the same reason. The biggest mistake people make in every day photography is not getting in close enough, move in closer, closer, closer or crop if you have to. If you can join a camera club it is an excellent learning experience. It's the best thing I ever did was join the camera club.

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